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Canva now have custom Zoom background

I’m sure by now, a lot of you already have Virtual Backgrounds to spice up your Zoom Calls just to cover up the mess in your background.

There are already about 6 preset photos & videos which you are able to use from Zoom itself and it gets old pretty fast once you’ve only been using those.

I was messing around with Canva ( www.canva.com ), which is a free web app to be able to design images suitable for your social media posts like Instagram, FB and even YouTube thumbnails.

NOW !! You can even create your custom ZOOM virtual background like the image above.

So if you are getting sick of your virtual background for Zoom and want to find something new, custom and fresh .. do give it a try. Who knows who you will impress in your next Zoom meeting.

You are able to safe the image in both MP4 video or as animated gif. Go mess around with it and have an amazing week ahead.

Google COVID-19 Mobility – Big Data

Since a lot of countries has begun enforcing lockdown in their own respective country and most of it is compliant by the residence, however we are unable to accurately track if people are adhering to the order by the nation’s government.

Google somehow is able to track all of those information as a large number of the population is using a handphone with some Google services installed in it.

Google has launched its new “reporting site” where you are able to download data which has been tracked by google in terms of how much changes there are of people’s movement in places like Retails, parks or even transportation stations

Louisiana's Community Mobility Report shows a 45% decrease in visits to places like restaurants and shopping centers and a 16% decrease in visits to places like groceries and pharmacies since January.

Its more of a summary and changes over the past 2 months of data collected. For example here is Malaysia’s reports where you see a huge change in percentage of people visiting Retail and recreation sites.

Just by seeing the reports you are able to tell that there is a big impact on retail and recreation, however there are still individuals chilling out at the parks and also people are still going to do their groceries however the number is less most likely due to Malaysia Movement Order (MCO) only allows 1 person per family to go out to get the essential items.

Comparing to Indonesia

You can see that Indonesia has seen drops only just lately however they have not been on full lockdown yet as the population is just immense and trying to take immediate drastic action could cause a nationwide panic.

Have to remember that there is 300 million population in Indonesia and just Jakarta alone there is about 33million which is about the same size of Malaysia entire population

How to access this data

Everyone is able to get hold of this data and download it just by visiting this website

https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/

Summary

At this point of time, these are really interesting data to see how the people from other countries are reacting to the covid-19 “social distancing”.

However there are some concerns as well, as Google has shown its colors on just how much data they are collecting and is able to showcase it. I would guess that the accuracy of data would be pretty high as almost everyone carries a smartphone these days with some google services.

But what do you think ?

My Quarantine Story

Whattt !! Its been 16 days since Malaysia Movement Control Order (MCO) started, its hard to imagine that its already been so many day since the country has gone into partial lockdown. It all started on the 18th of March 2020 and the announcement was done just a few days prior to the implementation of the MCO.

At first everyone was going crazy and started buying trolley load of food and everything thinking that there would be lack of grocery supplies as the announcement wasn’t very clear as to what would still remain open and what would not.

Supermarts tell Malaysians to resist panic buying as country shuts ...

During the 1st week of the MCO implementation the police was still not enforcing strictly and was still encouraging people to practice

  • social distancing
  • no gathering
  • can only buy take away food and not sit at restaurants
  • no chilling with friends
  • no going to the parks

A number of Malaysians had comply and stayed at home, however there were those who just could not do that. They had tons of excuses when approached by security which of course proceeded for the govt to start enforcing the MCO togather with the help of the Malaysian National Guards.

So what have I been doing ?

Work

Well .. the quarantine life for me has been a whole new interesting experience. I’ve started doing numerous video calls to see if this was a good way to grow the community for HIVE and also to gain awareness of Crypto & Blockchain. Yes I consider this work as I seriously love doing it apart for a few other things.

Family

Now this is the hard part. Since my wife is not around here in Malaysia and is stuck overseas for work, I gotta be the dad and the mom in the house. Juggling between all of that is not too hard however it does get tiring at times.

I guess I’m pretty lucky as they are not too young and is able to help me out here and there. Those who are with toddlers, these would be an extremely hard time for them.

One of the good thing coming out of this is that I have definitely improved my cooking skills. THANK YOU YOUTUBE !!

With countless of videos of food recipes, these are like the best time to try it out. And I have my 2 lil kids to try it out as well… my honest “critics”

Everyday I try to see if I can try a new recipe and if I have the ingredients for it.

So … cooking simple dishes is not that hard, however sometimes you just can’t seem to get that “perfect” taste. Its either too salty or too bland.

Kids Education

One of the worrying thought as a parent is the continuation of the kids education even though we are all at home. The year 2020 is surely going to be known as the year where everyone had to adapt to Video calls and Online Shopping.

I managed to get in touch with the kids teachers and the kids also was contacted by the teachers for various subjects. After 2 weeks of extended “school holidays” .. the lessons started to commence.

A least the teachers were willing to adapt to online teaching. It wasn’t so smooth at first however after the 2nd time, these teachers were pros.

Even my youngest son also started having classes conducted by the teachers.

For me … during their tuition time, at least it gives me some quiet time to get some done on the computer before starting to prepare for the next meal.

My daily routine – a rough schedule

  • Get up
  • Feed noisy kids breakfast
  • Do some work
  • Cook
  • Feed hungry kids lunch
  • Clean up
  • Entertain kids
  • Do a bit more work
  • Cook
  • Feed hyper-energetic kids
  • Get kids rdy for online tuition
  • Do some video conference calls
  • Binge watch some TV show which always ends up the TV binge watching me sleep

Summary

Its hard for some to just stay at home, as we have no idea how long this would last.

I’m glad that I’m able to be at home with my family unlike the thousands of front liners which place their lives at risk every single day trying to fight this Covid-19 pendamic.

Our prayers to the front liners all around the globe, to keep them safe and to be able to stay strong. We all respect you guys ! The heroes of today !

HACKED – here is me sharing my experience

It was just 3 weeks ago where I woke up one morning getting ready to send my kids to school and thought it was going to be just an ordinary day.

After having breakfast and drove my kids to school, my phone’s DND turned off and as I was driving back home I started to get a few notifications on my phone.

As I got back and sat in front of my PC, I checked all my phone messages and this was one of the many similar messages I received.

I was pretty much shocked as to why I was receiving this message as I surely didn’t get online nor did any task online for anything at 7am in the morning .

There were a number of Microsoft Accounts which I have and I started to be very suspicions of this activity leading me to start trying to login to all my email accounts of importance.

All was able to login except for 1 of my account. A very old account which I created more then 15 years ago. I have not logged into this account for awhile however I still remembered my password as I’ve not changed it for a long time.

Seeing that I was unable to login, I quickly did a reset and true enough, each time I reset it required a authentication code which showed similar message as above.

By now, I’ve got 2 scenarios in which I was thinking off.

  • My email is hacked and password was compromised
  • My phone SIM card is cloned thus getting weird messages

To eliminate one of the possibilities, I quickly head off to the telco and got my SIM CARD change. While doing that … I then realized my FB could not login and few other stuff I was unable to login.

Things was getting extremly critical at this point and I was in a mere panic state

Let's end the panic over Facebook's algorithm changes | Digital ...

So ok .. taking things I knew I had to take drastic measures. As all I could do not is the most obvious thing.

LOGIN EVERY ACCOUNT I HAD AND CHANGED PASSWORD !

I quickly did all of those … login to my main emails and change password. Then login to my social media like FB and change password … loging to all my crypto related exchanges and change password.

However while I was doing all of that, it seem that my main email accounts ( none microsoft ) keeps resetting itself again.

What I did next closed the leak

Keeping a clear head was the main thing, as I was already in a state of panic .. so thinking back, my old email account ( HOTMAIL from microsoft )

  • I had to recover that and after I got a new SIMCARD and then change the password on that.
  • I also enabled secondary verification by phone. Lucky I had 2 phones

Once I did that I checked all the security login logs. It looks something like this.

One of it was successful as I went thru the logs and it was connected from CANADA. Unfortunatly I don’t have the screen shot here.

Now once I cleared that, added security, it was time to change once more all my other accounts password once more.

This time, all my passwords remained changed and didn’t reset itself. By then a few accounts were unable to be access already as it was changed to a unknown password, however I manage to recover it.

How they managed to gain access and hack my accounts !

This is just a rough indication on how they were able to access a lot of my stuff because I didn’t pay attention to my recovery email which I’ve not login for the longest time since I do not use it much anymore.

For those of you who do not know what IMAP is , its basically a way to syncronize your emails thru 3rd party apps for example if you are using iPhone and wanted IOS to manage your mails, you would use the IMAP function to sync it.

Apparently that this IMAP sync hack has been around for awhile and Microsoft is aware about it. Its not really a security flaw, however its more of a feature, which of course can be abused if somehow your username and password has been compromised.

What I learn from this

  • Secure the email which you use as a recovery email and don’t use that email at all if possible to signup for anything online
  • ALWAYS enable secondary authentication like 2FA
  • Manage your password well and try not to use the same password in all your site. Even though I do have a standard password which I use for dodgy sites however you can’t be too careful as even the best companies in the world are not spared from hackers trying to gain access to their databases.
  • Frequently check and verify your security logins on all your main accounts.

Summary

I do hope that you would not go thru this experience as I did, it really wasted a lot of time and I felt disgusted at the fact that someone had breached my privacy.

I did suffer some losses, this was purely because I so happened to be awake at the time of the hack. Its indeed an experience which I don’t wish any of you to partake in.

Cheers and hope my sharing will be able to help you guys to start securing your accounts more.

Resolving problems using technology – great work Lazada

It was just a few days ago where a news article came out stating that a lot of farmers from Cameron Highlands had to dump tons and tons of fresh vegetable because they were unable to deliver it to the cities. This was mainly because of the Malaysian Movement Control Order (MCO) as moving within states has been restricted.

The heaps of vegetables that have been sorted left at the walkway at the market.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/03/29/after-supply-woes-force-cameron-farmers-to-dump-greens-lazada-steps-in-and/1851378

It wasn’t only the fresh vegetables that was effected, however it was also fish and meat as most of these items were brought in from other states into the city.

After seeing the news, LAZADA which is one of the largest online eCommerce stores in Malaysia step in to connect these farmers / fishermen and also meat vendors directly to the consumer.

LAZADA had both the logistic capabilities and also the reach to a large part of the consumers in Malaysia as its been around for a number of years now.

I was truly impressed by the speed on how fast LAZADA managed to get these stores up and running. In less then 1 week, the stores opened up today. Instead of selling each vegetable individually, LAZADA has also created “pakages” like if you wanted to cook Prawn Noodles, you could just buy a pack with all the required ingredients.

Even the stores were up for the fisherman. However for now, you could only buy a box filled with fresh seafood at a very reasonable price. Even though the deliveries would take a few days however it was assured that it would be fresh !

You could even start getting fresh meat from the marketplace on LAZADA which i guess it just gave the hypermarket a huge competition.

I was checking out the prices on all the items which are on LAZADA fresh markets, then comparing it to the hypermarkets. It surely is competitive and some are even cheaper. The big plus point is that its delivered to your doorsteps.

Summary

I would guess that by the time things start getting back to normal and the Movement Control Order is lifted, a large part of the population would be so used on getting their daily needs online therefore the markets and malls would need to really think of new ways to get and retain their customers.

Cheers all and have a brilliant day.

Covid-19 the real challenge for me and a lot of people around me

Today, I really needed to go grab some groceries as we were running low of some fresh meat and other stuff back at home. So I slapped on the mask and off I went to the grocery store.

I went to one which was not too crowded and even though the price was a little bit higher, however, I could get everything I wanted in 1 location.

Before getting into the hypermart, I had to stand in queue for like 30 mins as they would only allow a maximum of 30 people in the hypermart, I was there early, however, the line was already building up.

While waiting in line there was a man in front of me who was exchanging voice notes with his wife over the Whatsapp and she was literally telling him what to buy and stuff like that. I couldn’t help noticing that he kept checking his wallet to see how much he has in it. And in one of his voice message, he said to his wifeLets not buy it this week … my salary is not in yet, let’s try to get it next week

After he said that, there was silence and a few mins later an acknowledgement of “ok” was heard.

The Financial Challenge

For a lot of people being able to survive for a 1 – 2 months in a state where you most likely unable to get any work done is not great but still bearable. However, as we go forward into the 3rd – 5th month we would really start to see the strain on it because we may never know if we would still have a job once this dreadful virus has gone.

Virus hits China's economic heart -- its small businesses - Nikkei ...

Read an interesting article about how the virus has impacted the SMEs in China and I would believe that a lot of the challenges which is faced in China would be almost the same everywhere else.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Industry-in-focus/Virus-hits-China-s-economic-heart-its-small-businesses

Over here in Malaysia, a stimulus package by the government has been presented just 2 days ago. It sounds really amazing as the government is planning to cough up 250 billion into it. Some say it’s like an airdrop.

Malaysia Second Economic Stimulus Package 2020 | Crowe Malaysia PLT

It was met with a lot of scepticism as the stimulus package is focus towards the individuals and not towards the Small-Medium Businesses. And with that amount of money pump into the package, a lot of questions came about to where is the money coming from.

Malaysia's 1 Trillion Ringgit Government Debt Explained - Bloomberg

Everyone didn’t forget that Malaysia has a 1 trillion dollar debt which was created by the previous administration and the scandals around the infamous 1MDB

With Stocks falling to its bottom and our currency which is being devalued day by day, the future in Malaysia looks very uncertain.

It was only 2 weeks ago, Malaysia started the Movement Control Order and that was the time where people started to panic buy carting away trolleys filled to the brink with items which they may or may not need.

However today, it was pretty clear that the panic buying has subsided and people started buying only the things out of necessity. This could most likely be the cause of realization that we need to be diligent with our spending as we may have to survive for another few months before businesses can commence once more.

By then it would literally be the survival of the fittest as I do foresee that a lot of companies would be going thru bankruptcy.

source : https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/airlines-expected-survive-coronavirus-crisis-200327105125021.html

As of now, lets all keep positive and start planning for the long run, don’t panic buy .. buy what you need and not what you want.

Stay strong and stay safe .. cheers guys and have a good Sunday

Day 6 of Malaysia Movement Control Order

If you can’t go to Starbucks … then bring the Starbucks home ! Got myself a Stabucks mug and started making my coffee and working on my computer. Why not eh … at least it almost feels like Starbucks.

There were 106 new Covid-19 cases today here in Malaysia however we have 24 who have recovered !!! I live in the state which has the highest infected at the moment with about 381 in treatment.

All information above was taken from https://outbreak.my

As a daily routine, the first thing I would do after getting up is to check the news and also the price of all the cryptos I’m currently holding, hoping not to see a further crash.

There are a few news sites which I frequently visit however I do checkout on the community FaceBook Group which has all the crypto enthusiast here in Malaysia where you get “curated” news about stuff happening in the Blockchain space. I guess thats better then reading up on all the different stuff out there.

There is so many news covering Covid-19 out there and there just don’t seem to be much good news going around. The best news however today was that crime rate in Malaysia has gone down to almost 0 !

Another day .. wishing for better days to come ! Cheers all and stay safe !

TeamMalaysia Talks Vol 3

We are going to host another Online Meetup talking about the state of things and crypto related stuff … most likely touching a bit about HIVE and the communities.

Its going to be done tonite at 9pm Malaysia/Singapore time and our previous videos seems like we managed to get about 300 views on it. Hahah … the power of social media.

All these talks would be stream directly to FB live in TeamMalaysia’s Facebook group so anyone can just watch , participate, listen or even chat there.

I try to do it every 2 days .. however lets see how things progress. We gotta start somewhere ! Here is the ZOOM invite if you wanna just join in for the fun of it, you gotta tolerate with our Malaysian slang when coming in .. its meant to be just lively conversations and nothing too serious.

Time: Mar 23, 2020 09:00 PM Singapore

Join Zoom Meeting

TeamMalaysia Talks ZOOM invite

Meeting ID: 967 442 881 | Password: 024197

If you want to join in thru FB , here is the link to the FB group where we Malaysians hang out

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Steem.Malaysia/

Cya later if you get there ! Cheers all.

Lets talk DTube

Just yesterday DTube finally after 4 months gave us an update of when their Mainet is going to launch releasing their new coin called DTC. The official set launched date would be on the 10th May 2020 !!!

They have explained in detail as to why the delay and what they are looking at plus some adjustments of how many DTC Coin would be launched. It has been adjusted from 100 million to 4 million … which is a huge jump down.

The announcement can be found here

https://steemit.com/dtube/@dtube/dtube-mainnet-launch-date-and-adjustments


For those of you who are thinking of investing, do look at some stats which hopefully would tweak your interest more. Where is http://d.tube at currently and how much views is it getting?

Pulling up the charts from Similar Web you can see that d.tube is currently getting around 303k visits per day.

https://www.similarweb.com/website/d.tube

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What is interesting is that the average visit duration is about 5 mins per visit. Now thats HUGE !!!! Can’t compare it to YouTube of course as YouTube has been around way longer.

Some of the advantages of using Decentralized Video Hosting sites are as below :-

  1. There is No Censorship as once the video is uploaded, it practically can’t be removed by a 3rd party unlike YouTube where they can just turn off your video without warning. Here is a news which is related to this

https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2019/12/26/googles-youtube-goes-to-war-with-bitcoin-and-crypto-update/#5a011efa1b63

  1. No annoying ads which I’m sure you are pretty used to in YouTube or other centralized video hosting sites.
  2. Great of new vloggers , like myself, I host my videos on both YouTube and DTube, however having a small tight community on DTube at this point of time is beneficial as I feel its giving me a chance even though I’m a nobody in the vlogging world.
  3. Get rewarded in Crypto , now this is also a key element … YouTube pays you for advertising ads and you can catch bigger partnership deals once you made like 1million subscribers i guess, however on DTube, you are valued by the content and there are many kind steemians who support you by upvoting your original content.

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So if you want to be part of DTube’s brand new relaunch, do check out details of their Whitepaper and perhaps grab some DTC coins. They plan to make DTube more efficient and easier for mass user adoption.

https://token.d.tube/


Cheers guys and hope you are having a brilliant day !

My very first Basic Attention Token (BAT) Publishers Payment

After many months of trying and testing and watching youtube videos and researching how its done, I’ve finally managed to receive my very first BAT publishers payment.

Its not huge, nor its something you could quit your day job (if you have one), however its just an achievement for me and it made my day.

A TOTAL OF 14.25 BAT !!!!!

If you quickly take a look at the current market price of BAT and see how much its worth .. well thats a total of $3.15. That’s mostly from my WordPress website and also my YouTube channel which I’ve added in my publisher’s account.

And on top of that, since I’ve set BRAVE browser as my default browser like a month ago. I’m also receiving BAT tokens just by browsing sites and also supporting other sites.

I’m still learning the ropes as to using BAT and start to see the value it can bring to websites who are using BAT pluggins.

So ! If you are already on WordPress and using Steempress , why not just install in the plugin and connect your Brave account. Share with me your link … I’ll go visit it and hey lets all earn a little bit more BAT tokens.

You could use this link if you’ve not already have a Brave account and I would get a little bit more BAT tokens.

https://brave.com/ste089

For those of you who are more seasoned in BAT, do share your experience and TIPs as I would love to learn more about this token. Like I said, I’m a complete nub at this and still learning it bit by bit.

BRAVE BROWSER FACTS

After using it as my default browser for a month plus already, here are a few things which you may want to know transitioning from Chrome.

  • You can install and use your web extention wallets such as MetaMask and Keychain . Even though you have a built in crypto wallet, I still choose to use MetaMask as I’m more comfortable with using it and sometimes I do switch over to Chrome and want the seamless ability to do so.
  • The browser does seems faster and some websites which loads slowly on Chrome seems to be way faster on Brave.
  • Brave Browsers blocks all these ads trackers and all sorts of other trackers which Google wants to know about your activities. So personally I do feel way much safer.

And most importantly of all, you are able to support authors with the BAT you earn from surfing to brave verified sites and watching ads ( if you allow it ) All of these are done automatically however you can set who you would like to support more.

So, do try out Brave Browser and if you are having a website of your own, just enable the Brave publisher’s plugin and start receiving some BAT tokens.

Cheers guys and have a brilliant day. Use my referral link if you don’t mind me receiving some extra BAT tokens =D =D

https://brave.com/ste089

By the way .. STEEMIT.COM is also a Verified Brave Publisher site