For those that may complain that there is not enough mystery in computer science - then good news.
Further to my previous post - It appears that Dr. Craig Wright, the purported inventor of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology, has reneged on his plan to provide extraordinary proof by transferring Bitcoins from one of the earliest blocks that only "Satoshi Nakamoto" would have access to. His reason is that he lacks the "courage" to do so after being anonymous for so long. I guess he would rather be labelled as a potential fraud then receive all the attention if he were the actual mysterious creator.
Without this proof doubt will continue as to who Satoshi Nakamoto,the creator of Bitcoin, is or was. So allow the mythology to continue. Perhaps generations from now people will regard Satoshi Nakamoto as some mythical figure in computer lore who in true "Deus ex Machina" (god from the machine) manner gifted us with code that transformed the world.
The emerging technology called Blockchain (what powers Bitcoin) will soon transform the computer industry. In the next couple of years companies will be spending billions on the technology - I cannot emphasize enough how big Blockchain will be. IBM is betting big on Blockchain.
Yet to me the coolest thing was that the person (or group) who invented it was a complete mystery - they used the pseudonym "Satoshi Nakamoto" and nobody ever saw or met this person - all communication was electronic...and they disappeared years ago never to be heard from again.
Now apparently he's been outed... though some our doubtful. Craig Steven Wright doesn't care if you believe him or not - he wants to be left alone and forgotten... oh, and he's probably worth over $450 million from his invention...
I thought I would share the great overview of the Zirka Virus as shared by the Hotel Association of Canada:
The Facts on the Zika Virus
With the World Health Organization announcing this week that the Zika virus is a public health emergency, the HotelAssociation of Canada is sharing the most updated facts and resources with you to inform both your employees and your guests.
Hotels already follow strict guidelines and protocols designed to help prevent the spread of diseases from the flu to less common illnesses, and the HAC will continue to monitor the latest developments tied to this virus issued by government and health officials.
In these kinds of evolving cases, it is imperative that we stay informed, be vigilant, and adhere to official guidelines. To that end, we encourage our members and guests to heed the Public Health Agency of Canada's guidelines and recommendations for travellers, particularly those who are traveling internationally.
While there is concern about the potential spread of the virus here in Canada, the overall risk to Canadians, in Canada, is very low, as mosquitoes known to transmit the virus are not established in Canada and are not well-suited to our climate. The risk to travellers to affected countries is low; however, pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant, should take special precautions.
Below are some of the more pressing questions asked about the virus.
The HAC will continue to monitor this situation very closely and provide you with updates as appropriate.
What is the Zika Virus?
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.
What are the symptoms? About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika will get sick. For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms typically begin 2 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
How is it transmitted? Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. It is not yet known how often Zika is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth.
Who can contract it? Anyone who is living in or traveling to an area where Zika virus is found who has not already been infected with Zika virus is at risk for infection, including pregnant women.
Is traveling safe? As of February 1, 2016 the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of Zika in the Americas an international emergency to accelerate research and aid. Although the risk of virus establishment in Canada is low, there is ongoing risk to Canadians travelling to outbreak regions.
This has probably been going around the Internet for a while, but I thought it worth sharing.
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question.
Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
Do you have thousands of items in your email inbox? If each email were a piece of paper would your inbox touch the ceiling and fill the room? If you are using my favorite email system - gmail (and you should be! - I'll do a separate post about it another day). There is really no reason to have anything in your inbox as you can easily label your emails or simply use gmail's powerful search tools. If you use Outlook, then this tool is for you as well.
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Ari Meisel is best described as an efficiency expert. His book outlines his philosophy of how one can streamline their life.
His approach is that one needs to
He discusses various tools, web-based solutions, and services that enable one to optimize their workflow. He talks about creating an "external brain" in the cloud to be able to have a place to put information that you want to have, retain, and recall somewhere else then trying to keep it front of mind.
The book is a quick read - but full of very useful and actionable information. It provides information on how one can optimize both their work week and personal life. I have taken on many of the lessons in this book to great success. I'm now using Evernote to track information and have it all at my fingertips with it's powerful search tools.
Are encourages readers to create a "Manual of You" which distills all you do into error-proof processes that can be delegated.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in doing less, getting more done, and having more time for the things they really enjoy.
Ari Meisel also has a free Podcast that I also highly recommend. Here is the description from itunes:
In 2006, Ari was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is an incurable disease of the digestive tract. Ari’s case was severe, and required over a dozen daily medications and several hospital visits. After reaching a personal low point in hospital, Ari decided he would do everything in his power to strengthen his by then weak body. Through a combination of yoga, nutrition, natural supplements and rigorous exercise he was able to fight back the symptoms of Crohn’s until he was finally able to suspend his medication. Eventually Ari was declared free of all traces of the ‘incurable’ disease, and competed in Ironman France in June of 2011. Ari has since spoken at seminars and at a regional TED Talk about his struggle against a seemingly insurmountable opponent. Through the process of data collection, self tracking, and analysis, Ari helped develop Less Doing. This was a way of dealing with the daily stresses of life by optimizing, automating, and outsourcing all of his tasks in life, health and business. The podcast consists of a discussion with my cohost Felix Bird about the weeks interesting news and links and then an interview with an expert.
An email arrived today from Dell in which the subject line was "Fall in love ❤ with Windows again". So I think to myself that perhaps there's been an update to Windows that offers new functionality. I open the email and this is what I see:
My reaction is "Wow, this just says it all right here." Fall in love with Windows by going to the previous generation of Windows that is over 5 years old! I guess Dell knows something that Microsoft doesn't...
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