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Forum: Off-Topic Yesterday, 09:22 PM
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My 2010 Mazda 3 took a hellacious beating and...

My 2010 Mazda 3 took a hellacious beating and never had a problem for me. Ditto my Protege ES. My BMWs... not so much - always problems from the factory. My VWs... oy vey. They just break sitting...
Forum: Off-Topic Yesterday, 04:32 PM
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Posted By brkf
Had a couple mazdas. Bulletproof. I beat the...

Had a couple mazdas. Bulletproof. I beat the hell out of them and they just kept ticking. Liked my 2010 Mazda3 but it was not fast/comfortable enough for me.

Had a couple VWs... well I still...
Forum: Off-Topic Yesterday, 04:27 PM
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Posted By brkf
Whoa, this is why you should be looking...

Whoa, this is why you should be looking elsewhere. A Nexus 5 is $350 from Google. A Moto X is like $300. A Moto G LTE is like 229. No reason to pay extreme fees with t-mo. Or to buy extremely...
Forum: Off-Topic 07-10-2014, 09:58 PM
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Posted By brkf
Craigslist. Ebay fees suck. Just meet them at a...

Craigslist. Ebay fees suck. Just meet them at a starbucks near your work or home.
Forum: Off-Topic 07-10-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By brkf
Go to a store and pick up each one. I would...

Go to a store and pick up each one.

I would not buy a phone from t mobile. Like all carriers the phones are overpriced. A google nexus n5 is among the best you can get and far cheaper than the...
Forum: Off-Topic 07-04-2014, 01:13 PM
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Posted By brkf
Starlet? She's in her mid 40s.

Starlet? She's in her mid 40s.
Forum: Ask-A-Dealer 06-30-2014, 10:46 PM
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Posted By brkf
Someone suggested Carmax. Yeah, not such a good...

Someone suggested Carmax. Yeah, not such a good deal. I tried that with my 2013 328i. They threw out a scary low ball offer. How low? It makes more sense for me to have the 3 series sit in my...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-30-2014, 07:51 AM
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Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Daylight harvesting... interesting. We do this...

Daylight harvesting... interesting. We do this anyway as we've enlarged/added windows and added solar tubes/skylights throughout our house. If I can avoid turning on a light, I do. I'm in my...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-27-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
The inverter will die. They last 8-15 years. ...

The inverter will die. They last 8-15 years. That is guaranteed.

The companies doing pre-paid leases are depreciating the cost over 5 years. So they get more money more quickly.

From...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-27-2014, 05:33 AM
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Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Of the people who went this solar, did you go...

Of the people who went this solar, did you go lease, pre-paid lease or flat purchase?

Lease = seems like double the cost, no maintenance but can make selling the house harder (I assume we'll move...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-27-2014, 05:27 AM
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Views: 551
Posted By brkf
You have the skills, I'm sure. I physically...

You have the skills, I'm sure. I physically couldn't choose that option.
Forum: Off-Topic 06-25-2014, 01:29 PM
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Posted By brkf
Doesn't tax their network, thus the reason many...

Doesn't tax their network, thus the reason many companies push it. It's basically turning your cell service to VOIP (probably lower quality too).

If you have unlimited minutes and can hear a...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-25-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
5-10 years betting it will be easier. Battery...

5-10 years betting it will be easier. Battery tech is getting better.

The use of hybrid tech in cars is going to start ramping up more and more as manus are showing some sweet applications to...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 541
Posted By brkf
In the world of medical providers PHI is a very...

In the world of medical providers PHI is a very serious thing with big fines.
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 486
Posted By brkf
Trying hard to get my retired parents to buy a...

Trying hard to get my retired parents to buy a house in our neighborhood. With the other grandma within a mile, the kids would be in hog heaven. As it stands my mom visits for a week every month so...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 541
Posted By brkf
PHI/sensitive data. Wouldn't want to send my ssn...

PHI/sensitive data. Wouldn't want to send my ssn via email in a pdf.
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,178
Posted By brkf
So very true. People say opposites attract but...

So very true. People say opposites attract but in my experience opposites meant a ton of friction. When we do disagree it's in degrees, not usually 100% different viewpoints. I think the opposite...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
SDGE is doing the same thing with solar here. ...

SDGE is doing the same thing with solar here. They are wanting connection charges and they're trying to ramp up lower tiers to collect more. They have a monopoly and that's still not good enough...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Rates vary quite a bit. Just looked at a chart...

Rates vary quite a bit. Just looked at a chart that shows Texas in 2012 averaged 1100 KW at 11 cents kwh. That price is less than half what we pay and that's well over 40% more energy than we use. ...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Voip - great feedback. That price is awesome. ...

Voip - great feedback. That price is awesome. Our after-incentive cost quotes are slightly more as I've yet to find anyone offering Kyocera panels and San Diego doesn't have any solar rebates. ...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Thanks. I've seen that sentiment around about...

Thanks. I've seen that sentiment around about Solar City.

Interesting about the microinverters v. interverter. The micros have a higher up front cost and at this point have a pretty good...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Thanks for your input! Everyone agrees SunPower...

Thanks for your input! Everyone agrees SunPower is the best out there.

Our top tier is 40 cents a KWH, with second from the top at 38 cents. And from what we've been told via the media the...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-24-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Interesting take. Based on past experience? ...

Interesting take. Based on past experience?

From what I've seen our upfront cost will be recouped in ~6 years (assuming zero increases in energy cost - which currently we're seeing an increase...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-23-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Thanks for the advice. Live on a hill so for a...

Thanks for the advice. Live on a hill so for a tree to help it'd have to be pretty damned tall or planted way too close to the house (will never plant a tree within 15+ yards of a house).
Forum: Off-Topic 06-23-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 551
Posted By brkf
Solar suggestions, pitfalls, installers

We've been looking into adding solar PV to our San Diego home.

So far we've already upgraded the windows, added insulation, replaced our AC, put in a new pool filter and our pool and water...
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