How to get scannable 1099 forms from the IRS

Do you need a scannable 1099-MISC or similar* tax form from the IRS? *NOTE:  while most tax forms are downloadable, for certain forms the IRS requires a scannable form that must be ordered. Thankfully, the IRS offers a simple service where you can order the forms for free and receive them within ten business days. You can find the order form here: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/order-products It just takes a minute to fill out the order info; then you will get a confirmation like this: After ten business

Turn your Christmas lights on/off with Alexa

One of the most useful aspects of Alexa’s home automation capabilities, as for turning Christmas lights on and off. Particularly exterior Christmas lights. Alexa in conjunction with TP Link has allowed me to control my Christmas lights from anywhere that I have my phone, or an Alexa enabled device. On cold evenings, or when arriving at the house, it is woot enjoyable to remotely turn the lights on. 👍 My preferred home automation company is TP link. I have had

How to enter the BIOS on Windows 10 Lenovo Laptops

Some recent Lenovo laptops lack a keyboard hotkey to enter the BIOS. Instead, the laptops utilize a dedicated “Novo” hardware button on the side of the machine. Press the dedicated button to access the BIOS. Here are specific instructions for entering the BIOS or selecting the Boot Menu on a modern Lenovo laptop: Power OFF the laptop Press the Novo button* *it may be on the left or the right side of the laptop Voila, you can now enter the BIOS

Pull-up challenge: 25 for Dec 25th

This evening marks the starting point of my pull-up challenge. My goal is to do 25 pull-ups by December 5th. I am calling this my “25 for Dec 25th”. 🙂 From 11/22 to 12/25 gives me 33 days to meet my goal. Details: +Excellent form (all the way up, all the way down) -No swinging or pumping of legs -No time limit, i.e. hanging on the bar and resting is allowed Tomorrow I will post my initial max pull-up starting

How to get Audible credits/books cheap

Audible offers an amazing assortment of audio books. However, with one credit a month it can be hard to get your full audio book fix. While you can always purchase audio books at “full price”, the cost is often quite expensive (i.e. $20-$40). Thankfully, Amazon added a new feature where you can find audio book versions of your favorite ebooks at a significant discount. Any existing purchase you have made on Amazon may be eligible for the sale price. I was surprised that

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