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Windows 10: Get the Weather and Keep Your Privacy

If you’re like most traders, you like to keep your information close to the vest. And you studiously avoid anything that smacks of big brother.

So you probably already have Windows 10 set up to not let Microsoft have access to all the information they would like to access (like the location of your computer). After all, why should Microsoft know any more about you and your business than you absolutely have to tell them.

On the other hand, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s nice to be able to quickly pull up the local weather on my computer. Yes, I know it’s on my phone. But if my hands are already on the keyboard, it’s just faster to check it there. (I have the live tile for the weather set up under my start menu.) (more…)

How to Avoid Drowsiness While Trading

If you’re a trader like me, you know that trading, more than almost any other career, demands complete focus for many hours a day. And to really be successful, you need a system that helps you make decisions in a consistent, logical manner.

But having a system of rules for when to buy and when to sell is not enough. It’s not enough because it doesn’t take into account the physical ability of your body and your brain to carry out the rules.

If your brain isn’t sharp and alert because, for example, you didn’t sleep well last night, then you’re likely to miss an opportunity to buy. (more…)

Quick Tip for Navigating Windows 10 Start Menu

Lots of traders skipped Windows 8/8.1, going straight from 7 to 10. A big reason for that was because the Start Menu disappeared in Windows 8. It came back partially in Windows 8.1, but didn’t really come back in all its glory until Windows 10. In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (August 2016), Microsoft changed […]

What’s New in Windows 10: Edge Browser

Microsoft and Google have been fighting over your Internet surfing grounds for years. With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has upped their game with the new Edge browser. (Edge will eventually completely replace Internet Explorer.) Just looking at the data, like speed benchmarks, Chrome and Edge compare nicely. And, there are lots of cool things […]

What’s New in Windows 10: Cortana

You’ve probably seen the commercials for Cortana. It works like Siri or Ok Google. Basically, it’s a voice-activated interface that can perform a host of tasks like searching your computer or the web, setting reminders, showing news related to your interests, and lots more. In order to access everything Cortana has to offer, she (and, […]

What’s New in Windows 10: Start Menu

If you’re like most of our customers, when you upgrade to Windows 10, you will have skipped Windows 8 entirely. Lucky you! Seriously.

You may have heard about how the Start Menu disappeared in Windows 8. Trust me, you didn’t want to see that. It was very confusing.

Fortunately, Microsoft got the message, and put back a semblance of the Start Menu in Windows 8.1.

Now, in Windows 10, it’s even closer to what you’ve been used to in Windows 7.

But still not exactly the same. (more…)

The EASY Way to Back Up Your Trading Computer

Most computer users nowadays realize the importance of backing up their data. Just about everybody has had a hard drive failure, or at least knows someone who went through that agony. In fact, loss of equipment is one of the top 7 trader fears.

Most traders already have a way to back up their files, like Dropbox or an external hard drive. Those are both good things to use, and I recommend you do use them.

But are they enough? (more…)

Top 5 Best Practices for Trading on a Laptop

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I just recently got back from a great vacation overseas. Do you think I took a laptop to trade while I was gone? You bet I did!

In the process of making sure I was taking everything I needed for trading, I realized I’ve never written about the do’s and don’ts of trading on the road.

You may have seen my other posts on how to choose a laptop for trading. Now I’d like to talk about how to get the most from that purchase decision.

Specifically, I want to give you some tips to ensure your laptop-based trading results are just as good as you would get on a desktop computer. (more…)

5 Ways to Capture Ideas on the Go

If you’re like most traders, you spend a lot of your time thinking about how to improve your trading results and, ultimately, your life. You’re dreaming up new strategies, thinking about stocks you want to research more, wondering how you can implement something you just read, or even just deciding what you want to accomplish tomorrow.

I’m guessing a lot of your best ideas come when you aren’t sitting at your computer.

Maybe things just pop into your conscious brain first thing in the morning, while you’re still in bed. (more…)

Use Cheatsheets to Get Better at Trading

If you’ve ever been organized in any aspect of your life, you’ve probably used a cheatsheet or checklist. Cheatsheets are available for tasks ranging from military operations to baby sitting. It only makes sense… In the heat of the moment, it helps to have something you can look at—a printed Standard Operating Procedure—to guide your […]