The DQYDJ Weekender, 12/2/2012

Stupid Old Hardware Tricks

December is usually the time of year we knock out some of our stupid projects that have piled up over the year.  Last year we wrote a script which used options prices to predict closing prices (since broken, but we’ll fix it).  This year, I’ve got it in my head to get old computers on the Internet.  Results will be posted here.  Never upgrade your computer again, thanks to the computer engineer!  (I lied.  Keep upgrading your computers…  I love my job!).

Links We Liked!

  • Once you’ve seen one blog contest, you’ve seen them all?  Nelson at Financial Uproar has truly shaken up the genre by offering readers a chance to win his underwear and plunger.  (And I suppose this link means I have 2 chances to win them?  Joy!)
  • 101 Centavos makes the case that the majority of money issues come down to a lack of motivation to learn – and I completely agree.  There’s always some excuse to avoid learning something that, you know, will actually help you.  And yea, don’t be scared of individual stocks.
  • Worried about your student loans?  Well, I’m worried about your student loans too (the royal you, as we like to say)… specifically, me needing to help pay yours off.
  • Burbed points out a loan program for you folks who would rather borrow for your house based on your stock portfolio than your credit.  Buy like Zuck and write off interest on your .76% loan!
  • Evan at My Journey to Millions had an article about the tax treatment of dividends post fiscal-cliff, a topic we touched on a bit ago (pre-election!).  We’re going to have another piece in the new week, so… hold your breath?  (Don’t actually do that!)
  • Flexo at Consumerism Commentary had an awesome piece about how your attitude affects your financial prospects – namely, how a negative attitude blaming external factors won’t help you.  You need to take responsibility for your own problems.
  • JT at Money Mamba wonders whether we can blame Liberal Arts majors for their choices – and wonders if his readers majored in something against their well to realize better career prospects.  Yours truly once wanted to be a Marine Biologist (after a youthful trip to Disney World), but here I am as a Software Engineer.  No regrets!

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Comments

  1. AdinaJ says

    JT’s post makes me unaccountably stabby – or maybe it’s all explained by the fact that, yes, I did pick a degree based in large part on its income-generating potential. And you know what – it took me years to get to a point where I can say that I enjoy my job most days than not. But I’ve never looked for sympathy along the way because (a) it was a choice I willingly made, and (b) a job is a JOB. It’s a commercial transaction involving an exchange of services for money. If you have services that can (legally) fetch more money on the labor market, why not make the most of them? And yes, now at 32, I would definitely not want to be in the position I would have been as an English major grad. No regrets ;)

    • says

      I like the quote, “life is what you’re doing when you’re not working.” Yet, still, when you ask someone about themselves they usually go straight to job (before family). I make it a point to point out my hobbies first, because, hey… they interest me enough to do them for free.

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