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Videochat March 2019

Here’s the March videochat with fans with the usual rambling. I genuinely thought this was going to be a shorter session, but had too many questions to go through. I think in the future I’ll have a cutoff point for how many I accept just to cut down some on the time. I also think I may have screwed up and started it too early, but it went on so long I’m not sure that changed much. Things happening with other videos in the meantime!

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Here, Ross, this ought to help you so you can learn how to stop living like a desperate miser. It's from /biz/'s /smg/ general on 4chan. In addition to stocks, I'd also recommend the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series for learning about making passive income (that is, money you generate rather than work for) from real estate, commodities, and businesses. Here's the first book in audiobook format: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9avyLscJTA

 

>I'm new to the stock market, what stocks should I buy?
Before you buy anything, make a brokerage account and read investopedia articles and/or the books in the OP list. If you don't have a broker, you can't buy stocks and if you blindly buy things without understanding how the stock market works or doing any research on the individual stocks you're buying, you will lose money and it will be entirely your fault.

List of popular brokers:
https://pastebin.com/mrSchZPg

List of basic stock market terminology for newfags:
https://pastebin.com/VtnpN5iJ

Real-time market news:
https://thefly.com/index.php

Educational sites:
https://www.investopedia.com/
https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain

Free in depth technical analysis charts:
http://www.tradingview.com

Premarket Data:
https://pastebin.com/y9PRQLR3

Earnings Report Calendars:
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=moonmissioncontrol2.0%40gmail.com
https://biz.yahoo.com/research/earncal/today.html
https://www.earningswhispers.com/calendar

Pump and Dump Advertising:
https://stocktwits.com

Boomer Investing 101
https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Getting_started

Suggested books:
https://pastebin.com/jgA5zTuC

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Always love when a multi-hour chat gets cranked out. Gives me something to listen to while driving or exercising.

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Hi, lurker here. Watched the latest chat and wanted to comment on Windows 10 updates.

 

I'm using WUMT (Windows Update Minitool) and have been using it for last 1,5 years.

 

Take a look at

 

https://win10.guru/toolkit-item-windows-update-minitool-wumt/

 

Download at https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_update_minitool.html

 

The only thing is that it has not been updated since 2016, but it still works. Essentially: Disable the automatic updates (using GPOs or just disable the Windows update service). Then you can use the WUMT to select and install whatever updates you like - just like in the older days.

 

However: Microsoft these days just bundles everything together in "Cumulative update for January 2019" and similar packages. So you cannot really pick and choose some specific KB. Still, the control is there.

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16 hours ago, Vainglory 2KW8Ω said:

Here, Ross, this ought to help you so you can learn how to stop living like a desperate miser. It's from /biz/'s /smg/ general on 4chan. In addition to stocks, I'd also recommend the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series for learning about making passive income (that is, money you generate rather than work for) from real estate, commodities, and businesses. Here's the first book in audiobook format: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9avyLscJTA

 

>I'm new to the stock market, what stocks should I buy?
Before you buy anything, make a brokerage account and read investopedia articles and/or the books in the OP list. If you don't have a broker, you can't buy stocks and if you blindly buy things without understanding how the stock market works or doing any research on the individual stocks you're buying, you will lose money and it will be entirely your fault.

List of popular brokers:
https://pastebin.com/mrSchZPg

List of basic stock market terminology for newfags:
https://pastebin.com/VtnpN5iJ

Real-time market news:
https://thefly.com/index.php

Educational sites:
https://www.investopedia.com/
https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain

Free in depth technical analysis charts:
http://www.tradingview.com

Premarket Data:
https://pastebin.com/y9PRQLR3

Earnings Report Calendars:
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=moonmissioncontrol2.0%40gmail.com
https://biz.yahoo.com/research/earncal/today.html
https://www.earningswhispers.com/calendar

Pump and Dump Advertising:
https://stocktwits.com

Boomer Investing 101
https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Getting_started

Suggested books:
https://pastebin.com/jgA5zTuC

 

Stock monkey is making a move. This here is /tv/ country, boy.

 

 

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Addendum: It seems that WUMT has been superseded by Windows Update Manager

 

https://win10.guru/introducing-windows-update-manager-replacement-for-wumt/

 

Sources: https://github.com/DavidXanatos/wumgr

Binary: https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/wumgr.html

 

Gives even more capabilities and is updated.

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@RaTcHeT302 

Thank you for sharing that information about Windows updates.  I have not watched the video yet, however, I anticipate hearing Ross complain about the recent October 2018 build of Windows 10.  I had installed this wretched update a few weeks ago and had my user settings wiped and some data loss, along with Windows doubling my RAM usage at idle (2.5gb-ish to 5gb-ish).  I also saw the anti-malware process and system idle process start over-using my CPU, so the system turned into a complete slog.  As if it wasn't bad enough already, as long as you were booted into the O/S, the system would start using more RAM as the day progressed... Completely idle: no-tasking whatsoever.  I reverted back to build 1803 which worked flawlessly for me before the update.

 

I am unsure why this occurred on my desktop as several other systems I manage were updated to build 1809 (the October 2018 build) with no problems whatsoever.  At any rate, I hate this all-or-nothing mentality Micro$oft perpetuates with its update system.  I understand security is important and forcing updates promotes cyber-security resilience, but taking away an easily accessed inhibit function for updating is infuriating.  Not everyone with a personal computer is an irresponsible dolt.  Removing inhibit options is just them treating every PC owner as children. 

 

Oh yeah by-the-way: there is an inhibit function in the advanced windows updates settings that allows you to disable updates for a certain number of days, and an option to furlough feature updates for as long as 90 days.  Yeah...  Those settings don't work.  I tried to use both of them and was given a confirmation window that my settings were applied.  On reboot Windows was downloading away and scheduling an installation restart.  Even those running the professional edition are not exempt from oversight by almighty Microsoft.  

 

Spyware, bloatware, and restriction-ware.  No personal freedom at all in Windows-- though I guess it never existed to begin with.  I wish it was as simple as just switching to Linux, but that is a whole different discussion.

 

 

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Remember the days when the current Windows had nothing but vulnerability patches, and all other resources were devoted to making the next version of Windows the best it could be? If only they hadn't gotten greedy...

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https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-officially-designates-windows-10-1809-as-ready-for-broad-deployment/ 

 

For anyone interesting, Microsoft has officially okay'd build 1809 for Windows 10 for public updating.  Allegedly, it will not delete user files anymore, and it won't double your idle resource usage.  I will update tonight and see if it still gives me the same errors.  (read above comments for more elaboration on the problems I, and others, had with the build last month).  

 

I will report on the effects of the update after installation.  If the same problems still occur, I guess I will just have to stick with build 1803.

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Hi,

 

So, 1809 no longer has the infamous CPU resource utilization problems as it did previously; however, my wallpaper and default application settings were altered in the update.  While these personal settings being changed is annoying, I can detect no data loss within my user folder as I did before.

 

My PC was still using double the RAM it did on 1803 and in previous builds, so I decided to do a little investigating since something felt out of place.  I performed a clean boot on my system, so that only Windows services and processes would be running at start up.  The resource usage at idle returned to normal, indicating Microsoft, and 1809, were not the direct cause of this sudden jump in resource usage. 

 

After re-enabling processes one-at-a-time, I discovered “Killer Network Service” was experiencing a memory leak in this new build, and was the culprit from the high RAM usage.  Because I have never used wireless cards in a desktop PC before buying this new one, I thought this software was necessary to run the card.  It turns out this software suite is completely unnecessary and only sits atop Windows’ own networking software. 

 

So, Windows 1809 seems usable now and does not seem to be deleting data or wasting system resources.  The high RAM usage I experience was a memory leak from a supplemental software suite that came pre-packaged with my PC.

 

Moral of the story: clean-boot before you fully blame Microsoft so you confirm non-Microsoft services are not causing the errors you experience; however, remember that Microsoft is still an evil company that doesn’t QA before feature updates because, in the end, they still pushed out a broken upgrade last Fall.

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27 minutes ago, RaTcHeT302 said:

I'm too scared to switch, so I'll probably be sticking with 1709 for as long as I can.

Honestly, even a pirated copy of W10 with as much of the bad stuff disabled/deleted as possible, isn't terribly bad on 1809... Of course there is still a bit of spyware in there even so.

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Now you're just reminiscing about previous versions of Windows and Service Packs... lol (don't worry, I am too)

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Vista was great if you had at least 4GB of RAM, or was the "Ultimate" version. Anything else, and it had issues.

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WIndows Vista was an interesting time for Windows.  I would not ever call it a favourite, but it was a great stepping stone toward the development of Windows 7 which, in my opinion, was the last good Windows.  Vista always gave me problems, and far-taxxed my system's resources back in the day. 

 

I was only ever on the Home version.  What did Ultimate do differently?  

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It really didn't have anything seriously different, (mostly just additional language packs and a bit more "ultimate power user" access) but for some reason that nobody but Microsoft really knows for sure, it had none of the resource hogging of the other versions.

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I love that not even Microsoft knew what they did "right" with Ultimate.  What a silly company.  

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Well, at least they built 7 on top of Vista Ultimate, rather than on the Vista base.

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Undoubtedly one of their better decisions.  I really hate that Windows 7 support is coming to an end because my utility laptop that I use expressly just for work is going to become obsolete.  It is too old to really make use of Windows 10 as the AMD graphics drivers are legacy and prone to BSOD in the new o/s.  It can be jerry-rigged to work, but it is the kind of duct tape fix that would light all of OSHA on fire.  The laptop was designed for Vista 32/64-bit, but the RAM is unexpandable beyond 4GB, so there is not much room for expansion to even make use of its 64-bit processor. 

 

It's an old Dell Inspiron 1521.  Nice, bulky laptop.  When the comes that 7 is unsupported, it will probably have to become a lightweight Linux machine... my only qualm with this being I will not be able to use MS Office - at least - not conveniently.  Kind of hoping 2020 rolls around and MS announces continued support for 7.  It is truly the last robust O/S they made.  Shame it's about to be put on the chopping block. 

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As an alternative to MS Office, check out LibreOffice. In many ways it's far superior to MS Office, but Microsoft does weird shit with their file formatting, so crossing between LibreOffice and MS Office with MS file formats will inevitably result in (hopefully) minor layout issues.

 

As for a version of Linux to investigate: Linux Mint, and Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE). About as close to Windows as it gets in Linux.

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I've tried both OpenOffice and LibreOffice.  I definitely prefer Libre more, but the file formatting changes really can mess things up.  It is probably what I will end up using.  The problems I had were all very minor formatting issues.  More than liveable.  Honestly, if worse comes to worse, I could always just deal with Google Docs.  I just wish you could download it as a client instead of having to rely on an Internet connection. 

 

Thanks for the distro suggestions.  I have, so far, tried Ubuntu and a few of its lightweight counterparts, but from what I've seen of the newer versions of Ubuntu are even more resource intensive now.  I may dual boot on the laptop to do some tests with Mint to see if it fulfills my needs that way I can just transfer directly to it after 2020 comes.  

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Yeah, I also am saddened by Google Docs being online-only, though I do understand why it has to be that way.

 

I would've suggested Fedora as well, but I never could find after my first install almost 5 years ago the installer from RPMFusion that allowed for native Debian package installation. (RPM and DEB packages native, the best of everything)

 

The regular versions of Mint are based off of Ubuntu, but LMDE is based off Debian itself, and has a significant performance boost because of it. Part of why I recommended it for that old of a system. ;)

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