Category Archives: News and Current Events

A Shinier Chrome

What browser do you use? I’ve been using Google Chrome shortly after it launched a few years back. I have that Google package with Gmail, ‘Drive’ file storage, and a bunch of other nifty apps all in a handy expandable box I can select when needed.

While I’m doing my navigatin’ online, I don’t want to be bothered by annoying ‘popup’ Ads so I selected ‘disable popups’. That doesn’t block it all though and occasionally Ads appear, open and start playing a video with sound and music. I just ignore them and move on unless it’s a new blockbuster movie preview. Comes down to preference in the end.

It all funnels down to money with the placing and streaming of Ads by Google, just like Facebook. it looks like they have received a lot of feedback on all that. Is it kosher to have Ads on violent or sexual overdone stuff on Youtube and other media? Is it moral for companies and people to be making money off of this although it’s free reign on the internet.

Seems the people behind Google Chrome have been listening and reading. Next year they plan to bring in an option to either shut it all off or allow it for users. Research where Ads go and shouldn’t be to become more cleaner, friendlier and an overall nicer experience for folks. They already know about some advertisers that are heavy into spamming and clamping down on them. I can picture that being quite a challenge on their end where it’s all so wide spread right now.

I guess it will be something like watching a movie not interrupted by commercials on the TV for watchers like me that prefer it that way.

Ads are big time revenue for them but they stated they will sacrifice for a better Google Chrome soon. I think that is a cool move on their part and no doubt they will regain any short term lost funds in their upcoming new image.

In the Biz, things continue to run along smoothly at this time as summer approaches.

 

 

 

 

Where me Keys, Where me Phone

Despite saying the press is not always reporting the truth and twisting his words around, President Trump obviously likes to stay in the news and Twitter spotlight … right from Day 1 since he took over the reigns in the White House. Internationally, he continues to ruffle feathers and specially with two of America’s major trading countries; China and Canada.

Seems our guy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was doing the diplomacy thing but switching gears now to more of a hard stand on issues where they can’t agree and that affects both nations.

The list continues from there and we all know about Mexico and the wall which they are not going to pay for. US taxpayers comes to mind though.

I assume all this is Mr. Trump’s ‘buck protocol’ approach and his planned goals to benefit the people of the United States over time.

Anyway, I figure that will continue as long as he remains in office. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t hear, or see the name Trump at least once. Either Donald or the family.

All that reminds me of Zippy here, being different and gets the house rocking …

That simple song applies to everyday stuff. Keys and phone.

Indirectly, where I mentioned China … awhile back they ordered the top BItcoin exchanges to put a hold on allowing payments/transfers to their country folk. They have now lifted that and some of the digital coin forecasters have put out there …. that is causing the rise in value of the BTC once again. They also feel China will recognize the BTC as a legal tender in their country. See what happens and if so, other countries could follow suit. Bitcoin has been holding fairly steady at around $2400 US the last couple days.

Meanwhile, the banking community have come out and stated that the blockchain system of transfers behind Bitcoin is a long ways off from being converted and accepted in Canada. I can see that where customers want transfers, etc. to happen yesterday in today’s wired world not wait for 3 confirmations to come through.

Closing for today, I continue with the highly risky world of HYIP’s and The Tripler is now underway, receiving the first payments into my SoildTrustPay account.

 

 

The Coffee Fix

The Stanley Cup final starts tonight. As a major hockey fan, I’m kind of torn between the hometown Sidney Crosby’s team, the Pittsburgh Penguins and my fav player next to Carey Price of the Habs … PK Subban with the Nashville Predators. This is the farthest PK has come as a former Montreal Canadien in his career.

Despite injuries, the Predators have an all around solid team so it will be tough for the Penguins to repeat as champions again this year.

Although I’m a Tim Horton’s daily coffee guy, I got a kick out of this commercial. Some mornings, I just can’t get it in gear until I get that coffee fix …

I read an interesting article this morning pertaining to the Biz and Bitcoin. When there’s suspected trouble in a financial sector or with an economy of a country that could have a possible negative effect on a currency, some folks buy into Gold relying on a safe haven while in sort of a panic mode. Money issues during those times can last from a few days to a few months like the major Oil commodity drop last year affecting the stock markets, dragging them down as well. A few exceptions that remained steady were REITS.

Now Bitcoin has come to play in those scenarios where folks also see the opportunity for a big boost with the price changes like the Japanese and Koreans. The big difference from Gold is that BTC can change up to a $100 or more in a given day so there is more risk involved. For example, people buying Bitcoin a few days ago when it was up around $2700 US and now at around $2200 felt a pinch and an ‘ouch!’ coming on. That’s quite a drop and loss while waiting for it to move up once again, If it does. Past performance means nothing today.

Gold on the other hand, moves a few dollars or less in a day. Certainly safer but when panic sets in … people think about stability plus making money on the side, which is not always easy these days whatever area or niche folks are involved in.

Seems it’s all about an overall ‘hit and run’ these years. Get in and get what profits are realized in a certain time frame and get out trusting nothing to last. I can read all about past experiences with successful people, absorb all the information available about an opportunity and you start to think … is it all about luck?, the timing? Am I going to risk my funds or leave it in the bank.

That’s always an internal battle going on in my head. I’m sure that makes seasoned investors more cautious over time as the years pass.

 

 

 

Picking up the Pace in Blockchain

The latest with Bitcoin, currently worth $2450 US, is that transactions are moving quicker again. My latest took about an hour and half to receive the minimum of 3 confirmations in the blockchain system. In my opinion though, the rate or speed for confirming transactions still needs to be tweeked. Even an onsite estimate time to complete confirmations would be an improvement.

The thing with digital currency, which we can never actually see or hold until it is converted to cash, wasn’t taken seriously by an ‘old schooler’ like me. Although I watched it launch, I wasn’t one of those folks who envisioned the first Bitcoin out there online could amount to something and purchased. They certainly prospered if they held on without selling early on.

Today, thousands are into Bitcoin and other digital currencies with some financial institutions creating their own. Many are now researching what new thing can take off and snowball, steady increasing it’s conversion value in the world’s currencies. There’s also different systems in the works for confirming transactions, other than the most popular today, the blockchain.

A change of subject here where I like to add my recent favorite piece of music with my personal rating system of cranking up the volume when I hear the introduction. I heard ‘Hello’ once from Adele and that was enough for me but her tune ‘Water Under The Bridge’  I can listen to daily.

It’s got that beat I like with the background singers plus Adele’s unique change of pitch in her voice.

In the Biz, after hanging back for a few weeks … I shrugged off the risk and got back into a couple HYIP’s that are Bitcoin based, which are highlighted in my sidebar. In that sidebar to the right, I highlight the ventures I’m into and make changes when a program begins to flatline or closes shop.

Again with Bitcoin, It’s now about trying to estimate the time to complete transactions for funding or ‘sending’. I’ve always wanted to be funded ‘yesterday’ when I commit but can’t do that with the blockchain system, so that’s added risk where it’s all about timing. Because, once a new venture is born or in it’s infancy, it’s already dying … my morbid but true overview of it all.

 

Pending a Delay

Now that the majority of online ventures have switched to Bitcoin and transactions are going in and out of Bitcoin Wallets by the thousands per day, I see a major issue has come up and so far there is no ‘fix’ for it.

Here’s the problem. Using the Netherlands based ‘Bitcoin go between’ Blockchain, being the largest in the online world right now; it takes 3 confirmations from ‘miners’ they use to ‘move’ my BTC/Money. Blockchain itself has no control over when a ‘send’ or a ‘request’ is completed. Currently … 219,000 uncompleted transactions.

My transactions are now 3 days old so as an investor, there is nothing I can do but wait and of course that delays any interest I could earn with the opportunities I’m in limbo to fund. And … those transactions on hold are not included in my overall wallet balance. If I want to send my Bitcoin to ‘cashout’ in US dollars, there is no time frame when that will be done.

So … I look at this as an overall flaw in the system and I won’t do any further transactions until the two ‘pendings’ I have are either cancelled or completed. There should be a ‘time out’ feature where a Blockchain Wallet holder can select a time frame to cancel a transaction, say 24 or 48 hours maximum.

Just thought I’d share my experience today where I’m sure those into Bitcoin are wondering what’s happening and why with transaction delays. Patience is the word of the day.

Closing for today, I’m not positive about this but it seems the large transactions that pay the Miners and Blockchain higher fees are being singled out and completed where I see the latest stats showing Bitcoins worth thousands and millions being finalized. A wicked amount of money in Bitcoin being moved around these days.

In other upcoming compensation plans … ‘The Tripler’ from years back is being reborn and scheduled to start up soon. I’ll be using STP for funding. No delays with that processor where I have been using that Canadian based money processor for years as well. I had an excellent run with The Tripler and look forward to being involved once again despite the risk involved.