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Where In the World Should I Invest: An Insider's Guide to Making Money Around the Globe
Where In the World Should I Invest: An Insider's Guide to Making Money Around the Globe
by Karim Rahemtulla
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.27
53 used & new from $0.76

1.0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of time, July 7, 2014
A complete waste of time.
A friend gave me a copy of this book which she finished in just under 2 hours and said it's an interesting read. But after flipping thru it for 5mins, i returned it to her.

This book has nothing at all to offer in terms of solid investment advice. i can't believe those guys who recommended it actually made any money by reading this book.


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
by Evan Osnos
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.08
53 used & new from $16.37

15 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed the big picture, May 31, 2014
As is often the case for books written by journalists, seeking the sensational seems to be the main theme of the book. True, the author has spent a huge amount of time talking to people from all walks of life, but he totally failed to grasp the biggest issue weighing on the minds of chinese residents today: severe and widespread moral degradation.

Here is a simple example to put things into perspective: imagine you are having lunch at McDonalds in a mid-size town in the US, what would be your biggest concern while eating a burger and sipping coke? maybe it's something at work, a project that has gone off track or losing a potential client? or maybe it's an argument with your partner this morning and how make it up? well, that's pretty bad, i know. But in China, you should think about how to make sure you don't get robbed or murdered.

This is a news article that came across the wire today:
While a lady was having lunch at McDonalds in a mid-sized town of China today, a little boy walked up to her and asked for her phone#, a request that the lady politely turned down. Little did she know that seconds later, four people who were with the boy (and looked like his family) rushed over and beat the lady to death, in broad daylight and to the horror of everyone around.

Sounds horrified? you should be.

China is a country that produces thugs, villains, people with vicious thoughts and corrupt citizens in general at the fastest pace in the world.

This kind of incident is not something rare, outrageous stories like pops up on a daily basis and is the strongest reason why so many chinese choose to emigrate to more civilized countries. Sure there are rogue individuals and corrupt officials in the US too, but the scale is totally different.

I'm sure you don't want to live in a country where poisonous snakes roam around the street, wolves wander around in shops, nor do honest citizens of China, they want somewhere safe to live, and unfortunately China isn't such a place.

How could the author miss such a simple fact? because he is treated as a lofty foreigner from the States and conveniently shielded from "petty" issues such as the life-n-death of petty chinese citizens.
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The Lost Continent: The BBC's Europe Editor on Europe's Darkest Hour Since World War Two
The Lost Continent: The BBC's Europe Editor on Europe's Darkest Hour Since World War Two
by Gavin Hewitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.45
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives a succinct yet insightful overview of EU politics and the euro zone crisis., January 15, 2014
To someone living outside of Europe and hasn't been following the development of the euro zone crises, this is a great book to get started. Once started reading, I just couldn't put it down. It reads almost like a suspense story.

I'd thought politics are dark and boring, but the author has proved otherwise thru this extremely well researched and well written book.

One minor disappointment is that the author wrote many times "international bankers" and "bond holders" are the greedy outsiders who threw Greece into the abyss, but no names are mentioned. It would be more informative if the top 5 bankers/bond holders had been revealed. It would also make the book more interesting if the author had interviewed some of these bankers and sought their views on the crisis. It never hurts to hear the other side of the story.

One other thought i had after reading the book is "Since so many people lost so much in the crisis, who gained?" I get the vague feeling that gov workers in Greece got paid far more than they deserved, but in the past 2-3 years they have given back a lot of their ill-gotten fortunes and many even lost their jobs. Still, the book left me bewildered as to who has won thru the crisis as of Jan 2014. I won't buy the argument that no one gained, someone must have made huge profits thru this.

Hoping the author will publish a second edition some time later and clarify these two points.


Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians (2nd Edition)
Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians (2nd Edition)
by Charles D. Kirkpatrick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $69.74
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, December 21, 2013
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For a programmer who is interested in learning the exact formula and examples to implement the indicators in code, this book is grossly lacking in detail.

It does cover a wide range of topics so is a good introductional text to get me started.


Investment Psychology Explained: Classic Strategies to Beat the Markets
Investment Psychology Explained: Classic Strategies to Beat the Markets
by Martin J. Pring
Edition: Paperback
Price: $31.41
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all investors, December 21, 2013
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The only reason i cannot give it a 5 star is the lack of concrete trading examples to apply the knowledge learned in it.

E.g, when reading the book, i had 6000 shares of a certain stock that was down over 7%, and i couldn't find anything applicable that could guide me in deciding the next steps. I knew the mental state i was in but couldn't figure out what's the best thing to do to limit further loss or turn the current failed trade into a profitable one.


Japanese Slang: Uncensored
Japanese Slang: Uncensored
Price: $9.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a single Kanji in the whole book?, September 28, 2013
Dumb author can't even write kanji, how can one trust him to teach others?

Also agree with other readers who commented that the phrases introduced in this book aren't generally suitable for normal conversations.


Sharp Carousel R-431ZS 1.3 Cubic Feet 1000-watt Countertop Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel
Sharp Carousel R-431ZS 1.3 Cubic Feet 1000-watt Countertop Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel
Offered by Master Suppliers
Price: $176.64
5 used & new from $146.34

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who designed that stupid door?, July 9, 2013
This is the worst microwave oven i've ever seen in my life.

The stupid door has two verrrrrry looooooong bars to hook into the frame, which made it extremely difficult when taking the food out.

Who the heck designed this piece of junk? has this iconic Japanese company outsourced its core design to china or some other dumb southeast asian country? Looking at this shoddy product, i now understand why Sharp's stock price has completely collapsed in recent years and why it has to ask for injection of funds from Samsung.


The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
by Joseph E. Stiglitz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.60
153 used & new from $6.31

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A serious problem with no real solution, November 23, 2012
Mr. Stiglitz is not the first person to draw attention to this serious issue, but this book helps to show the dire consequences of it and outlined several practical solutions.

What would have been more useful, though, is to simply show the alternative, i.e ignore it, take no action and let the issue come to a head many years down the road.

To many, this would lead to chaos and social riots, but maybe such extreme actions are exactly what's needed to bring about change (for the better). Why people aren't taking these actions now? it's simply because they don't feel bad enough, and if the gov and the wealthy take some small steps to make the issue less serious, then the poor would be even less inclined to cry out for change. Maybe the actual scenario would go something like this:

In 2032, 75% of the public are in poverty and there is widespread unemployment and demonstration, and the president is forced to step down. At this point, some leader from the poor forms a new party that gets elected and this new gov starts seizing assets of the top 1% by introducing various kinds of taxes targeted at them and uses the proceeds to fund projects for the poor.

I understand most people would feel this is going a bit too far, but you never know. Who in 1909 realized that 20 years later there would be a great depression? who in 1979 knew that the Soviet Union would be broken up before the end of the century?


Lexar  JumpDrive S73 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive LJDS73-64GASBNA (Green)
Lexar JumpDrive S73 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive LJDS73-64GASBNA (Green)
Offered by CrazyLittleDeals
Price: $38.95
49 used & new from $38.24

18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable and "flashing" all the time, August 4, 2012
OK, i figured out what happened to this the flash drive, and since this may or may not be the manufacture's fault, i changed the rating to 3 (neutral) from 1.

There are 3 USB slots on my laptop (Toshiba satellite), when the flash drive is connected to one of the slot, it has the problems described in my orignal review below. But if i connect it to any of the other 2, it works normally. I can confirm this after using it for the past year or so.

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Some people on Amazon write comments saying you can't trust a USB flash drive and should not use it to store important data files. I think this is complete B.S and just an excuse for poor workmanship.

I've been using 3 Toshiba USB drives and 4 Transcend USB drives since 2008, and have never had a single instance of hardware failure. Never once was I unable to read a data file out of it. So I think Toshiba and Transcend have a high quality bar and strict manufacturing process.

A month ago I saw this 64GB Lexar JumpDrive in a store and was immediately attracted to its large capacity and low price. I had some doubt about the brand but figured it should be fine since flash drive is such a mature technology. I wish I'd tried a 4GB or 8G one first. Lexar flash drive is a complete joke. I had 3 errors mounting the drive, 2 errors while writing files to it in the first 4 weeks. The drive would start flashing red lights and hang, maybe that's Lexar's definition of "flash" drive?

Anyhow, i now have a 64GB "flash" drive that I can only trust to transfer temporary files. I tried returning it back to the store, but this little devil started acting good and wouldn't flash when the sales guy gave it a test run, so he told me "maybe it's just a temporary glitch". I wish it was, and will never buy anything from Lexar ever again.
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Sony VAIO E Series SVE15112FXS 15.5-Inch Laptop (Aluminum Silver)
Sony VAIO E Series SVE15112FXS 15.5-Inch Laptop (Aluminum Silver)
2 used & new from $1,759.35

24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid lapton ruined by the stupid touchpad, July 10, 2012
As a loyal sony user who owns TV/blueray player/Walkman made by sony, I had high hopes for this machine, which is great, but the touchpad really really sucks. It's so hard to click on anything that it's pretty much useless. I've tweak every possible mouse config settings, to no avail.

Of course, the problem is easily solved by purchasing an external USB mouse, I just wonder how could a giant like sony produce such a dumb design and tout it as an innovation? sometimes we just need things that work, if you innovate by breaking existing functionality, it's only gonna frustrate users.
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