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General Discussion / 12/15 Passenger vans
« on: September 08, 2019, 05:52:28 PM »
Minivans are cute for 4 kids, but at this point they just don't cut it at all.

(I'm actually surprised that we don't see hundreds of these on the roads in the community..)

Just started researching this. Apparently there are two or three options: the Ford Transit, the Chevy Express and the Nissan Ev series

Does anyone have experience with these? Pros/cons, prices? Can these be leased? Etc

Must have easy access, ability to get back there to buckle ppl in etc. (not a huge step up), tons of cargo room (not driving a truck and also struggling to fit a stroller etc)
Only really need 8 or 9 seats now but a minivan is horribly tight.

Up In The Air / Airline's Entire Profit Margin From Mileage Sales?
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:28:04 PM »
The podcast dropped..
 | 3/16/16 Credit card miles and points: Swiping for rewards, buying and selling miles, is it Assur and a Chillul Hashem or a great way for a side Parnassah?
Dans first comment "entire AA profit margin is due to them selling FF miles"? Wow going to see how/if they report that...

Brand new in box $420 u pickup in lakwood. Sells on Amazon for 470+tax 500+..

This one:

Acer Aspire Desktop, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400, 12GB DDR4, 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, TC-780-ACKI5

Tech Talk / Best online file storage for business
« on: December 21, 2016, 11:18:19 AM »
I'm looking for an online file storage service for a business. Need to be able to map it to windows explorer... not just login from a browser.  Whats the best option?

Also is it possible to have a service where some employees are only able to access the files from within the office/or their work machines, but not login online?

General Discussion / Amblyopia / lazy eye treatments?
« on: November 26, 2016, 10:59:42 PM »
Standard treatment is to patch one eye for 3 hrs a day for a year.

There is lots of discussion about special video games with red/green glasses that fix the problem in a couple of weeks. 

Does anyone have experience or more info on this topic?

Just Shmooze / The Tamar Epstein Saga
« on: November 08, 2015, 10:48:22 PM »
Things are definitely going to get interesting with this story...
Figured I'd preemptively start the thread.
Feel free to vent your personal frustrations with this chillul hashem, but without denigrating talmidei chachomim. 

Just Shmooze / Hurricane Joequin - succos!
« on: September 30, 2015, 01:36:48 PM »
Let's discuss!

Is it really coming?

Goods For Sale/Trade / "Ugly" lamp $20 OBO!
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:53:15 PM »
You pick up in 08701

Deals/Deal Requests / Baby Jars. Where's cheapest?
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:12:34 PM »
Which brand is cheapest and what's the best way to buy? Amazon? Grocery stores, coupons etc.
Any current offers?

Deals/Deal Requests / Looking: Extra strong headphones for kids
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:51:30 PM »
Looking for a very sturdy pair that is kids friendly.

IE: Big over the head type that little kids can easily use and doesn't break after two weeks of pulling the wires etc. ...

Just Shmooze / Do you check your lettuce; which method do you use?
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:21:59 PM »
We recently realized that we are being taken to the cleaners by Bodek et al. Their romaine lettuce is very inferior and 9 times the price as costco.

Google shows a few methods of bedika, which one works and how long does the lettuce last in the fridge after a washing etc? 

The CRC method:
When we refer to a “Chazaka Check”, the following procedure should be followed:

The vegetable must be washed thoroughly in cold water with either a small amount of a kosher vegetable wash or a soap solution such as dish liquid.* The vegetables are then removed from the water. If there are insects found in the water, the process should be repeated until no insects are found in the water. Then three samples or batches of the vegetable must be checked and if no bugs are found, the remaining produce may be used without further checking.

The Star K method:
Leaf by Leaf Inspection - Low Volume

Preparation (Optional)

We recommend separating leaves and soaking in water prior to checking, preferably with mild soap or special veggie wash (such as Tsunami 100).

Note: When using soap, use only a food grade cleanser that meets all federal, state, and local regulations. The water should have enough soap to make it feel slippery. Wash thoroughly with clean water before checking to remove any soap residue.


Make a complete leaf by leaf inspection, checking both sides of the leaf.
Note: Leafy vegetable inspection is greatly enhanced when vegetables are placed over a light box. Therefore, all Star-K caterers and restaurants are required to use a light box during vegetable inspection.

Wash off any insects prior to use.

Chazaka Check - High Volume (More than three heads from one source)

Remove and discard outer leaves.
Separate leaves of three heads of the vegetable.
Do NOT wash leaves.
Make a complete leaf by leaf inspection of the three heads, checking both sides of each leaf.
Note: Leafy vegetable inspection is greatly enhanced when vegetables are placed over a light box. Therefore, all Star-K caterers and restaurants are required to use a light box during vegetable inspection.

If one bug is found in the test heads, all the produce in the consignment must be checked leaf by leaf.
If no bugs are found, the rest of the shipment from the same consignment does not require checking and may be used after pulling off the outer leaves of the heads of the remaining consignment.

The OU method:

Type of insect: Aphids or thrips

Location of insect: Found even in the inner leaves due to its open growth

Method of Inspection: Cut off lettuce base; soak lettuce in cold water with several drops of concentrated, non-scented liquid detergent or vegetable wash. Agitate leaves using a heavy stream of water to remove all foreign matter and soap from the surface, or use a vegetable brush on both sides of the leaf. Check each leaf on both sides under a direct light.

The OK method:
Please do not order any salad mixes containing FRIZEE. If found, remove the
frizee, it must be checked the same way as lettuce. The following types of
lettuce must be checked according to the instructions below: ARUGULA, BOSTON
Separate leaves from the head, opening all folds and creases. Soak the
lettuce in water with Veggie Wash for five minutes, and then rub each leaf
between your fingers. Empty basin by removing lettuce with both hands
(holding loosely) in small bunches and shaking them under the water.
Put lettuce in a clean basin of fresh water. Swish vigorously. Repeat this
step until there is no foam on the surface of the water.
Rinse each piece of lettuce, one-by-one, under a strong stream of water.
Check one-by-one (on both sides) against a fluorescent light. A light box is
recommended for this procedure.

Just Shmooze / Kol Koreh against MS
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:30:53 AM »
From this weeks Lakewood shopper:

Tech Talk / No microsoft takedown. Alternatives?
« on: July 01, 2014, 11:02:50 AM »
I use no-ip to remotely log into my ip cam. Stopped working today:

I dont remember how I set it up, I just blindly followed instructions at the time. What is a good free alternative and what do I need to do? (roughly; -I know how to google  :) )

Tech Talk / How to send a blast email?
« on: May 14, 2014, 03:33:53 PM »
Have a spreadsheet with approx 200 email addresses, is there a simple way to send them a blast email via outlook with an attachment like a mail merge in word?
(dont want to pay constant contact etc...)

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