Travis's lame ol' blog

yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Monday, April 05, 2004

Fake Nigerian (419) Banks

The Reg has a story about a site that has a list of the fake banks that the Nigerian Nigerian 419 scammers use. The sad thing is that people are still falling for these pathetic scam emails.
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- Friday, April 02, 2004

greed vs. long term stability vs. laziness

Before commissions, my current stock portfolio ranges from -0.12% to +384.28% (as of today's green market). I've been lucky this time around, the last time I invested my portfolio ranged from -99.5% to -75%. 3 of the stocks that I have right now would have a substantial profit if I sold them today, even after the commissions. Should I go by the "sell at +20% and -10%" rule, or should I continue holding on until the economy gets back into full swing? If I sold these 3 stocks today after commissions I'd have about $900. Nothing to retire over, but for me that's a good sized chunk of change. I'll most likely hold them for now, but I wonder what it would take for me to actually sell them? Will it take a huge loss to inspire me to sell, or will I hold until they recover (yeah right)? Will it take a huge growth, or will I hold out for even more growth? In recent times past it has greatly benefitted me to continue holding them. My portfolio is on it's third year in age. The entire first year it was all red, the second year it was mixed, and now it's mostly green. Will it get greener? I'm guessing I'll be inspired to sell when I just need the money - which will probably be soon anyways since I'll be buying a house. [Update] The lower end of the range is 0.03% BUT the upper end is now only 228%, damn market.

- Thursday, April 01, 2004

peeps

blue peeps

Time to move to Canada...

The Reg says file sharers are not guilty of copyright infringement under Canadian law. "I cannot see a real difference between a library that places a photocopy machine in a room full of copyrighted material and a computer user that places a personal copy on a shared directory linked to a P2P service," said the Canadian judge. This is just another reason to move to Canada. They have free health care, cuban cigars, their president isn't a miserable failure, US currency is worth more over there, they have the better side of Niagara Falls, they use the metric system, the list could go on and on. Maybe when the fast ferry gets here I'll commute (not for $80/day though).
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- Wednesday, March 31, 2004

So I bought a house...

Check it out! My offer was accepted, I can't wait to move in!

Notable features:
- plywood windows
- plastic covered floors
- free garbage bags
- blood-colored wallpaper
- only 4,584sq-ft to heat
- only 14 rooms to dust

I know, it sounds too good to be true! (april fools)
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BitTornado

I've been using an experimental version of TheSHAD0W's BitTorrent client for awhile, but I switched back to the default BitTorrent client when the latest version came out. After getting sick of the stupid alerts that come up when you get server errors I found BitTornado 0.1.1 when trying to find TheSHAD0W's version. So far it's worked great and has a few minor improvements over previous versions of TheSHAD0W's client.

The Governator

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US jobs created from outsourcing?

Tom's Hard News: "104,000 jobs were relocated in 2003, but 90,000 were created as a result of outsourcing. This trend would continue and allow US companies to spend more money on US workers, the study says. Looking ahead, 317,000 new jobs would be created due to outsourcing." Of course, the study should probably be taken with a grain of salt: "The study was sponsored by the ITAA which represents more than 11,000 IT companies in the US, including corporations such as IBM, one vocal proponent of outsourcing." There's still a difference of 14,000 jobs. I'm kinda on the fence on the whole outsourcing thing. On one hand, I don't want to lose my job or have my pay cut, but on the other one I don't blame companies for hiring workers who'll work for cheaper - as long as they do the same quality of work. Customer service would be the last place I would outsource though. I can barely understand people with southern accents, how am I expected to understand people who speak english as their second language?

- Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Nvu 0.2

Mozilla-based Nvu 0.2 is a web editor that I just came across. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like it might have a sweet feature or two. Most notably the ability to extract inline styles and export them to a single document. Considering the amount of junk HTML I've had handed to me lately, this might come in useful. Hopefully it's as easily extensible as FireFox is. It's originally made for the Lindows platform (ugh), but there are also test binaries available for Windows and Linux. I'll have to try it out and see how it performs - since it's a 0.2 test release, I don't expect it to work 100%.
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Office Space

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