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  • QuickChat #252, January 17, 2013 [View instapost]
    Australia with gold? Really? I had no idea. I may need to take a Geography course again.

    Anyways, those of you with stock in Intel may be happy campers, as they just scored a big deal with Cisco for making more direct-order chips. I think purchasing stock in any of the Chip makers is a good idea, because this is the staple of the electronics industry these days. (Off handedly, I can't remember if my father sold or kept his Intel, I'll have to ask him), but please debunk my thoughts if you think this is wrong ;)

    That being said, I am not convinced I would want to put any money in Cisco at this time as they are having huge turn-over issues within their organization. Speaking with experience in dealing with the IT giant, it seems to be that every time they purchase a new product line (WebEx, ScanSafe, etc), that product goes through serious customer service issues and then some. Overall, I'd say avoid Enterprise Technology giants at this time in general because people are tightening their belts right now, and businesses are not accepting technology based on a name alone these days. More and more people are asking if the IT giants are worth it, and truth be told, I think these skeptics are right. This article, in fact, points to that same trend.

    Oh, and more on that subject of cheap, off-brand PC's: This thing took off!
    Jan 17 06:45 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #251, January 3, 2013 [View instapost]
    LT, it may also prove useful to mention that nature's natural ratio is 3 males to 1 female to begin with, so the cards were stacked against girls to begin with! Also, this is still practiced in countries like Indonesia and India as well (I wish I had my source to cite. I was reading this in a science magazine quite some time ago). Apparently, these countries citizens try to determine the sex of the baby in the womb and they will just abort it before even letting it live once they realize it's a girl.

    There was also a somewhat similar "tradition favors the male" issue in Japan. Although they were not killing off their infant females, they were telling their females that they were next to worthless, that they were to run the household flawlessly, but that their husbands/brothers would see all the honor and fruits of the labor. Getting married was apparently as good as a death sentence, and as a result a marriage shortage (subsequently followed by a baby shortage, due to stringent rules on single mothers) ensued.

    Women would rather live single and free under their parent's roofs for the rest of their lives than get married, because they didn't want to become "Domestic Slaves" so to speak.

    Then, the Earthquake hit, and Japan saw a huge marriage boom after such a long dry spell.

    My fiance tells me sometimes that he wishes an asteroid WOULD land into the Earth, because natural disasters have a way of waking people up. I'm sorry to say that I see where he is come from.
    Jan 11 10:46 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #251, January 3, 2013 [View instapost]
    I know this is a bit more geared for a "Political Quick Chat," but I cannot seem to locate where that went (sorry if I'm posting wrong).

    Just got an email from our Company Controller, stating that our Paychecks will have noticeably lower Net Pay, citing the Payroll Tax increase and Higher Medical Insurance Premium Deductions. -.-' It's apparent that this whole "Soak the Rich" or whatever it was called is working... clearly... because a meager little college student making it on 22k is obviously FILTHY FRIGGIN' RICH!!!!!!

    P.S. Again, my apologies if this is in the wrong quick chat. If there is a political Quick Chat, just link me, please.
    Jan 10 06:24 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #250, December 8, 2012 [View instapost]
    Duck Races and Whole Enchilada Festival? Dad, are you being sarcastic >.> It's hard to tell over the web.
    Dec 20 02:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #250, December 8, 2012 [View instapost]
    Maya, I'm very envious of you! Have fun for my Dad and I, yeah?

    We are just going to make "End of the World Ribs" at home. I've got a recipe from the Yucatan Peninsula that involvess teaming the ribs in banana leaves.

    It will not be nearly as tasty as the food you'll probably have.
    Dec 20 11:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #250, December 8, 2012 [View instapost]
    Good morning from the Mountain Time Zone, all! I've survived another semester with all brain cells intact, and have something that you investors may want to be aware of.

    My father and I live on the US-Mexico border right next to the infamous Cuidad Juarez. Now, despite it's reputation, apparently North American companies are looking at Juarez as an option for "reshoring," which is to say that they want to move their Chinese factories back to this continent. You can catch the entire article here in our local Business News Paper.

    I'm interested to hear your thoughts on how this may change your investment strategies, if at all.
    Dec 20 11:24 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #239, July 31, 2012 [View instapost]
    And it turns again from agriculture and food to health! (but not quite healthcare)

    I follow this doctor. So far, he has had a great impact on my nutritional well being in very positive ways. That being said, I sense he is a bit of an alarmist. By all means, I hope to hear back from others to debunk him if they think he's full of it. The below article has info on MON and it's international relations, if anyone cares to read.
    Aug 13 10:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #239, July 31, 2012 [View instapost]
    I thought that was called "Common Courtesy", HTL, but apparently it's about as Common as "Common Sense."

    As they say in El Paso, TX: Hijole.
    Aug 2 10:44 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #239, July 31, 2012 [View instapost]
    I have favored the Android over the iPhone myself for quite some time now, however, I don't think it's a one-size fits all.

    I think that people who buy iPhone's for the sake that it's "the phone" to have are silly, and need to do better research.

    iPhone is stable, babies it's users, has accessories, but over-regulates programming and apps. This does good things, because it guarantees as somewhat stable app-base.

    Android can be somewhat the opposite. As a nerd/techie, I can make my Android practically get up and sing, and it's not locked down so hard core. But if I crash my phone, that's my fault :P

    Not sure who uses Windows phones.
    Aug 2 10:36 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #239, July 31, 2012 [View instapost]
    This must be why they call you "Options Girl." Do you have a super-hero cape and everything? All kidding aside, I'm not familiar with Stock Splits or Options yet, I'm sad to say. I'm still trying to get the grasp of investing in general.
    Aug 2 10:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #239, July 31, 2012 [View instapost]
    I was actually telling somebody on a Wallstreet breakfast that I'd rather discuss things in terms of value and culture. They were labeling one side of the political aisle as people who hate "hard workers" but people I know from that end of the aisle are hard workers.

    It's all just a red herring.
    Aug 2 10:30 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #239, July 31, 2012 [View instapost]
    Microsoft is continually late on the hardware scene. They were behind the curve with the gaming platform, behind the curve with the Smartphone rebuild, and are incredibly behind the curve on tablets. Even if the equipment is good (and from what I've seen, it's not all that), they simply arrived to late.

    Microsoft's role as the go-to Business Software guru is still going strong, but I think businesses are becoming disillusioned with their Labyrinth-like licensing rules, which make it very business unfriendly to buy. With every new release, they add in a new quid pro quo, change the game, and irritate everybody.
    Aug 2 10:29 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    I'm not at all surprised about Oracle losing its pants off again! I no longer even regard this company as an "IT" company, more like a legal shark tank. Litigation is evidently cheaper than innovation, or so it appears to these gambling fools.

    I think Seth Godin summed it up best with the diagram featured below:
    Aug 2 10:22 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    I'm not sure what "right-wingers" you're hanging around Bob 123, but the "Right-Wingers" I know are dedicated to hard work, and absolutely adore the role of the teacher (though, I don't think they are convinced that standardized testing is a good thing). I think we need to stop labeling things as "right" or "left." Political labeling is as much a red herring as the "race card."

    We need to talk about things in terms of culture and values.
    Aug 2 10:20 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #237, July 17, 2012 [View instapost]
    Just skimmed it and saw the ABC article about them blaming the Tea Party for the shooting in CO. Why is everybody so quick to blame the Tea Party? I'd sooner assume it was an Occupy Wall Street person because so far their rallies have caused more violence than Tea Party rallies. I have yet to hear of somebody getting raped at a Tea Party rally. Horrendous.
    Jul 20 06:59 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment