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To: Kirk © who wrote (19093)7/20/2017 3:00:39 PM
From: Jurgis Bekepuris
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Thanks, but I have to use Excel, I cannot port to Google Sheets. I have >300 Excel spreadsheets (spreadsheet per company) and porting them all to Google sheets would be nightmare.

Also, I don't need quotes. Quotes are easy to get. I need things like market cap.

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To: Jurgis Bekepuris who wrote (19101)7/20/2017 3:21:02 PM
From: Kirk ©
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Please keep us posted if you find an acceptable solution. I'd rather not spend the time to port my Excel sheets over....

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From: JakeStraw7/21/2017 10:57:08 AM
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Microsoft Corporation had its price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $75.00 to $86.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock.

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (19103)7/21/2017 11:10:56 AM
From: Don Green
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price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $75.00 to $86.00

Most likely done by a computerized analysis

Computerized algorithms are quickly replacing single-stock analysts and investors, leading to big changes in the way the stock market will value companies and increasing the chance that software glitches or hack attacks will jeopardize market stability.

Technological forces—including high-frequency trading, an explosion in exchange-traded funds and the proliferation of free information via social media—are behind this seismic shift, according to Nicholas Colas of ConvergEx Group.

"The changes that started with high-frequency and algorithmic trading are just the first step to an entirely different process of determining stock prices," Colas wrote in a sweeping note to clients Monday. "Will an equity market running on algorithmic autopilot serve to tie the managers of capital (senior executives) to the ultimate owners (shareholders) as robustly as one dominated by flesh-and-blood money managers? It seems a stretch to think so."

In other words, we've come a long way from the days of the Buttonwood tree and Benjamin Graham.

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From: Eric L7/22/2017 10:30:43 AM
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The Cloud Game (Business Insider) ...

Below are the openining and closing paragraphs of a very good long article. IBM and Oracle are discussed as well as the big 3.

>> The cloud wars explained: Amazon is dominating, but Microsoft and Google are striking back

Matt Weinberger
Business Insider
July 22, 2017

The cloud computing market is dominated by some familiar names. Amazon's cloud service is its most profitable unit. Microsoft has pegged its future to its cloud computing businesses, leading to a very enthusiastic response from Wall Street. Google, too, is betting big on cloud computing as something that could be bigger than its advertising business.

What exactly are these companies selling? Who's buying it? And why is one company that wasn't even in enterprise technology a decade ago — Amazon — beating the pants off everyone else? Here's the state of play in the cloud game.

The most important concept in cloud computing is "hyperscale." To support their own websites and services, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have all built a ton of computing infrastructure. Their data centers are vastly bigger — and way more efficient — than those operated by or could be built by most other companies. ... <Big Snip>

there's clearly not space in the market for everyone, and there have already been some shakeouts. GoDaddy just sold off its cloud computing division. Early cloud provider Rackspace pivoted to offering support for others' platforms, and HP and VMware both threw in the towel entirely. It's expensive to compete with Amazon. ... Amazon and Microsoft have the no. 1 and no. 2 slots locked down for at least the next few years. "The fight now is for no. 3" ... {In a few years]"Amazon will still be the leader, and Microsoft will have closed the gap to be a strong second" <<

Full article at link above.

- Eric L -

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From: Don Green7/22/2017 7:22:13 PM
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Windows 10 is SHARING your files with the internet - here's how you can stop it

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From: Don Green7/22/2017 7:23:28 PM
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LinkedIn’s new desktop app arrives on Windows 10

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From: Don Green7/24/2017 2:26:46 PM
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Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows XP in businesses

More than half of companies now have at least some Windows 10 PCs, says research.

The use of Windows 10 in business has now overtaken that of Microsoft's aging and out-of-support Windows XP, according to a survey.

In March this year, Windows XP, which went on sale in 2001, was running on 14 percent of laptops and desktops in businesses across the globe, according to data from Spiceworks, and Windows 10 had a share of nine percent. Now Windows 10 is at 13 percent, while XP has slipped to 11 percent of desktops and laptops, according to the company.

The operating system to beat remains Windows 7 which, according to the survey, is running on 68 percent of PCs in business. Windows 8 has a share of five percent and macOS is at two percent.

According to Spiceworks, as of the end of July, 60 percent of global organizations were using Windows 10, which launched almost two years ago. This is perhaps not as impressive a statistic as it sounds because Spiceworks includes any company that has one or more PCs running Windows 10, although Spiceworks said that 60 percent adoption rate put Windows 10 ahead of XP, Windows 8, and Windows Vista. And it suggests that the majority of businesses are at least testing Windows 10, ahead of further deployment.

Spiceworks' data comes from companies that use its software to create an inventory of their organization's laptops, desktops, servers, and other network devices.

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From: Don Green7/26/2017 12:05:28 PM
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Privacy 101: Why You Need a VPN

Back in March, the Republican-led Congress voted to repeal FCC rules that blocked ISPs from selling your data to third parties without permission. The vote largely fell along party lines and President Trump signed the bill into law in early April.

The new rules will allow ISPs (your Comcasts, Charters, and AT&Ts) to "harvest" their customers' online data and sell it to third-party marketers. Monetized online behavior isn't new. If you Google "cold remedies," for example, don't be surprised to later encounter web ads for decongestants and tissues. What magical marketing fairies enabled this seamless synergy, you ask? Big Data!

Just about all your online data is automatically scraped, organized, and sold to advertisers so they can micro-tailor their sales pitches. This very profitable business model is how Google and Facebook have amassed astounding fortunes despite the fact that they give their products away for free.

Your data isn't necessarily used maliciously (as long as you don't consider capitalism to be inherently malicious), but it's unsettling to know your private data is just out there and up for sale in some virtual marketplace. Now your ISP can get in the Big Data game as well.

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the move reverses "privacy regulations designed to benefit one group of favored companies over another group of disfavored companies." The subtext of the chairman's comment being that he believes the previous administration crafted rules to support Democratic-friendly Silicon Valley companies like Facebook and Google, while blocking less favored corporations like home cable/internet providers ( blech). However, that comparison doesn't exactly pan out.

While it is true that companies like Google and Facebook make money off your behavior, you are not forced to use these services. If you suddenly decided to stop using Facebook, you might miss out on cute pet pics and political rants from your friends and family, but you could still live a thoroughly modern existence. You could even choose to avoid the Google-o-sphere entirely by using Bing or DuckDuckGo for your web searches, Dropbox instead of Google Drive, or iOS instead of the Google-maintained Android.

You don't have this choice when it comes to your ISP—your home's gateway to the entirety of the internet. While there are alternatives to Google and Facebook, most Americans have limited home ISP alternatives. Some areas have only one provider. So this bill gives a green light to unescapable corporate data mining. You and your data are captives—unless you take proactive action to protect it.

"ISPs are in a position to see a lot of what you do online. They kind of have to be, since they have to carry all of your traffic," explains Electronic Frontier Foundation ( EFF) senior staff technologist Jeremy Gillula. "Unfortunately, this means that preventing ISP tracking online is a lot harder than preventing other third-party tracking—you can't just install [the EFF's privacy-minded browser add-on] Privacy Badger or browse in incognito or private mode."

VPN to the Rescue?One of the best ways to secure your data is to use a virtual private network (VPN), which provides greater control of how you're identified online. Simply put, a VPN creates a virtual encrypted "tunnel" between you and a remote server operated by a VPN service. All external internet traffic is routed through this tunnel, so your ISP can't see your data. If the site you're heading to uses HTTPS, your data stays encrypted, too. Best of all, your computer appears to have the IP address of the VPN server, masking your identity.

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From: Don Green7/28/2017 12:34:45 PM
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Windows 10: Five reasons to avoid Microsoft's flagship OS

With Microsoft's sometimes capricious and occasionally obnoxious treatment of Windows users,
here's why you might want to give Windows 10 a miss.

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