I thought it was time to start putting stuff down in black and white but don't expect me to be typing here when I need to be trading and stuff. Background: Turned 60 last week. Thinking about retiring soon. Maybe when I am 65, or 62, or next year, or next week. Undecided. I am afraid when I retire I will be too busy to enjoy it I guess. I got interested in day trading because you can work an hour or two a day. So I was told. LOL. Hardcore fanatical Ubuntu/Raspbian/Debian user, WinDOHs/Mac hater. Got started with computers back when most of them did not have hard drives. I was so proud of that first 20MB HD! I thought I was NEVER gonna fill that bad boy up. LOL. Until a week or two had gone by and I saw a bigger one for sale. Went through DOS, early Windows, OS/2 Warp, BeOS, a few other OSs including RedHat and other Linuxes, back to Windows cause I thought Linux was a bit geeky for me, then MS dropped the ball with W8 and I bailed, discovered Ubuntu, and never looked back. Did some simple programming with the BASICS, VB3, VB for DOS, some C. Fixing to learn Python now. Blue collar background, seaman/fisherman/oilfield trash. Last job was Bosun on a 40000 ton or so RoRo ("car carrier, but most of these carry a lot more than just cars.) No actual college, AS degree from CLEP, etc challenge exams. Did not graduate HS, was busy working my ass off making money on highline shrimp trawlers and kicking pipe in the oil patch and having a good time when I could. Not much previous investment experience, no trading experience, before this year. Got the bug late last year, started researching. Underfunded. Came in around middle of April with $10k. Had a great first day in live trading, made I think almost $900 before getting shut out by PDT. Small gains, small losses since then. Never got below $9800 though so I am beating the average I guess. Was back up over $10k a couple times but took a little $ out with the debit card on the account. I hope to be fully funded by the end of the year so I can trade every day and scalp all day long if I am feeling the love from the market. Settled on IB as a broker. My only choices, being a Linux user, were IB and TDAmeritrade. Happy with IB and Trader WorkStation, so far, on my Ubuntu powered trading computer. Unfortunately this puts the PDT thumb on my trading activity. I could do Forex or something, but nah. Real Men trade Stocks. So I was told. LOL Trading education... 90% came from reading the first book on day trading that I picked up. FTR, it was Andrew Aziz's "How to Day Trade for a Living: A Beginner’s Guide to Trading Tools and Tactics, Money Management, Discipline and Trading Psychology" but almost any of the other couple dozen books on day trading that I bought would have served equally well. No formal instruction, no webinars or lessons. Spent some time just looking at charts, and paper trading after I opened my account at IB. Currently reading "The Way of the Turtle" and a couple of penny stock books. Got a lot of questions answered on this forum. Only paper traded a couple of weeks before I went live, contrary to the conventional standard advice. However once I do my three trades, I can paper trade, or not trade, so sometimes I still do a paper trade day. Equipment is a Dell refurb and a single monitor, at present, running Ubuntu 18.04. I rely heavily on TradingView for scanning. Subscribed to WSJ, delivered to doorstep and filling up my inbox nearly to the point of unusability until I filtered the trading emails to a separate folder. Internet by Cox, not too fast, not too slow. Half fast I guess. Trading computer is only for trading. Eventually I will have two or three computers and 6 or 8 monitors all dedicated to trading. Some interest in FOREX and auto/algo trading, a little in futures and swing trading, mostly preoccupied with intraday stock trading for its simple direct and less abstract nature. Want to make my own scanner, and eventually a complete automated trader. GF is data scientist / project manager for a large oil company that will not be named at this time, so she is on the short list for help. I think eventually I can do that and make it work profitably. TODAY'S TRADING Long on NERV from the open for a half hour and ended up $94 in the green, balance now back up to $9909. I am on a roll! One day in a row, I am a winner! If I can stretch it to two trade days in a row, I will be back once again over my initial deposit. Not bad for a newbie, two months in, huh? Once again I wished I had put more money on the trade. I just keep remembering all the losing trades where I was glad I kept the position small. So anyway, almost 1% return in a half hour. If I could do that for a couple of years, how much would that be? LOL. I will NOT blow this account. Period. Not gonna happen. If it ever gets down to $9k I am stopping all live intraday trading for 6 months. That is my written in stone rule.