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glgene
534 posts
msg #99424
Ignore glgene
2/27/2011 10:53:04 PM

I am in the process of buying a new notebook computer.

Since Stockfetcher is a 'cloud computer service,' is there any advantage of buying a faster computer with a lot of memory, or is that a moot issue?, Computing is done on the SF server. No download of data to each subscriber's computer.

That said, I am contemplating buying a 4Gb, i5 system.

Comments?

Gene

Eman93
4,659 posts
msg #99426
Ignore Eman93
2/27/2011 10:55:45 PM

Just make sure its browser can support Flash and Java.

glgene
534 posts
msg #99428
Ignore glgene
2/27/2011 11:57:14 PM

Thanks. That said, does it make any difference in computing speed if I buy an i3 instead of an i5 or i7?

Same with RAM.... 3, 4, 6 or 8 gigs --- does it make a difference with SF?

Gene

Eman93
4,659 posts
msg #99430
Ignore Eman93
2/28/2011 12:03:51 AM

i would think that if you are loading large web pages the faster processor would be better suited.

I would search on the internet for some independent evaluations of the 2...

Eman93
4,659 posts
msg #99431
Ignore Eman93
2/28/2011 12:06:30 AM

as far as SF it should not make a difference in the speed of the results, it may if use SF2.0 it loads slow on my home PC.

and all the computing is in the cloud anyway.

Rick67
64 posts
msg #99434
Ignore Rick67
3/1/2011 8:27:14 AM

If you mean "notebook" as opposed to "laptop", then memory may be more important. Small notebooks sometimes come with only 1 GB of memory and tend to be slow no matter what you do. You can add additional memory to speed it up.

The processor should not matter. Today's processors are extremely fast.

The second thing to do with speed on the internet will be what kind of internet connection you have. If you are using phone lines (heaven forbid) you will be very slow. If you have DSL or Cable you will be fine for the most part.

Use Speedtest.net to test your download speeds.

Rick

glgene
534 posts
msg #99435
Ignore glgene
3/1/2011 9:05:34 AM

I use the words "notebook" and "laptop" interchangeably. At least they used to be. "Netbook" computers, on the other hand, I refer to as baby notebook computers, with limited RAM and slower processor.

I will be replacing my 5-year old, Sony 15.6'" notebook computer (1 gig RAM). Leaning toward 4 gig RAM and i5 Intel processor. Probably a DELL or HP notebook computer. I want to be able, at my option, to link it to a larger monitor and larger keyboard (while at home), but use the notebook computer by itself when I'm on the road (or at investor user group meetings).

I currently access the Intenet via a Verizon 3g air card. Seems fast. But I look forward to 4g, which is now available.

But since Stockfetcher involves 'cloud computing,' I doubt if going to 4g from 3g will mean much, if anything. That's because the searching and sorting are done on Stockfetcher's computer (not mine). Same probably holds true, I guess, with RAM (will 4 gig RAM do anything over a less-RAM system?). I do know that with my present 1-gig RAM computer, my SF searching often times gets caught in an annoying loop and I have to Abort the search. That happens a lot. Would that be due to my limited 1-gig RAM? If not, what causes the looping?

Here's a final question: Does a 23" monitor show more columns of SF data vs. a 15.6" screen? More would be better.

Thanks.

Gene

glgene
534 posts
msg #99441
Ignore glgene
3/1/2011 3:47:44 PM

After witnessing the market today, I decided I need something other than a new computer to get better market results: I need a subscription to a financial newspaper that will provide me with tomorrow's market news...today. That would enable me to "time the market" better.

Gene

Kevin_in_GA
4,548 posts
msg #99442
Ignore Kevin_in_GA
3/1/2011 4:26:06 PM

There's your problem - you're trying to time the market.

If you're investing, then this is a good chance to buy into decent stocks when they are undervalued. If you're trading, then just keep your stops tight and try to adopt a "Dollar Neutral" approach of equal long and short plays.

I don't normally link to my own previous threads, but in this case I will risk it:

If you are investing: I really suggest looking at my "PORTFOLIO SELECTION AND MANAGEMENT USING RISK/REWARD RATIOS" thread ->

http://forums.stockfetcher.com/sfforums/?q=view&fid=1002&tid=91296&qrid=

If you are trading: I would suggest a dollar-neutral strategy using Larry Connors' strategies, either using www.tradingmarkets.com - an excellent site - or looking at the "MODIFIED CONNORS RSI(2) FILTER" thread I posted a while back ->

http://forums.stockfetcher.com/sfforums/?q=view&fid=1002&tid=94375&qrid=

Kevin

Rick67
64 posts
msg #99444
Ignore Rick67
modified
3/1/2011 6:55:20 PM

Re: Here's a final question: Does a 23" monitor show more columns of SF data vs. a 15.6" screen? More would be better.

If your 23" has the same resolution as your 15.6", then they will be the same. Only the 23" will look bigger. Make sure you can change the resolution on the 23" to get more into the screen. Do that from your control panel.

For example, if your 15" has a resolution of 1280 X720, make sure your new 23" screen has a higher resolution such as 1600 X 900, This will get you more columns.

With the laptop you are getting, you should be fine. If there is any speed issue, it would either be on the Stockfetcher side or a speed issue with your air card. BTW, it does take SF a several seconds to retrieve your stocks no matter what speed your computer is. But I see you figured that.

BTW, with laptops, you can do something pretty neat if you can figure it out...you can run BOTH your laptop screen and the 23" screen at the same time and place different programs or documents on either one. You could have stock graphs in one, stockfetcher in another. Just move your mouse to move the cursor from one screen to the other. This capability should be built into the laptop. This is also controlled thru the control panel. Have fun!


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