It’s nice to have a job and a paycheck. Sometimes it’s the big things (like not needing to trade my retirement accounts, pay penalties to take the profits out and spend on essentials like, oh, food…) and some times it’s the little things.
Friday was my first “Payday” in a ‘very long time’. It was nice ;-)
As a reward for a half dozen years of living frugally and never spending any money I didn’t have to spend, I bought a new laptop. It’s an HP Pavilion g6 1b79dx (per the sticky label on the palm rest).
This machine has memory measured in gigabytes. For most of my computers, even the hard disks were not measured in Gigabytes. Frankly, other than really really crappy code, I can’t even imagine what could use gigabytes of memory. (Must be all those way-obese object oriented coding environments that load every library imaginable just to print out “Hello World”…)
The good news for me is that my 12 or so year old Mac iBook will now be used only for Mac Stuff and historical archiving. The (ever fattening) Java engine and the (ever bloating) Dancing Java Craplettes that are being added to every web page had made them so obese that I could have, at most, 2 web pages open at the same time before it began to swap horribly. (It has 256 Megabytes of memory, IIRC. More than enough for any well written program… but we seem to have embraced the world of “Cheap but poorly constructed” coding practices..
At any rate, with no changes to the Mac at all, it had gone from stellar performance to painful of late. All do to “crap” other folks decided I wanted shoved down my internet connection… So this machine will fix that, at least for a couple of years.
Also, the internal wireless had died on the iBook ( I’ve been using an external dongle). It works, but more “stuff” to carry around and not exactly subtle in deployment… it looks like a miniature satellite dish… but it picks up Starbucks Hotspots from a block away ;-)
At any rate, not exactly subtile for a quick stock market check or private email while at lunch.
What Does This Mean To You?
Well, a couple of things.
First off, it ought to mean I can connect and check things or put up new postings a bit more often.
Second, it means I can slide a linux onto this puppy and port over such things as GIStemp, my StockScreen program, and sundry other things. While that will take a while to do (maybe a couple of months) it eventually means I’ll have everything in one place and with me. So more things I can do with them (more “instant analysis” rather than “maybe in a month when back to the California Desk”…
All in all, I expect some significant improvement.
In the short run, it will mean a bit more time doing “computer set-up maintenance”. Shutting off all the “auto everythings” that are mostly for marketing purposes of the vendor. I’m not really interested in other folks controlling my machines… Then there is getting a download of a non-Windoz Internet Exploder browser. (Safari and Firefox both, typically, to Opera is nice too). And installing Open Office… And getting used to a slightly different keyboard layout… (I’ve already accidentally tapped something on the mousepad area a half dozen times that causes the cursor / hot window to run off somewhere else….
At any rate, I expect to be a bit less “distant” with this tool in hand than I’ve been for the last couple of weeks. Time will tell.
At any rate, I need to get back to working on this weeks WSW Posting.
A lot has happened
A lot has happened in the markets this last week. Mostly an “almost fast crash” and a very abbreviated ‘ring down’. It looks a bit like a Dead Cat Bounce short cover on Thursday, but too fast and slightly odd timing. I’d guessed it was some kind of computer driven event and was very gratified when one of the Fast Money panel said the same thing. (On one day, in something like 54/100 of a second, some odd millions of computer generated quotes / trades were generated against ONE stock and moved the price down something like 5%. Just crazy.) So, at any rate, it’s not just me looking at it and saying “What the?…” “High Frequency Trading”. Folks who issue a million trades in a second or two. It really does need some fixing… (Personally, I’d just advocate for having a Quality Of Service setting on their network feed that limited them to a non-damaging speed.)
At any rate, it will take me a bit more time, so will likely arrive late tonight. Not feeling comfortable about a re-entry anyway at this point, so “watchful waiting” is an OK default strategy for now.
I also need to find out what linux, if any, supports all the new devices in this HP Laptop. That’s the bane of the new computer for the Linux Geek. All those lovely new devices that have no software yet to use them. Lately it’s been the wireless cards that were least likely to work. Oh, and I have no idea where to get a Linux CD to install from in Orlando. (I’ve also lost track of which downloadable Linux release has the best “slide Windows to the side but keep it working” partition manager). So any suggestions / research on that would be very much welcome!
Time To Go Shopping
There are a couple of other “long put off things” that I need, so today will also have a shopping spree in it. More / better clothes (and getting rid of that 3 x week do the laundry thing ;-) and maybe even a new tire for the car (so the front axle has 2 of the same thing / size on it…).
So I’m off to shopping for just a bit, maybe even a lunch out, and then laundry (to get ready for work and get the new stuff washed for wearing). With a WSW percolating in the brain while I’m at it.
I remember when Sunday was a day of rest…