Monthly Archives: November 2016

CDE in #Ubuntu 16.10

CDE (Common Desktop Environment) is an old-school desktop environment for UNIX. My first contact with UNIX was in 1992, where I was studying a Masters in Industrial Mathematics jointly with Stratchclyde University and GCU (Glasgow Caledonian University). The latter university … Continue reading

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$OUT.L – Outsourcery – from the Land of Penny Dreadfuls

Sometimes, for amusement, I like to read the posts of hvs over on ADVFN. Maybe his writing is, shall we say, “not everyone’s cup of tea”, but if he is negative on a share, then it’s a strong sign that … Continue reading

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$DPLM.L – diploma – chugging along nicely

Industrial supplier DPLM (Diploma) announced its finals today (https://goo.gl/j6zOXY), sending its shares up 1.2% to 910.5p in early trading. Revenues were up 15%, profit before tax was up 5%, free cashflow was up 46%, and total dividends were up 10%. … Continue reading

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#gnu spreadsheet #oleo resurrected!

Exciting news: anyone remember the old GNU spreadsheet oleo? The latest version was 1.99.16 was released in 2000: https://www.gnu.org/software/oleo/ The sources had suffered from severe bitrot, and no longer compiled. That is until I decided to have a go at … Continue reading

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$DTG.L – Dart Group – good half-year report

Airline, holiday, and logistics operator $DTG .L (Dart Group), issued its half-year report today (http://goo.gl/EF458R), sending its shares up 8.2% to 436p at the close. Revenues were up 21% over the comparable period. Basic EPS was up 14%. The interim … Continue reading

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Oh wait, now #lisp is faster than #cobol

So I tweaked my input-parsing code in both Lisp and COBOL, and switched to SBCL (Steel Bank Common Lisp). When compiled, here are the running speeds of my programs: bash 0.289s cobol 0.260s sbcl 0.150s C++(++) 0.411s My COBOL code … Continue reading

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#cplusplus meets #cobol and #lisp

Call it madness, but I have a fascination with trying to transcribe my C++ accounts program to COBOL. I have an idea of a kind of interoperative facility, where I can code in a mixture of both. As a first … Continue reading

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Magic Hat portfolio: SOM in, GSK out

The MHP (Magic Hat Portfolio) on Stockopedia (http://www.stockopedia.com/fantasy-funds/magic-hat-463/) is an experiment by me to see if a human can improve on a mechanical Greeblatt Magic Formula screen. I am trying to weed out “mistakes” that I feel the screening commits: … Continue reading

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Getting started with #snobol – a programming curiousity

Snobol is a computer language from the 60’s with some intriguing pattern-matching factilities. It was designed originally for the symbolic manipulation of polynomials. At first glance it looks like an “esoteric programming language” – a fun but useless language – … Continue reading

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Worrying technicals on housebuilders

Last month I looked for interesting sectors to invest in based on relative strength. The “buy” candidates are the bombed out ones. I would like to ammend my selection criteria slightly by seeking those sectors with very low RS5y (relative … Continue reading

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