Smart Stops

This post is based on an email I received from the SF IBD Meetup Group (most of it is copied verbatim)

There is a new startup company called, that helps investors know when to sell.

Their solution is based on facilitating and optimizing the use of stop loss protection and making it easier for the investors to take protective action. At the end of each market day, they publish an updated SmartStop for each covered stock calculated for use the next trading day. If the stock falls and triggers its SmartStop, it is an indication that the stock has entered a downtrend and it is recommended that you sell the stock or take other protective action.

They monitor their member’s portfolios continuously and email them when a SmartStop is triggered. If you receive a SmartStop QuickAlert – Take Action.

Their algorithms are designed and maintained by Chuck LeBeau, a well regarded author on technical analysis. Their stops move closer to or further from the stock as trading patterns dictate to keep you in up-trends longer but exit you early in down-trends. Their stops are designed for investors more so than active day traders. They do not hug the stock close enough to trigger daily trades and do not adjust intraday. However, traders, as we know are information hounds and many day traders are early adopters of their solution.

Recent articles in Barron’s, Kiplinger’s, WSJ, Fortune and The can be found at:

They are always looking for feedback from experienced investors. A guy I know who works with them spoke with the CEO and he would like to extend a free trial offer to the IBD Meetup group.

The IBD Meetup Group Code Is: IBD90FREE.

This code will give all members 90 days free SmartStops Portfolio Protection Service at the 10 or 20 stock portfolio level.

How to save lives while you are sleeping!!

Yes, you can make the world a better place while you are sleeping and it does not cost you much. All you need is a computer. Check the Folding @ Home project page for details.

I usually leave my PS3 unfolding proteins at night while I’m sleeping and I wake feeling great that I made the world a better place while resting. My Folding @ Home page can be found here. My Team id is 61686, join me if you can and lets make the world a better place while we are sleeping 🙂

Proteins are biology’s workhorses — its “nanomachines.” Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or “fold.” The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.

Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. “misfold”), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.

Folding@home is a distributed computing project — people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.

What have we done so far?
We have had several successes. You can read about them on our Science page, on our Awards page, or go directly to our Results page.

What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease? You can help by simply running a piece of software.

Want to learn more?
Click on the links on the left for downloads or more information. You can also download our Executive Summary, which is a PDF suitable for distribution. Also, you can learn more by watching recent seminars (Stanford BMI ; Xerox PARC). One can also help by donating funds to the project, via Stanford University.

A bunch of websites for learning Japanese

A Japanese friend (her name is Itou) told me about the following website:

grammar: – Nice website that gathers grammar points and explanations for the 日本語能力試験 – VERY helpful – good written guide to many japanese grammar points

vocabulary: – a free program for learning vocabulary – there are many pre-made decks from other users at “wiki -› extra decks”, or one can make their own decks


Another social language learning site *updated*

I have been using iKnow extensively to improve my Japanese for my classes. Today I found out about another site called Live Mocha that offers social language learning. They offer Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, English, German, Russian, Hindi, Icelandic, Portuguese, and Japanese. Its another great resource for language learners. So many great sites are coming up online, its so hard to keep up.

Update: I found another site called italki that offers social language learning but mostly focused on finding people who can help you learn a langauge versus actually giving you tools to learn. Its a nice site, very similar to Live Mocha.

CrunchBase a great resource

If you have not been to
. I highly suggest you check it out. Its like a startup/company encyclopedia. They give you widgets that you can add to your blogs as well such as the following one:

For some reason the widget does not show up correctly on the blog. In any case hope you will find it useful.

Online Identity

The new Facebook design allows you to import your online activities from sites like word press, blogger, other bloging platforms like typepad …etc, Yelp, Delicious, Flickr, Digg, Google Picasa, Pandora, Google Reader, Youtube, Stumbleupon,, and Hulu.

Now that Open ID is finally accepted on many sites, your online identity can be preserved and soon enough you can track someone’s complete on-line presence by knowing one of their online identities. I mentioned before in a previous post about Spokeo, an on-line service that allows you to track all the online activities from people in your address book over 40 social sites. That’s spooky. Too much about who we are becomes easily accessible to people we don’t even know.

Oh there is so much that can be written on this topic. But to keep it short, be aware what you do online. Anything you do can be tracked so do not do anything you would not want people to find out about. If you are about to apply to a university and your myspace page is not a good reflection of the image you are trying to portray, you better think twice about allowing public access to your page.

It is kind of exciting that the web is merging and becoming more integrated. All your actions can be grouped together and accessed from one place. That’s the idea behind sites like Alltop and PopUrls.

I have been using Thunderbird as my RSS Feed Reader. But Google Reader offers a lot of cool features that I’m considering switching to it. For example, G Reader allows me to share links at a page dedicated for posts that I tagged as shared. This page is at

Even Pandora has a public profile page that can be shared with others. Mine is at

It’s getting late. I better get to bed.

Blogs related to Arabs in japan

I recently enrolled in two beginner level Japanese classes at Soko Gakuen in Japan Town in San Francisco. One class is conversational and the other class covers both writing and conversation. You never know what a random search can guide you to on the internet. I wanted to see what information was there on Islam and Japan and I got links to many blogs that sounded interesting.

Before I list the blogs, I was surprised that most of them were blogs on Blogger. Word Press dominates the blogs market in the US. Many of these blogs did not have quick links to get their rss feed. I had to do some digging and found that all blogger blogs have their feeds at:

Its not as simple as Word Press where you have links to the full blog feed and the comments feed directly. For example, my blog’s full rss feed is:

Anyways ..  enough about feeds and all that. The blogs that I found interesting are:
They describe themselves as:

تتناول المدونة ما يتعلق باليابان. ونرحب بتعاون الزوار في تقديم المقالات والأخبار ضمن هذا الإطار وتصحيح
الأخطاء اللغوية فيها بالإضافة إلى ترجمات نصوص يابانية أو إنجليزية سنختارها

Al-Yaban blog presents articles and news on Japan in Arabic with cooperation of its visitors. アラビア語による日本専門ブログ。投稿歓迎

A blog by a Jordanian student living and studying in Tokyo. She seems to have gone to the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). I myself spent 2 years at JUST in the computer engineering department before I transferred to SCU in the US.

This blog seems to belong to another Jordanian student living in Tokyo. I found out about a soccer match between Jordan and Japan through this site. I never knew that Jordan played Japan before. I have been living abroad for way too long. In any case, here is the youtube video of the penalty kicks between the two teams. I can’t believe that we were up by two and then eventually lost. Its truly disappointing.

A blog by a Tunisian girl living and studying in Japan.Through her blog I found a link to a service called Yamli. I used to write the following sentence. This is sooo cool.

أنا لم أكتب بالعربية منذ أكثر من ٨ سنوات ولا أصدق هذا البرنامج الرائع. لم يعد لدي حجة لعدم الكتابة بالعربية.
لا أكاد أصدق كم هو رائع هذا البرنامج

A blog by three muslim women living in Japan.

Some new stuff

I have been so busy lately that I have not kept in touch with what is new in the web and technology areas. Well today, I finally got a chance to look at some new stuff and I got introduced to the following:

Open ID

Pop Urls

I created my page on it at


Their goal is the “cessation of Internet stagnation” by providing “aggregation without aggravation.” Check some of their pages on animation here and on food here.


Spokeo searches deep within 40 major social networks to get you secrets and whatever you want to find about someone. This is pretty freaky actually.


Scribd is the world’s largest document sharing community.


Responsys manages on-demand marketing for many companies.


TripWolf is a social site about travelers and travel destinations.