Shopping For Computers Summer 2021
I may be wound up tight, but my mainspring is not going to break. (That’s a watch joke, if you didn’t get it.)
Work Wisdom – Rideshare, Door Dash, Etc.
This is not going to apply to you, but it may be relevant to one of your kids, grandkids, a friend or a neighbor. In this “new economy” people are working for companies like Uber, Lyft, and Door Dash to make some extra cash or possibly even as a full time gig. While working for these outfits, they are a 1099 contractor. Expenses can be deducted but good records (like mileage) must be kept. Taxes are not withheld. Drivers should be saving part of every check to cover the Self Employment Tax at a bare minimum. Additionally, these workers should purchase extra car insurance to cover what the company won’t. There is often a gap in coverage. Finally, they should ask if this kind of work voids their car’s warranty.
Shopping For Computers – Summer 2021
I just want to set the expectations so that now one is surprised later on. For the most part, prices are going up. Discounts are few. I’m sitting here in front of a Thinkpad T series — $2000 MSRP, that I got for $650 (new) in January 2020. I also have a Dell Latitude 5450 that was about $1100 that I picked up almost 6 years ago for under $400 with some extreme couponing on Dell(dot)com. Complete fairy tales in 2021! Fiction! Most of you are buying laptops. I still like all of my old picks — MacBooks, Dell Latitude 5000 series or 7000 series, and Thinkpad T or X series. However, for a solid laptop (I’m not even talking about top of the line or luxury), you are looking at $1500 to 2000 for a brand new unit. The Mac Book Air starts at $999. However to get the 500 GB SSD hard drive its + 200. These new Macs have such a brand new unique architecture and everything is built in, with no replaceable parts. I would seriously consider getting the 3 year Apple Care warranty for $250. That puts your right around $1500 considering taxes. For one of the better Windows laptops, you’ll be paying the same or more. A client was recently considering a Thinkpad T15. The price dropped to $1274 for a very well equipped system. I said — TAKE IT; that’s a buy price! In terms of iMacs, the $1699 model is the one you’ll really want. So where can you save these days? Well, the Thinkpad E and L series are not bad as long as they are properly outfitted. The Mac Mini is still Apple’s bargain desktop. With a $150 monitor, your own non-Apple mouse and keyboard, + $25 speakers, I think you could have it out the door for $1250. (With these new M1 Macs, always buy a larger hard drive than you need (one step up). Don’t say, I’ll never use that much space. The larger hard drive you get, the longer the system will last. Remember, that internal hard drive can’t be replaced.) Finally, you could always try the Dell or Lenovo Outlets. You have to think fast, but bargains exist.
Conclusion and Song of the Week
It was a rough week. You have the right to feel confused and even angry. They are your sincere emotions. Monday through Saturday – I watched ZERO TV. I don’t use Facebook. I don’t use Google other than for e-mail and to look up local businesses. Personally, I’m seeking calm in the storm while fully acknowledging that sometimes one has to hit the punching bag and let off some steam. I thought this piano interpretation of “On My Way” by Peter Buka really fits the mood this time around. He may not have a mainstream style, but he is doing something right with 7.5+ million views on this song alone. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/w2IH69pFsI0