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December 17, 2012

Mary asks…

Good areas of NYC for real estate investing?

Looking to buy a 1 bedroom apt to rent out. I don’t want to put any money down other than closing costs, and am looking to be cash flow neutral. Any ideas for areas to look at in new York City?

Administrator answers:

If you buy a $500K studio in Manhattan, you won’t be cashflow neutral with no money down. Same for that $350K studio in Williamsburg. Rental yields are now too low, unfortunately…D

Ken asks…

What job would I need to live In a penthouse in New york city?

Always been a life long dream to live in a nice big penthouse in New york city, and want to know what job would be able to afford that. I am more of a dreamer and would love a serious answer. Thank you!

Administrator answers:

I lived in the city for a few years and it depends on what you mean by the penthouse. Most top floors in apartment buildings in NYC have penthouses. These penthouses can range from studios apartments to mansions in the sky. Also it depends on what part of the city you are in, obviously the poorer neighborhoods will be cheaper. I think you can rent a pretty nice one ( not just a top floor apt with a balcony) for around 10K a month.

But to answer your question if you have a college degree and work for a few years in the city you can work in just about any industry. I know bus drivers that work for the MTA that make 80k to 100k. Working in the media industry is good (nice perks), finace is proably the best. Go to to see more specifics about incomes for different positions. Hoped this helped.

Michael asks…

What are some good housing recommendations for Los Angeles?

I’m considering moving to LA soon, but I have no idea what some of the good housing areas are. Im looking for not an outrageous rent, but other than super super super expensive districts than I have no preferences. So basically where would you LA locals recommend a single girl to live at?

Administrator answers:

There are lots of good, affordable areas:

Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, El Segundo, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Culver City, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Westchester, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Studio City, Glendale.

Right now rents are all dropping. I got a great 2 bedroom apt in Torrance/Redondo area for $1600/mo. You can definitely find something cheaper than that if you need to but there are pockets of good areas everywhere. I suggest you drive around the area close to where you’ll work and see which neighborhoods you like.

John asks…

What’s the difference between Linux operating systems?

Linux has a lot of operating systems, I’m not even going to bother to list them. I was wondering, it there a difference between them? Does each type of Linux operating system hold a specific purpose? For example, Red Hat holds a different functionality to Ubuntu, or something like that.

Administrator answers:

Linux has many distros but all versions of Linux are the same OS.

Linux is extremely customizable. So much so that it’d be impossible for one person to do all the tweaks necessary to have what most people consider a polished and functional operating system. On top of that many Linux distros are heavily customized for specific purposes. Robotics, hardware appliance (routers for example), Real time OS (traffic lights, microwave ovens, unmanned aircraft), Music studios, Network security, Home theatre, Cash register, various industrial and scientific specialties, generic servers and so on.

There are also distros that are specialized to fit on a 1.44 floppy, thumb drives and a few distros specifically designed to run on CDs rather than be installed on a machine. There are distros that mimic other operating systems such as Mac OS and Windows so closely that at a glance you wouldn’t know that you were not using those OS’s. Other’s are branded such as Dell’s version of Ubuntu which is customized for Dell hardware.

There are also commercial versions of Linux. Red Hat Enterprise for example which is designed for high end servers and IBM’s SUSE which has customizations for running on IBM virtual servers/being the host OS for the virtual servers, a desktop version which much of Europe’s governments uses.

Distros often come with sub distros that are customized for various purposes. For example most major distros have a KDE and a Gnome version These are customized to people’s favorite window managers and some distros support up to 5 or 6 window managers with sub-distros. Most support at least 2 or 3. Long term support, special purpose sub-distros like Ubuntu Studio which is geared for musicians are also common with widely used general distros.

The majority of distros however are shortcuts for Linux users to get what they want/need without spending the thousand of hours personally making those customizations. For example some like myself do too much customization and install too much software to upgrade a machine every 2 years. So long term support versions appeal heavily to me. I need and use a large variety of applications so it’s important to have very large software repositories. Other people choose high performance bare bone distros. Some people want total control over their sytem and choose primitive distros that give you the bare min necessary, anything else the user installs themselves and customize as they see fit. (not recommended for anybody but an expert).

There are philosophical choices involved in choosing a distro. One big split for example is RH vrs Debian based systems. The RH fork (RHE, SUSE, Mandriva, CentOS) and Debian fork (Ubuntu, Debian) have some small differences in the way they are built. For example RH systems use YUM for software installation while Debian based systems use Apt-Get. You can install and use YUM on Debian systems and Apt-Get on RH systems. It’s just a matter of defaults. Same with how root privileges are handled, and other minor details. The average user won’t notice such subtle differences.

I’ve included a link to distro watch which gives details about specific distros as well as release cycles and where to download them.

Maria asks…

Where is the best place to get your ears pierced?

Which place is better? Claires at the mall, Piercing Pagoda at the mall? or some tattoo/piercing place? im not sure. I want to pick the cleanest most perfessional place so my mom will let me get it done. Thanks in advance.

Administrator answers:

Honestly, forgo both the chain places and go to a reputable piercing studio. Claire’s and those other places use a piercing gun which 1.) Can’t be sterilized, 2.) There is no training involved and 3.) They use jewelry that is not appropriate for healing piercings.

There are things to look for in a piercing studio as well. 1.) Their experience. Ask your piercer how long they have been piercing and how many repierces they have had in that time. 2.) The studios reputation. 3.) their cleanliness standards. Are the floors and mirrors clean? Is it well lit? Do you see aftercare products displayed? Ask them how they sterilize their needles. Do they use gloves? Is their eating or food in the studio? If the floors and displays are dirty, I highly doubt that the studio takes the time to properly cleanse their equipment. 4.) Check with the APP to find a reputable piercer in your area. The APP is the Association of Professional Piercers. In order for a studio to be considered a member of the APP, they have to have a certain number years experience, complete a test on proper piercing and cleanliness standards. They are also required to sign a health and safety agreement. If they violate it, their membership is revoked. Every person in the studio must be certified by the APP for the studio to be considered a member of the APP. Make sure you ask to see their certification. You can also check and report imposters to the link to the APP website below.

It also has information on proper aftercare, your rights as a piercee and lots of other good information. Show your mom that you have done your homework and maybe she will be more apt to allow it.

Good luck and happy healing.

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