OK, despite history being against me, the snows are off and the summers are on. Usually this is followed by a blizzard and ice rain. Not this year, right?

Will it snow?

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OMG its so quiet now that those spikes are removed. The studded tires are **loud**

Last friday I got the hattrick: in the same day, 3 separate “Sick tires Dude”. So I got that going for me.

So I just finished writing up the install of using a Mikrotik router, installing OpenWRT, and channel bonding Starlink with 2 DSL. If you get a chance, please https://www.agilicus.com/starlink-bond-zero-trust/ check it out (and while you are there, hit that bell icon in the bottom right!)

I thought I would explain a bit more about the Mikrotik OpenWRT bit. The router I chose was the hEX S. its a 5 port 1GE, and 1 SFP device. It comes with Mikrotik’s OS, which I guess if you know, maybe you love. I neither know nor love it. So, OpenWRT on it goes.

The upgrade to OpenWRT was not complex, but took forever. You setup a DHCP config file, a TFTP server. You then power it on holding a button, wait for a beep, and release. Or so it says. In practice, you have to release the button at a very specific time which is pre-beep. Eventually, loaded.

These devices are good value. ~ $50, 5 x 1G, modern routing OS. The throughput is not stellar, i benchmarked it out to about 600Mbps, so I think maybe its not ideal for everyone. Still, it will fit this bill.

The application here was to, if Starlink is up, use it, else load balance across 2 DSL links. But now that I got the taste for the OpenWRT on non-wifi router… I’m thinking of bigger upgrade plans at home!

Anyway, read the details here and, as always, comments appreciated.

Phone rings. The red bar indicates its likely spam. Usually I ignore, but this time I decide to hit the ‘screen calls’ button and see what they say. And, wow, I missed a great conversation.

“Hello here’s the chinese notes of future bank give me a call cushy and put you in the cartoon channel championships aren’t you going to be single you won’t enjoy calling the chinese”.

Sign me up, where do I pay?

In the field of investing, there is a concept called “seeking alpha”. The idea is that you are smart, therefore your best approach is to make many smart investment choices. However, the facts bear out that active management nearly always loses.

In a nutshell, imagine the following scenario. 100 drunk monkeys throw darts at a list of stocks. Each picks 10 stocks. At the end of the first year, 50 of these portfolios have done worse than average, 50 have done better than average. We retire the 50 worse than average. At the end of the 2nd year, 25 of these have done worse than average, 25 better than average (its a phrase @Kean). If we repeat this a few times we have 5 portfolios that have beat the odds 5 years in a row. We now put on a shiny suit and market it to you the retail investor. “Our smart stock managers have been the markets 5 years in a row.”. You invest. But, you are really just investing in drunk monkeys.

Someone decided to put this to the test w/ a cat. You can read the full story here, but in a nutshell, a cat named Orlando would throw a catnip mouse onto a pad of numbers, and the owner would invest. The owner was competing against 3 teams of professional money managers.

Well, there’s more than enough foreshadowing in this article for you to guess by now the cat trounced the pro’s.

Now, i’m not advocating for drugging your cat and following feline investing strategies. I’m instead suggesting that maybe investing in the index is the best approach for you. These folks will set you on the right path.

Arizona has passed (but not yet adopted) a bill which would require any online store (aka Apple) that has more than 1 million yearly downloads to Arizona to allow Arizona developers a choice of payment platforms.

Apple makes a 30% commission on their monopoly store, famously banning any developer who tries to circumvent. This even includes open source & free applications such as WordPress, forcing them to add in-app purchases where they did not previously exist.

Now, assuming this bill is adopted, I can easily see a lot of corporate shell structures setup, dragging the app developing world to the southwest (on paper at least).

The bill prohibits retribution, so they can’t pull a Facebook and withdraw from Arizona.