Event : What Bitcoin Is Not

Hey guys, I would like share with you an event which is happening at WeWork Equatorial Plaza next Wednesday from 12pm – 2pm. This event is organized by @bitcoinmalaysia which focuses on bringing more awareness to the general public on what Cryptos and Blockchain is.

It would also cover topics on some use case scenarios as to how it has impact businesses today and how some individuals uses it. So if you are in Kuala Lumpur next week, do come join all of us for this meetup just before the Chinese New Year holidays.

Here is the link to signup and its free at this point of time. However seats are very limited.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-bitcoin-is-not-what-it-actually-is-bitcoinmalaysia-lunch-learn-tickets-89695476585?aff=ebdssbeac

Who Should Come ?

This event is meant for the most beginners level as in those who wants to get to know about the crypto / blockchain space but do not know where to start. Its purely introductory and there is no selling / promotion of any projects done during any of Bitcoin Malaysia ‘s community events.

Hope to see you all there and have a brilliant weekend

TechNovation Talk [UNTIL-Mind the Gap]: Decentralized Finance & Shared Economy

With the Malaysian govt now acknowledging and supporting blockchain and cryptos in Malaysia, there are numerous initiatives and talks starting to ramp up here in the city of Kuala Lumpur.

TECHNOVATION is one of them and looks like 2020 would be a big push for awareness into this space. There is an event happening tomorrow held in Cyberjaya, Malaysia and its featuring Ms Mastura Ishak who has been a strong supporter in the Blockchain space from the very beginning. She is the Program Director of MIGHT ( MALAYSIAN INDUSTRY-GOVERNMENT GROUP FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY ) who has literally worked behind the scenes of many technology advancement here in Malaysia.

MIGHT Portal

Here is the agenda for Tuesday ‘s event.

If you are here in Kuala Lumpur and would like to attend this talk by blockchain enthusiasts / community drivers and also govt representatives , do sign up.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technovation-talk-until-mind-the-gap-decentralized-finance-shared-economy-tickets-87088769855

Jason Chew ( @bitcoinmalaysia ) and also Harpreet ( @harpreetmaan ) would be speaking at this event. Lets all support them and mingle with industry experts here in Malaysia !

Cheers and have a brilliant day.

Bitcoin was named as the best investment of the decade

As I was going through the news today I came across multiple articles that caught my eye. CNN New York had reported that a report issued out by the Bank of America Securities had mentioned that BITCOIN (BTC) was the best investment of the decade.

If you thought about it, if you had invested about $1 in bitcoins at the start of the decade of 2010 and did absolutely nothing … you would literally have about $90,000 worth of BTC at your disposal.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/17/investing/best-worst-investments-decade-bitcoin/index.html

If you looked at other commodities such as gold and silver, it would not have come even close to any of the percentage gains compared to crypto.

I remember buying my ETH at $13 and already considered it expensive, or DASH at $7 without knowing how high it would have gone by the end of 2017. We do wish that we could turn back the clock and bought more BTC, however, this would not be possible unless someone creates a time machine.

So what’s in store for us for this new decade? The 90s was literally the Dot Com era, moving towards 2k where people was focused on web 2.0 and the rise of mobile apps. 2010 onwards was the rise of digital currencies togather with a lot of other great innovations towards Internet of Things.

I think that 2020s would focus a lot on Digital Currencies in terms of stabilization and acceptance. It would also a focus on Machine Learning and also Virtual Reality where perhaps by the end of this decade VR has become so widely used that large virtual cities would actually coexist and the opportunities inside these virtual cities would be a thing by 2030 !

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That does sound more like Ready Player One doesn’t it ? Those who were born in the 70s – 80s would have gone thru such rapid changes in technology and we were fortunate to appreciate what it has become today.

I was talking to my kids as to how it was back in the day where we didn’t have handphones. For them .. they just can’t imagine a unconnected world. I wonder how would their world or their kid’s world look like when they grow.

Its a start of a brand new week ! Hope you are having a brilliant one ahead. Cheers

What Bitcoin is NOT and what it actually is

Well 2020 is just starting up and the community of Bitcoin Malaysia has already started to make headways into another year of Education on crypto and blockchain and how it can benefit the average user.

This is an introductory talk about Crypto and Blockchain overall and would love if you came in and join the fun togather with Bitcoin Malaaysia community. The talk would be by @buzz.lightyear and this would be one of the first events of the year.

If you are in Malaysia and want to just join in the “meetup” with both new and seasoned individuals in this space.

Here is the signup link !

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-bitcoin-is-not-what-it-actually-is-bitcoinmalaysia-free-talk-tickets-87407577417?fbclid=IwAR0R2HAInzvdaCjdHYOSK4NCvFgwHAt0BoOnCxjkoqZD4pLrcoIwslmJelY

Here are just some of the photos from the previous meetups, as Bitcoin Malaysia do not only cover the topic of Bitcoin however it also collaborates with other projects who would like to host and talk about it.

Join the facebook group if you want to stay informed or even join in some of the discussions there. There is about 53k of members there at this current moment

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BitcoinMalaysia/

Hope to see you all there .. or just share the event link with your friends or family for those who wants to understand more about blockchain and bitcoins.

Cheers !!! and have a brilliant weekend

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas !

As the clock ticks slowly towards midnight, I would like to take this chance to wish each and every single one of you a blessed Christmas celebration and Happy Holidays. I do hope that you are with your loved ones, friends and family celebrating this joyous occasion.

Have a brilliant brilliant time everyone and may all your wishes this Christmas comes true !

Lots of Love from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia .. @bitrocker2020

CYBERGHOST VPN .. be a online ghost

I’ve always wondered why people kept using VPN services as being in Malaysia we never really had a problem of accessing sites that we want. UNTIL ….

You come up to a website and suddenly you are unable to access it. And its a site which you really want to go to … or you want to watch netflix ( the US list of movies ) or HBO !

And for some , the whole idea of being anonymous on the web is the main reason of using VPNs therefore there are numerous VPN services out there which can help you with that.

I read and checked out a few however I finally decided to give CYBERGHOST VPN a try and see if it suits my requirements.

My criteria were pretty simple when choosing a VPN, which are it had to have a lot of nodes around the globe, its not too expensive and will not break the bank and lastly .. you can pay in crypto !

Since the price was right and you can either pay in ETH or BTC with a money back if you don’t like the product. I guess its the best fit for me.

I must say after using it for about 12 hours ? It was fast , reliable with no connection drops and most importantly a whole list of nodes you can connect to.

Are you using any VPN service ? Would like to know your experience .

Making a passport day for them kids

Today is one of those days where I’ve gotta run around all over the place to get passports done for the kids. It’s something which is not a fun thing to do at all however it’s necessary as you know… Without passports… Means no international travelling for any of the kids.

The great thing about processing passports in Malaysia is that they are pretty efficient in getting things done… I won’t be able to compare to other countries as I’ve no idea how the process is like.. But from talking to my friends from around the region.. Its a nightmare.

As long as you have the correct documents you are quickly given a number. Only problem is the wait may take awhile as there just soo many people like what you see above.

Looks like I’m still pretty far away. However I’m kept entertained with reading posts on Steem blockchain and my kids.

Facts about Malaysian passports

  • We are ranked as one of the top passport in the world.. In 2018 we were no. 5 because we can literally enter into almost all countries except Israel.
  • Our passports were one of the first to fully implement a chip base e-passport.. That is why you will not see a queue at the Malaysian passport section. We kinda just tap our passport, scan our fingers and off we go. If only other countries are compatible we would not need to wait as passport control for so gawd damn long.
  • Malaysian passport are embedded with additional security features to make it hard to clone. As in the dark markets a Malaysian passport can fetch a really good price.

Anyway…. Time to start planning for a family trip overseas 😁😁😁.. Cheers all and have a great day… I kinda know where I’m gonna be the whole day.

Google just made it easier to find a location

I’m sure we all love travelling one way or another … some like the luxury travels and some just like the pure simple backpacker style …. and for some .. its a hybrid !

Did you know that Google Maps has released a new Navigation called Live View ?

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What it is is actually embedding the arrows as to where you should walk to find your destination. The accuracy is pretty impressive especially when walking in small streets where the cars can’t go in.

I’ve personally tried it and I was looking for a specific shop which in one of those very small tiny alleys in the dense city of Saigon.

To my surprise, it got me to the door steps of exactly the location I was looking for. I wonder how Google would know such things.

I must say that it was a brilliant way to use Augmented Reality and what better way to showcase this by using navigation for it.

How to activate live view … its pretty simple .. load up Google Maps and key in the destination .. then click LIVE VIEW .

If you’ve not tried it out … go ahead and give it a go. See if its as accurate for you. Now .. do remember that the AR does not function too well when its dark .. and always walk safely as you can get pretty much distracted when looking at it.

Cheers and have a brilliant day !

Have you Sent STEEM to the wrong account ?

Well … I’m sitting here at the cafe once more having my coffee and the waiter brings the bill over to me. I paid him with my “fiat” and then I remember the time when I paid someone in Steem for a meal. This was @danielwong’s burger place called Big Hug Burger.

During the times when STEEM was above 1 USD a typical post payout would help a lot in an individual’s financial … hey it does pays the bill.

Anyway …. since 2 years ago there was no actual Steem wallet or mobile app to transfer Steem … it has to all be done manually. So after having burgers at Big Hug Burgers and wanted to pay in STEEM , I had to manually transfer the Steem over.

Instead of Transfering to the account of @danielwong … i accidently sent it to the wrong account named @daniel .

OF course, it had to be an inactive account which is just sitting down there and there is no way get that amount of STEEM back. Even after 2 years since this happen … my 4 STEEM which I sent is still there untouched.

So I googled today those who has actually sent STEEM to the wrong person … as I’m 100% certain that I’m not the only one who has mistakenly done so.

So after googling and searching .. I found this post about an account https://steemitwallet.com/@ashleigh/transfers which had transfered about $250k worth ( value at that time ) of STEEM to the wrong account called @minorityreport

Well … 137k worth of Steem is not as huge of a value now, however its still significant enough to support authors. Here was the post that lead me to this transfer. I think the owners of the account were able to connect and resolve the matter after weeks of powering down.

https://steemit.com/steemit/@ravensw/steem-whale-accidentaly-send-a-lot-of-steem-by-mistake-to-no-name-user-ouch

So what about you ? Have you sent Steem to the wrong account and have you ever gotten it back ?

Cheers and have a great day !

Some Key takeaways For Me from Steemfest 4

So Steemfest 4 which was held in Bangkok from the 6th – 10th Nov is just over and here are just a few key takeaways from updates from the conference.

SMART MEDIA TOKEN – SMT

So this was one of the biggest update which everyone has been anticipating. During the conference we got to see the 1st version of Token Creation wizard which makes it really simple to create your own token without coding anything.

The interface and the parameters seems easy enough to use and I would guess by next year we may see a lot of SMT tokens being created. The SMT is now on testnet so that developers would be able to test it out.

It would be interesting to see how SMT is used to start empowering various online publications and also forums as almost anyone is able to implement SMT on their site. Keeping our fingers crossed for the next SMT Hardfork !

HIVEMIND – Steem Communities

One of the anticipated updates from Steem Inc was Hivemind. This feature enables communities where you can now consolidate articles within individual communities.

This means that if you want to build a community that loves Food and only members who are registered Food lovers would be able to post, you can now do that. The individual community would be curated by the mods and what would be interesting is that the owner of that community would be able to receive beneficiaries to support the community better.

We all got a sneak peak from @roadscape as to how the community function works. Currently its on http://beta.steemit.com where you can actively use and test it out. I believe that it would go to the live site very soon.

STEEMIT – Medium Style Editor

When talking to @roadscape , apparently the beta version of Steemit.com has implemented a new blog editor.

The update includes an editor where you do not need to use complicated codes just to bold your words, or use codes to set it as a title, its a widely improved editor making it easier for almost anyone who does not know markdown html to use.

COINGECKO – Use STEEM as part of their Marketing Strategy.

Coingecko shared with us their journey on the Steem Blockchain , where they are now no. 52 on Steem witness. They have mentioned how effective it was to reach out to people all over the world just by using the Steem blockchain.

They have also published an article called the Steem Report 2018. Here is the link to the report.

https://assets.coingecko.com/steem-reports/Steem-Report-2018-by-CoinGecko.pdf

SPLINTERLANDS – Crowdfunding Campaign Success

@aggroed had talked about their crowdfunding campaign and had raised over $230,000 of funding from selling packs. This was indeed one of the most successful crowdfunding dapp to date on the blockchain. Congrats to him and his amazing team.

There would be a lot of updates from @steemmonsters in the following month and looking forward to it.

Summary

To sum it all up, Steemfest 4 had a lot of great and amazing speakers and you have to see the videos to actually catch up with all the updates. There were a few new apps which would be launching soon and also updates from existing projects like Steemplus, Steempeaks, 1Ramp, and also WhereIn.

With all these updates, I believe that next year 2020 … Steemfest 5 would be packed with more content then ever before.

Do catch the entire conference talks at Steemfest YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwuUSatqAsi5XXy_GngMjjQ/videos

Till my next post, have a brilliant day ahead !