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    Quote Originally Posted by GVChamp View Post
    30 minutes end to end wouldn't work here unless you're within, say, 7 or 8 miles, and both places are right on the transit stop. 30 minutes would cover my walking time. :/
    Yeah, my PT connection is pretty much optimal. Tram stop in front of my house with 5-minute headway, 3 minutes ride to nearest train station, layover basically consisting of 5 minutes to walk down the stairs to another platform, then 20 minutes on a commuter train, and after arrival around 2 minutes to walk a single block straight off the platform to get to my workplace.

    By car the same would consist of 2 miles to get to the highway, then 9 miles on the highway, and another 2 miles to get into town. About 10 minutes each for any of these three components under normal conditions, during rush hour you can easily double that to an hour though. As for parking: We do have an underground parking garage. The waiting list for a spot in there is currently 2 years, and the cost is the same as my network pass for public transport last i checked.

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    So couples starting to have kids will frequently move to the suburbs to get into one of the suburban school districts.
    We get that with people moving within a city - or trying to use tricks to pretend to have done so (which usually don't work). It's less pronounced partially because we only have tied school districts for elementary school, i.e. the first four years, and afterwards you can cart your kid halfway across the state if you want to. Most kids from the suburbs do go to schools in the cities for secondary too, even if they sometimes have one-hour commutes due to that. That's both because there's a lack of schools in the suburbs and because those that are out there for secondary at best have an average reputation.

    We do have that "moving out in the suburbs once you have kids" movement too, though that's more based on it being impossible to find a rental apartment in the cities for a family. And, up till 15 years ago, the government was subsidizing that move to the suburbs too with various incentives. Property taxes over here are so complicated (and ridiculously low - offhand around 0.07-0.10%) that no one really considers them.

    Quote Originally Posted by GVChamp View Post
    More companies are moving towards Work From Home, which makes a lot more sense than daily commuting to begin with...
    If you buy a new-construction detached home around here in the suburbs (in the middle section, think 600-700k houses), the marketing now actually tends to include one room in the house marked as an office for work-from-home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GVChamp View Post
    On the topic of old tech being better than new tech: I do like my reel mower. I have a pretty small lawn, but the reel mower is light as a feather and takes up almost no space in the garage. It can be hung up along with the shovels and the rakes. Plus, it makes no noise and requires virtually no maintenance, and it always, always, always starts!
    I used one of those when I was a live-in handyman from 2013-2017. A Craftsman model from the 1950s, I kept it sharp with a sharpening stone and it did a perfect job. That house probably had ten changes in ownership since the 50s, but the mower must have come with the house and been passed down from owner to owner.

    The lawn was perhaps 15 feet deep and 60 feet wide. So, the reel mower was perfect for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    What encryption applications do you use? Please PM me if you can't reply here. Free applications I suppose.
    Veracrypt.

    https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Home.html

    Very easy to use. Takes about a minute to boot with 256-bit encryption. If you want to go 512- or even 768-bit, it takes longer. I use it to protect my laptop in case it gets stolen.

    There's nothing anybody can really do to keep a determined adversary out of your computer once you're connected to the internet. But that's what the encrypted partition within the full-disk encryption is for. I don't keep any files on my Windows partition, just applications. If somebody wanted to hack my personal files, they'd have to do it when I decrypt the encrypted partition. In which case they'd make off with my resume and a copy of a professional license.
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    I can second Veracrypt. We use it professionally.

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