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by johnbroker
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Anyone prepping for corona?
Replies: 231
Views: 20506

Re: Anyone prepping for corona?

A solar generator that's strong enough to run your electronics (especially if working from home) might be useful. I have been thinking myself on buying a solar panel and some power packs, just in case. I looked into it years ago when I was more into prepping and I was close to buying a foldable sol...
by johnbroker
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Water Filtration Systems
Replies: 25
Views: 5320

Re: Water Filtration Systems

@Jacob & Ego: Passive sedimentation and basic filtering (as Jacob's proposal with sand) would always go first for water in the 'wild'. What to do after is my worry. Both the MSR Guardian and Katadyn Pocket seem to rely just on size filtering (down to 0.02 and 0.2 um respectively). MSR claims to filt...
by johnbroker
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Water Filtration Systems
Replies: 25
Views: 5320

Re: Water Filtration Systems

The tap water where I live is of excellent quality and taste. I don't intend to start filtering the water, but I do want to have a reliable filtering/purifying system around just in case something happens and water starts to be a problem. I have had it in the back of my mind for years but have only ...
by johnbroker
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Cheapest mini PC?
Replies: 25
Views: 4700

Re: Cheapest mini PC?

Amen.
by johnbroker
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Cheapest mini PC?
Replies: 25
Views: 4700

Re: Cheapest mini PC?

jacob wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:52 am
That's one of the benefits of having many other people using the exact same system as you do.
That's exactly what I want and why I am neglecting some other initially better priced options. I will go for something very simple, probably celeron with 8gb + ssd hd. Thank you both for the info.
by johnbroker
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Cheapest mini PC?
Replies: 25
Views: 4700

Re: Cheapest mini PC?

My laptop has passed away and I am looking for a replacement. A year ago I looked up the Raspberry Pi but I don't think I can live without a full linux distro. I don't think I want another laptop and I was thinking in getting a mini PC. Intel mini pcs seems to have good support, right?. I like its c...
by johnbroker
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fridge not running
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Re: Fridge not running

First I’d get the part number and do a google search. #xyz not getting cold. Sometimes a specific model has an issue... It happened to me a year ago. I googled it and found out that it was a very common failure in that model (mine was 10 years old) after the electrical mains went down. I got two ca...
by johnbroker
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Novice trying to build a freestanding climbing wall
Replies: 12
Views: 1713

Re: Novice trying to build a freestanding climbing wall

You probably know, but good holds are the most expensive part of a homemade wall. I would go for the hangboard or a small campus board.
by johnbroker
Mon May 29, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Money on the floor
Replies: 3
Views: 1207

Money on the floor

Yesterday I found 5 cents (€) on the floor. I put it in our "free dinner" can. My girlfriend and I have found 15,61€ this year. Let's see where it get us at the end of the year.

Does anybody do something like this?
by johnbroker
Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Camino de Santiago
Replies: 8
Views: 1777

Re: Camino de Santiago

If you plan it well, you should be able to keep your backpacks less than 30lbs/14kg. If you plan it well, you should be able to keep your backpacks below 8 kgs. If you plan to stay longer in Spain/Europe than your time in the camino. Get a locker somewhere for the stuff you will not need during the...
by johnbroker
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Camino de Santiago
Replies: 8
Views: 1777

Re: Camino de Santiago

I have done it. The "camino" is a great experience, although some parts could be boring (especially from Burgos to Leon). The season you have chosen is great to do it because the weather should be nice and the crowd doing it in summer is gone. Just pack lightly (very), leave the "just-in-case"-s at ...
by johnbroker
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Walkscore
Replies: 39
Views: 10490

Re: Walkscore

100

I wasn't expecting less. I guess that in midsized eu cities it must be difficult to score below that.
by johnbroker
Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Post-Golden Age returns? Are we in the Golden Age?
Replies: 16
Views: 3938

Re: Post-Golden Age returns? Are we in the Golden Age?

jacob wrote:Land, commodities, food, non-listed businesses, stuff where the main input is skilled labor (guns, precision tools).
I completely agree with this. The timing is the main problem, i.e. when should we start acting because this is a paradigm change...
by johnbroker
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?
Replies: 22
Views: 4546

Re: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?

I think that, for you americans, the market basket is this one http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.t01.htm

If fact, you could build your own index using your expending for the last years (if you track it).
by johnbroker
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:21 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?
Replies: 22
Views: 4546

Re: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?

I've considered inflation indexed annuities because of the international variability in stock/bond portfolio safe withdrawal rates. However I can't even find an annuity quote that goes below the age of 50. The next best thing would be a portfolio of inflation adjusted government bonds at the longes...
by johnbroker
Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:25 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?
Replies: 22
Views: 4546

Re: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?

What's your tax situation? Spanish resident, expat, some weird combo? The reason I ask is that many counties take a very protectionist stance on the taxation of foreign investments. Pre-tax returns on a world index may look great, and target a larger market for books sales, but try to get an idea o...
by johnbroker
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?
Replies: 22
Views: 4546

Re: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?

Perhaps rather than looking at research published in the US by US-based authors, explore research materials written by/for people in similar circumstances to those you are in. I have revised the literature and found nothing that wasnt a translation of the typical ideas and examples based on the ame...
by johnbroker
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?
Replies: 22
Views: 4546

Re: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?

The weigth of the US market in such global portafolio is still around 41%. Is that adequate for a non american investor? I would be mainly invested in an economy I don't live in, in a currency I dont use... It is clearly the simplest option and one I look up to, but I was looking forward your opinio...
by johnbroker
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?
Replies: 22
Views: 4546

Re: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?

What is your specific problem with the US-centricity? (I made a word...) Whenever you read the word Total Stock market think: US stocks and consider the idea of foreign stocks to be anything isn't the US. My question is: The exposure to the US market should be same for us and for an american? Besid...
by johnbroker
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:57 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?
Replies: 22
Views: 4546

US biased investing literature. What can a non-american investor do?

We are trying to figure out the structure of our portfolio and, since I started researching the options, I have found that all the literature is very (too) US centered and I wonder to what point it can apply to us. I am looking for a "simple" not very dynamic portfolio. Of course, the idea of perman...