So, what have we been up to lately? We thought it might be a good idea to build a video card.
Not buy a video card online, wait for it to arrive, and install it, mind you – but build an embedded video card for some of our headless Linux dev boards (and a couple PogoPlugs – which are ~$15 nowadays). Follow along, if you’re so inclined, at Hackaday’s new Project logging site.
Links We Liked
- The Novel Investor has an amazing detailed look at asset class returns over the last 15 years. A must read.
- So – where in the world do you think Detroit’s muscle era is most celebrated – gotta be somewhere in the South, perhaps the Panhandle, right? The New York Times makes the case for Sweden. Yes, the country.
- At Save.Spend.Splurge., an overview on defeating analysis paralysis and actually starting to invest – a solid game plan.
- Our friend JT has a post up on middlemen, concentrating on Truecar and the upcoming Zillow/Trulia monster.
- The PoPs have seen the downside of credit card rewards – the constant drive for the most efficient deal can end up costing untold amounts of time… and stress. Our personal philosophy is to stick to cash back as much as we can, as well – although we do partake in the occasional gift card optimization.
- Len Penzo had an epic cereal taste test with a scientifically sound panel of children and a dog.
- Jason Hull had a nice piece on the emotional (and human side) of being a landlord – including dealing with a family which occupied a house for four years(!) rent free, which a mother who had “write of possession” at the tip of her tongue as soon as the jig was up.
- There was a minor controversy Nelson at Financial Uproar dug up about Mitt Romney’s success at Bain Capital – namely, that investment returns “weren’t so hot and generally tracked the market”. Well, yeah – but beat it, handily, perhaps by upwards of 10%. If you can even beat the market by 1% over a career, you will become unimaginably wealthy… even matching the market with a large enough savings rate will do it. Any outperformance, folks, is huge.
- At Cashville Skyline – calculating a bare bones budget. This is something I haven’t done so much as waved at categories and said “meh, this could be cut if needed”. A good reminder to, you know, do it…