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Predictions for 8/8

August 8th, 2011 No comments

I am concerned that the market will open in the AM in a free fall, so may negate all my predictions, but no way of knowing. If one is lucky enough to be able to day trade puts may pay off huge for AAPL with an ATR of 21

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Predictions for 7/29

July 29th, 2011 No comments

Doing okay over last few days, see below for predictions.


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Predictions for 7/27

July 26th, 2011 No comments

Okay, I took several days to figure out my positions.  It was a rough week for my options, I thought that by buying into positions early I could maximize profits, but  CTXS and LOGM have tormented me for a week.   I have sold LOGM and somehow I am holding CTXS.  This is definitely not the way to go.  The most important aspect of this post is what I have learned, not the predictions.

I know the next lesson I will need to learn the hard way is when to cut my loses, stocks like LOGM will not always turn around


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Predictions for 7/20

July 20th, 2011 No comments

Another day, another set of predictions.  Bought CTXS  calls today.


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Stock predictions for 7/19

July 18th, 2011 No comments

My predictions of 7/15 did well, I missed most the opportunities because well as a medical resident the stock market is something one never has time to do.


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Stock Predictions for 7/15/11

July 14th, 2011 No comments

Recently I have tried making some money in the stock market.  I find it enjoyable and I initially had good success, but I got a bit ambitions, lost some, and learned alot.  I am going to post some of my thoughts and predictions, mainly for my own gratification.  If you take any of my advise, you deserve to lose money if your not doing your own research.

These are my initial stock predictions.  Yes, I am posting them after the fact.  But I am posting them to keep me honest, so I can look back and see what I thought, and I will post future predictions prior to market opening.


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Anyone have a spare Droid 1?

April 16th, 2011 No comments

My droid is done.  Anyone have a spare?

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*Happy Dance*

January 31st, 2011 No comments

A Federal Judge ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) AKA Obama Care is unconstitutional because is mandates people buy a product, and if they cannot they are heavily penalized.  For advocates of quality economical health care everywhere this is a big victory!

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Time Table for Ophthalmology Match (SF Match)

October 19th, 2010 No comments

Applying for Ophthalmology residency can often be very frustrating, because you need to start applying at the beginning of 4th year, but many schools preclude doing an ophthalmology rotation prior to the beginning of 4th year.  As a result, getting letters of recommendation can be rushed/tedious process, but don’t worry most candidates are in the same boat.  Since only a few of your classmates embark on this path each year, often there is little help from the facility and admin office, but fear not, the application process is no different than medical school/college and is easy with a bit of planning.

For an in-depth look at the match please see my sleep-deprived post-call rant and my mildly more coherent post on the interview process.

Time Line: Based on 2010 application
1st, 2nd, 3rd year: If you are fortunate enough to know you want to ophthalmology early, during your first or second year contact the ophtho program director and ask if there is a research project you can assist with.  You will likely be tacked onto a second year resident’s project.  Most projects are very easy, and allows you to get to know the attending and residents, and more importantly they get to know you.  This will put you in a very good position to get good letters of recommendation and a publication is great.
April – May of 3rd year: If you medical school permits, do your 1 month sub-internship (or elective) in ophtho.  This will give you good exposure to ophthalmology.  Let you get to know the staff when few people are doing aways.  The residents are well-seasoned, so the attendings will teach the medical students more.  Do a grandrounds (it actually easy).  Ask for at least 2 letters of recommendation.   And this will allow you to start applying to away rotations in July  (This is key because it will allow you to get letters of recommendation from 2 institutions)
April – June of 3rd year: Get your letter of recommendation from your non-ophthalmology person.  Remember for SF match you need to send the letter (not the admissions office).
May of 3rd Year: Start applying for your aways.  Please see my rant about where to apply.
June of 3rd year: SF Match application opens.  Download the application and start working on it.
July of 4th Year: If you have not already done so, do your Sub-I at your home school.  If you have already done one or cannot get a sub-I at home, do an away.  It is critical that at the end of this month you have at least two ophthalmology letters of recommendation in your possession by the end of the month.  Some programs (notably Tulane, require a 4th chairman’s letter, now is a good time to ask)
Last week of July, 4th Year: Have attendings (letter writers) review your application/personal statement.
August 1st, 4th Year: Target date for sending in application.  Yes, I know SF match’s target is Sept 1st.  But you want your application to go out on the first CD that SF sends.  This gives you time to guilt trip attendings to finish their letter of recommendation.  Early is always good.
August 14st, 4th Year: If SF Match has not sent an automated confirmation letter, call them to confirm they have the complete application.
September 10-14th, 4th Year:  The SF match is infamous for messing up distribution lists.  If a program is important to you, contact the program coordinator to ensure your application made it.  Now is opportune time to express your interest in the program and say that something extra that is not on your application.  Ignore this step at great peril.
October 26: Release date for Dean’s Letters is Nov 1st.  BUT they can be send it early, so the delivery date will be on Nov 1st.
October-December, 4th Year: Interview season
December, 4th Year: Rank List
January 6th, 4th Year: Rank list due – do not change at last minute, SF Match is infamous for being unable to confirm a new list at the last minute
January 14th, 4th Year: Match Day

See not so bad 😉

Editing Droid Verizon Banner

September 26th, 2010 2 comments

Wow it has been a very long time since my last post.  Ophthalmology residency  has kept me be quite busy.

Anyways to the matter at hand, when people take a peak at my Droid one of the first things that everyone notices and asks me is how I replaced the Verizon Banner on the lock out screen and the drop down menu with my name.  It’s not very difficult, so after repeated badgering, I finally agreed to post it online.

– This works on Motorola Droid.  I see no reason it should not work on any other Verizon Android devise, but it is untested.
Sprint users: Follow the same directions, but edit res\values\strings.xml and look for ‘zz_roamingText1’
You can do this before flashing a ROM, I do this between Pete’s Bugless Beauty builds
1) You will need root access.  Here is a link to one of the numerous methods of obtaining root.
2) Perform a Nandroid backup (just incase anything goes wrong)
3) Find and copy system/framework/framework-res.apk
– You can use Astro, Root Explorer, or pull from your nandroid backup
4) Associate the .apk extension with WinRar
5) Open the apk and navigate to res/xml/eri.xml
– Remove this file from the apk
6) Open eri.xml with a hex editor
– I recommend  HxD (freeware)
7) Find “64…Verizon Wireless…” (Gnex user it appears as …Verizon Wireless…64)
– You can edit ‘Verizon Wireless’ to any 16 characters.  If you do not need all 16, use spaces.  For example ‘             DHO’  (13 spaces 3 characters)
– I recommend against shortening/lengthening the string as it will change the size of the file, and may result in unexpected errors.
– HxD will warn you if you are changing the file size.
8 ) Take your modified eri.xml and place it back into your framework-res.apk  res/xml/eri.xml
– No need for re-signing the apk (remember no change in file size)
9) Place on SD card
10) Open your preferred terminal, during this step one or two programs may force close, it’s okay
su
sys -rw
busybox cp /sdcard/framework-res.apk /system/framework
sys -r0
sync
reboot
11) On reboot you will notice your accounts and wallpaper were lost.  I have tried some clever work arounds, but this seems an inevitable consequence of editing the framework.  So log back into your google/facebook/whatever account, fix your wallpaper, and done.
– You can use Titanium Backup to restore your system preferences

If anything goes wrong, use Nandroid to restore.