Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Confessions of a bitcoin scammer

Bitcoin: the latest hoax?

Bitomat, the third largest exchange for bitcoin -- the cybercryptocurrency not backed up by a government or any hard assets -- lost its wallet.dat file which held all of its bitcoins.
Bitcoin lost their wallet

According to the article, this was due to using the wrong cloud computing model on the part of the exchange, not any fault of Amazon's cloud computing services.
A consequence of this latest bitcoin disaster has been the acquisition of Bitomat by the largest exchange, Mt. Gox.


This article calls it a "bid to restore confidence in the bitcoin market".
I don't quite get how merging the two exchanges involved in the largest bitcoin disasters restores confidence, but I suppose confidence can't get any lower so anything you do must be an improvement.
May be, as usual, I am a little of a bad thinker, but wasn´t that convenient? ( I mean to lose tha data)

Europe: the neo colonialism

The old model of Colonialism was the following: the colonizing power conquered or co-opted the Power Elites of the region, and proceeded to exploit the new colony's resources and labor to enrich the homeland.

It began with the Roman empire and spread to England, Portugal, Spain and so on... In Neocolonialism,as we could see for the thrid world countries, the forces of financialization (debt and leverage controlled by State-approved banking cartels) are used to indenture the local Elites (corrupting politicians) and populace to the banking center: the peripheral "colonials" borrow money to buy the finished goods sold by the "core," doubly enriching the center with 1) interest and the transactional "skim" of financializing assets such as real estate, and 2) the profits made selling goods to the debtors.

Very interesting and useful to understand the new "way" is the John Perkin`s book: Confessions of an economic hit man.

In essence, the "core" nations of the E.U. colonized the "peripheral" nations via the financializing euro, which enabled a massive expansion of debt and consumption in the periphery. The banks and exporters of the "core" countries exacted enormous profits from this expansion of debt and consumption.

Now that the financialization scheme of the euro has run its course, the periphery's neofeudal standing is starkly revealed: the assets and income of the periphery are flowing to the Core as interest on the private and sovereign debts that are owed to the Core countries' commercial and central banks.

This is the perfection of Neofeudalism. The peripheral nations of the E.U. are effectively neocolonial debtors of the Core countries' banks, and the taxpayers of the Core nations are now feudal serfs whose labor is devoted to making good on any bank loans to the periphery that go bad.

The peripheral nations of the E.U. are effectively neocolonial debtors of the Core countries' banks, and the taxpayers of the Core nations are now feudal serfs whose labor is devoted to making good on any bank loans to the periphery that go bad.

The European Union established a single currency and trading zone for the classical Capitalist benefits this offered: a reduction in the cost of conducting business between the member nations and a freer flow of capital and labor.

From a Neoliberal Capitalist perspective, such a union consolidated power in a Central State proxy (The E.U.) and provided large State-approved cartels and quasi-monopolies easier access to new markets.

From the point of view of the citizenry, it offered the benefit of breaking down barriers to employment in other Eurozone nations. On the face of it, it was a “win-win” structure for everyone, with the only downside being a sentimental loss of national currencies.

On the surface, the E.U. squared the circle, enabling stability, plentiful credit creation and easier access to new markets for all.

But beneath this beneficent surface lurked impossible-to-resist opportunities for exploitation and arbitrage. In effect, the importing nations within the union were given the solid credit ratings and expansive credit limits of their exporting cousins, Germany and France. In a real-world analogy, it’s as if a sibling prone to financing life’s expenses with credit was handed a no-limit credit card with a low interest rate, backed by a guarantee from a sober, cash-rich and credit-averse brother/sister. Needless to say, it is highly profitable for banks to expand lending to credit-worthy borrowers.

Credit at very low rates of interest is treated as “free money,” for that’s what it is in essence. Recipients of free money quickly become dependent on that flow of credit to pay their expenses, which magically rise in tandem with the access to free money. Thus when access to free money is suddenly withdrawn, the recipient experiences the same painful withdrawal symptoms as a drug addict who goes cold turkey.

Even worse--if that is possible--free money soon flows to malinvestments as fiscally sound investments are quickly cornered by State-cartel partnerships and favored quasi-monopolies. The malinvestments are masked by the asset bubble which inevitably results from massive quantities of free money seeking a speculative return.

This is a colonialism based on the financialization of the smaller economies to the benefit of the "core's" big banks and their partners, the Member States governments, which realize huge increases in tax revenues as credit-based assets bubbles expand.

The “too big to fail” Eurozone banks were offered a double bonanza by this implicit guarantee by the E.U. to make everything right: not only could they leverage to the hilt to fund a private housing and equities bubble, but they could loan virtually unlimited sums to the weaker sovereign states or their proxies. This led to over-consumption by the importing States and staggering profits for the TBTF Eurozone banks. And all the while, the citizens enjoyed the consumerist paradise of borrow and spend today, and pay the debts tomorrow.

Tomorrow arrived, but the capital foundation of the principal—housing and the crippled budgets of post-bubble Member States—has eroded to the point of mass insolvency. Faced with rising interest rates resulting from the now inescapable heightened risk, the citizenry of the colonized states are rebelling against the loss of their credit-dependent lifestyles and against the steep costs of servicing their debts to the big Eurozone banks.

Profits are private but losses are public--by shoving the costs of the bad debt and rising interest rates onto the backs of the core-country taxpayers (now indentured serfs).

The profits from the euro arbitrage and Neocolonial exploitation were private, but the costs are being born by the taxpaying public of both core and periphery.

The Power Elites are attempting to set the serfs of the periphery against the serfs of the Core, and this is necessary to keep both sets of serfs from realizing they are equally indentured to the Core's pathological Financial Elite-State partnership.

Liberally taken from Charles Hug Smith Of two minds

What is Video Conferencing?

Many of us still envision Videoconferencing as a video call, maybe involving three or more people. But let's think of how it should really be. Imagine the following scenario with conference calls on skype: One colleague dials a second client, and right-clicks to connect on a basic phone call. (you can Check it out here) They decide to add a third participant who is also available, and are able to conference her in on the fly by dragging her name over the "conference call" button. The three then decide they need to review a particular document, and they are able to call it up from wherever it's located and edit it together, each passing and seizing mouse and keyboard control in turn. If all are equipped with desktop video cameras, they can decide to enable the video as well. The document is updated, the colleagues agree to the actions required upon completion of the conference, and the call concludes with a click. All this is not a dream anymore, because with a conference call (with the right provider for it) and using a data line, you can work in a virtual workspace by: - sharing applications - sharing desktop capabilities - using online chat (even though I hate this) - sharing a whiteboard - using audio and video communication - sharing calendar functions - sharing file and data storage - using an effective document viewer (for the most important text and graphic documents) It really shouldn't be called video conferencing only, because it can do so much more. You still cannot offer someone a coffee using the Internet, but with the right provider you can do more than one telephone call at a time and you could order a coffee from a coffee shop near each of your colleagues and have it delivered in REAL TIME... With the right affordable provider you can ALWAYS find a solution...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The "Communication Era"...

Yesterday, on my long trip home on a German train, I had the chance to experience the "new" way of communicating.
Ours has been labeled as the "communication era" and communication, or what they think communication is, is today’s topic.
Well, yesterday in front of me was a young guy of I guess 16 and on the other seats, on the other side of the train, were his "Kameraden" of more or less the same age.
They were communicating via the cell phone.
Three people, sitting a few centimeters one from the other, didn’t use their voice anymore...
I would call it craziness if I wouldn’t know that this is "communication"...

Anonymity on the Internet: right or wrong?

While the most wired place on Earth is planning to go against anonymity on the Internet, it is an unavoidable question asking if it is right or wrong.
Many believe that the attempt of the South Korea's government will fail.
On one end, the growth in Internet access brought online also the worst.
Seoul plans to introduce internet etiquette and ethics lessons in schools.
But the question is: can you control the Internet with a police like authority?
British MPs are already heading toward a similar solution. Members of the Commons select committee for culture, media and sport, which has made the case for centralising controls, say they want "a tighter form of self-regulation, under which the industry would speedily establish a self-regulatory body".
South Korea is doing much more. Not only will all sites that publish news be liable to the same restrictions as newspapers, TV and radio, they will be answerable to a government regulatory body - the Korean Communications Standards Commission.
The rules extend beyond websites to individuals. All forum and chatroom users will be required to make verifiable real-name registrations, while internet companies will have to make their search algorithms public to improve "transparency".
Most controversial of all, the commission will be given powers to suspend the publication of articles accused of being fraudulent or slanderous, for a minimum of 30 days. During this period the commission will then decide if an article that has been temporarily deleted or flagged should be removed permanently.
This decided on paper, it still has to be done.
Is the government able and willing to pay the thousands more people to staff the commission?

Happiness is in enjoying everyday's life

The true challenge of technology is how to get the most out of it without letting it overwhelm us. How to keep things simple but powerful. How to master technology without letting it become our master.
Here are some tips how to:

Focus on the essential. It’s important to take some time to think about what’s essential to your tech work (and play). What do you really need? What gives you the most benefit for your time? What’s not so essential? What takes up a lot of time without making much of an impact?

Do one thing at a time. I know. This is super hard when it comes to tech. Browser’s on, a dozen tabs open at once, switching between reading and email and work and IM and Twitter … we live in a multitasking world. But it doesn’t have to be this way. While there’s nothing wrong with having multiple tabs open, it can be very helpful to focus on one task at a time.

Have periods of disconnectedness. While I do most of my work online, I find it extremely useful (and calming) to close my browser and just work offline for awhile.

Don’t live in your inbox. Email is everything to many people. It’s communication, it’s a task list, it’s where you do your work, it’s your organization system. But if you work from your inbox, you are constantly being interrupted by new messages.

Schedule your IM time. If IM is important to your work, then schedule IM meetings, or have certain times of the day when you’re available for IM and tell your colleagues and friends about it. And have it for a limited amount of time and then end it.

Set limits on what you do. For example, check email just twice a day. Write emails of only 5 sentences or less.

Liberally taken by Zenhabits

I guess the secret is not in imposing limits, it is enjoying what you do.
Your life is yours, your day is yours, all the rest is just technology.

Tips To Make New Customers

It is clear that the serious and successful entrepreneurs of today, focuse their business on the customers. Whatever the approach may be, it is still the way to propose your product to the audience that will be purchasing it. The better you are in proposing or marketing, the more successful you are going to be. And it stands to reason that the more customers you have, the better!

But how do you get more customers? What does the word key customer mean? A key customer is somebody who will bring other customers. In every business, 20% of your customers can bring 80% of other customers. Most companies have customers who are more than essential to the success of their business, it is knowing them and treating them in the special way they deserve, that can make a success of your business. It just needs to be coordinated and developed and there are companies that can help you with that!

First, they will identify your resources, then cultivating existing relationships across accounts. Then they will provide training to sales reps, frontline staff and others, in building relationship channels to service those accounts. Web development, search engine optimization, social media, video production and design are also key ways to get key customers. That is what Heather is working at with her skilled team at Whale Communications Ltd. One of her recent successes is a segment on her site called Sonar Moment. Pacific Northwest based CEOs started the New Year with exclusive online interviews, telling their stories about leadership and business approaches. It is very worthwhile to check out these segments which are being produced at monthly intervals. Very interesting to me, was the interview with Q5 Innovations Founder and CEO, Sage Baker. She says that you can build businesses that make the world a better place, but you can also focus on making money at the same time, and not have to apologize for that. I thought that was pretty profound. Being non-traditional can help to understand social interactions, as much as providing products to view can help to sell them.

The key to success is focusing on your products as well as on your customers. Especially those key customers that can be reached with a business model built on commercializing innovative technology products.

Their Business Is Your Success

The eternal mystery of marketing is that it always works (when done properly) and it is essential, especially in periods of a stagnating economy. What usually doesn’t work is the DIY kind. Why waist chances and opportunities (not to mention time) just to save a few bucks? In principle it is the best investment you can make right now. Not only is it a matter of saving your business and your income, it is also a way to improve your revenues and build a solid future. But how? First step: Measure your Return on Investment, and Increase Revenue. How? By looking for the best Experiential Marketing Companies! THEIR BUSINESS is your success. They help their customers to better understand their business needs and to see the right path to reach their goals. It is not enough to do the right marketing campaigns, it is also necessary to follow them step by step, in order to see what can be improved, to maximize results. Experiential Marketing Companies captivate and inspire consumers. Their main strategy consists of: consumer targeting event planning program management field management. They have the knowledge, experience and technological savvy to develop tailored programs for any client or environment and deliver sustainable ROI. Experiential Marketing means Event Marketing, Live Marketing or Sponsorship Activation. With product sampling, mobile tours, acquisition programs, street teams, demonstrations they can bring new life to your business. They pride themselves in having some of the largest Financial Institutions in the world as their clientele, and if they were able to satisfy them, they will be able to help you to reach the success you want. The secret is transcending the limitations of traditional marketing, targeting the consumers and captivating them. If you are able to create a unique brand experience, consumers remember, and they are yours. If you still do not believe this, you can Check it out further and see for yourself the results you can experience.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What is Social Media?

Social Media is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into content publishers.
It is the shift from a broadcast mechanism to a many-to-many model, rooted in conversations between authors, people, and peers.
Social media uses the “wisdom of crowds” to connect information in a collaborative manner.
Social media can take many different forms, including Internet forums, message boards, weblogs,wikis, podcasts,pictures, and video.
It is also the perfect way for what goes under the name "word of mouth"
Which is what companies who sell Social media packages are aiming to, for increasing customers and sales.
Social media is made up of user-driven websites that are usually centered around a specific focus (Digg = news) or feature ( = bookmarking).
Sometimes, the community itself is the main attraction (Facebook and Myspace = networking).

Apart from the proverbial purpose of getting traffic and attention for your website, Social media marketing also involves the process of promoting and spreading ideas and products among targeted audiences.
Social Media marketing can also be used as a calculated tactic to nurture feelings or goodwill towards a specific event/website or business.

Social media marketing is not merely about hitting the frontpage of Digg or any other social news website, it can be also a strategic and methodical process to establish your influence, reputation and brand within communities of potential customers, readers or supporters. If you are particularly fond of this new way of communication, you can also use your skill and passion to become a Social media reseller. How?
Finding the right company that will use your special skills.

Life after death (of copyright)

Or a brief history of how life changed after the dawn of the Internet.
It began with music.
There had been several attempts and attacks to the Music industry long before, but the quality of the copy was quite low and the original still sold a lot.
CDs sounded good and you could bring them with you in your Portable CD player, and the only digital music you could get was as good as your friends' CD collections.

Then Napster came.
Suddenly, it was like all those college networks were tied together, and you could find all this cool stuff online. It was easier and more efficient than record stores, it was powered by music fans, and, well, it was free .

Suddenly you didn't have to pay 15 to 18 bucks for an album and hope it was good, you could download some tracks off the internet and check it out first.
In a few short years, the aggressive push of technology combined with the arrogant response from the record industry has rapidly worn away everybody's scruples.

But it didn't stop to music.
Suddenly the whole copyrights' world is changing, the very own idea of copyright has another look.
The Music Industry had its own chance.
The chance to come to terms with the customer , the chance to evolve in something different from the old anachronistic, arrogant, monopolizing, power-hungry company, the chance to get the same increasing the number of users and decreasing the price per song.
They ignored it.
They wanted more customers and more revenues.
They lost the customers and lost the revenues.
And nobody pities them.

History magistra vitae, but it is a teacher nobody wants to listen.
If you do not acknowledge your mistakes, you are destined to repeat them forever and ever.
And Destiny will attack and win ALL the other Monopolies on the market.
No thanks.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Big brother over us

There are at least 10,000 buildings across the US, with a massive concentration in Washington, DC, engaged in ongoing surveillance of all people residing in the territory of the US.
Surveillance and counter-terrorism activities employ about one million professionals with top level secret clearance.
One estimate has it that every day over two billion emails are tracked.
And on and on along these lines.
The basic logic of such a surveillance system is that for the citizens´security all are being surveilled, or potentially so.
That is to say, the logic of the system is that all must be considered suspect in a first step in order to ensure safety.
Who, then, have the citizens become, or turned into?
The massive surveillance system built up over the last 10 years is the domestic companion of overseas drone killings.
Drone killings and unlawful imprisonment are at one end of that spectrum of degradation, and the rise of the power, economic destructions and unaccountability of the financial sector are at the other end.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

It Is a Wild World Out There

It is a wild world out there, something you shouldn’t confront alone, if you want to be the winner. In the beginning, when the Internet was "young", it was enough to have a nice website, to know a few basic rules and you were sure you could catch 100% of the customers looking for your business. Then it became 95, 90, 80...and some could consider themselves lucky if they still got 10% of the traffic. But sometimes 10% is not enough, especially if you are small and your potential customers are limited. So, what do you do? One way, the optimal one, would be becoming a guru, learning all the marketing tricks, how to be on the top and so on ... But after being on the top, you also have to learn HOW TO STAY on top, and that means a life long learning of SEO and Marketing strategies. But who has the time, and more, let’s be honest, who has the skills? Then there is the second option which in my opinion is the best. For example you could give the job to a specialized company for website optimization. What can they do for you? They can "build" your brand online with SEO (search engine optimization) SEM (search engine marketing), web analytics (understanding your web traffic), social media marketing, and small business marketing. Not only will your customers find you, but you will be able to connect to them thanks to the Social Media. If you do not believe me, you can visit the site. You will learn how to approach purchase decisions in various industries, Why, you might ask? To learn how to develop the right strategy to reach them with your message. To learn how your message should be communicated. In the real world you might be a great seller, you know how to reach your customer, how to address him, what to say, how to smile etc. Those are things you cannot do online. You have to learn to use other means. It is your website that talks to them, not you. And it is the web traffic that can decide your success, so you have to learn to talk to them through it! It is a whole new world, and a wild one too. It is not difficult to win; you just need to learn the right ways!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

To be found, there are times you need help

To be on the Internet nowadays can be quite easy.
Gone are the times you needed a guru to make a website.
Now you find what you like on the Internet, just fill the empty spaces, upload some photos and...voila´...your brand new business is there, shining and alluring...
But, but there is a but...
Anyone can do that, it is easy, but to be in the right place, in the right time, for the right persons to be seen, for the right purpose, that is not so easy.
You might need help, and good help and the right seo consulting services.
But even that alone is not enough.
It is easy to reach the first position in the right search engines, with the right keywords, at the right time, with the right persons, for the right purpose, but being there for fifteen years, FOR FIFTEEN YEARS, that is not so easy.
For that you need the BEST seo consulting services you can find on the market.
Where to find somebody that can give you: Proven Track Record, References Available 10+ Years of SEO Experience, Algorithm Expertise, Personalized Service, High-level SEO Consulting, state of the art seo consulting services of an affordable price?
All those things put together, providing you have the right merchandise or the right services to sell, will make you unbeatable...

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Internet changes everything (or mostly)

I do not know if the Internet changed everything, certainly changed a lot in the way we live and also in the way we work.
Most of the jobs now can be done at home.
The myth is the man in his pajama who makes a billion dollars business.
It is not really how it works, the Internet doesn’t make you a millionaire in a fortnight, but what it certainly does is allowing you to work also without a fancy office. That is why they invented what they call the new york virtual office.
It is partially virtual.
In reality is a real one, but just when you need it.
Let’s imagine that you have a lot of customers that you mainly deal with them through the Internet or with the telephone, so you do not want to invest much money in a real office you would use a few days a month. So you would need a new york virtual office
But on the other hand, you still need a place where to meet them once in a while, to show your products, or to sigh important deals.
And of course you would like a fancy one, because as we say, the suit doesn’t make the priest, but it makes the manager...
How could you sell good products or quality services in a shabby and cheap environment?
But you can still have a nice place in a good location, with all the right furniture, even the size you need just for the hours you need it. That could be a virtual office new York
Suddenly you need a big room or a conference room, in midtown, for a few people or up to 100 guests?
Or just a small office?
You choose and you pay only the hours you need it.
That is calledvirtual hourly office.
Isn’t it great? Isn’t it just what you need?
Well, now it is available, what you need is to make a call and book it, any time you want.
It starts at $60 per hour, which is nothing compared to what it would cost you a fix office, and may be just for using it a few hours a week or a month.
But it is not all, it includes also a mailbox with the chance to check your mail and have it forwarded to you.
You can have your name and company name in the electronic directory in the building entrance lobby, share receptionist services including the cordial, professional greeting of your guests and clients, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Do you need more?