Archive for July, 2009

Are stock prices related to inflation?

July 22, 2009

Since I feel we will be having higher inflation soon, I was interested in identifying the relationship between stock prices with inflationary periods from the past. I initially thought stock prices would trend upward with inflation similar to consumer products however I found this analysis pretty interesting indicating the contrary.

http://rack1.ul.cs.cmu.edu/sinflat/

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Web-Based Microsoft Office To Come – Confirmed

July 13, 2009

One must ask, should I go or not?  If I don’t then the others will get all the show and will take the lime light as the innovators.  If I do, then I am implicitly validating their business model by merely presenting an alternative.

For quite some time, Microsoft has resisted the open source movement with Linux calling it a “cancer” as Balmer once said to openly adopting it in others. Evidently they switched their tactic numerous times, even internally creating rift between those who agree and disagree with the model.

Similarly with web based applications, or cloud computing as commonly referred to, Microsoft has had it’s fair share of decisions to make.  Google innovated quite some time ago with the opening of their online Gmail.  The splashing surprise was the 1GB of storage they were offering all users — leap and bounds beyond Hotmail and others which averged a mere 10mb.

Slowly but surely, additional apps followed branded under the Google Docs — an excel equivalent, a word equivalent, etc.  Under this type of pressure, after months and perhaps years of discounting the threat and trying alternatives — ultimately caved in on July 13, 2009 and decided to officially offer a free web-based office suite.  Interestingly enough, it was only a few days after Google removed the “Beta” tag off theirs.

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200907131014DOWJONESDJONLINE000386_FORTUNE5.htm