A Microsoft tech — escalated support, no less — permanently and irretrievably deleted nearly everything of value on my hard drive. He was trying to fix a problem related to C++ coding in Windows 10. Without going too deeply into the details, I’ll tell you that he trashed my User Account, evidently without quite understanding what was in it: hundreds of thousands of emails, all of my application settings and browser profiles. I can recover somewhat because I kept some of the data on my laptop, but the loss will take months of phone calls and emails to partially recoup. In the meantime, let me apologize for the brevity of Tuesday’s updates. I’ve been on the phone with tech support for 15 hours and I am still not done. It’s been a long day.
Let me take this opportunity to inform readers that I will be on holiday from August 23 to September 4. Although I will update trading touts if urgently required and will provide timely guidance in the Trading Room and on Facebook/YouTube on the same basis, I will not be sending out Morning Line commentaries during my holiday. Fair warning: The stock market tends to do crazy things when I am away from my desk for more than a couple of days.