S3E36: Vax Records, there’s an app for that

News

Microsoft is making sure your default browser is Edge whether you like it or not in Windows 11. While Microsoft doesn’t say it this way, basically consumers have no clue what they should do based on Microsoft’s actions.

As proof this an app called EdgeDeflector is being blocked by Microsoft in the next update. What did EdgeDeflector do? It made it possible to use your favorite browser to return search results from Microsoft’s search box. 

https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/15/22782802/microsoft-block-edgedeflector-windows-11

Digital Vaccine Card

This is the standard many states are adopting but many states are baring their offices from creating such barcodes.

https://smarthealth.cards/

So with travel and events starting to require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test, many software companies are trying to create “the app” that consumers will use to store not only their Covid 19 vaccination or test records, but also perhaps other digital health and vaccination records. Who can we trust when there are no formalized standards supported by any specific government? In the US, health care is very decentralized and no one governing body controls how this is handled.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2021/11/15/digital-proof-of-vaccination-testing-smart-health-card-bindle/?sh=5f17ac1837fc

https://www.geekwire.com/2021/mandate-effect-clear-app-gets-official-ok-seattle-area-vaccine-verification-method/

Here is how to add your Covid 19 vaccination in Google Wallet on Android

https://support.google.com/googlepay/answer/10890261

Here is how to add your Covid 19 vaccination record on iPhone if it is running at least iOS 15.1 and has Apple Health app.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212752

An Ahhhh moment

15 years ago the makers of Call of Duty (pre-Activision mind you) teamed up with one gamer to learn ways to add accessibility to the controls of their game. This gamer, who went by the name NOM4D agreed to share his knowledge in exchange for his name being listed in the credits of the game. With internal squabbles between the programmers and the parent company this never happened and The controller layout named after him, NOM4D never got his name in the credits until now. When Raven Software who developed the latest edition of Call Of Duty wanted to know who developed these controls they found Randy Fitzgerald who gave them the entire story of how this all came to be. They offered him money but instead he simply wanted a wrong righted and so he was sent a free copy of the game and they asked him to watch the credits. There it was, NOM4D. 

https://kotaku.com/15-years-later-call-of-duty-fan-gets-credit-for-game-c-1848061829

S3E35: What is Cryptocurrency? You asked Let’s answer

The One about Cryptocurrency

Disclaimer: This episode is about cryptocurrency and as such it is highly speculative. We may have managed to make some money with it but like the stock market it fluctuates so wildly that any investment is at your own risk. Anything shared on this episode is strictly our opinions and as such, the advice is worth what you pay for it. Proceed at your own risk.

So people keep asking me to do an episode about cryptocurrency. I am not anti-cryptocurrency by any means. I am more risk averse. With so many cryptocurrencies and so many legitimate and potentially illegitimate currencies, you may wonder what do I do?

Today is a surprise as I don’t usually have guests on my Tuesday show but as they say, if you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room so hence I invite Kurt Grela to fill the many gaps in my knowledge.

Today my guest is Kurt Grela. Kurt has been trading in, researching and evangelizing cryptocurrency for some time and is much better versed in Crypto than I. 

Before I get started I wanted to let you know if you want to be in the know on Crypto, follow Kurt on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kurtgrela @kurtgrela on Twitter.

Also follow his activities on 101 Blockchain Street at @101blockchainst on Twitter.

So let’s start with explaining what Cryptocurrency is and then we can dig deeper.

Cryptocurrency is digital currency. What? You are exchanging government backed currency for digital currency. 

A short fable:

Think about it this way. You buy a painting and you pay $100 for it. Next week because the artist is suddenly famous, your painting is now worth $1,000. Cool so assuming you could sell it for that, you would make a $900 profit. But you decide, if I hang out long enough, it may become worth more. So three weeks pass and it slowly makes it to $1,500. You don’t sell. The artist gets in trouble with the law and suddenly public opinion is against him and suddenly you couldn’t give the painting away and it is worth less than $100.  Suddenly Elon Musk says this artist is amazing and suddenly your $1 painting is now worth $1,000 again because his Twitter account has way more followers than yours. Do you sell it or do you keep it? 

That is essentially how Cryptocurrency works. Except instead of a painting you can hold in your hand, cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and Ethereum are digital, ones and zeros. If you can’t hold it in your hand or hang it on the wall, do you have something?

 

  1. So what is Bitcoin? 
  2. What are all the other crypto currencies out there? Ethereum, Dogge, and so many other
  3. What is a stablecoin? 
  4. What cryptocurrency exchanges can we trust?

 

For the more mainstream folks who are perhaps risk averse as I am, I went with PayPal and Coinbase. But I know there are many others that are there among folks who are deep into crypto currency they would go with. 

  1. What are some examples of other crypto exchanges? Which are good, which are bad? How do you know?
  2. So what about crypto wallets? Hardware or software tell folks the difference and what do you recommend. 
  3. What are the best sites to check the value of different currencies?
  4. What is the best way to research and decide what currency to take a risk with?
  5. What about the Squid Game crypto that crashed out? Should I be worried about that happening with others?

This episode answers all of these questions. You may enjoy watching the video or listen to my podcast.

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