Archive for December, 2008

Pitfalls of shopping for a good camera online

December 26, 2008

I remember back in the 60′s the good ‘ol bait and switch was used by even the largest retailers, even amid the clamor and outrage expressed by just about everyone. Eventually laws were passed making this practice illegal in most places. In other places with timid (or captured) government, class-action suits served to fill the [...]

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The Best Things in Computing are Free

December 24, 2008

It amazes me that given the high quality of free software applications these days, that cash-pinched businesses still slavishly and unthinkingly expend large amounts of money on the next version of Windows,  or Microsoft Office, VMWare, etc. Well let me open your eyes, folks. In a lot of cases there are free versions of that [...]

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Cisco disses 64-bit, and I rant

December 21, 2008

If you need to connect to your VPN at work and your home computer or laptop is a 64-bit Vista or XP computer, Cisco says you can go pound sand. They suggest that you use the AnyConnect client instead. Just one problem with that… the AnyConnect client does not support the widely deployed Cisco PIX [...]

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A Brief Moment in the Sun

December 20, 2008

Since starting my model stock portfolio in mid-October, it sure has been a wild ride. TickerSpy, which is a great (and free) portfolio tracking sevice and community site, has shown my portfolio up by as much as 25% and down by a dismal 30%, all in just a short two month run. After trailing the [...]

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December 18, 2008

I came across an article the other day about a mathematician who had attempted to calculate the probability that we are all living in a matrix; a simulation and not the ultimate reality.  Now that is peculiar enough of an idea that I became immediately interested – especially since it turns out that the odds [...]

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Dan Duerr

December 17, 2008

It was sudden and shocking. On Saturday we learned that the night before our good friend Dan collapsed in his home while preparing the evening meal. He was 47 years old and an athletic vegetarian without vices. A far better man than most, and I include myself in that lesser group. A great husband, father [...]

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$1 Trillion Dollars a month

December 11, 2008

Ritholtz reads the Federal Reserve Bank’s flow of funds and discovers that household net worth is falling at the breathtaking rate of $1 trillion dollars a month. Just 56 more months of this and the entire country will have negative net worth! Eeeeyyyaahhhhwww!!!

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Albuquerque sure has changed

December 11, 2008

Earlier this month I attended a business meeting in Albuquerque, a city I lived in from the age of 1 year old to about 12. My memories from when I was 12 are predictably spotty. But I *do* remember enough that I have an idea of the layout of the city. Or rather the center-city. [...]

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Why Bitlizard?

December 10, 2008

Bitlizard is a favorite user id of mine that I began using when, moving from Compuserve to AOL in the days before the www, I found that my “bitwizard” id was already taken. BitWizard (the ‘bit’ a reference to my assembly language ability) now seems a bit unseemly – a bit too self congratulatory and [...]

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Bringing it up

December 9, 2008

After many years of having a personal blog site that I never updated, I’ve decided to try and turn a new leaf and start from scratch. Using the software has turned out to be an enjoyable learning experience. Once I had it up and running I found that it was tempting to start hacking [...]

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