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by pp4me
Sat Oct 23, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Windows 11 PSA
Replies: 14
Views: 611

Re: Windows 11 PSA

So there may not be any real reason to upgrade for a little while until they start unlocking the cool stuff with future updates. Which works well for me, as I'll need to upgrade my processor first to be able to run it at all. I second that opinion after using the computer for 24 hours after the upd...
by pp4me
Fri Oct 22, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Windows 11 PSA
Replies: 14
Views: 611

Re: Windows 11 PSA

I ran the test on this computer and it told me that my CPU was not sufficient for Windows 11. Here are some recent PC Mag articles on Windows 11: https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-windows-11 https://www.pcmag.com/opinions/windows-11-is-ultra-secure-dont-mess-it-up https://www.pcmag.com/news/n...
by pp4me
Fri Oct 22, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Windows 11 PSA
Replies: 14
Views: 611

Re: Windows 11 PSA

I hate Windows. Let me count the ways.... Home networking ---- you gotta be kidding. Takes hours to figure out why two computers can't connect to each other and transfer files. You do everything they tell you and it still doesn't work so you keep digging and find out they forgot to tell you to do s...
by pp4me
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Windows 11 PSA
Replies: 14
Views: 611

Windows 11 PSA

I installed it last night when I got a notification from Microsoft saying it was available. My observations.... 1.) I've yet to see any new features that made it worth the aggravation of installing it. The Start menu has been redesigned a bit but other than that I can't see much difference. Maybe I'...
by pp4me
Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Brokerage Firms for EXpats
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Brokerage Firms for EXpats

They use two-factor authentication. The phone number I used to open my account in the US, is not the number I use to communicate in XYZ country. Then the questions start. A Google phone number will transfer calls to another phone for you but I don't know if they will do it if for phone numbers that...
by pp4me
Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Brokerage Firms for EXpats
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Brokerage Firms for EXpats

If you have a U.S. address, how do they know you are an expat?
by pp4me
Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Inflation Spike Probably Won't Last
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: The Inflation Spike Probably Won't Last

If the definition of inflation is too much money chasing too few goods as (I think) Milton Friedman put it, then why is nobody talking about the "too much money" part? The government has been running the printing presses non-stop since the start of the pandemic but you don't seem to hear many people...
by pp4me
Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I won't dispute there's likely money involved in the thinking. And I won't dispute that Trump pushing those two originally probably led to resistance to studying them more. But...given where we are today....I find it fascinating that people will shun a (can we agree and say -- proven?) vaccine in f...
by pp4me
Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Inflation Spike Probably Won't Last
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: The Inflation Spike Probably Won't Last

If Joe Biden had done his job then we wouldn't be seeing this inflation. Actually, I don't believe that for a minute but I remember in one of the debates he said that If Trump had done his job your friends and relatives wouldn't have died of Covid. So it seems fair for people to believe that based ...
by pp4me
Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I read your "demonized" as meaning the study showed a negative result to taking aspirin. It did not. It said it might be positive, but more studies were needed. You are free to take aspirin if you think it will help, and if coagulation/clots are an issue with Covid, it should. But I don't know what...
by pp4me
Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

https://journals.lww.com/anesthesia-analgesia/Fulltext/2021/04000/Aspirin_Use_Is_Associated_With_Decreased.2.aspx?context=FeaturedArticles&collectionId=4 Aspirin Use Is Associated With Decreased Mechanical Ventilation, Intensive Care Unit Admission, and In-Hospital Mortality in Hospitalized Patient...
by pp4me
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: For those using the PP or GB in retirement
Replies: 33
Views: 1327

Re: For those using the PP or GB in retirement

I've been retired for 5 years and I'm now 72. I use the GB but I'm sorry I can't answer your question about the SWR. My wife still works and I get almost $48k in SS so the only withdrawals I've had to make were my two RMD's so far. I just take out the minimum of which nearly all of it goes to pay th...
by pp4me
Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

https://journals.lww.com/anesthesia-analgesia/Fulltext/2021/04000/Aspirin_Use_Is_Associated_With_Decreased.2.aspx?context=FeaturedArticles&collectionId=4 Aspirin Use Is Associated With Decreased Mechanical Ventilation, Intensive Care Unit Admission, and In-Hospital Mortality in Hospitalized Patient...
by pp4me
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Interesting legal discussion on your rights in Australia. How does this contrast with the USA? https://www.reignitedemocracyaustralia.com.au/tony-nikolic/ PS: Reinforces HB's advice to keep some assets abroad..... What good is having assets abroad if you can't leave the country? It’s a lot harder f...
by pp4me
Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Inflation Spike Probably Won't Last
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: The Inflation Spike Probably Won't Last

If Joe Biden had done his job then we wouldn't be seeing this inflation. Actually, I don't believe that for a minute but I remember in one of the debates he said that If Trump had done his job your friends and relatives wouldn't have died of Covid. So it seems fair for people to believe that based o...
by pp4me
Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Highest I bond rate ever: 7.12%
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Highest I bond rate ever: 7.12%

On a related note, I just heard heard the SS COLA will be 5.9%. Would have preferred 7.12% but it amounts to about $217 /month to me. As a retiree with fixed income and a fixed budget, inflation doesn't really hit that hard unless it gets to the "hyper" phase. My parents retired in the late 70's and...
by pp4me
Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Stocks
Topic: More Diversified Fund for Stock Portion
Replies: 16
Views: 682

Re: More Diversified Fund for Stock Portion

IIRC, the total stock + smallcap value combo is more of an equal weighting across the spectrum of stocks. I aim for 20% total stock and 20% small cap Basically vti and vb ETFs Basically golden butterfly but I decided I would rather just have all the small stocks than just value. What do you use for...
by pp4me
Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Interesting legal discussion on your rights in Australia. How does this contrast with the USA? https://www.reignitedemocracyaustralia.com.au/tony-nikolic/ PS: Reinforces HB's advice to keep some assets abroad..... What good is having assets abroad if you can't leave the country? Or enter the countr...
by pp4me
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Cash
Topic: Highest I bond rate ever: 7.12%
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Highest I bond rate ever: 7.12%

Gee, I'm going to have to open a TD account and start moving the money I have in STIP there. Already did that for my wife but they tell me there is already an account with my SS (I had one a long time but it's closed). Hard to believe someone else would use your SS to open up a TD account but I gues...
by pp4me
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I don't know about everybody else but I'm finding the resistance we're seeing to the Biden vaccine mandates both surprising and encouraging. Nurses and other health care workers along with people in the airline industry, pilots and air traffic controllers especially, seem to be the leading the char...
by pp4me
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

Fake news from Foxnews...... Smoking marijuana could lead to breakthrough COVID cases, study finds https://www.foxnews.com/health/smoking-marijuana-could-lead-to-breakthrough-covid-cases-study-finds Do you need to even read past the second paragraph to realize this is fake news that doesn't justify ...
by pp4me
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus General Discussion
Replies: 5150
Views: 446546

Re: Coronavirus General Discussion

I don't know about everybody else but I'm finding the resistance we're seeing to the Biden vaccine mandates both surprising and encouraging. Nurses and other health care workers along with people in the airline industry, pilots and air traffic controllers especially, seem to be the leading the charg...
by pp4me
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: YouTube Junkie
Replies: 1113
Views: 284028

Re: YouTube Junkie

This clip of animals with high IQ's was amaziing.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA0WFLF ... 1&index=49

There are two scenes of artistic elephants that I find almost hard to believe. One starts around 1:52 and the other around 7:45.
by pp4me
Sun Oct 10, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Florida?
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: Florida?

My second choice would be Hawaii. Been there once a few years ago but we're heading for Maui at the end of the month to spend a week. It might even be my first choice except for things being so expensive. If you want to live in paradise you have to be willing to pay for it. Hawaii is absolutely del...
by pp4me
Sun Oct 10, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Florida?
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: Florida?

My second choice would be Hawaii. Been there once a few years ago but we're heading for Maui at the end of the month to spend a week. It might even be my first choice except for things being so expensive. If you want to live in paradise you have to be willing to pay for it.