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Trading Computers – Should You Switch To Windows 8?

Should you wait to buy a computer for Windows 8 to come out? Day and swing traders need to keep their computers current and fast. Are all the features really necessary for a trading computer in Windows 8? You may not want to delay your computer upgrade while you wait.

In this video Eddie Z talks about

  • How Windows 8 isn’t really optimized for traders.
  • Results of his tests with boot up times for hist trading computer.
  • Microsoft’s announcement about discounted upgrades for existing customers

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Is Your TV Watching You Trade? Wear Pants Just In Case.

Family watching tv

It sounds like Big Brother but it appears to be a consequence of Big Advertising and some faulty software that no one was supposed to notice. Not only are the dates and times of the shows being watched being uploaded to a central server but they also manage to pull out the names of all the media stored on your private local network too. For some reason they felt the need to know the names of your personal photos as well even if you turned off the data reporting options on the TV.

10 Ways to Protect Your Computer and Your Data

On a quick trip to the office supply store I ran into an old friend. He was buying a new external hard drive. This was to be a replacement for his home computer, which had been infected by a virus. He and his wife took a dream vacation to Ireland. The virus deleted all the pictures from this trip. He was sick about it. He explained how his son was in charge of creating backups on their home computer. Despite his son’s good intentions, he never did the backups.

Most of us have a general idea about how to keep our computer safe and secure. Although we have the best intentions, we don’t follow through on our computer maintenance. Some of us don’t know what to do. For the rest of us, we just plain forget. (more…)

How To Develop A Robust Trading Computer Backup Plan

As Traders, you would never take a position without knowing what your stops are, so why would you take that same risk with your trading computer data?

Inherently, we are all risk takers to some degree. Successful Traders might be willing to risk more than most to achieve an optimal outcome. The security of your trader computer data isn’t something you want to gamble.

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What You Should Expect From Your Internet As a Trader

As traders, we depend on the fastest response times. We expect fast executions without slippage. Your trading software, your computer’s processor, and your internet speed all affect the execution of your trades. Even the most well-designed trading system can hit a bottleneck unless you ensure your network has speed and fluidity.

Obtaining ultra-fast Internet speeds is more than just calling your service provider and plugging in your computer.

There are several key components to ensuring your Internet is working optimally. Your service speed, home network set up, and number of connections are important factors.

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How Many Monitors Does Your Trading Computer Need?

What is the best monitor configuration when it comes to your trading computer? A simple answer might be that it’s personal preference.

You might be surprised to learn there’s more to it. Would you believe there is actually a science behind using multiple monitors?

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Where Should Traders Backup their Data

Have you ever procrastinated about doing a task that was in your own best interest? Chances are creating a backup of your data is one of those tasks.

We know we’re supposed to, …we know we should,… but many of us don’t create backups. The risk is clear. A simple virus can wipe out hundreds of hours of work in a matter of seconds. How quickly we forget the last time an email from our friend took down our computer system and left us panicked. I know it can be a pain to backup your trading computer system, but you’ve got to do it.

So, what should you use for backing up your data? What are the different archival methods? You have two choices: local backups or remote storage.

You should weigh the pros and cons of local vs. remote. You may want to use both. Lastly, you should consider how stored data is secured.

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What You Can Do To Stay Organized Across All Your Trading Computer Devices

Traders, how many of you have a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, and a tablet?

Maybe you have more computer gadgets than I can imagine. It may be easier to manage all your trading accounts than trying to keep all of your computer devices in sync.

With the proliferation of technology comes the never-ending quest to keep everything organized across the broad spectrum of applications and operating systems. For example, at EZ Trading Computers we sell Microsoft Windows-based systems, but a large percent of our customers have an iPhone from Apple Computer. How do you sync your data, calendar, and contacts across those two different operating systems?

You probably rely on several computers and portable devices to get through your day. Your challenge becomes keeping your data working harmoniously.

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What Steps Should Traders Take to Manage Their Email Inbox

Computers make it easy to multitask, or do a lot of things at once. That’s great, but the human brain can really only pay attention to one thing at a time. Lack of focus can hurt your trading. As a trader, your ability to focus is your number one skill. Being distracted by Facebook, CNBC, or even email can seriously hurt your ability to trade.

If you find that you are spending too much time dealing with your inbox, you are not alone.

Studies reveal that we waste an average of 13 hours a week just responding to emails.

In 2010 over 90 Trillion emails were sent and received to over 1.9 Billion email users and 90% of those messages were spam.

Today’s numbers are almost incalculable, but one thing is for sure – we are wasting way too much of our focus on cutting through all that noise.  (more…)

Why Traders Need the Power of a Full Size Desktop Computer

The new trend in computers is to be small, thin, & light. All these things come at a cost. The smaller a computer or laptop becomes, the more you have to sacrifice in capability to be micro-sized and power efficient. A number of PC makers have been marketing all-in-one systems that stuff a small motherboard inside of a touch screen monitor in the hopes that a more pleasant aesthetic layout will push sales. The days of large bulky desktop computers and file servers have passed – or so they tell us. The trade off in size is their weak performance. It is no wonder that recent PC sales have been slipping. (more…)