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No market for CyberPower equipment here...

We do have thunderstorms and floods over here, but the last power outage that I can remember was about 35 years ago. I have not invested in any such equipment.

This a fat tails problem. If we have a power outage here, nobody will be prepared, because half of the population has never encountered it.

It seems that you are quite used to power outages. Similar to India or Bangla Desh? Just asking because I am curious. Have not been to the US for ages.


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Yes very true. Especially here in Texas, lots of thunderstorms. I have four UPS's in the house. One CyberPower 1400 is for protecting my DLP+stereo equip, ps3, dvr, etc etc, the other three are computer equip. I have two CyberPower 1400's for my main trading system, one for the PC and one for monitors+accessories (ext eSATA drives, 7.1 speaker system, lamp).

I have another CyberPower 1200 for my back wall which is redundant routers, dsl + cable modem, gigabit switch, wifi router, and a headless Q6600 system.

Again, overkill. You can get a nice CyberPower for $100 that will power your system and one monitor (your primary monitor), and your cable modem+router for probably 15 minutes or more. In my experience, the power is either out for 5-10 seconds, or its out for much longer than even for UPS's will last and you probably knew a storm was coming anyway and aren't concerned about trading.

It is cool to watch TV when the power is out though. lol. For about 10 minutes Be sure to give time for the DLP fan to cool down the TV after you turn it off before the UPS dies. Mitsubishi 65" DLP, I take care of her.

Mike


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We do have thunderstorms and floods over here, but the last power outage that I can remember was about 35 years ago. I have not invested in any such equipment.

This a fat tails problem. If we have a power outage here, nobody will be prepared, because half of the population has never encountered it.

It seems that you are quite used to power outages. Similar to India or Bangla Desh? Just asking because I am curious. Have not been to the US for ages.

Not sure about you, but most of our electric lines are above ground here. And during hot summer months, thunderstorms can be quite bad, real windy, lots of lightning. So lightning can hit a transformer, or wind can damage a poll, and it causes a power outage. Vast majority of times power is back on within say 2-3 seconds as the power is re-routed, but too long for computers to stay up

I would guestimate in an average thunderstorm-year, power goes out for a couple of seconds maybe 5 times here.

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Not sure about you, but most of our electric lines are above ground here. And during hot summer months, thunderstorms can be quite bad, real windy, lots of lightning. So lightning can hit a transformer, or wind can damage a poll, and it causes a power outage. Vast majority of times power is back on within say 2-3 seconds as the power is re-routed, but too long for computers to stay up

I would guestimate in an average thunderstorm-year, power goes out for a couple of seconds maybe 5 times here.

Mike

If it is a couple of seconds that may happen here as well. For my audio equipment, TV and PCs I use a fused power point. Just to make sure that my equipment is not dammaged by high voltage.

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Can I get a laptop sufficient enough for trading in the price range posted for the desktop in this tread? Can somone suggest one?

David

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Can I get a laptop sufficient enough for trading in the price range posted for the desktop in this tread? Can somone suggest one?

David

A laptop with sufficient CPU and memory is no problem. The display is the issue, to me. My 3-year old notebook (ThinkPad T61p) has a 15.4" 1920x1200 display, and that is the harder problem (or more expensive one at least). A notebook for trading really needs a very nice display.

For new notebooks, a quick look at NewEgg reveals that very few notebooks have 1920x1200 (or 1920x1080) displays, something I would consider a must. But that's just me. Plus the ones that do are generally 17" notebooks, that is too big for me to be lugging around.

Here is one possible consideration:
Newegg.com - ASUS G Series G51JX-X1 NoteBook Intel Core i7 720QM(1.60GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M

Another possibility, of course, is to not use the notebook display at all. Some people want to own only a notebook and not a desktop at all. In this case, buy a nice notebook and then look into external displays for your home office/trading desk.

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I think that a 1280 x 800 display is largely sufficient for a 15.4" screen. I just use the 1 year old notebook of my wife, a HP Pavillion dv5, with 4GB RAM, which I bought for € 495.00 and which is good enough for running NinjaTrader and doing everything I need to do.

So you would not need to spend USD 1200.00 but USD 600.00 should do.

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I have an AMD 3000+ core, a 500mb memory and a 7300GS video board...
Technology is just a support line, not a resistence. Hope that makes sense...

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I use three PC's. I have a desktop for surfing and email with a single monitor, then I have two Dell laptop's for only trading. No anti-virus or firewall. One laptop has a 17" M6400 screen and the other 15.4" M4400 screen. Both laptops have dual monitor cards and verizon wireless card in case of power outage I will still have the battery backup and internet. So I have four screens. I like the portability of a laptop. I can take it on vacation, a trip or where ever and still trade. I bought these as refurbs on Dell's outlet. Saved $100's!!!

I do have a question if anyone has any knowledge on Synergy. I would like to use one mouse and one keyboard for a three PC's, but not sure if it is save since I don't use anti-virus and firewall on my trading PC's? I know you have to download the software on all three PC's.

I attached a picture of my setup if anyone is interested. Sorry about the lighting. I have the lights dimmed low on the track lighting.

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Synergy?

Instead of Synergy I recommend Input Director instead. Yes you do need to install it on all computers that share the mouse and keyboard. It works great. The download is free. The only problem I encountered is the antivirus software goes completely nuts when its first installed. The AV will settle down after a while.

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I also prefer InputDirector over Synergy.

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