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January 2013



Is the 787 a "lemon"?

January 29, 2013 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: BA

I read today that a “bad” battery batch has been ruled out, and that attention is now focused on the monitoring and control circuits for the battery pack. It is increasing looking like Boeing is going to have to do a redesign and re-certification, meaning that the fleet could be grounded for as much as year.   [more]



Solving the 787 battery problem

January 25, 2013 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: BA

Well, well: the entire fleet of Dreamliners have been grounded, pretty drastic even for the FAA. Batteries bursting into flames are apparently are too much for them. There are stories in the media that a “bad” batch of lithium-cobalt (LiCo) rechargeable batteries might be the cause. For Boeing's sake, let us hope that this is true, but color me skeptical.   [more]



About the “lithium” batteries on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

January 20, 2013 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: BA

Finally, a technical subject I can speak of with some authority. One of my hobbies is being a “flashaholic”, that is someone obsessed with flashlights and batteries and electronics thereof (no, I am not kidding: check out our hobby website ). Many major media stories are full of BS, so I will do my best to set the record straight.   [more]



why I finally bought AAPL (for my real portfolio)

January 18, 2013 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , BRK-B

I had always avoided AAPL like the plague, since it is a glamor stock: the price is determined by headlines, rumor, gossip, and cocktail party chit-chat. It is randomly in and out of fashion depending on the whim of the jet set or analysts.   [more]

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