Showing posts from October, 2012

Learning to use Vim

vim logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The right tools will get you halfway. That is if you know how to use these "right" tools. Besides my brain, one of the tools I use all day long is a text editor to work with all kinds of text files. Some of the many editors I use are Notepad++, Gedit, Geany, Ultraedit, and Gvim. In the shell, I mainly use Vim or Nano for simple edits. I played around with Emacs, but did not get the hang of it. Vim, with Gvim on the desktop, the same to cover most of my needs, so I try to use it as much as possible in order to develop a consistent workflow across all environments and work at hand.
Still, sometimes I fall back to Notepad++ (on Windows) or Gedit (on Linux) as I still have to get used to some of the features of Vim.

Vim has a build-in tutor that can be run by typing vimtutor on the command-line. On windows it can be started from the menu. It will get you started in 30 minutes.

There is also a nice online interactive vimtutor that can be found a…

Gimp 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04

English: Screenshot illustrating the utility window hints introduced with the new GIMP 2.6 release. Screenshot was taken on Ubuntu Linux 8.10 with GIMP 2.6.1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I decided to also start posting about all the tools I use to code, trade and invest.
This will be mostly techie stuff on software and hardware. This post is about installing Gimp, a very powerful cross-platform photo editing application. I use it for almost all of my imaging editing. At work, I use windows desktops and servers and at home, it is all Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is powerful and yet super user-friendly. I stick with their LTS (Long Term Support) version as this means I only need to spend time upgrading my systems every 3 to 6 years. This comes at the cost of not being bleeding edge with some of the applications in the standard repositories. Luckily there are always the PPA repos. Gimp has seen a new major release 2.8 already some time ago. One of the main added features is the ability to run Gimp …

Back to trading inside bars only

Last week I decided to take a break and re-evaluate my trading strategy and try to define my edge in the market. I came to the conclusion, that I was trading to many methods / patterns. I do not have time for this and as a result my analyses were lacking focus and consistency. So I will take a step back and trade only one method and only on major currency pairs.

Inside bar Ichimoku strategy
Use corrections in confirmed trend to get in on the move. Markets either trend up or down or move side ways. My strategy is for trending markets only. In a trend prices usually do not move only up or only down. Instead prices move in an impulsive - corrective manner. Check out this post for a good explanation of impulsive vs corrective moves. My strategy is to identify the trend and then trade in the direction of the trend. I will wait for a corrective move and then place my entries so that when price will continue impulsively in the direction of the trend I will be in the trade.

I confirm …