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Lenovo: Chat Tech's Uninformed and Without Managers, Warranties not honored.


In my continuing quest to find a Dual SM Dual Active phone, I online chatted with a Lenovo employee. It didn't go well, but Lenovo's sales rep has created my new favorite phrase.

is that a phone?

It's days later and I still start laughing every time I think of it.

Gigabyte GSmart Simba SX1 not available in the US


In my quest to track down a Dual SIM Dual Active phone, I tried to see if there was anyway to get a GSmart Simba SX1in the US. As shown below, Gigabyte doesn't sell in the US at all :(

3/4/2014 11:15 AM
Question: Where is [the GSmart Simba SX1] available in the USA?

3/6/2014 8:02 AM

Dear Michael,

Thanks for your mail and inquiry.

Cheap 300 W/m^2 with a Fresnel lens and a Tesla Turbine


For whatever reason, I was laughing to myself recently about the old Myth Busters Archimedes' Ancient Death Ray episode where they used 100s of kids, with flat mirrors, and couldn't to set fire to a boat [1]. Well, duh! Anyone who's used a parabolic mirror to melt copper in seconds can only wonder if the whole thing was a setup. The whole point to concentrating solar energy is to NOT use a flat reflective surface. A simple round (large, ~4 ft.) piece of polished bronze mounted with a bolt in the middle to provide for changing the concavity to move the focal point is all Archimedes would have needed to set any house, or boat, on fire [2].

Okay, moving on, that's not really the topic of this post, but it did get me to thinking about concentrating solar heat energy and why there isn't a cheap solar to electric generator on the market?

GNOME 3, KDE 4 Developers: "We're doing it our way. Suck it up Princess!"


Has the entire Linux desktop development space gone suicidal? Were they just bought off by Microsoft, to make the two most used desktops a complete mess?

Seriously, developers, we just want a desktop that works. Keep your bells, whistles, and we don't care about the users attitudes to yourselves AND STOP thinking it's okay to shove stuff down our throats. You aren't Microsoft. I'm sorry you feel we the users have to suffer like Microsoft users suffer. Good Bye KDE. Good Bye GNOME.

Which left me hanging. Seriously, I've just pitched out the two most used Linux desktops out there . . .

Translating Women


How to translate what a woman says (the men's version):

AmiBroker - Optimizer and Backtester losing trades


[This post is for the files attachments to accompany the forum past at: ]

Anyone know how to get the Backtester and Optimizer to include all trades in their results? The code below ( initiates trades that get captured by the logfile, but they don't show up or get accumulated in the Backtester or Optimizer. The results are from ~six months of 1-minute bars of FAS. The Backtester shows 16 trades with profit of $7,110.38. Per the logfile there were 24 trades with profit of $3,751.29.

Anyone know why the extra 8 trades weren't included in the Backtester?

Linux Upgrade Hell (or, KDE4 sucks)


Linux really needs a "I'm a noob" button, such that it quits asking the user questions we don't have a clue how to answer. (Unless of course we're kernel developers or the like.) Hopefully Mandriva 2010.1 will have a better install interface...

Fully Automating the Interactive Brokers plugin of AmiBroker (TWS API)


Using the Interactive Brokers (IB) plugin with AmiBroker requires a delicate touch. It's not that it doesn't work, it's that the current instructions are old and miss highly important points to achieve full automation of downloading multiple symbols.

This document will identify the method to automate AmiBroker 5.30 on Windows XP(*) to fill ~180+ days of historical 1-minute data for up to 100 symbols using the AmiBroker IB plugin to connect to the Interactive Brokers, Trader Workstation's API.

Sources for Intraday Historical Stock Data


For back testing possible automated systems for use by a hedge fund, I have a need for 2 years of 1 minute intraday stock data, with at least monthly updates. I might as well publish the research I've done so far...

There is no real order below, I chose {haven't chosen yet}

If you have a source that isn't listed, please add it in a comment.


Zalman ZM-NC2000Black Notebook Cooler (Black)


Future Review of the "Zalman ZM-NC2000Black Notebook Cooler (Black)"

(It's arriving in a few days and I need a stub to play with...)

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