Fairbot Trial

Well, that's the end of my trial period on the latest version of Fairbot on Linux. I have to say it went very well. It didn't help my horse trading, but then that wasn't the point of the exercise. Indeed, I only revisited the pre-race horse markets so that I could give the software a good workout. My trading is migrating away from the horse markets for which I have failed to develop any consistency. For what I intend to do now, Fairbot will suit very well indeed.

It has all the standard tools one would expect from a trading application, i.e. tick offset, stop losses etc, and I will be making great use of its excellent Dutching facility.

You Couldn't Make It Up

Earlier in the year I posted my intention to give up self-employment and look for a proper job. With the state of the economy, finding suitable employment has been very difficult. The latest body blow has been delivered by a recruitment agency.

Despite having a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering; despite being a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, a Microsoft Certified Professional in the Internet and a Microsoft Certified Product Specialist in Excel; despite my excellent communication skills having presented numerous technical seminars all over Europe and trained hundreds of people in a variety of software applications; despite excellent troubleshooting and business process analysis skills; despite that and much more, the recruitment agency more or less told me I'm unemployable!!!!

Thoughts On Value

I spent an excellent weekend at the BTCC meeting held at my local circuit, Knockhill. In the quiet spells between races, my mind drifted towards thoughts of value in football matches. In particular, defining value in-play. When do the odds become value, if ever, if they weren't value pre-KO? I found myself thinking of Schrödinger's cat - the thought experiment in the field of quantum mechanics.

I don't claim to be an expert. Far from it, but essentially it involves a cat being placed inside a black box that contains a device that at any moment can kill the cat. At any given point in time, how do we know whether the cat is alive or dead? We don't - not until the box is opened. The theory suggests that it is the act of observation, i.e. looking inside the box, that determines the status of the cat. Also, the theory implies that, as I understand it, as long as the box is closed and no observation has taken place, the cat can be said to be alive and dead at the same time - which leads on to the multi universe hypothesis. But that's a discussion for another day.

Another Fairbot Trial

Some time ago I investigated running Fairbot on my Linux box using the Windows compatible API provided by Wine ('Wine is not an emulator'). The installation on Linux procedure for Fairbot, and it's Betdaq sister application, Daqbot, is one of the more popular posts on the blog.

Despite that trial installation, I never actually used it in anger, though I did use Daqbot a fair bit earlier in the year. With my new strategies and moving away from pre-race horse trading, I found Daqbot provided me with the facilities I needed. Unfortunately, Betdaq didn't, due to its lack of liquidity. Hence my renewed look at Fairbot.