• Financial,  Trading

    Lightspeed Trader – Trading software review

    Like many retail traders, you start out with Etrade, TDAmertrade, Schwab, etc. and learn their trading software, dabble with some money, and then if you really start to get into it and do well you wonder if there is better software out there. I did just that.. Bring in Lightspeed Trader. This trading software checked a couple boxes for me that I was looking for. For one, it had a Mac OSX version that many leading trading platforms did not offer. This is somewhat important, but not a deal-breaker for me as I could always run Bootcamp/Parallels to use Windows software. I was looking for the fastest and best executions,…

  • Trading

    Respecting your STOP loss in a trade

    If you’re trading the stock market, whether day trading or swing trading, respecting your stops is crucial to longevity in the game. Without it you have the potential to blowing up your account and losing all of the profits you’ve made in a single trade. I was recently reminded of that (in a good way, no I did not lose all my money) but actually RESPECTED my stop and stopped out of a trade even though I did not want to. I will outline it below. The stock was TSRO. On the morning it was gapping down on some news, I really don’t care what or why, but rather what…

  • Technology

    Linux CRON Scheduling and Setup for MySQL Backups

    Backups are useful, and a must have feature of anyone’s site or product if you are going to be successful. Backup as often as you can, as much as you can. In this short post I’m going to quickly outline Linux CRON Scheduling with MySQL to backup your databases. Once logged into your server run: crontab -e This is like your CRON configuration file and will show you all scheduled tasks that you currently have running in your system. Here is an example of what part of my config file looks like: # m h dom mon dow command # db Backups - Every day at 4AM. - Write to…

  • Watches

    Universal Geneve Medico-Compax ca. 1947 cal 285

    Universal Geneve Medico-Compax, with rare 100% original dial, hands, case unpolished, etc. I put an ostrich strap on it but this watch is amazing in person. UG’s are very hot in the vintage collecting market and only going to increase in price as time goes by. Brandon Please follow and like us:

  • Farm,  Homestead

    Honeybee Hive – The Extraction

    Since I live on a farm I get the joys of multiple garages, barns, and storage areas. When going out to one of the old horse barns on a Saturday morning I noticed an increased volume of bugs, bees, and other flying around. We have plenty of carpenter bees flying around constantly eating up the wood beams and what not, but this time I noticed smaller bees, flying in and out from what seemed like a concentrated spot. What does anyone do when they see this… WHERES THE CAN O’ WHOOPASS.. Or RAID, or whatever you have that kills wasps, hornets, etc. Luckily I’m a terrible shot, and these buggers…

  • Watches

    16610 Submariner ca. 1989

    Every watch enthusiast has a starting point, whether it be a $50 Seiko and a handful of quartz’s, or inheriting a handful of vintage mechanical chrono’s. Either way over time a collector or anyone interested in watches eventually finds out what they enjoy the most and they start honing in their purchases to a specific type of set that attracts them. Usually the first few purchases are a “tax” to learn this. This too was how I started, but I’m starting to zero-in my collection of watches with significant meaning to me and in the history of watches. I recently sold one of my first “diver” watches, a Tag Heuer…

  • Technology

    Write VERY large record-sets to CSV, JSON with ColdFusion

    So I was tasked to build something that writes a very large data set to CSV Files, and JSON files. I was running into memory issues with ColdFusion because I was trying to store the CSV string in memory before writing it to a file on the server. For a 1 Million+ row recordset in SQL Server this usually would time out after a 2 hour request timeout, and just not finish. By using the underlying Java objects we can write 1 Million+ records to a CSV file, or JSON file in just about 8-10 seconds. Credit for finding these Java objects goes to my co-worker Sean Louisin. The fix…

  • Watches

    Hamilton Men’s Khaki Field Automatic

    It’s that time of year again.. Yep my birthday! My wonderful girlfriend decided to get me one of the best birthday presents yet – a new watch. No matter what, she can’t go wrong getting me a watch. I even got to pick it out. What did I choose? Well I wanted something that came original with a leather strap. Something that was a nice casual, everyday watch.. yet not too fancy or eye-catching. Hamilton Watches This seemed like the perfect brand of watches for what I was looking for. Yea sure they have some crazy looking watches like the “Code Breaker” or the “Classic Jazzmaster”. I dove into the…

  • Trading

    My Trading Story

    I started investing and getting into the stock market back in October of 2011. The markets were just bottoming from a relatively large correction at that time and I had bought stock in Ford (F), Verizon (VZ), Paychex (PAYX), Freeport McMoran (FCX), and Apple (AAPL). I had under $10K invested at the time and was doing alright. By mid 2012 I had pulled a decent 10-20% profit on each investment. This was to be expected, since if you bought anything in October 2011 and held it for a few months you’d instantly be up as the bull market continued. Then I started options trading. After making profits on my investments,…