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Tue Jul 22

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JeanDavid replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 3:55 PM

Re: Computer Backup

Since a laptop is carried around much more in college than high school, I'm more worried about drops and bumps that may cause a hard drive failure.

It may be too late for you, but a friend of mine is starting college this fall, and [more]

Mon Jul 21

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JeanDavid replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 10:16 PM

Re: Encryption software

The PDF format supports encryption natively. Adobe Reader can open and decrypt such files. Since they are standard PDF files, they have an extension of .PDF, not .exe.

You don't say what OS you are using, but if you have a Mac, saving
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JeanDavid replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 10:07 PM

Re: Encryption software

The PDF format supports encryption natively. Adobe Reader can open and decrypt such files. Since they are standard PDF files, they have an extension of .PDF, not .exe.

This does not address how you get the password or passphrase from [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 9:29 AM

Re: Encryption software

I am looking for some encryption software to encrypt primarily pdf documents for emailing.

The 'requirements' are simple:
1 - no user/recipient software required to decrypt document
2 - output document cannot be an exe
3 -
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JeanDavid replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 7:09 AM

Re: Is the market overvalued

If a roulette table pays 2.1 to 1 for red and 1.9 to 1 for black, it tells me nothing about which one will win the next roll. If I bet black and it comes up 10 times in a row, I will think I am smart, but it is the person who bets with the odds [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 7:05 AM

Re: Is the market overvalued

I think inflation-adjusted is all that matters, Buffett mentions it in his risk analysis for investors. Inflation adjusted returns. What else would matter?

One thing that might matter is the inflation rate you experience yourself, not [more]

Sun Jul 20

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JeanDavid replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 7:53 AM

Re: Is the market overvalued

The problem is that the Fed has artificially kept interest rates low so we are operating in an artificial environment. We have been propped up by an ENORMOUS ongoing stimulus program designed to make people take risks. Well, people are taking risk [more]

Fri Jul 18

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JeanDavid replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 11:40 PM

Re: Facebook Login Problem

Your IP Address is 123.456.789.012.

If it actually reported that, something's wrong. :)


No. I changed it to not reveal my true IP address. I picked one that followed the regular format, but was obviously wrong.

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JeanDavid replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 3:39 PM

Re: lifespan of Berkshire Hathaway

I am thinking of creating a multi-generational trust with BRK stock as the only investment. This raises the question of the longevity of Berkshire Hathaway. I would appreciate any thoughts from the board including the consequences if a change [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 2:08 PM

Re: Facebook Login Problem

That link gets me right to my home page on Facebook with no problems.
Your browser is Mozilla/5.0
(X11; Linux x86_64; rv:24.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/24.0.
You are not behind a proxy server.
It is currently 7/18/2014 2:02:29 [more]

Thu Jul 17

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JeanDavid replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 11:57 AM

Re: Phone calls asking for my microsoft computer

Back in the days when stock swindlers made telemarketing calls from their boiler rooms, I thought to ask them to place me on their DO-NOT-CALL list, which they never did.

Then they said that they wanted to establish a close professional [more]

Tue Jul 15

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JeanDavid replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 9:47 PM

Re: Phone calls asking for my microsoft computer

How can I tell if they are really from Microsoft? They do not show up on my caller ID memory.

It is fantastically easy to tell if they are really from Microsoft. Microsoft, like the IRS, never calls. So if they say they are from [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Railroads board. 12:56 PM

Re: WSJ: GE leads in locomotives

That's 8 to 10 years of service.

And at $4 million apiece, that stinks.
Those AEM7s are still running 30 years later, though not pride-of-the-fleet anymore. The GG-1s ran even longer than that.

They are running Alsthom [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 12:48 PM

Re: Book review by Gates

Here is a great book on how Xerox dropped the ball:

Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented, then Ignored, the First Personal Computer

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JeanDavid replied to the Mechanical Investing board. 7:59 AM

Re: Now what?

I'm down with that. That's just another buying opportunity.

A buying opportunity only if you still have a lot of cash lying around or another source of income to provide the money to buy anything. And if the economy does not improve [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 7:52 AM

Re: Where to put $10,000?

I worked at a very famous Research and Development laboratory most of my professional life</B?

You worked at Bell Labs in its heyday? Impressive! :)


It is true I worked there. I may have the dubious distinction of [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Railroads board. 12:50 AM

Re: WSJ: GE leads in locomotives

Of course one problem with electrics could be their light weight. Diesels have heavy diesel engines and lots of copper on board to weigh them down. With an electric you might have to add dead weight ballast for traction. Getting that right could [more]

Mon Jul 14

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JeanDavid replied to the Railroads board. 5:17 PM

Re: WSJ: GE leads in locomotives

If I remember correctly, GE's last electric locomotive, the E-60, was unsatisfactory. It did not pollute much. They had made good electric locomotives in the past. Such as their rectifier version of the E-44. I think they lost the ability to design [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Mechanical Investing board. 7:48 AM

Re: Now what?

The speculation is about when the fed pulls the plug on qe.

I do not think they will ever pull the plug on QE. They announced it once, and then withdrew it. They announced it again and pretended to withdraw it. But when Russia [more]

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JeanDavid replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 7:29 AM

Re: Where to put $10,000?

At my old job, I never could figure out how they decided what R&D projects to invest in.

I worked at a very famous Research and Development laboratory most of my professional life. There, they were very careful to distinguish [more]

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