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China's True Colors

January 15, 2010 – Comments (9) | RELATED TICKERS: GOOGL , BIDU , FXI

This week we've read "shocking" news that the Chinese government (or its affiliates) have been involved in schemes to hack Google G-Mail user accounts to steal information from human rights activists and have been involved in a long term plan to infiltrate Adobe software before its release, potentially invading the privacy of millions around the world.  [more]



Fast Company: Making Microsoft Cool

May 26, 2008 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , MSFT , MDCA

There's an article in June's issue of Fast Company (actually the cover story) about Microsoft's new ad agency, hired specifically to do a "hit" on Apple in retaliation for the PC vs. Mac ad campaign. I found that it just proved the point again that Microsoft is unable to compete on the merits of its products and must resort to marketing and branding to sell itself.  [more]



Housing's Boomer Bust

January 03, 2008 – Comments (12)

For several years before the current housing slowdown, I had an ongoing argument with people in my family, particularly my dad, about the value of real estate as a long-term investment. I felt my money would be better spent in the stock market. But my father always trotted out the old saw about how "they" aren't making any more of "it" (it being land) and how property is always a solid investment that goes up in value. Basically the same thing we keep hearing from housing bulls. I resisted pressure to buy property and kept my cash in stocks, which was, in hind-sight, a good move on my part.  [more]



Alternative Fuel Algebra

December 28, 2007 – Comments (18) | RELATED TICKERS: ADM , AVR , VSE

I was AWOL from the Caps blogs for about 10 days due to a busy work schedule and then holiday traveling. But now I'm snowed in and a bit bored in the Great White North so I've been catching up. The following was posted as a response to this blog post but since the original is a few days old and not likely to be read I decided to pull it out as its own entry.  [more]

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