Category Archives: Technology

Read the Prospectus

Read the Prospectus is a great site for traders interested in technical analysis.  It is an even better site for traders who use Think Or Swim as their trading platform.  Read the Prospectus is a master thinkscipt programmer and regularly gives away excellent thinkscripts.  If you use Think Or Swim then you MUST read this blog.

Even if you dont use Think or Swim, this blog is still very much worth reading if you use or are learning to use technical analysis in your trading.  You see the writer of this blog doesn’t just write indicators and trading systems but also explains why he decided to write it.  If he needs an indicator that no one else has then he builds it.  Who wouldn’t love to know the exact originations of stochastics and whey the investor needed it (attributed but not really invented by George Lane, and not really stochastics either)?  Or sit along side Appel as he figured out MACD and how to use it.

This blog gives you this opportunity as Read the Prospectus lets you come along for the ride as the writer discusses the why and the how of each of his indicators.  In addition he still has them for free.  This is a wonderful resource for all technical analysts, and a must have resource for fellow Think or Swimmers.

Happy Trading and Blogging,

Team Blograter

DailySpeculations.com

DailySpeculations.com

DailySpeculations.com is Victor Niederhoffers blog. It started because he has long had an e-mail list named “the spec list.” He is the man who runs it but everyone from the spec list contributes to it. So what do they talk about? You might think that because it is called Daily Speculations and the owner of the site runs a hedge fund that it only deals with stocks and other tradeable securities but you would be wrong. DailySpeculations deals in stocks, bonds, futures, options, statistics, software, philosophy, literature, history, people. world events, etc. Basically Victor has a bunch of really intelligent people contribute whatever they feel like. The result for the most part a very insightful blog where you can learn something or at least get a different perspective on something almost every day.

So who is Victor Niederhoffer? If you have been trading for a long time you have heard of him. He was one of the most successful hedge fund managers for about 15 years ending in 1998 when he had a series of unfortunate events and a case of overleverage leading to his fund “blowing up” and the saying goes. He then came back and had a wonderful three year run but once again getting hit very hard back in August. A lot of people do not like listening to him because they don’t want to hear anything from someone who has blown up twice but there are a few reasons to read his writings. First if you have read his two books “Education Of A Speculator” and “Practical Speculation” you have learned a lot. You have learned to question and test everything if nothing else (and I would venture to say you have learned a lot more). Second is that you can look at the other fruits of his labor, namely that his shop has helped produce such trader legends as Monroe Trout, Toby Crabel, Roy Niederhoffer, and several other successful traders. So why has he blown up twice you might ask. I am not totally sure but I think it is probably the psychological aspect of trading that has gotten him and not his processes for finding trades. Basically a little overconfidence now and then when you are leveraged can wipe you out in a short time. Enough about Vic and back to the blog.

Here are some fairly recent insightful posts.
Vic on Practice
Levered ETF’s
Fired
Capitalism In Schools

These are illustrative of the types of writings you will find over at DailySpeculations.com It is a treasure trove of insights into all sorts of things. Go and read it and then go and read more of it. There is a lot of content and lot of good content.

Happy Blogging,
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RealMeme.com

RealMeme.com

You may have missed the memo on what a meme is but this site does a great job showing what is popular and how to gauge it. It also is an interesting window into internet search and what is relevant. Here is a perfect post that shows how they look at traffic and search to see where there is growth and what is there Facebook, is it sustainable? Read it and it will start to make sense.

Another good post to illustrate the concept is this one regarding recessions. He shows how search and interest in a topic can be an indicator of the likely hood of that event happening or being successful.

If you study the writings on RealMeme.com you will come away smarter about uses for the internet. If you are like a lot of visitors to this site you probably have a blog and if you want to quantify any of what you do then studying Meme’s can help you target current relevant material for your readers.

Happy Blogging,
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TheLongTail.com

TheLongtail.com

TheLongTail.com is a wonderful blog that discusses long tails. What are long tails? The concept is described very well here. Basically it is that with the costs of a storefront coming down thanks to the internet it is easier and easier to target small niches that otherwise don’t get much attention. When that happens we end up with not only more choices but the amount of small niches may be as big or even bigger than the main old school categories.

If you have ever seen a normal distribution or “bell curve” there is the middle which encompasses about 80% of the data and then the two tails on both sides that have less and less. Well the long tail is all about discussing how in our free electronic markets the tails are growing larger and larger. Obviously not a normal bell curve.

Anyways the blog discusses the long tail and its effects in several areas of the market as well as other aspects of life.

The blogs writer is Chris Anderson editor in chief of Wired Magazine. If you are reading this you have no doubt heard of Wired. It is a magazine focused on technology. He started the blog as a companion to his book “The Long Tail” and it has taken on a life of its own.

If you want to learn how the marketplace of the future is being shaped and how to find where you are in it you should add this blog to your RSS reader and read it often. Chris is an engaging writer and does a good job explaining his views.

Happy Blogging,
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Blog.Pmarca.com

Blog.Pmarca.com

You would never guess that this blog is written by Marc Andreessen. Yes, that Marc Andreessen the one who wrote Mosaic the first internet browser and then went on to form Netscape and since has been involved in several successful internet ventures. Aside from being an investor in several other technology companies (such as Twitter) he is currently very involved in Ning.com a social networking site where you get to build your own social network.

So enough about Marc. What does this blog have to offer? It turns out it offers a lot. Marc is not just an internet pioneer but a smart businessman. He is no tech geek without communication skills. Some of his posts are funny and others are full of good advice. Being a personal blog his writing mandate is whatever he wants it to be and he comes through. But as opposed to many other personal blogs Marc is very smart and is good at getting his points across. If you are interested in the cutting edge of the internet or just want a good laugh go to this site regularly.

Happy Blogging,
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ValleyWag.Com

ValleyWag.Com

ValleyWag.Com is a blog that is all things Silicon Valley. If you like tech gossip/news then ValleyWag should be one of your regular stops.

Being one of the bigger blogs in an area help out in that you get a lot of information from “insiders” whom you have never even talked to. Reading through the recent posts you can tell that ValleyWag hit critical mass long ago. Here is an awesome post showing where Larry Page one of the founders of Google lives using Google Maps using the Streetview feature. I wonder what he gives the kids on Halloween. Here is another funny post about The Next Internet Millionaire some of these are hilarious and kinda scary at the same time. And then here is another post that has exactly what you would expect from deep in the heart of the valley Someone actually using the Apple I-Phone before the actual launch.

Basically if it has to do with technology, venture capitalism, or anything else in Silicon Valley ValleyWag.Com is the place to see it first.

Happy Blogging,
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PaulKedrosky.com

Paul Kedrosky.com

Paul Kedrosky.com has been on my multiple times a day blog visiting list for a few years now. Paul comes from a Venture Capital background. Among other things he was an internet analyst in the early days of this great thing we call the internet. Basically he knows his %#$!.

But seriously the reason I go to his blog at least a few times a day is because he is just plain smart. In addition he has developed enough contacts that he also gets very timely business news. He writes a weekly column for TheStreet.com called Weekend Reading. I read it every week. He also regularly has funny articles poking fun at his fellow venture capitalists Top 10 Limited Partner Lies.

If you are into business, investing, technology, or investments you should be reading this blog. I do it every day.

Happy Blogging,
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MotorolaCellPhonesPower.com

MotorolaCellPhonesPower.com

If you want to know something about a Motorola cell phone then this is the site for you. Looking over the categories on this site it is safe to say they cover almost every single Motorola cell phone you have been able to get the past few years. Here at Blog Raters we have a few Razr’s and 2 Kazr’s and a few non Motorolas. For those of us who are Motorola people (I have a Razr) we were all able to find useful information regarding our phones.

One of the big strengths of this site is for those who are looking for a new cell phone. The blog has reviews and news for all of the phones and stays very up to date. If you have or are looking for a Motorola phone this blog should be on your short list of places read up on their phones. What are the cons of this site? If you don’t want a Motorola then it won’t help you much if you do it could help you a ton.

Happy Blogging,
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CellPhonesGurus.com

CellPhonesGurus.com

CellPhonesGurus.com as the name implies writes about cell phones. Over its history it has been writing about cell phone news and how to’s. This week it changed its focus from cell phone news to almost exclusively how to’s.How To’s Basically if you have a phone and want to know how to do something such as load music, sync with your computer, etc. Just shoot this site a message and they will write a how to with step by step pictures. With the writers knowledge of cell phones I have no doubt that his articles will be of value.

Happy Blogging,
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