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Google Abandonware

 
About six months ago I noticed that one of the portfolios I was tracking using Google Finance Portfolio suddenly started reporting wrong historical data for nearly all of the equities in the portfolio. I clicked on the "Report a problem" link at the bottom of the page and used the form to send off a detailed description of the problem off to Google.

I never received a reply, of course. I've sort of come to expect that when reporting issues with free Google resources. So, in the mean time I clicked on the link for theGoogle Finance Blog to see if anybody else had reported the problem.

Oh, oh. Here is the top post, dated two years ago:

Please follow us on the Inside Search blog

Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Posted by Karolina Netolicka, Product Manager

Thanks to everyone who has been a loyal reader of the blog over the last five years. After some consideration, we've realized that we're just not generating enough content here to warrant your time, so we won't be posting here any longer.


Instead, we'll start contributing to the Inside Search blog, so tune in there for updates on Google Finance.

 


Looking through the referenced Inside Search Blog  blog turned up no discussion on the broken Google Finance portfolio tracker, but a more general search turned up plenty of discussions on the topic, such as this one. Bottom line: Google Finance is broken, and unsupported.
 
More recently, about three weeks ago I went over to the Google Finance Stock Screener using, as always, Google's Chrome Browser on my Linux box, and I found it to broken as well, and fairly recently. I had used it just one month prior.
 
Digging a little deeper, I realized that their stock screener page itself wasn't really broken; it worked fine when using Firefox. However, the page was not being rendered properly by the Google Chrome browser; elements of the page overlapped each other, making the page unusable.
 
Here's how the screener page is supposed to look (Firefox):
 
 
 
And here's how it looks in Chrome:
 
 
 
The slider elements overlay the the numeric input boxes on the right making it impossible to set screener selection criteria.
 
Bottom line: it is probably not a good idea to include Google products in any mission-critical applications, because you simply never know if they will continue to be supported in the future.
 
--Doug

 

 

New ownCloud package with introductory price and support

The latest ownCloud version 6.0.4 is now also available in the Univention App Center as a specially tailored package for SMEs with a competitive price and 24 hours support by the IT service partner it25 GmbH .

Details can be found in the press release at:
http://www.univention.com/univention/press/press-releases/press-details/uni/2014/07/23/owncloud-with-it25-support-in-univention-app-center/

 

Excellent Free Distraction-Free Tools for Writers

Fans of the typewriter remain a vehement group. They view the typewriter as something really special, a tool which makes the connection between languages. One of the attractions of a typewriter is that it offers a distraction-free alternative of modern day methods for producing a document. They challenge the writer to concentrate on what really matters - the content. They force the writer to think.

In many countries, the typewriter has been largely consigned to history by the computer. Yet, the computer is jam-packed with distractions. The desktop with its cluttered interface, the chatter of social media, the almost limitless content of the internet, the chirping email notifications, the list of distractions is endless. When writing, concentration is vital. Fortunately, there are computer applications which are designed to offer a distraction-free environment, to ensure the writer has mental clarity, by not being distracted by the operating system and a cluttered interface.

Here is my take on the finest distraction-free applications to help you focus on writing without interruption. Each of the applications run in Linux, most are available as desktop applications.

<A HREF="http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20140720045111813/DistractionFreeTools.html">Read on</A>

 

What I want from a Linux laptop

 

My perfect Linux laptop would be one that can be used in a ultra low power mode and have the option of being charged from a small solar panel of merely 10 Watt. The only slightly unique thing would be the E-ink screen cover. To be used when reading or writing text in the low power mode. Additionally it should have HDMI and usb input to connect a raspberry pi to the screen and keyboard. The keyboard ought to be one of the old types since my error rate is rather high with flat keys.

 

MyLinuxLaptop

 

 

More from me at peroglyfer.se

 

 

Webcast: Mandriva Pulse on Univention Corporate Server

On Friday, July 18, Univention and Mandriva will demonstrate live how their solutions Univention Corporate Server (UCS) and Mandriva Pulse work perfectly together.

Further information at: UCS/Mandriva webcast

 

TFTP vs FTP application layer protocols

Q1:What's the difference between TFTP and FTP?

A1: TFTP is a local host obtain files from a remote host but does not provide reliability or security. FTP is the standard mechanism provided by TCP / IP for copying a file from one host to another.

Q2:How to copy files from Cisco device to FTP server ?

A2: Three steps to Copy Cisco switch to FTP:
1.Define the FTP user and password
2.Find the file that you wish to upload
3.Upload the file

 

Pick of the Bunch: Console Internet Applications

There are so many great console based internet applications that it would be impossible for a single article to cover them all. Instead, I have compiled this roundup of 9 console applications that I am always using. Why? Because they are, in many situations, superior replacements for their GUI equivalents. Here is a roundup of the 9 console applications that I use frequently.


<A HREF="http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/2014071308032016/ConsoleInternetApps.html">Read article</A>

 

Test read/write speed of usb and ssd drives with dd command on Linux

Drive speed The speed of a drive is measured in terms of how much data it can read or write in unit time. The dd command is a simple command line tool that can be used to read and write arbitrary blocks of data to a drive and measure the speed at which the data transfer took place. In this post we shall use the dd command to test and read and write speed of...
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How to fix Virtualbox error “Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)” on Ubuntu

Virtualbox I recently installed the latest version of Virtualbox (4.3.12) by downloading the deb files from virtualbox.org on Ubuntu 14.04. The installation goes fine, but when trying to run Virtualbox, it reports the following error. Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing '/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup' as root. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles...
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CentOS 6.5 vs. CentOS 7.0 NAS Performance Comparison

After years of development, RedHat finally released the next major version of RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) v7. RedHat Enterprise Linux is an enterprise-grade Linux distribution, which is frequently used in corporate data centers as an operating system for NAS storage devices. From the performance point of view, the new Linux kernel and the new default file system may have a significant impact on a NAS storage device and therefore it is very important to understand how the newly released RedHat Enterprise Linux version 7.0 compares to the last stable version 6.5.

 

http://www.flexense.com/centos6_vs_centos7_nas_performance.html

 

 

How To : Install NVIDIA 331.89 (Stable) Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu/Linux Mint Systems

The latest version of Nvidia Graphics driver for Linux which is Nvidia 331.89 has been released and is available for download. It comes with plenty of fixes and changes. This article will guide you to install Nvidia 331.89 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems.

Fixes

  • Added support for the following GPU:
      GeForce GT 730
  • Fixed a race condition in the NVIDIA kernel module that caused some GPUs to sporadically become unresponsive.
  • Updated the error reporting in the NVIDIA kernel module to include the GPU serial number, when available, in error messages written to the system log.
  • Fixed a bug that caused blank screens when transforming or rotating displays in an SLI Mosaic layout.
  • Fixed a bug that corrupted certain software rendering on 32-bit systems.

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