Thursday, December 06, 2007

ok, one tiny frivolous post (but it's really not!!!)

I'm worried my baby might be dying. And by my baby I mean my 4 1/2-year-old blue Dell clunker with its 256 MB of memory and its little removable wireless card that sticks out of the side like a granola bar.

It keeps making this high-pitched clicking nose and shutting itself off mid-application. I called my dad, source of all knowledge (particularly related to why my computer is running so slow and whether or not it's still safe for me to eat something that has been in my refrigerator for XXX amount of time and has turned an unusual color), and he implies that the harddrive might be "kaput."

Boohoo. I know I'm a dork but I love my laptop. I even bring it into work to edit on since I like it even better than my schmancy work computer. We've been together a long time and I want to think this is just a bump on the road.

Also, opinion: would a new laptop be tax-deductible in my situation?


Jaye Wells said...

My condolences on your impending loss. Perhaps the pain can be assuaged by the fabulous deals this holiday season. Your old computer wouldn't want you to suffer alone after she's gone.

Alex P said...

I think it's a sign from the computer Gods that you should get yourself a shiny little macbook. What else could it possibly mean after all?

Josephine Damian said...

Moon, my old clunker HP PC gave me trouble becaue I'd overloaded the harddrive so I bought one of thoe auxilliary gizmos to store stuff on. It cleared up my problems.

Kinda awkward to do that on a laptop, though. I suggest you transfer every file to a thumb drive (if you haven't already done so) and delete every file you don't use or need every day.

Tax decuction? I'd say yes, but better ask the accountant on that one to be sure.

Maybe get a Sony Vaio instead of a Dell?

BTW, congrats on your recent editorial success, and enjoy those pub parties!

Anonymous said...

I've called the IRS before to ask about laptop tax deductions. It's very complicated and you have to figure out depreciation based on how much you use it for work vs. personal use. Definitely get some professional help figuring that out.

Colorado Writer said...

Bummer. I had a Dell laptop and it did all of that right before the Blue Screen of Death.

Backup everything!!!

Queen Bitch said...

I'm with Colorado...BACK IT UP! I had an old IBM desktop that did the same thing...the motherboard died. And I had a PackBell at work that also did the same thing.

as for the deduction....I'd ask your accountant.

Cakespy said...

Oh no! Even if it's time, this is a sad moment. I'm with Alex P though...macbook time!

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm seeing a documentary now. The last days of a Laptop. Cue appropriate music, but then show the new laptop as a baby, and how information is transferred from old to new. Life goes on, is passed on.

Sorry, got carried away. I definetely think a new laptop would be tax deductible for you.

Anonymous said...

Have fun discovering the bells and whistles of a new laptop. Let go of the past and say hello to 2008 with a brand new laptop and your new tax deduction. You can take the deduction as one lump sum in the year 2008, or 2007 if you act quick. I would assume you write off your PublishersMarketplace, publishing magazines, your home computer line, etc. Check with your accountant but here is some info from the Boston Globe (just google 'write-off work related expenses, 2007' for more:
Employees can claim unreimbursed business expenses, if they are ordinary and necessary, as itemized deductions in the year paid or incurred. Employee business expenses are subject to reduction by 2 percent of adjusted gross income. An expense is ordinary if it is common and accepted in your trade, business or profession. An expense is necessary if it is appropriate and helpful to your business. An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary.

Conduit said...

Hey, I have a blue Dell laptop of a similar vintage, though it shows no signs of the dreaded lurgy. Maybe they're cousins?

Tax talk makes my brain freeze. Something kind of clicks inside and I go into some sort of vegetative state. Once a year I have to have a meeting with my accountant in his office, and he sits there talking at me for about an hour. Approximately five words into it my brain goes bye-bye with a soft farting noise, and an hour later I kind of blink a couple of times and go "Huh?"

Then I sign the bits of paper he puts in front of me.

All of which is a long winded way of saying I don't know about the tax deductable part.