Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM EST, Monday, May 14: Australian
stocks are doing great. Check out this chart the Wall Street Journal
ran on Friday. I'm betting it doesn't include the gain in the rise of the Australian
dollar. Add another 8% for that in the last 6 months.
stockmarkets have performed this year
( to end of trading Thursday May 10, 2007)
Wall Street Journal Data Group
Here are the two easiest ways to benefit by Australian stock gains. Both are index
funds. The first trades on AMEX.
This one trades
on EWA are 0.54% a year. On Vanguard Australia, they're
+ For the first $50,000 0.75% p.a.
+ For the next $50,000 0.50% p.a.
+ Balance over $100,000 0.35% p.a.
There's also a
buy/Sell spread: Purchase +0.20%; Withdrawal -0.10%
The new Windows laptops are only marginally enticing:
New Intel chipsets, now called Core 2 Duo and
carrying the numbers L7300 (1.4 GHz) to T7700 (2.4 GHz) are definitely faster
than the present variety. But their higher speed gets absorbed by Vista's fancy
new Aero interface -- giving you, the user, no net gain. Unless you choose not
to use the Aero interface. The computer press now refers to Vista as a "resource
hog," which means it runs slowly and it drains laptop batteries speedily.
"big" development in new Windows laptops is that screens are getting
wider, to accommodate"one more column" on a spreadsheet." There's
a big demand from the corporate world. Toshiba's new M9 screen has a ratio of
1280 pixels wide x 800 high. The present M5 is "squarer." It is 1024
x 780. The screen is the same 14.1", measured diagonally.
you're buying a new Windows laptop, you can probably still get it with Windows
XP. If you beg the manufacturer gently. I'm staying with Windows XP with SP2
-- but no updates since then. My machine works fine. Ditto for my 15" MacBook.
(Have you watched Apple's stock recently? It's flying. Thank you, Harry.)
How to keep your Windows laptop running:
Many of my friends' Windows machines have blown up recently, locking up permanently.
Please follow these rules:
1. Don't open
attachments to emails.
2. Don't download
anything from any web site. That includes "plug-ins."
3. Don't install
software you have not tested on another machine -- your test machine. You don't
need most new software. Read my lips.
4. If your PC
is working fine and doing what you want it to do, don't download patches, fixes
and upgrades from any software vendors, including and especially Microsoft.
another reason to buy a Mac:
11, 2007: Redmond, WA (AHN) - A Microsoft update that was intended
to fix flaws in the software company's products kept users from using their
computers because of a long-standing bug in the update system itself.
releasing seven security updates on Tuesday, Microsoft support boards was
flooded by angry users complaining that their computers had locked up because
of a bug in the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Until Friday, some
users were still having problems.
which has plagued Microsoft users for months, causes the Windows Automatic
Update feature to lock up. A component of the software, svchost.exe, eats
up 100% of the computer's resources, during the update and renders the entire
system unusable. Users need to reboot to get their computers running again.
A fix was released
by Microsoft on Thursday. The hotfix can be downloaded and installed manually
on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems. The patch will be available
as part of the Microsoft Update bulletin late this month or in June.
fix the bug, users are urged to download and install a new stand-alone WSUS
version 3.0 client.
to keep in mind that the new WSUS client is only a partial solution and clients
must have both KB927891 and the new 3.0 client installed for a full solution,"
the WSUS team said in its blog.
Airline: Skybus: Why anyone sane would want
to start an airline. There's a new one. It's called Skybus.
Some flights are dirt cheap. Some are not. It's hubbed out of Columbus, Ohio.
It serves only 10 cities:
+ Ft Lauderdale
+ Kansas City
+ Los Angeles
+ San Francisco
Neat advertising: The baggage carousel at the Venice Airport sports
this wonderful advertisement for the Venice Casino.
The little old lady and the hard-of-hearing old man
A slightly deranged old lady was running up and down the halls her nursing home,
screaming "Supersex" at all the men.
She ran up to
an elderly man in a wheelchair. Flipping her gown at him, she said, "Supersex."
He sat silently
for a moment or two and finally answered, "I'll take the soup."
Hasidic family is most concerned that their 30-year-old son is unmarried.
So they call a
marriage broker and ask him to find their son a good wife.
The broker comes
over to their house and spends a long time asking many questions of the son
and his parents as to what they want in a wife/daughter-in-law. They give him
a long shopping list of requirements.
The marriage broker
takes a long time looking and finally asks to visit the family again. He tells
them of a wonderful woman he has found. He says she's just the right age for
the son...she keeps a Glat Kosher home...she regularly attends Schul and dovens
(prays) by heart...she is a wonderful cook ...she loves children and wants a
large family and, to crown it all off, she's gorgeous.
all this, the family is very impressed and begins to get excited about the prospects
of a wedding in the near future. But the son pauses and asks,
"Is she also
good in bed?"
The marriage broker
shrugs his shoulders and answers, "Some say yes...some say no."
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
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