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by Almost there
Thu May 06, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Went to the Lenovo website and found the following choices on page 2 between $500- $600. Which would you recommend?

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/outletus/l ... asc&page=1

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by Almost there
Thu May 06, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

02nz wrote: galawdawg wrote: ↑Wed May 05, 2021 6:02 pm If you click on the Shop Now link for each Thinkpad, it will take you to the specifications. For example, here is a link to the specs on the X390: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/outletus/l ... 20Q0X004US. It has four USB 3.1 ports. I have the Yoga...
by Almost there
Wed May 05, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Came across NewEgg and found the following for $530: Acer Laptop Aspire 5 A515-44-R4M5 AMD Ryzen 5 4000 Series 4500U (2.30 GHz) 8 GB Memory 512 GB SSD AMD Radeon Graphics 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-bit Has 3 USB + 1 USB-C and Ethernet port. It's offering what I am looking for and people convinced...
by Almost there
Wed May 05, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Thank you invest4
Doesn’t offer my minimum requirements and price was $600.
by Almost there
Tue May 04, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Lightheir wrote: It depends how efficiently your laptop processes tasks and what you are doing. For most typical web surfing and office tasks, most modern laptops and chromebooks use so little power that they don't generate enough heat to need a fan so you won't hear it. So thank you. This actually ...
by Almost there
Tue May 04, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Wondering if people hear fan noises from their laptop it’s because the laptop is either on their lap or cushion? My laptop is always on my desk. So maybe it’s the reason I never heard a fan?
by Almost there
Tue May 04, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

stoptothink wrote: Thank you for your response. Then you could probably get away with a chromebook if cost is a concern. Just to hop on the bandwagon, but my wife requested a new work laptop earlier today, she's had constant compatibility and connectivity issues with her virtually brand new Macbook ...
by Almost there
Tue May 04, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

galawdawg wrote: There is currently a Thinkpad X280 (Intel Core i5-8350, 12.5" screen, 8gb RAM, 256GB solid state drive, Win 10 Professional) for $578, a Thinkpad X390 (Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3" screen, 8gb RAM, 256GB solid state drive, Win 10 Professional), a Thinkpad X390 (Intel Core i5...
by Almost there
Tue May 04, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Somethingwitty92912 wrote:
What are you trying to do with it? Is this just multimedia, surfing, banking, sort of machine?
Good question: I am retired and using my computer a couple of times a week for banking, investing, spreadsheets and surfing maybe 15-20 hours per week.
by Almost there
Mon May 03, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Finally found a computer for $600. I did look at Mac but it just wasn’t a fit for me. https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-15-6-Ryzen-5-8GB-256GB-Laptop-Rose-Gold/481276983?athcpid=481276983&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVUB&athieid=v0&athstid=CS020&athguid=38501f5a-...
by Almost there
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

lazydavid wrote: You may want to reconsider being such a stickler for an Intel, especially with your quite low price cap. Of the 2 processors represented in the items posted above, the Ryzen 4500U is newer, significantly faster, has dramatically better video performance AND is cheaper than the i5 10...
by Almost there
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Thank you for your response, inbox788.
I have always used a PC.

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by Almost there
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

stimulacra wrote:
Have you considered converting your old Dell into a chromebook with CloudReady? It would give new life to your old system if its still functional from a hardware standpoint.
Thank you for your response.
I don't like chromebook at all because it is google.

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by Almost there
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Nalor511. Thank you for the Intel processor info. Will check that too.
by Almost there
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Thank you all for your input. It’ll take me a couple days to digest it. Thank you radiowave for mentioning the loud fan noice. Every computer I checked out on the web, mentioned it. Will also check everyone’s recommendations. So after my computer was getting slower and slower, I reached out for help...
by Almost there
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Lady Geek wrote:
This thread is now in the Personal Consumer Issues forum (laptop).
Thank you for the update. How come Personal Consumer Issues is not listed under US Investors? What am I doing wrong?

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by Almost there
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Acer $500 https://slickdeals.net/f/14980886-acer-laptop-aspire-5-amd-ryzen-5-4500u-2-30-ghz-8-gb-ram-512-gb-ssd-15-6-for-499-99?v=1&src=SiteSearch Not using an Intel processor Asus $550 https://slickdeals.net/f/14978045-asus-zenbook-14-q407iq-br5n4-14-microcenter-549?v=1&src=SiteSearch Not ...
by Almost there
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Re: Buying a new laptop

Thank you. Will check them out.
by Almost there
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7871

Buying a new laptop

After 5 years my computer is no longer working. So started searching for another Dell laptop. Looking for 8 GB memory and 256 GB SS hard drive with an at least i3 or i5 Intel processor. Spend around $500. Checked Dell online but found that quite a few people were complaining about their fan noises. ...
by Almost there
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1040 Income Tax form [taxation of SS benefits]
Replies: 12
Views: 1131

Re: 1040 Income Tax form

Thank you all for your input. When I printed out my SS Income worksheet from HRB, I was amazed at how complicated it was. Who ever thought about this, must have nothing else to do in their life.

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by Almost there
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fraud via PayPal
Replies: 14
Views: 1531

Re: Fraud via PayPal

Thanking everyone for their input. I received a second email. Both have been spammed and haven't hear back from them. PayPal wrote back that most likely my name was not included in their emails, which it wasn't.

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by Almost there
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1040 Income Tax form [taxation of SS benefits]
Replies: 12
Views: 1131

Re: 1040 Income Tax form

Thank you, Jebmke. This is perhaps an old website since it was asking for Schedule 1 and I couldn't find it among the listed forms.
However, when I went back into Forms in HRB, I found a SS Income Worksheet which, of course, was already filled out.

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by Almost there
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1040 Income Tax form [taxation of SS benefits]
Replies: 12
Views: 1131

1040 Income Tax form [taxation of SS benefits]

I need help with figuring out how HRB figured out the taxable amount for my SS benefits. I read the explanation in HRB but still couldn't figure it out. Perhaps someone can put it in regular English?

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by Almost there
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fraud via PayPal
Replies: 14
Views: 1531

Re: Fraud via PayPal

I think I should SPAM this email.
by Almost there
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fraud via PayPal
Replies: 14
Views: 1531

Re: Fraud via PayPal

Thank you, runninginvestor.
Followed your advice and forwarded the fraudulent email to PayPal as directed.
by Almost there
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fraud via PayPal
Replies: 14
Views: 1531

Fraud via PayPal

Just received an email receipt from: PayPal Remittance that bitcoin exchange for $479.99 was done, which I didn't do. In addition, my name doesn't appear on the receipt. I cancelled my account with PayPal, so I don't understand how this could happen? I guess I don't quite understand PayPal. I have n...
by Almost there
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2020 software offer
Replies: 426
Views: 33800

Re: H&R Block 2020 software offer

Thank you. I will do it all at once.
by Almost there
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2020 software offer
Replies: 426
Views: 33800

Re: H&R Block 2020 software offer

I usually don’t file until all updates are done. Besides, I file in April since I have to pay taxes.
by Almost there
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA-1099 Form Errors
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Re: SSA-1099 Form Errors

Wishing you all the best. I know I was relieved when I received my corrected 1099.
by Almost there
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA-1099 Form Errors
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Re: SSA-1099 Form Errors

So hopefully you’ll receive a letter early next week!
Then we can have our celebration and finish our taxes. (But HR Block has another update in March. It really doesn’t matter since I wasn’t going to send my taxes in April since I owe $$.)
by Almost there
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA-1099 Form Errors
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Re: SSA-1099 Form Errors

I called the last time on February 7th. When did you call the last time?
by Almost there
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Back door conversion to Roth in 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Back door conversion to Roth in 2020

Nolesrule wrote:
This is just a plain Roth conversion. A conversion from traditional to Roth is not a contribution.
Exactly. Thank you for your speedy reply.
by Almost there
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Back door conversion to Roth in 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Back door conversion to Roth in 2020

So I went ahead and checked the box and the following question came up: Enter your Roth IRA contributions of 2020 Include any amount you originally contributed to your Roth IRAs even if you later decided to treat them as a Traditional IRA contributions instead. Don't include any amounts you rolled o...
by Almost there
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Back door conversion to Roth in 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Back door conversion to Roth in 2020

This might be a dumb question, but when it comes to doing my Income Taxes, one wants to do it the correct way. So since the RMDs for 2020 were cancelled last year, I decided to do a back door conversion to my Roth instead. So while doing my taxes with HR Block, the following question came up under t...
by Almost there
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA-1099 Form Errors
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Re: SSA-1099 Form Errors

That’s not true. If you receive a 1099 TV that’s incorrect, the same one will be in you SS account and I checked twice within last week. Haven’t checked yet if the revised one is there now.

PS. The revised form has now been added to my SS account.
by Almost there
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA-1099 Form Errors
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Re: SSA-1099 Form Errors

Received my revised 1099 today and it is correct! So now I can move on with my income tax filing.
by Almost there
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard IRA withdrawal
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Vanguard IRA withdrawal

Did that one year ago and again last month. Nothing happened except they kept telling me set up my Alerts. So what I learned from their answers, that a human didn't read it, just another computer. Today I talked to a rep and she said that she will bring it up to her supervisors during her next meeti...
by Almost there
Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard IRA withdrawal
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Vanguard IRA withdrawal

Not sure how that would help since I feel emails are not secure.
by Almost there
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard IRA withdrawal
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Vanguard IRA withdrawal

I just don’t feel comfortable having an amount indicated in an email. Just wish Vanguard would notify me that I have a message waiting in my account. Just informed the associate and she will pass it on.
by Almost there
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard IRA withdrawal
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Vanguard IRA withdrawal

After withdrawing funds to satisfy my RMD, I receive an email notification from Vanguard which includes the amount of the withdrawal. I just spoke with a Vanguard associate if my Alerts are set up correctly since I don't like that the amount is shown on the email, but it is correct. After having don...
by Almost there
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA-1099 Form Errors
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Re: SSA-1099 Form Errors

mc1550 wrote: I called SS today and was informed there were many errors on 1099 forms sent out last month. I was told new 1099 forms would be forth coming within the next two weeks. So, wonder if others have noticed the same type discrepancies? Also check your SS website if the corrected 1099 form h...
by Almost there
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA-1099 Form Errors
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Re: SSA-1099 Form Errors

MtnBiker wrote: Thanks for making this public service announcement. Just for clarity, can you confirm that the problem you are describing involves an erroneous 1099 reporting a total amount covering 11 months of payments, rather than 12? . I receive my deposit on the 2nd Wednesday every month. So th...
by Almost there
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA-1099 Form Errors
Replies: 26
Views: 2085

Form SSA-1099

[Post merged into here --admin LadyGeek] Mid January I received my 1099 from Social Security. I noticed that the indicated amounts were incorrect since they didn't include my deposit for December 2020. When I called SS, I was informed that they would take care of it. Last Monday, February 1, I went...
by Almost there
Thu Jan 28, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Private Foundation or Donor Advised Fund
Replies: 7
Views: 623

Private Foundation or Donor Advised Fund

As I was entering the charities in HR block under: "Tell us about your Cash donation", I am supposed to indicate if the charity is Private Foundation (which it is not) or Donor Advised Fund (which I don't understand). Went to the IRS website (ww.irs.gov/teos) as indicated but didn't find m...
by Almost there
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2020 software offer
Replies: 426
Views: 33800

Re: H&R Block 2020 software offer

tfb wrote: They have the same "save $5 before exit" hidden deal on this special site. After the page loads, let it sit for some seconds. Now move your mouse toward closing the tab but don't close it yet. A "wait, save $5" offer will pop up. Accept the offer, and now add the produ...
by Almost there
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stimulus deposit
Replies: 16
Views: 2168

Re: Stimulus deposit

She’s 21 and working full time.
by Almost there
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stimulus deposit
Replies: 16
Views: 2168

Re: Stimulus deposit

Thank you. I have forwarded the link to her.