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Dart throwing and advanced pinching (oneself)

I can’t tell you what to buy.

Throw a dart.

Most everything is going up.

Especially businesses that are …

+ Scaleable (like use the cloud),

+ Have products that we use and which excite us, and

+ Has management that doesn’t put the company in a pickle.

Here’s a pickle story from CondeNast Traveler:

It reads “With all of its challenges, is it possible the Max would be grounded forever?”  Click here.

Apple is now $315. Amazon is nearly $2,000. Microsoft is $166. Google is $1,450.

Nike is over $100.

The hype is still pouring in: viz an email received at 10:39 PM last night:

China said it was growing at 6.1% despite the Trade War. That’s a lot better than us.

Here are two years of Apple. Who knows when this will stop? Maybe $400?

Apple itself designs the main computer chip that goes into its iPhones and has them made by Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM).  Apple’s A13 Bionic  chip in my iPhone 11 sports 8.5 billion transistors and  can perform one trillion operations per second. I don’t make these numbers up.

Look at TSM’s ten-year chart — a thing of beauty:

You didn’t need to own Apple or TSM to do well. This is the S&p 500 compared to the DJI (Dow Jones) and the IXIC (Nasdaq) over the last two years.

Tennis locker room banter yesterday

Harry: I did really great today. I can afford to buy you a cup of coffee.

Lucas: No sugar.

Urgent updates should be installed

Download the latest Windows 7 and 10 updates and install them pronto. There’s bad stuff floating around.

What motivates members of Congress?

Justin Amash is a politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district since 2011. Originally a member of the Republican Party, Amash became an independent in July 2019.

This week he tweeted:

Does anyone have a decent credit card?

For years I’ve used a Citi MasterCard American Airlines AAdvantage card. but the card is increasingly useless:

+ American Airlines keeps bumping up mileage to get a “free” ticket.

+ American won’t allow me to buy the few extra miles I need for the “free” ticket.

Does anyone have a credit card that’s any good?

I’m thinking of a credit card that gives cash back — not airline miles you can’t use, that are always blocked, etc.

How to find stuff on your laptop

Not easy is the simple answer. Here are the solutions I use, in order:

+ Everything is free software that finds files on your hard disk. Type in Eleanor and it will find all the files — photos, etc — with the word “Eleanor” in it. It doesn’t search inside the files. It just searches the file names. It’s brilliant, simple, fast, flawless and free. Get it here.

+ Lookeen searches inside Outlook. It’s very thorough. I like my stand-alone version of Outlook (not in the cloud), which is part of Microsoft Office. Click here.

+ Windows Search is the search software that comes with Windows. It’s OK, but cumbersome. It worked better in Windows 7.

Favorite cartoons

And my absolute favorite:

Another trip for the kids

Eleanor and Peter live in Portland, Oregon. Here they are in Portland, Maine. When I was their age, a “big” trip was a three-mile bike ride to Bondi Beach.

Good weekend ahead. I’m seeing two of the grandkids.  — Harry Newton