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  • Microsoft: The Long Struggle Ahead To Grow Windows Revenue [View article]
    I agree, the new Apple ads suck. They make no sense. Android smart phones do everything an iPhone does, some like Moto X do more than an iPhone can.
    On the subject, I am not so pleased with how Apple does some things.
    The last MacOS I will use is 10.6 the newer ones aren't any improvement.
    iOS is inferior to Android on tablets and smart phones.
    iCloud sucks, I prefer dropbox.

    MS dumb ad update: Web ads with 2 year old children.
    Jul 29, 2015. 10:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Long Struggle Ahead To Grow Windows Revenue [View article]
    Microsoft amazes me sometimes with the most inane ads I have seen on TV.
    The microsoft phone ads were absurd, with a woman standing in lingerie next to the man in bed who would rather play with his phone. Other phone ads were as bad.
    The Surface ads with the dancing dimwits was almost painful to watch.
    Zune may have had ads but I actually can't remember them.
    Now there's a microsoft cloud ad showing people reacting to soccer. Soccer?
    I love hating Microsoft while Apple makes me rich.
    Jul 24, 2015. 12:01 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Why The Smart Money Is Short [View article]
    See, Musk deliberately loses money and sells so few cars to fool everyone!
    And although the consumers reject battery cars, they just need to take the lithuim "smart pills" Musk will also start selling. As they get "smart" like Musk, they'll decide to start liking battery cars that they hate today.
    Those doubters are just people who drive Hummers or Suburbans and don't care about the earth enough.
    Jul 21, 2015. 05:22 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No Growth, No Profit, No Problem [View article]
    This was interesting. I can't believe some mutual funds that are called "blue chip" own stocks like Amazon, Tesla, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.

    I remember how Hotmail sold themselves to Microsoft for $400 million because free email had "profit potential".

    Evidently people are mesmerized by Bezos, and others may be mesmerized by Musk. I don't get it.

    Remember how trading AOL was gonna make you rich also?
    Jul 21, 2015. 12:52 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Earnings Will Blow Past The Pundits, Again [View article]
    Netflix is becoming a studio as they produce more and more of their own content.
    Investors do like it evidently.
    Jul 17, 2015. 02:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Streaming - Potentially Worth Billions To The Bottom Line [View article]
    I like Apple, I'm a shareholder and fanboy.
    BUT, I think the likelihood of Apple making "billions" of profit from AppleTV is slim.
    Netflix has content problems, so they're producing their own. I don't like what I have seen so far but maybe I am picky.
    Searching for a movie on Netflix that I haven't seen already and that I want to see is difficult. Three months of Netflix buys you a 1080p player at Walmart to play Redbox movies on.
    Funny thing, I got a TV antenna for a spare TV and the stuff I see is great sometimes; "Streets of San Francisco" "Wanted:Dead or Alive" "Star Trek" etc.
    Jul 16, 2015. 11:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Watch Volumes Are Much Better Than Slice Figures Suggest [View article]
    I'm an Apple fanboy since '84, and a shareholder.
    I think they will sell some watches, but not gazillions.
    Either way, AAPL shares are going up.
    I just got an Invicta Russian Diver watch; 52mm diameter, bam! Take that little iWatch.
    Jul 14, 2015. 12:55 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: A $7.6 Billion Write-Off Plus Layoffs Are Never Good Signs [View article]
    Whether the author is proved correct or not will take time. I have no idea how well Microsoft will succeed in the future.
    The cash cows they have (Windows OS, Office) are under threat from competitors.
    Windows competitors=Mac OS, Chrome OS, Linux OS.
    Office competitors=iWork, Googledocs, Openoffice, maybe others?
    Maybe Microsoft has other things that they can make profits from, we shall see. The human capital there will probably determine that.
    But, I have seen bad business mistakes from Microsoft; inane "microsoft stores" in malls (why?), Zune music player ("Zune zucks"), microsoft nokia phones, and still not much traction from Surface tablets.
    Jul 10, 2015. 11:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: A $7.6 Billion Write-Off Plus Layoffs Are Never Good Signs [View article]
    Get the Dell XPS 13 running Ubuntu Linux.
    Jul 10, 2015. 11:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Beating The S&P 500 Is So Hard, And Why Even Protecting Against A 10-15% Correction Matters [View article]
    Excellent comment, rarely are taxes mentioned for their impact on your investment returns.

    Taxes are actually the #1 factor affecting your retirement income from investments.
    Jul 5, 2015. 12:04 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4 Things You Must Know About Buying Stocks Now [View article]
    Selling the inherited stock may cause you capital gains taxes. This is money thrown into the street and burned for no good reason.

    If no capital gain, you still will be chasing a dividend but taking more risk.

    If I had a spouse, I would advise her to buy her favorite stocks with money she inherits, not my inheritance, thank you.
    Jul 3, 2015. 01:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Bought Greek Stocks Today [View article]
    I liked this article.
    It was interesting, had some facts and gave a specific action suggestion.
    Sentiment in a crisis usually is more panic than just logic, so trading to make a buck seems like a potential winner.
    I don't keep much cash laying around so I guess I'm just going to observe.
    Jun 30, 2015. 09:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Facebook Really Worth More Than Wal-Mart? A Value-Based Comparison [View article]
    I think Facebook is overvalued.
    My friend's dog has a Facebook account, but he can't click any ads.
    My friend would however go to Walmart to buy stuff for the dog and himself.
    Anyone remember when Microsoft paid $400 million for Hotmail?
    Gates was certain he could make money from all those millions of accounts. Not yet.
    Maybe Facebook can find a way to make lots of money somehow, but I wonder.
    Teenagers and women can be fickle, they're the biggest fans of Facebook.
    Jun 29, 2015. 08:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Focus On This Trend [View article]
    Hold Apple. They have a gigantic war chest overseas. Today they can't really use it but you don't know what can happen politically.

    For example, in 2016 a president is the same party as House and Senate majority and they finally provide a tax incentive for American capital to be repatriated. Boom! and Apple can repatriate some more of their huge profits held beyond the reach of the taxman today.

    To me it's endlessly interesting that taxes impact American business so much, and affect individual investor's performance so much but are generally never mentioned here.

    I predict too that a future iPhone/iPad will do away with that lousy home button and mimic Android.
    Jun 29, 2015. 07:56 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Wouldn't Own Microsoft [View article]
    I think Microsoft is going to muddle along.
    Windows and Office have alternatives, some free (Linux, open office, googledocs, chrome os, mac os, iwork free on iCloud)
    When they are giving away products you profit from, you might have a growth problem.
    But they're not out, they'll keep trying.
    As perpetual copycats, it might be slow progress.
    Jun 29, 2015. 12:17 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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