Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
8:30 AM EST, Wednesday, March 28: Oil
bounced $1.20 to $64.13 yesterday over the 15 British service members still
being held by Iran. Iran is a huge exporter of oil. The UN is putting increasingly
strong sanctions on Iran to stop building an atom bomb. America present has
a huge military naval exercise just outside Iranian waters -- some message of
our seriousness of our dislike for their bomb.
If the Iran situation blows up, oil could easily jump to $80+ a barrel. Hence,
own a few oil stocks as a hedge against the likely drop in other stocks that
will happen when oil becomes super expensive.
Compact screw-in fluorescents (CFL) - Part 2: The
key is buying cheap, preferably on sale. Not like me. I bought from HDSupply.com
(Home Depot company), which is not cheap. The second key is testing. Test for
color. Can your wife stand the light? Will it fit the socket of your lights.
Most should. Reader Ed Paragi writes:
I recently purchased
5 for $9.00 on sale at a local (New Haven, IN) hardware chain store. They
are GE brand and have an equivalent light output of a 60 watt bulb and use
only 14 watts of electricity. I have had seven 40 and 60 watt equivalent bulbs
of an off-brand in my home for more than two years. One failed after approximately
I read just
last week that GE has invested millions of dollars in bringing the incandescent
lamp into the 21st Century and promise to market a modern lamp that will consume
no more electricity than the CFLs in the near future.
By the way,
I disassembled the dead CFL (I'm an electrical engineer and still curious
about what makes things tick) and was amazed to find some 21 electronic components,
some high quality, on a 1.5 inch diameter printed circuit in the base of the
lamp. These components all have leads -- not a surface mount part in the lot.
Even if the manufacturer found a way to assemble this by machine, the sheer
cost of the parts alone would have been worth more than I paid for the CFL
unless the volume produced was enormous.
is switching to Apple computers: Which is why I like Apple stock,
though it's high. And why I like Apple computers. I don't have to keep fixing
my friends' frequently-busted Windows machines. My friends ask, "if I buy
an Apple, how will I get all my stuff over to it?" Easy, take your Windows
laptop into an Apple store. They'll move your files over for free when you buy
a new Apple computer.
Apple is going after the corporate market -- Microsoft's strength. A friend
recently bought Parallels, the software that lets a Mac also run Windows. He
received this email:
morning Microsoft switched my laptop's clock back an hour, again. Are you listening,
Mr. Ballmer? We're now on daylight savings time. I
repeat. Do not upgrade to Vista or Office 2007. See below.
We, here at
Apple, work in partnership with Parallels and were informed that you recently
purchased a copy of Parallels Desktop for the Mac. We are curious to find
out more about how you use Parallels with your Macs. Do you need to run all
of Windows or just one application? Are you considering switching your business
from PCs to Macs?
As a business
customer, you should be interested to learn about our team. Created a few
years ago, the Apple Enterprise Sales Team serves our business customers by
providing you the following:
engineering consulting on our business solutions: Xserve, Xserve RAID, Xsan,
MacPros and MacBook Pros as well as Pro Applications (Apple remote Desktop,
Final Cut Studio, Logic Pro...) and more complex "Enterprise" issues
such as integration of Macs in Windows, UNIX, Linux environments, Data Back-Up
and Retention solutions, Digital Assets Management, Switching from PCs to
pricing and flexible procurement options (corporate accounts, leasing, online
- Volume Licensing
(on software and maintenance)
hardware for you to test our equipment before purchase
on 3rd party solutions: hardware (Exabyte, AJA...) and software (BakBone,
Atempo, Parallels, Adobe, Quark...)
Services for implementation
Should you be
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It's not only the newspaper business that's in trouble: It's
also the magazines. People are reading fewer and fewer of them, preferring to
go online. I sold my magazine business in September 1997 -- somewhere near the
peak. I was bone lucky. From AdAge.com.
it cost to send your son to business school? Michael,
my son, is off to Harvard Business School in the fall. he just gave me a budget:
$95,038 for the first year and $96,572 for the second -- for a total of $191,610
for the two years. Virtually all of that is school fees -- tuitition is $41,900
in the first year and $43,995 in the second. Room, books, health care and laundry
make up most of the rest. He's does have a figure of $3,000 for entertainment.
He thinks I'm financing his dates. If I cut that budget item, he'll be forced
to find some handsome ladies who like Michael for his charm and good looks. ...
On the other hand, recently he has found some great investments, the profits of
which should pay his entire fees and extravagant dates.
Maybe it will speed up grandchild production?
NEW YORK (AdAge.com)
-- The hits to consumer magazines keep on coming: Time Inc. has pulled the
plug on its latest attempt to revive Life magazine, the once-storied photo-heavy
weekly that came back as a weekly newspaper supplement in October 2004. Its
issue dated April 20 will be its last.
The decision means 42 more Time Inc. employees, 17 from editorial and 25 from
the publishing side, are out of work, a spokeswoman said. Bigs including Life
Publisher Peter Bauer, Editor William Shapiro and Executive Editor Maggie
Murphy are in talks about finding new positions within the company.
Time Inc. blamed the failure on the host it chose for Life's new incarnation:
newspapers. "While consumers responded enthusiastically to Life, with
the decline in the newspaper business, and the outlook for advertising growth
in the newspaper supplement growth category, the response was not strong enough
to warrant further investment in Life as a weekly newspaper supplement,"
the company said in a statement this morning.
But big magazine
publishers have also been spiking titles with unusual regularity since last
year, which saw shutdowns including Time Inc.'s Teen People; Elle Girl and
Shock from Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.; eMap's U.S. edition of FHM; Weekend
and Shop Etc. from Hearst Magazines; Celebrity Living and Shape en Espanol
from American Media Inc. This year, Hachette has already killed Premiere,
the 20-year-old movie title.
And Ann S. Moore,
Time Inc. chairman-CEO, has pursued an extended effort to streamline the company
-- the country's biggest magazine publisher -- through reorganization, downsizing
and asset sales.
"Growth requires taking risks and the potential upside was huge, but
unfortunately the timing worked against us," Ms. Moore said the statement.
"The market has moved dramatically since October 2004 and it is no longer
appropriate to continue publication of Life as a newspaper supplement."
As has become
the norm with print closures, the company said it remains committed to the
brand even without a magazine iteration. It will keep building an online portal
for Life, for example, intended to house its collection of 10 million images.
The site is planned to go live later this year.
Life was first
published by Time Inc. as a weekly in 1936; it closed in 1972 and reappeared
as a monthly that ran from 1978 through 2000.
upgrading to Office 2007 or Vista is not advisable, yet: The
most useful office gadget I own is a Dymo label printer, like this one. (I have
an older version).
The thing prints labels -- for mailing, for filing, for organizing. It's a super
tool. When I had a company, I bought everybody one. They worked flawlessly for
years. They still do. Will it work with Microsoft's new Office 2007? Here's
the answer from Dymo's web site:
A new version
of DLS with full support for Office 2007 is scheduled to be released by the
end of April 2007. In the interim, a beta release of DLS is currently available.
... This is beta level software and is not fully tested in all environments.
You may experience problems using the software. Please email any problems
or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wright's wonderful humor. Some of his gems:
"I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize."
from pessimists -- they don't expect it back."
people you know are below average."
"99% of lawyers
give the rest a bad name."
all statistics are made up on the spot."
is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good."
conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory."
"If you want
the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
"How do you
tell when you're out of invisible ink?"
seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something."
is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane."
pays off in the future, laziness pays off now."
if you get scared half to death twice?"
My mechanic told
me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
is the place where you got tired of thinking."
is something you don't get until just after you need it."
of the butter is directly proportional to the softness of the bread."
with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard."
you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up."
....and an all-time
to live forever; so far, so good."
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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