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by yogi
14 Feb 2019, 08:37
Forum: Computers
Topic: The End is Near
Replies: 69
Views: 354

Re: The End is Near

I haven't read the warnings lately, but Milorganite did at one time say not to use it on anything edible because of the heavy metals it might contain. Given there is no vegetable garden at this house I feel pretty confident using the stuff. I've tried others and ended up with strips of green grass w...
by yogi
13 Feb 2019, 08:28
Forum: Chats
Topic: And the Scams Go On
Replies: 22
Views: 86

Re: And the Scams Go On

The incident I mentioned is the reason I bought into overdraft protection at my bank. However, I had to use it one time and while it allowed my check to go through they still charged a fee. Not only that, the protection is in reality a line of credit on which they charged me interest. What kind of p...
by yogi
13 Feb 2019, 08:10
Forum: Chats
Topic: Ski By Fire
Replies: 71
Views: 418

Re: Ski By Fire

Insurance premiums are based on a multitude of factors that require an actuary to figure out. The demographics of where you drive are one consideration as is age. They typically sum up the total claims paid out for each bracket in a given year and adjust their annual premiums accordingly. It takes a...
by yogi
13 Feb 2019, 07:48
Forum: Computers
Topic: The End is Near
Replies: 69
Views: 354

Re: The End is Near

I had to learn about barcodes when I worked for a living. Some of the software I wrote needed to get information from barcoding. It's a bunch of lines on a skinny label. How complicated can that be? It turns out that there are dozens of ways to make those bars and they all need different hardware. L...
by yogi
12 Feb 2019, 10:03
Forum: Chats
Topic: Ski By Fire
Replies: 71
Views: 418

Re: Ski By Fire

You and a lot of other folks, including myself, are feeling the effects of the federal government's current policy designed to get out of the insurance business, Medicare. A lot of the subsidies previously given to insurance companies have been canceled by executive order. If this year's Senate has ...
by yogi
12 Feb 2019, 09:39
Forum: Chats
Topic: And the Scams Go On
Replies: 22
Views: 86

Re: And the Scams Go On

I had an experience similar to the one you describe with your Merchant Account. Wife and I went downtown Chicago one afternoon to check out some arts and craft show she was interested in. We made a date of it and had late lunch before visiting the show. As it happened my wife found an art piece that...
by yogi
12 Feb 2019, 09:16
Forum: Computers
Topic: The End is Near
Replies: 69
Views: 354

Re: The End is Near

I keep saying my phone is clever and not smart. This bit about paying wirelessly is a case in point. The phone is just the vehicle. Electronic POS payments are offered by Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and probably a few others too. It's just software installed on the clever phone. The software w...
by yogi
11 Feb 2019, 09:59
Forum: Chats
Topic: And the Scams Go On
Replies: 22
Views: 86

Re: And the Scams Go On

Plastic money is the only way to go, but it is being replaced by 'pixelated' money. LOL I've heard of it and have a few choices that I can go with, but I never enabled the option. I want to look into it further before I commit. I like the idea of flashing my clever-phone in front of a scanner and su...
by yogi
11 Feb 2019, 09:45
Forum: Chats
Topic: Ski By Fire
Replies: 71
Views: 418

Re: Ski By Fire

Your wife was covered under her company's group insurance policy, and they happened to also offer coverage for spouses. Motorola did exactly the same thing. While your wife was in the group, everything went well. But, she no longer was eligible once she left. Your premiums were not really yours, if ...
by yogi
11 Feb 2019, 09:08
Forum: Computers
Topic: The End is Near
Replies: 69
Views: 354

Re: The End is Near

You are correct about E-Bay auctions. There are shills on E-Bay as well as in real life auctions. It's just the way the game is played. I've sold a few items at auction on E-Bay and knew in advance what they were selling for. Thus I always put a minimum to assure that I'd get a fair price and not ha...
by yogi
09 Feb 2019, 14:17
Forum: Chats
Topic: Ski By Fire
Replies: 71
Views: 418

Re: Ski By Fire

As long as we are grumbling about former employers ... Motorola was the only company I ever worked for. Well there was an office boy job before that, but it only lasted a year. I got the job due to a referral from a ham operator l didn't know and never met. He worked at one of the Motorola facilitie...
by yogi
09 Feb 2019, 13:39
Forum: Chats
Topic: And the Scams Go On
Replies: 22
Views: 86

Re: And the Scams Go On

Anything the cable company "gives" you is their property and they have the right to lease it to you. They don't have the right to bill you for items they never gave you, of course. Your experience, and mine, just reinforce a long standing policy I follow with bill paying. Don't go paperless and don'...
by yogi
09 Feb 2019, 13:22
Forum: Computers
Topic: The End is Near
Replies: 69
Views: 354

Re: The End is Near

I doubt that brick and mortar will be replaced entirely by pixels and data packets. But I see something similar to what happens at places like Best Buy taking over. You can go to the store to see, touch, and smell what you are looking for. But then you go home and order it off the Internet from a sh...
by yogi
08 Feb 2019, 15:08
Forum: Chats
Topic: And the Scams Go On
Replies: 22
Views: 86

And the Scams Go On

Well, I couldn't just let the never-ending Christmas thread die without a substitute, could I? :lol: Several years ago my wife graduated to a smart phone. I stayed with the flip. When she bought it there was a service package attached to it. If she signed up with T-Mobile, there was this pay-as-you-...
by yogi
08 Feb 2019, 14:48
Forum: Chats
Topic: Ski By Fire
Replies: 71
Views: 418

Re: Ski By Fire

Sometimes I would ask myself the same question your dad asked. But that was in a different place and time. Life is deceptively easy where I am now and I have a lot of free time. The only flaw in my schedule I see these days is the lack of physical exercise. I get enough mental jogging done right her...
by yogi
08 Feb 2019, 14:25
Forum: Computers
Topic: The End is Near
Replies: 69
Views: 354

Re: The End is Near

Like the rest of the world, the business world is evolving constantly. I recall the days when businesses were very reluctant to get involved with the Internet. The expectation is that greater than 12% of all retail sales will be done online by 2020. That seems like pretty slow growth, but five years...
by yogi
07 Feb 2019, 13:52
Forum: Chats
Topic: Ski By Fire
Replies: 71
Views: 418

Re: Ski By Fire

To say you had an interesting life is a gross understatement. :mrgreen: The closest I came to running a business was when I became a professional astrologer. I studied it a lot and found out it's not all bogus. I met a lot of people involved with it and it didn't take too long to establish a cliente...
by yogi
07 Feb 2019, 13:24
Forum: Computers
Topic: The End is Near
Replies: 69
Views: 354

Re: The End is Near

I didn't appreciate enough the history teacher I had in high school. She was different than most of her peers in that she gave us some insights into the practical world that most teenagers do not care about. Early on in the semester she gave us all $10,000 in pretend cash. We were to look up stocks ...
by yogi
07 Feb 2019, 09:23
Forum: Chats
Topic: Merry Christmas!
Replies: 92
Views: 795

Re: Merry Christmas!

I proposed that socialism scheme tongue in cheek. It's a non-incentive system that is doomed from the start. If I were entirely supported by the government, for example, then I'd have no reason to work or make life better. I'll be paid either way. Governments don't have to run out of money given tha...
by yogi
07 Feb 2019, 09:16
Forum: Computers
Topic: The End is Near
Replies: 69
Views: 354

Re: The End is Near

When I was young and broke I had looked into many kinds of investments. I think I was more interested in the economics of it all than in making a profit. I had next to nothing to invest at that time. Penny stocks and commodities were the most thrilling because they seemed to involve the highest risk...