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10/02/08
Watch-outs. 1. Laptops, Flight cancellations, IRAs
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 12:58 pm

Another segment listed here under the category
or “Watch-outs” will provide ideas and suggestions
that have relevance from a variety of sources.
(I will endeavor to cite each source.)

This entry gives three.
1.  Sending email from your laptop using WI-FI
and your normal email account.

2.  Flight cancellation action steps for passengers.

3.  IRA considerations in a market downturn.

1.  EMAIL 
Source:  WSJ  8-21,2008, p. D5;  “Gadgets”
Laptop is able to receive email away from home
but is unable to send email, like you would normally
be able to do with DSL or cable modem at home.

Problem likely to be:  WI-FI provider is blocking
outgoing email server  (SMTP server)on system.

Possible solutions:
 - use a web-based (gmail, yahoo, etc.) account
 - ask hotel of airport what SMTP server it does
allow and enter it into your email settings
 - use a data card from a cellphone carrier

2.  FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS
Source:  Baton Rouge Advocate 9-21-08, p. 5F
“Flight cancellations need not keep you grounded”
by Samantha Bomkamp
Doesn’t it happen at the wrong time!  You
find that your flight is cancelled.  Airlines have
valid reasons, weather and safety being near the
top of the list. 

Possible actions:
a.  sign up for airline alerts to your cellphone or
PDA.
b.  if flight is cancelled for airline reason. look at a
list of flights around your time of departure.  Know
that information when you speak to agent.  Most
airlines will rebook you on a flight within 4 hours
of your original flight.  If they can’t, hotel and meal
vouchers are negotiable.
c.  look at other airlines departures.  They can
re-book you on another airline.

3.  IRA moves to consider
Source: WSJ 5-27-8, 2008, p. B2
“Easing the pain when IRA assets take a
severe dip,” by Kelly Greene
Have your assets in your IRA decreased, like
mine?  Well, if you have converted a traditional
to a Roth IRA and those assets have declined,
you could recharacterize the Roth as a traditional.
This would erase taxes you paid on the value
that does not exist.
Deadline for recharacterization of last year’s
conversions is 10-15-08.

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