Know your max loss

This is the third post in a series of posts on options trading. You can read this one out of order since it applies to almost everything you do in the stock market, including buying shares of stock. What is “max loss” The maximum loss on a trade is the worst outcome possible. Knowing this number helps you protect your account from huge losses and avoids terrible situations such as margin calls....

2020-12-09 · 7 min · Major Hayden

The Dark Side: Selling Options

I’ve started a series of posts on options trading and if you haven’t read yesterdays post, Options trading introduction, you should start there first. Recap: Buying calls and puts Just to recap the introductory post: Buying a call gives you the right to buy a stock at a certain strike price Buying a put gives you the right to sell a stock at a certain strike price Buying calls is a great way to capture gains from a stock that is trending upwards an buying puts provides an insurance policy in case your stock drops....

2020-12-07 · 9 min · Major Hayden

Options trading introduction

I’m always on the hunt for new things to learn and one of my newer interests is around trading options on the stock market. Much like technology, it becomes much easier to understand when you peel back the layers of archaic terminology, snake oil salespeople, and debunked data. Stay tuned for additional posts that go into greater detail. This post covers the basics about what an option is (and is not) and how you can compare it to other investment vehicles, like stocks....

2020-12-06 · 8 min · Major Hayden

Build AWS images with Image Builder

The AMIs provided by most Linux distributions in AWS work well for most use cases. However, there are those times when you need a customized image to support a certain configuration or to speed up CI processes. You can get a customized image via a few methods: Build from an existing AMI, customize it, and snapshot it. Use an automated tool, such as Packer, to automate #1. Build your own image locally in KVM, VMware, or Virtualbox and upload the image into S3, import it into an EC2, and create an AMI from the snapshot....

2020-06-19 · 7 min · Major Hayden

My experience with keto so far

I’ve talked about some of my experiences with altering my diet on Twitter and many people have asked about my experiences with keto so far. Note that I don’t call it “the keto diet” because it’s much more than a diet: it’s a lifestyle change. Sure, you alter what you eat, but you begin to think differently about how you fuel your body. Before we start, I’d like to note that:...

2020-06-11 · 10 min · Major Hayden

Make diacritics easy in Linux

Diacritics are all of the small things that are added on, above, or below certain characters in various languages. Some examples include tildes (ñ), accents (á), or other marks (š). These marks are little hints that help you know how to pronounce a word properly (and they sometimes change the definition of a word entirely). They are often skipped by non-native language speakers, and sometimes even by native speakers, but I have done my best to make a habit of including them when I can....

2020-02-13 · 3 min · Major Hayden

My Travel Guide to Brno

Come to the Czech Republic and discover the beautiful city of Brno. I just wrapped up my third visit to the city and I can’t wait to come back! The city is full of history, culture, and delicious food. Here’s my travel guide to Brno! Getting to Brno Brno has an airport, but the flights are limited and sometimes expensive. Some coworkers have found good deals on these flights (especially via Ryanair from London’s Stansted Airport), but I prefer the train....

2020-01-30 · 8 min · Major Hayden

Disable Nvidia GPU on the Thinkpad T490

I wrote about installing Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad T490 last month and one of the biggest challenges was getting graphics working properly. The T490 comes with an option where you can get a discrete Nvidia MX250 GPU and it packs plenty of power in a small footprint. It also brings along a few issues. Awful battery life There are many times where it would be helpful to fully disable the Nvidia card to extend battery life when graphics processing is not needed....

2020-01-24 · 8 min · Major Hayden

Bring Back Fedora's Beefy Miracle boot splash

Way back in 2012 when Fedora releases had names, there was one release that many of us in the Fedora community will never forget. Fedora 17’s code name was “Beefy Miracle” and it caused plenty of giggles and lots of consternation (especially in vegetarian and vegan circles). No matter how you feel about the code name, the mascot was really good: Major and the beefy miracle in 2012...

2019-12-16 · 1 min · Major Hayden

Thinkpad T490 Fedora install tips

🔨 WORK IN PROGRESS! I’m still finding some additional issues and I’ll write those up here as soon as I find some solutions. Thinkpad T490 With my 4th Gen X1 Carbon beginning to age (especially the battery), it was time for an upgrade. I now have a T490 with a 10th gen Intel CPU and a discrete NVIDIA MX250 GPU. This laptop spec was just released on Black Friday!...

2019-12-12 · 3 min · Major Hayden