Archive for the ‘Rants’ Category

Note to Self:

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Never bet on a dying company or industry recovering. While it does sometimes happen, it is either temporary, unpredictable, or both.

Examples: Blockbuster and the Oil industry.

Why Technical Articles are a Bad Source for Technical Stock Evaluation

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

An article on TechCrunch is getting some traffic thanks to a LinkedIn link. While the general topic of Cisco exiting the consumer market is useful information to consider, the writer gives a very misleading argument about for the value of the consumer market for network hardware “The story in CE these days is BYOD”. BYOD is exactly why big security and network appliances will be big business. The home user could care less if their network is secure (check your neighborhood wifi spots for “Linksys” and you’ll see).

I’m not decided on whether this was a good or bad move for Cisco, but I’m leaning towards good thinking back to IBM selling off the laptop division to Lenovo.

Is Media Madness Managing Your Money?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

It amazes me how many people who cry poverty to me have higher monthly media bills that I do. I consider mine to be ridiculously over-priced and only tolerate it as much as I do for my family members (or rather, to avoid the noise of putting a stop to it). Anyone who does not have a fully-funded retirement account but has a smart phone should hang up, shut up, and buck up.

Fishing for Subscribers or Picking on Me?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

An Investor Place article today listing “5 Dead Dow Stocks You Can Live Without” and I own every one of them. Ah, hard to be lazy with the news what it is today 🙁

What is with Yahoo! Alerts Today?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Several false alerts from Yahoo! Alerts today. Must have caught that bug from the stock market last week!

What Some Stock Newsletters Would Do Otherwise

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Does This Really Work?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

As a result of being cheap and subscribing to lots of free investment info, I get more than my fair share of emails advertising to idiots. One of my a favorites (mentioned last week but received again this week) offers “free stock picks” for paying for a stock pick newsletter. Does that mean the free ones are good and the one you pay for are worthless, or vice versa?

Anyway, today’s junk mail was this offer for a special report of ten top picks. I would have bit, knowing full well it would increase the work of my spam filter. But then I noticed that they had eight links in the email to the same place to get the free report. Which tells me that they are either too dumb to hire a good web copy writer for their pitches or are only looking for people so dumb that they have to be shown eight times how to get something for free. I can understand two (top and bottom of the email), even three if it is a really long email. But eight links? Nah, that’s too many. I’ll pass.

If you want to get it anyway, those eight links point to // It actually came with a parameter, but that probably confirms my email address as a sucker, so I’m leaving it off.

The Duh Department

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Read US income rise fails to ignite consumer spending in my outdated Blackberry last night.

Gee, no raises, just lowered taxes. When my income stays the same in an economy where I could lose my job or what little is left of my retirement savings in the blink of an eye, I’ll be using the “excess” to pay bills down and stash in my municipal money market.

And has it occurred to anyone that the government that is borrowing like crazy and canb enact a tax break mid year can also enact tax hikes right before the year ends, asking for it all back plus interest if the economy turns around or the lenders demand some repayment?