Confessions of an ml-class and db-class dropout.

Dec. 14, 2011, 4:01 a.m. db-class , ml-class , stanford

Like many others, I too enrolled for the ml-class and db-class online courses conducted by the Stanford University. My degree isn't in Software Engineering or Computer Science so there are plenty of gaps in my knowledge to be filled and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning is one of them.As fo ...

Will the new broom sweep clean?

Dec. 8, 2011, 3:47 p.m. cse , sec

Last post on the market for a while, from tommorow it's just going to be sit and watch with most of the money out of the market and safely back in the bank. Let us hope that the new Chief of the Securities Exchange Commission doesn't end up having to fight a bubble as his first task like the last on ...

Now is that a speculative bubble or what?

Dec. 5, 2011, 1:39 a.m. Bubble , CLPL , GREG , Ponzi Scheme , warrants

It was only yesterday that I talked about how doomsday theorist are crawling out of the woodwork. It only needs one glance at the top gainers list of the Colombo Stock Exchange for the previous week to know that those fears are justified. Top Gainers for the week ending Dec 02 at the Colombo Stock E ...

Crawling Out of The Woodwork

Dec. 4, 2011, 12:24 p.m. BUKI , cse , sec , T-Bill

It was only six weeks ago that the Lanka Business Review had a piece by Shamindra Kulamannage on the Colombo Bourse: ...

Broadband speeds

Dec. 2, 2011, 5:51 a.m. broadband

Sri Lankan broadband speeds have always been pathetic, the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission finally recognized this and attempted to take measures to force Broadband service providers to improve their service. It's been a while since they sent out a few press releases on that subject and been ...

The SEC Chief Resigns

Dec. 1, 2011, 1:54 p.m. Dow Jones , Madoff , Rajaratnam , sec

"I have repeatedly said I serve at the pleasure of the president and at my own pleasure"Thus spoke, William Donaldson, the former chairman of the United States Securities Exchange Commision on the day he handed over his resignation. Apparently Donaldson's reign was a stormy one, he resigned after st ...

The Bourse - A junky looking for a quick fix.

Nov. 30, 2011, 3:56 p.m. Bartleet , Bubble , sec

For the 5 people who have never gotten high, I will try to explain it. at first, before you are really high, you become really giddy and will laugh at the slightest thing. you also may remember random things and pointlessly share them. When you are high, it feels very much like your dreaming.- The U ...

Mark Twain on Markets

Nov. 30, 2011, 12:05 p.m. Mark Twain Effect , October Curse

It is the birthday of Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. No need for a mere geek blogger to give an elaborate description of what a wonderful writer he was, but permit me to touch upon his contributions to stock markets. OCTOBER: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate ...

A Collective WTF at the Colombo Stock Exchange.

Nov. 29, 2011, 2:43 p.m. Chart , cse , Intra day , lame , MPI

At 10:50 on Nov 25, the Milanka Price Index dropped 5.1% below the previous close and fell to 4,882 . With in minutes, it reverted to 4989 a drop of merely 3%. At this point the circuit breaker, which is supposed to kick in at a 5% drop, shut down the market. Stranged isn't it that there was a delay ...

Colombo Stock Brokers Disregard Presidential Advise

Nov. 29, 2011, 3:10 a.m. CSBA , DPL , Pump and Dump

The Colombo Stock Brokers association had a meeting with the President of Sri Lanka about the current market conditions. The FT Reports: ...

Today's Challenge

Nov. 28, 2011, 9:45 a.m. cse , warrants , weird

Ladies and gentlemen, the challenge before you now to go through the Colombo Stock Exchange's top gainers list for today and find a counter worth investing. You may click on the table to bring up a larger, clearer one. Top Gainers list for Nov 28, 2011 at the Colombo Stock Exchange Couldn't spot any ...

What Really Happens to Small Investors

Nov. 28, 2011, 3:18 a.m. cse , CSF , KGAL , NAMU , RICH

"I am going to invest 1.4 million rupees in the stock market which i got from selling JINS 40000 @ 20.30 and CSF 25000 @ 24.10 and i am confused about the current market. What do u think or recommend as good shares to buy?" - Post #29255 at the  Sri Lanka Equity Forum. WOW!  In another post in tha ...

Fighting Wordpress

Nov. 27, 2011, 10:59 a.m. lame , MovableType , Wordpress

As of today, there are 26 posts tagged as Wordpress in this blog. It probably indicates that i have spent more time fighting Wordpress than blogging with it. Tired of this tedium, I decided to move on last week, to  try out a different blogging platform. I arrived at Wordpress via Movable Type so I ...

A convenient excuse

Nov. 25, 2011, 5:06 p.m. cse , DIST , Flash Crash , Liquidity , MPI , Trade Halt

Today trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange was halted when the Milanka Price Index dropped by more than 5.13% in a day. A 5% drop is nothing for a stock exchange to be ashamed about these days when markets across the world are tumbling. But this is the CSE, which had only six weeks ago had claimed ...

Percona xtrabackup

Nov. 24, 2011, 3:30 a.m. mysql , Percona , xtrabackup

Having recently recently replaced MySQL installations with Percona it was time to try out xtrabackup but things didn't get off to an auspicious start.  ...

Zebra Stripes on Google Apps Spreadsheets

Nov. 22, 2011, 1:53 p.m. cloud , Google Apps , JavaScript

It was a bit of a surprise to find that there is no easy way to add zebra stripes to a Google spreadsheet. There is a template with Zebra stripes added in.  But if you sort the spreadsheet, you lose the stripes, or it gets randomized. However I did run across a small script by Otávio A. Ribeiro that ...

The last word on Wordpress SSL (Hopefully)

Nov. 21, 2011, 4:34 p.m. security , Wordpress

I've blogged too often in recent weeks about issues with WordPress. Many of those issues were related to Wordpress and SSL. I blogged a couple of times that I had solved them but apparently I hadn't. The solution that I had used, which involved a plugin named Wordpress HTTPS, lead to mix of  encrypt ...

Guardian's Howler

Nov. 18, 2011, 5:26 p.m. ASI , Capital Trust , cse , GUAR , Trading Range

"Equity markets to face challenging times in the months to come with the knock on impact of vagaries in international arkets. We believe the CSE to be range bound and trade within a band of 6,400 to 6,800 All Share Index level" Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC   Everybody makes mistakes. S ...

Percona Installation Woes

Nov. 12, 2011, 1:29 p.m. AWS , Centos , cloud , mysql , Percona , REMI , Webtatic

It turns out that all the EC2 Amazon Machine Instances that have Percona installed by default have older versions of either Percona or PHP or both. My intention was to use Percona on a web app so it's required that the version of PHP is reasonably new.  So the logical thing to do is to install Perco ...

Was the SEC director general fired due to incompetence?

Nov. 5, 2011, 3:17 a.m. cse , Price Band , sec , WAPO

The director general of the Securities Exchange Commision of Sri Lanka was fired on the second of November. The market cheered the move with both indices gaining as much as 3.5% intraday.  In actual fact, Malik Cader was not fired but kicked upstairs (given a more senior post at the finance ministry ...

And more wordpress and cloudflare issues

Oct. 26, 2011, 3:30 a.m. Cloudflare , Wordpress

So I blogged the other day about adding SSL to the Wordpress admin area for a site using the free version of Cloudfare. The solution that I adapted wasn't the perfect one - it leads to another issue - one of constant redirects. When you login to your admin area you are redirected to the wp-login.php ...

CSE is Heading in the Right Direction at Last

Oct. 18, 2011, 7:31 a.m. cse , October Curse

"Market’s rapid slide threatens to make the month year's worst ever with Rs. 116 b wiped off in value already ASI 24 points short of sinking to 2011’s lowest level Analysts say institutional and retail investors need to be optimistic and return to market on a buying mood" ...

Percona a Drop in Replacement for MySQL

Oct. 14, 2011, 1 p.m. cloud , Couch , mysql , nosql , Percona , Postgres

I have a love hate relationship with MySQL. I first discovered and fell in love with it around twelve years ago. I didn't mind that it didn't have stored procedures and sub queries. My first disappointment was when MySQL announced changes to their client license terms around eight years back. Disill ...

Goodbye

Oct. 13, 2011, 1:27 p.m. C

#include <stdio.h>main(){ printf("Goodbye, Dennis Ritchie");} ...

Cloudflare and Wordpress Admin

Oct. 8, 2011, 12:44 p.m. Centos , cloud , Wordpress

After suffering three site outages in as many days, I decided to wring in a few changes. One of them being adapting Cloudflare. Setting up Cloudflare is so rediculously easy, you don't even need to be a geek. It doesn't really speed up this site because Amazon AWS already is pretty quick. My intenti ...