Book – A Man For All Markets
A Man For All Markets

Book – A Man For All Markets

A Man For All Markets, by Edward O Thorp. A few thoughts on this book - a book definitely of the proverbial two halves.   The first half is very autobiographical. We learn of Edward's childhood and his developing ability in mathematics. This leads on to trying to figure out the odds in winning in games like blackjack and baccarat. How card counting techniques can help to move the odds in the player's favour (and in turn getting 'asked to leave!' from various Las Vegas casinos). Then on to the roulette wheel and timing the ball's rotation in order to…

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Compound Computation and possible student early retirement
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Compound Computation and possible student early retirement

About the use of compound interest, the eighth wonder of the world. Talk to a typical young uni student about pensions and ‘old people’ and immediately eyes will glaze over and brain disengages itself from any idea of intelligent thought, switching across to ‘I’m in a lecture so can catch up on lost sleep’ mode. (To most students, ‘old’ means staggering around on a zimmer frame and probably smelling of cats - just wait till they are ‘old’!!!) However what about compound interest! Have a think on this... Let’s take a guy (and I’ll use the term ‘guy’ and ‘he’…

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Microsoft Band 2 update.
Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft Band 2 update.

Some updates on my Microsoft Band 2 smart band.   It's about 6 weeks since I got my Microsoft Band 2, so I thought it was time for some more comments. Two things first; I am not a fitness person so its main use for general long term background measurements; and I also no longer have it! As mentioned in an earlier posting, perhaps the best thing of owning something like this was the inherent 'motivation factor' that came with it. Realising you were being constantly monitored did provided me with sufficient encouragement to use the stairs. Or if walking…

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review
Surface 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 First Impressions / Review. I have just got hold of a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 so thought I’d give some first impressions. There are very much ‘first’ as in it was just a couple of days ago that I got it from my local John Lewis store. (I had not intended to get the Pro 4 but wait till the 5. However recent press comments indicated that the 5 may not come out till next year. I don’t mind waiting a few months but not a year. Also John Lewis was having a bit of an…

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Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft Band 2 first thoughts. How about some first impressions of my Microsoft Band 2 that I got a week ago. (This is NOT a blow by blow review of all its functions etcetera. Just some first thoughts on how I found using it.) Let's get something sorted out first. I'm not a fitness fanatic, I do not do 'let's go to the gym' type stuff. (I think the last time I went to do any gym related fitness activity was about 17 years ago). I do like walking and occasionally ride a bicycle. Having said all that I do keep…

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what’s best for a web search

To search: Bing or Google? For performing a web search Google has become the dominant engine for much of the world, many now use the term as a verb (which gives the grammar police much to argue about; as a proper noun it is Google, but when used as a verb should it be "to Google" or "to google"). However Microsoft has its Bing engine which has grown in popularity recently, especially with it being very much integrated into the Windows 10 environment. (Remembers back when you selected your search engine according to the subject area you wanted to search around.…

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It’s new academic year time

Time again to get back to some academic studying (maybe). Also time for students to remember all those promises they made to themselves towards the end of last year about starting reports, projects and all that academic stuff shortly after been given them, NOT shortly before hand-in time! If we accept that your typical student will, for the first two-thirds of their course, spend 40% of that time pissed out of their trees, the same amount of time hung over / feeling sorry for themselves, that leaves 20% for studying. (Get to the final one-third of their course and there’s…

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remote desktop

Remote Desktop computer access. Over time I've tried one or two different remote desktop applications but none have impressed me enough to make me want to continue using them. However the idea of accessing my home desktop machine from anywhere has become quite appealing so I thought I'd have another go. A look around a few reviews showed that TeamViewer was highly rated so I downloaded it, created a Windows restore point (I always like to make my own separate restore point before doing anything like a program install); the TeamViewer create account and program install routine only took moments.…

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Panasonic TZ60 thoughts

Recently I wanted to get a nice pocket size camera. Something a bit better than what's on your typical smartphone but something that's still pocket-size. Some time ago I had a Panasonic TZ10 and really liked it, so looked up to see what was the latest model in the range and found the TZ60. A look on the internet showed it had some good reviews, and though the cost was slightly more than I wanted to pay I headed off down the shops and got one. I really dislike it! The quality of image is not too bad and the…

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HDTV update and excitement.

It's new HDTV time! It must have been about 8 years ago when I replaced my old style CRT type television with an LED model. This new 26 inch size screen was a nice move up from my old 23 inch television, and though it was a base model it had all the functionality I needed. Its main use was as a display device for my DVD player, occasionally plugged into my PC for internet related stuff, and very occasionally (and only very occasionally) used for standard television viewing. However time goes by, terrestrial broadcast HDTV arrives, general video camera…

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