Market manipulation on shoestring budget

Feb. 29, 2012, 4:38 a.m. Manipulation , TSML

The above image shows the top gainers at the Colombo Stock Exchange on the 28th of February. MNany of them are rather illiquid but look at how their prices have jumped during the last session. Then look at the volumes - it's single digit for most them. TSML (Tea Small Holder Factories) jumped 40% wi ...

Dropbox Command Line

Feb. 28, 2012, 1:46 p.m. Centos , cloud , dropbox , perl

There are many command line clients for dropbox, but one that I liked as soon as I saw it was the rather boringly name dropbox-api-command (I suppose all the good names had been taken). Installation is easy but if you are on Fedora or CentOS, the first line in the installation instructions will not ...

Dodgy becomes dodgier

Feb. 27, 2012, 11:29 p.m. LSE , Manipulation , millenium

As equity markets go, the Colombo Stock Exchange was the dodgiest around. Was? It just became dodgier with the implementation of the new Automated Trading System. It should be shutdown permanently to avoid further embarrassment or before the system breaks down completely.Occasionally you would place ...

What the ATS upgrade taught us about the Colombo Stock Exchange

Feb. 27, 2012, 4:11 a.m. BUKI , Manipulation , Millennium , Short

Asia's best performing stock exchange of 2010 achieved that milestone partly because it's an exchange where short selling is disallowed. That's right, the Colombo Stock Exchange happens to be one of the most primitive around, incidentally it's leader contender for the title of world's dodgiest as we ...

Android 4 on VirtualBox

Feb. 23, 2012, 12:29 p.m. Android , virtualization

Yesterday's attempt to install Ice Cream Sandwich as a guest OS on VirtualBox didn't quite work out. I kept digging and came across a a post on that's geeky where the blogger had attempted to build a VM starting with the Android sources. Well apparently that blogger's day job doesn't involve compute ...

Ice Cream Sandwich on VirtualBox

Feb. 22, 2012, 1:28 p.m. Android , virtualization

My netbook has a really ancient version of Android (rarely used) so I thought to download and try out Ice Cream Sandwich on it, but first let's try running it on VirtualBox because it's always less painfull than countless reboots associated with installing a new OS. And predictably I ran into troubl ...