Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM Tuesday, February 28, 2006: Which
"sick?" My doctor took one look at my inflamed throat and upper respirtory
inflection and prescribed Ketek, a powerful antibiotic. My friend Ed
Sonderling emailed me:
OK Harry. Im
not a doctor, but I am wise to some of their scams. Antibiotics are only effective
against bacteriological infections. Bacteria are cells. Colds and flues are
not bacteria. They are viruses, which are one-millionth the size of bacteria
cells. They invade and destroy cells. Antibiotics are not effective against
viruses and they do not cure colds. However, most cold viruses are destroyed
by the bodys own immune system (phagocytes and lymphocytes) within a
couple of days. So it will seem as if your Ketek is effective. But all you
really need is sleep and plenty of fluids. That will be $200 please. Pay on
your way out.
The upshot is
that I slept most of yesterday, took plenty of fluids and gulped two Keteks.
And this morning I feel better. The only "cure" I haven't tried is
Jewish penicillin -- i.e. chicken soup. That stuff actually works. A study published
in the journal Chest demonstrated that chicken soup may contain substances
with beneficial activity including an anti-inflammatory effect that could ease
the symptoms of colds and other upper respiratory infections. Chicken soup was
found to inhibit neutrophil migration providing a basis for an anti-inflammatory
activity. The researchers also noted that to benefit from Jewish penicillin,
you don't have to be Jewish.
The best place for chicken soup, New York's 2nd Avenue Deli has closed
because the building's owners jacked the rent for the 2,800 square feet restaurant
from $24,000 to $33,000 a month. It's suddenly become harder to get real Jewish
chicken soup in New York.
Fortunately, I feel a bit better this morning, so either the rest, the liquids,
my own immune system or the Ketek is working. I live for another day.
luck: My five Vanguard funds are doing better
(and cheaper) than some of my "professional" money managers. In order
of best performance, the Vanguard funds are the International Value Fund, the
Mid-Cap Index Fund Admiral shares, the Emerging Markets Stock Index, the Total
International Stock Index and the Pacific Stock Index Admirals (the only one
down and only slightly).
works all over the world.
I've raved about Verizon's Broadband Access. Stick one of their cards in your
laptop. Access the Internet at high speed from virtually anywhere in the U.S.
-- and I mean virtually anywhere. Cingular has a similar card and similar service.
It's slower. But it has one big plus. It works internationally. It works
in Europe, in England, in Japan, in Singapore, etc. I had lunch with a world
traveler yesterday who had one and raves about it. Both the Cingular and the
Verizon card cost $59.99 a month for unlimited usage. That's cheap if you think
of the coverage and what it costs per night in a hotel. Six nights and you've
paid off the card.
The Cingular card which you slide into your laptop. Some laptops now come
with these cards already built-in..
Keylogging is the latest Internet "virus".
It captures your keystrokes and sends them via the Internet to the crooks. If
you bank by Internet, you need to be careful. Protect yourself:
+ Keep your Windows up to date with Microsoft's latest patches.
+ Run an antivirus program regularly. That doesn't mean run it constantly. I
find running it constantly slows my PC down too much.
+ Install a software or hardware firewall. I prefer a hardware firewall. I use
+ Tweak your browser. www.cert.org/tech_tips/securing_browser.
superiority of women
When he found out he was going to inherit a
fortune when his sickly father died, Charles decided he needed a woman to enjoy
it with. So one evening he went to a singles bar where he spotted the most beautiful
woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.
"I may look
like just an ordinary man," he said as he walked up to her "but in
just a week or two, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars."
The woman went home with Charles that evening, and three days later, she became
these people vote!
Jerry bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put
it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying: "Free to good
home. You want it, you take it".
For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at
it. He eventually decided that people were too untrusting of this deal. It looked
too good to be true, so he changed the sign to read:
"Fridge for sale $50". The next day someone stole it.
at a house, my brother asked Nancy, the real estate agent which direction was
North because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning.
She asked, "Does the sun rise in the North?"
When my brother explained that the sun rises in the East, (and has for sometime),
she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with that stuff"...
Mary used to work
in technical support for a 24/7-call center. One day she got a call from an
individual who asked what hours the call center was open. She told him, "The
number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?"
Wanting to end the call quickly, She said, "Uh, Pacific"
This column is about my personal search for the perfect
investment. I don't give investment advice. For that you have to be registered
with regulatory authorities, which I am not. I am a reporter and an investor.
I make my daily column -- Monday through Friday -- freely available for three
reasons: Writing is good for sorting things out in my brain. Second, the column
is research for a book I'm writing called "In Search of the Perfect
Investment." Third, I encourage my readers to send me their ideas,
concerns and experiences. That way we can all learn together. My email address
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