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8 Reasons to Date a Computer Engineer: Rank 8th should be attested.

Every now and then, there are rumors that engineers are difficult to understand because of their way of thinking; that their mentality is different from other existing professions.

Civil engineers are specialized for structural analyses, electrical engineers for electrical diagrams, computer engineers for networking and design of wide range of IT infrastructures.

Moreover, they have diverse techniques to court and date woman. In this post, we will be going to write reasons why computer engineers make a good partner and why you should try to date one.

1. Rare breed

Due to the increase of computerization, there is a high demand for them. Because of this situation, they are hard to find. You can’t easily find them along cross roads chit-chatting with every one else. They are busy configuring networks and coding to make this world a better place to live.

Same thing goes with the dating world. If you are lucky to have a partner like them, they will work hard to make your relationship better.

2. They are problem fixers

With the current trends that surrounds, many of you are outdated. You get new device but somehow how you find it difficult to manage. Unlike others, they have set of skills that no other engineers have. They always strive to learn about everything.

Because they are tech-savvy, 98% of the time they know how to figure out your problem.

Lucky you if you have one. In real world, dating a computer engineer solves all your problems. He can solve your problems related to every day technology. If you lost your password or you want to recover corrupted files. They are the right choice.

3. They are smart

Photo from Institute of Computer Engineers of the Philippines, Singapore Chapter

No one would argue that computer engineers are intelligent. They are men behind what you are interacting today. You are benefiting from their work every day. From facebook, youtube, google chrome. Any applications you’ve been using on your smartphones are the fruit of their labor.

In the real world, dating a computer engineers is less emotional and more logical. With this skill, you will never experience overreaction whenever you get to into trouble against them.

When it comes to relationship, they are calm when dispute arises. Problems are weighed logically.

4. They got nerves of a genius

You are in the IT infrastructure business when suddenly everything goes down. Your technical staffs aren’t favored with the situation. Try considering these geniuses in the field of computer engineering.

Place them into your technical working group and see how fast problem is being solved. (That is why they are paid so well.)

5. They are strategic and good planners

Engineers always have long-term plans. And because of their way of living, it is rest assured that your financial stability is in the right hand. Like being said that they are paid so well, they are likely to achieve greater heights and stability in the near future.

6. Cheating is a bad idea

Because of their professionalism and work ethic, they are more likely considered as workaholic rather than a cheater. They are honest and loyal. Now, It is your turn to look for guys like us.

They might be shy at first and more likely not to go into deep relationship until they find what they really love. If they give their heart to you, please handle it with care.

7. Sweeter than honey

If they find themselves being with you makes them deeply worthy, they will do the same in return or much satisfying. Encoded program applications are sample gifts they can make for you. Moreover, they would buy you expensive gifts to satisfy your desires through surprises.

8. Great in Bed

Here’s the climax. After knowing the fact that they are intelligent, smart ass, rare breed of professionals, long-term planners, loyal and sweet, it is best to know that inside their crib, they are really good in bed. Sleeping is their hobby.         

Conclusion

These reasons are based on my research and personal views. The 8th reason must be verified first. If you think that number 8 should be included, then comment positively. Comment and suggest what you think is better substitute for it. I am waiting for your personal views.

Write down below what topic about computer engineering should be tackled on this blog.

Thanks for dropping by.


Author: Engr. Oscar P. Oganiza


Oscar is an introvert type of person and the sole administrator of this site. He loves to play Archero and Nonstop Balls during his free time.

Reasons Why I Hate Working in the Philippine Government

There are huge numbers of individuals which are jobless right now. Despite of their special skills and good credentials, looking for a decent job is hard for them to find. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, 5.2% of the total number of Filipinos are unemployed compared to 5.3% January of this year.

These numbers might be good indication. However, there are still lots of work to be done. A few weeks ago, SUCs performed commencement exercises which adds to the total unemployment rate. These graduates are well-equipped with knowledge to deal with the present trends.  

Competent individuals aspire to work in the private industry. Yet, some professionals chose to work in the government. In this article, we will show you why applying for a job in the government is a must and a better choice than anything else.

Security of tenure

Filling up vacant position in the government permanently makes you, somehow, untouchable. Getting fired suddenly is tough due to the codes implemented by the government. However, ignorance of the law excuses no one. Disobedience of the code of ethics might remove you from office.

In private corporations, once their institution faced financial illness, there is a great possibility that you might get fired anytime.

Affiliations

There are seminars in the government. These seminars will exposed you to high-ranking government officials. If you’re a good chatter, you have the chance to get affiliated with them.

You might be able to talk and chat with prominent employees which could assist you in times of need.

Attending seminars also imply the expense of your travel. That is, cash allowances are provided.

Benefits and contributions

The Philippine government established Social Security System (SSS) for private employees and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for government employees. These branches of the government were created to protect their families against unnecessary situations.

Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or commonly knows as Pag-IBIG fund was also created to provide loans to government employees. Its common purpose is to assist employees and aid financial assistance through calamity, housing and multi-purpose loans

A financial health assisting body was also created thru PhilHealth. Its main purpose is to assist employees with practical means of paying for adequate medical care in the Philippines.

Summary

Reasons above are the most common rewards you would receive from being a permanent government employee. Aside from the above list, benefits like Personal Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) / Additional Compensation Allowanc (ACA), 13th and 14th month pay and clothing allowance are also guaranteed.  

There are also downsides when applying and working in the government. I am going to share it with you these coming weeks, so stay tuned.


Author: Oscar P. Oganiza


Oscar is an introvert type of person and the sole administrator of this site. He loves to play Archero and Nonstop Balls during his free time.

Computer Engineers, Yes, You are privileged to use “Engr.” before your name

History

Last 2015, I was able to finish my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. The very reason I took up this course is because of the following causes, first, my NCAE results stated that my capabilities suits to enroll engineering course and lastly, year 2010 is the dawn of computer technologies era (the truth is, I am really addicted to computers that time).

Like any other engineering degrees, the struggle is real. I wasn’t able to finish my degree within 5 years. I faced a lot of challenges, and “Fail” grades. Yet, I was so grateful then, I bagged the “Researcher of the Year Award”. I have learned so many ideas and I gained more knowledge about the former and latest technology. I would say that after graduation, I’ve been fully equipped with wisdom that I could use to pursue my career.

I was a graphic designer before I was able to work at my aunt’s, in the local government. My job there was data encoder. Basic job for entry level individual. Yet, sooner, I realized that it was not my dream job. I learned to perform computer programming, design information systems, design computer networks using cisco technologies just to do basic Word and Excel jobs? During my apprenticeship, I secretly apply for job in Pampanga that suits my skills.

Unfortunately, there’s no luck at all. I ended up working in the Local Government Unit (LGU) where I currently live. I never dreamt of working in the LGU because of undesirable rumors that surrounds it. But I had no choice. I need to find a job as soon as possible. So, I applied for a job, and for 2 years, I was a contractual employee.

The Issue

And it is where I fully understand what being a professional means. I’ve been working at the city engineering office together with other civil engineers and electrical engineers. Whenever we do technical and administrative reports (with signatories), they always remind to add “ENGR’ title before my name.

As for me, insecure “professionals / non-professionals” are those demeaning someone’s profession. Does it mean that if you are not under the jurisdiction of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), you aren’t professional at all? Is there any law pertaining to the use of the title “ENGR”?

Let us review the RA 9292’s Article 1, Section 3. B, C, D and E. According to Electronics and Communication Engineering Act of the Philippines, registered, licensed and qualified Electronics Engineer should affix ECE (not use the title ENGR). Like any other engineering laws, the title ENGR is not a major concern. (Lawyers aren’t under PRC, so do not try to compare it with the issue)

Read the disclaimer page if you find this article intolerable.

Conclusion

Fellow computer engineer professionals who are experiencing humiliation from other professions, do not be intimidated by them. Computer Engineering fresh graduates, do not get confused by the issue. I encourage every one of you to use it.

My professional friends, review your constitution before embarrassing other profession. Do not claim superior if you have board exam. Having one does not mean you are a professional at all.

My colleagues, if they try to devalue us, they are professionally unprofessional. Remember, being professional is not humiliating someone’s profession.

Addition

I am so humbled to have a great environment where I presently work. They encourage me to do so and let me upgrade my capabilities. Moreover, it is your discretion to add the title before your name. For me, calling me Sir will do.

I respect all engineering fields. We are all needed for the growth of our nation.


Author: Engr. Oscar P. Oganiza


Oscar is an introvert type of person and the sole administrator of this site. He loves to play AutoChess Mobile and Nonstop Balls during his free time.

5 Luxurious Things that are Completely Worth Your Money

We all like to be smart with our money. But that doesn’t always mean picking the least luxurious choice. In fact, sometimes the costlier item or experience can be the one that is most worth your hard-earned cash, while the cheapest can be the major waste.

Most of us spend money on things we don’t really care about at the expense of the things we do without even realizing it.

Stefanie O’Connell, financial expert and author of ” The Broke and Beautiful Life,” told Business Insider.

So step one is defining your priorities, then tracking your expenditure to see if you’re actually spending in alignment with those priorities, and making adjustments as needed.

You should also consider the added value something can bring to your life. “Before spending a lot of money on an item or service, it may be good to know what value it brings to you,” Roger Ma, certified financial planner and founder of Life Laid Out, told Business Insider.

Here are six expensive things, from financial experts that are completely worth the money.

1. EDUCATION

About 70% of students graduate from university with student loan debt, and there have been plenty of debates on whether getting a higher education is even worth it. Despite this, Ma said that education is most definitely worth spending money on.

“An investment in yourself is typically worth it,” Ma said.

Increasing your knowledge could ultimately increase your human capital — that is, how much money you’re able to command from your employer. Besides, learning new material keeps life interesting and exciting.

2. TRAVEL

Travel can be upright for your body and your overall well-being, NBC reports. O’Connell said that it’s something she spends money on herself. “I love to splurge on travel because it brings me joy,” O’Connell said.

3. CLOTHES THAT ACTUALLY FIT

If your clothes don’t fit well, they won’t look good, irrespective of what designer made them. So instead of thinking about what brands to splurge on, think about how to make something a custom fit.

“I think fit is much more important than the name on the tag,” Ma said. “No matter what price you pay for your clothes, make sure they fit.”

That means paying for modifications, such as shortened sleeves or pant legs, he said. “Nice-fitting clothes make an enormous difference.”

4. Services that save you time

Both Ma and O’Connell agree on splurging on services that help save you time. “Time is the one thing you can’t get back,” Ma said.

If you work in a time-intensive job, then outsourcing certain services could be worth it, including cleaning, painting, and general house repair.

My boyfriend and I both use meal subscription services like Hello Fresh, and we recently hired someone to clean our apartment once a month.

We’re at the point in our lives where time is our most valuable resource, so paying for things that help us buy back some of our time makes a lot of sense.

5. HEALTH ITEMS

Who wouldn’t want to invest in his or her own health? For O’Connell, it’s the most vital expense.

“I’m big on healthy things — group fitness classes, fresh produce, and the occasional fresh-pressed juice,”

O’Connell said.

“Beyond my physical health, I find these expenses provide a ton of value to my mental health.”

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7 Things Bosses Do Why Great Employees Quit

Supervisors tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun while ignoring the crux of the matter: People don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.

The sad thing is that this can easily be avoided. All that’s required is a new perspective and some extra effort on the manager’s part.

First, we need to understand the seven worst things that managers do that send good people packing.

1. They overwork people

Nothing burns virtuous employees out quite like overworking them. Overworking good personnel is perplexing; it makes them feel as if they’re being penalized for great performance. Overworking employees is also counterproductive.

If you must increase how much work your talented employees are doing, you’d better increase their status as well. Gifted employees will take on a bigger workload, but they won’t stay if their job stifles them in the process. Raises, promotions, and title-changes are all acceptable ways to increase workload.

If you only increase workload because people are talented, without changing a thing, they will seek another work that gives them what they deserve.

2. They do not recognize contributions and reward good work

It’s easy to undervalue the power of a pat on the back, especially with top players who are intrinsically motivated. Everyone likes kudos, none more so than those who work hard and give their all.

Supervisors need to communicate with their people to find out what makes them feel good (for some, it’s a raise; for others, it’s public recognition) and then to reward them for a job well done. With top performers, this will happen often if you’re doing it right.

3. they do not care about their employees

More than half of people who leave their jobs do so because of their relationship with their manager. Smart companies make certain their managers know how to balance being professional with being human.

These are the bosses who celebrate an employee’s accomplishment, empathize with those going through hard times, and challenge people, even when it hurts. Bosses who fail to really care will always have high turnover rates.

4. they hire and promote the wrong people

Good, hardworking employees want to work with like-minded professionals. When bosses don’t do the hard work of hiring good people, it’s a major demotivator for those stuck working alongside them.

Promoting the wrong people is even worse. When you work your tail off only to get passed over for a promotion that’s given to someone who glad-handed their way to the top­­­­­­­, it’s a massive insult. No wonder it makes good people leave.

5. They do not let people pursue their passions

Talented employees are passionate. Providing opportunities for them to chase their passions advances their productivity and job fulfillment. But many managers want people to work within a little box. These managers fear that productivity will deteriorate if they let people expand their focus and pursue their passions.

This fear is unfounded. Studies show that people who are able to pursue their passions at work experience flow, a euphoric state of mind that is five times more productive than the norm.

6. They fail to develop people’s skills

When managers are asked about their inattention to employees, they try to excuse themselves, using words such as “trust,” “autonomy,” and “empowerment.” This is complete nonsense. Good managers manage, no matter how talented the employee. They pay attention and are constantly listening and giving feedback.

Management may have a beginning, but it certainly has no end. When you have a talented employee, it’s up to you to keep finding areas in which they can improve to expand their skill set. The most talented employees want feedback — more so than the less talented ones — and it’s your job to keep it coming. If you don’t, your best people will grow bored and complacent.

7. They fail to challenge people intellectually

Great bosses contest their employees to finish things that seem inconceivable at first. Instead of setting mundane, incremental goals, they set lofty goals that push people out of their comfort zones.

Then, respectable managers do everything in their power to help them succeed. When talented and intelligent people find themselves doing things that are too easy or boring, they seek other jobs that will challenge their intellects.


If you want your best people to stay, you need to think carefully about how you treat them. While good employees are as tough as nails, their talent gives them an abundance of options. You need to make them want to work for you.

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Degrees Matter, but Serving with Integrity is More Important

So, you graduated from university, and handled tough job rivalry from the ever-increasing number of graduates and also from a workforce that may have skipped tertiary education.

You applied for jobs and impressed interviewers with soft skills you mastered at university.

You soon secured a full-time job. You started your first day of work, at the lowermost of hierarchy, only to notice that many seniors did not possess a degree.

Some, at supervisory positions, did not even complete their secondary education.

The founder of the company quit school to start his business.

I believe this is a common condition encountered by many when we first started our career.

We ask ourselves, to what degree does it matter to have a tertiary education, join professional boards and get accreditation?

It depends on what we want to pursue in our career. Countless jobs do not require a degree to perform the tasks.

Much of what we learnt in university isn’t applicable at work.

This is true for managerial and political positions.

However, a quantitative approach is the easiest way to judge a person prior to knowing that person. This includes awards, level of education and age.

Thus, some people lie or make themselves more appealing. Like our resumes, we will put in only what is nice.

Degrees are crucial for certain jobs, such as doctors and engineers, but not for jobs  such as a  politician.

Not all jobs are rocket science. What is more imperative is the heart to serve, the professionalism, ethics and integrity.

We should be honest with ourselves and others.

Our counterparts should provide checks and balances in addressing more crucial matters and not indulge in personal attacks on trivial matters.

The experiences we gain, be it from tertiary education or from starting work early, may differ, but both benefit us.

10 Ways to Save Money When You are Alone

If you’re living on your own for the first time or contemplating living by yourself, you need to be ready to make some big changes in order to sustain in the long run.

Living on your own often means letting go of what you’re used to and finally growing up. Your mom will no longer be there to do your laundry or cook your meals. You will be in charge of the household bills and the sanitation of your space. In a nutshell, you have to do almost everything yourself and it’s not going to be inexpensive.

1. Get the basics first

Buy what you actually need and the rest can come later. To save money, try ask your family members if they have any extra items you could use. Maybe they have a sofa they don’t want, or an unused coffee machine that’s been collecting dust in the store room.

“IT’S NOT YOUR SALARY THAT MAKES YOU RICH, IT’S YOUR SPENDING HABITS.”

2. learn to cook if you are not

Instead of ordering takeout or buying food outside, learn how to cook. It’s not only healthier, but you’ll save more too. Try to find simple recipes online. Some meals don’t necessitate a lot of ingredients and are certainly easy to prepare.

3. PLAN YOUR MEALS

Plan what you want to have for the week and stick to the items you have on your grocery list. To avoid wastage, take note of the ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ dates and cook the ones that are about to expire first.

“DO NOT SAVE WHAT IS LEFT AFTER SPENDING, BUT SPEND WHAT IS LEFT AFTER SAVING.” — WARREN BUFFETT

4. USE YOUR FREEZER

Meat aside, preserve extra food in the freezer instead of tossing them away. You can always heat them up when you’re too lazy to cook or don’t have enough ingredients to prepare another meal. You can also put certain dairy products in the freezer if you want them to last longer.

5. DO YOUR OWN LAUNDRY

Instead of wasting your money on the dry cleaners, do your own laundry. A washing machine may be expensive, but you will save a lot in the long run. Don’t spend your money on a dryer either. Just get a stand and dry your garments the old-fashioned way.

“MONEY DOES NOT DICTATE YOUR LIFESTYLE. IT’S WHAT YOU DO TO GET IT AND HOW YOU MANAGE FINANCES THAT DETERMINES YOUR LIFESTYLE.” — WAYNE CHIRISA

6. BUDGET

Have a weekly or monthly budget and try to stick to it. Always remember to update your list so you can keep track on your expenditures. Preferably, 50% of your profits should go to what you need. 30% can go to your desires and the rest for your savings.

7. GET RID OF UNNECESSARY SUBSCRIPTION

Magazines. Cable. Music streaming. Gaming. If you don’t need them, unsubscribe or find cheaper alternatives. You can also stop your subscription for newsletters from clothing brands, hotels, and others to help resist spending temptations.

“MONEY SPEAKS ONLY ONE LANGUAGE. IF YOU SAVE ME TODAY, I WILL SAVE YOU TOMORROW.”

8. LIVE BY YOUR MEANS

Spend less than what you earn. Don’t spend on what you can’t afford. Swiping your credit card is easy and convenient, but it will lead to extreme debts. If you own a few cards, cancel them and just keep one for emergencies. If you have to use your card, make sure you pay it back immediately.

9. FIND LOW-PRICED ALTERNATIVES FOR MONTHLY PLANS

If you’re used to luxurious mobile and Internet plans, you might want to consider looking for inexpensive options. Basic plans can be sufficient. Lesser known Internet providers can be just as good, if not better. Do your research and only pay for what you really need.

“THE WINNING FORMULA FOR BEING FINANCIALLY HEALTHY IS TO SPEND LESS AND SAVE MORE. SIMPLE.” — AMANDA STEINBERG

10. Try going out less

Instead of having expensive nights out with your friends every other week, invite them to your house. You can plan potlucks, game or movie nights, and even barbecues. If you’re a football fan, you can always get your buddies to come over instead of watching every big game outside.

How to Tell Your Girlfriend She’s Not Invited to a Road Trip

Whether you admit it or not, we’ve all had those days when we just want to drive out either on our own or with friends, but not with our partners. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

So, in times like these, what is the perfect way to tell your significant other that you want to hit the road without her company? Say a trip with the barkada? How do you not incur the wrath of a suspicious girlfriend, or worse, a neutral and seemingly harmless, “Ikaw, kung gusto mo. Bahala ka.” (Tip: No, don’t fall for it.)

We’ve asked women on how their boyfriends should tell them about a road trip that they’re clearly not a part of. Here’s what they said:

1) First things first: Don’t lie.

Don’t tell your girl that it’s going to be a company outing or a family-only trip when you’re really going to Zambales and binge on beer with your barkada. Destinations and participants should be revealed, ETA back home should be strictly followed, and updates must be constant.

2) Play down the destination.

Not a lie, but look for small inconveniences that would repel your girlfriend from wanting to join in the first place. Make the destination less alluring as much as possible. For example: “Malamok dun ‘tsaka sabi nila walang malinis na CR.”

3) Offer a low-key bribe.

Once you’ve modulated the destination, you can say you’ll drive for her all the way there next time and make it a road trip date with just the two of you. But for now, say: “Bawi ako sa ‘yo. Kain tayo dun sa gusto mong resto pagbalik ko, my treat.

4) Blame the bropact.

When it’s an all-boys trip, make sure that every person follows and that no girlfriend shall tag along. Then be remorseful to your lady and blame that damned bropact. Plus points if the point of the trip is to help a friend move on from a failed relationship. Something like, “Dadamayan na muna namin siya. Baka ma-inggit lang kapag sumama ka. Kawawa naman.”

5) Explain that you were just invited yourself (if you really were).

You really can’t impose a plus one if you were just invited, right? Also, if you were planning on hitching a ride, who are you to claim another car space? “Nayaya lang. Nag-offer nga si brad na kotse n’ya na gagamitin. Dyahe pag tumanggi pa ako. Promise, dalhin kita dun soon, okay?”

6) Bring up that thing she complains about in your car.

The A/C is not working properly? The seats need serious cleaning? Interior is starting to smell funky? The ride is too bumpy? Tell her that you’re worried that she’ll be uncomfortable during the whole trip. “Alam mo naman na sira air-con ko. Imagine, 12 hours na byahe, kaya mo ba ‘yunMaiinip ka lang sa byahe, babe.”

7) Make it clear that there will be no stopovers.

When you have friends who enjoy driving, there’s that possibility of pushing it all the way with minimal pitstops. “Balak namin tumigil lang sa mga damuhan para umihi. Tapos larga na ulit, paano pag sumama ka?”

Disclaimer: We do not guarantee optimistic results, but you can try. Remember, lying will only make it hard the next time. But, should you have tips of your own that yielded positive outcome, please feel free to share.

Ethereum Cryptocurrency Review | 2019 Edition

Bitcoin is the legacy, original cryptocurrency that launched an entire industry of innovation built on blockchain technology and its supplementary field of technical and economic mechanics. Primarily intended as a store of value and medium of value exchange outside of the power of governments or third entities, Bitcoin’s application focuses on providing individual economic independence through creating a novel financial technology.

Nevertheless, the utilization of blockchain technology, cryptography, distributed computing, and economics in a system such as Bitcoin’s only was the tip of the iceberg to a future industry of immense potential. Ethereum unlocked the door to the potential of utilizing blockchain technology for a wide variety of applications.

What is Ethereum

Ethereum is an open-source, public blockchain and decentralized computing platform featuring turing-complete smart contract functionality. Proposed in late 2013, by Vitalik Buterin, as a platform that could theoretically leverage the blockchain to store and perform computer programs across an international network of distributed nodes, Ethereum has become the most well-known and established cryptocurrency outside of Bitcoin.

History

Ethereum has a long, controversial, and highly noteworthy history that has had a major effect on shaping the modern cryptocurrency sphere. The white paper proposed by Vitalik in late 2013 was the commencement of the Ethereum era.

Outlined as a distributed world computer for executing and storing computer programs, the goal was to make a distributed computing platform that took full advantage of the potential afforded by blockchain technology.

Smart contracts are the main feature of Ethereum and are fundamentally self-executing programs that facilitate the exchange of anything of value on the network, immutably stored on the blockchain. They execute when specific conditions are met and are outside the influence of third entities or censorship and have no downtime, as long as the Ethereum network is functioning.

The general ambition of the project outlined in the white paper fascinated the attention of many in the cryptocurrency space. The platform’s core innovation became known as the “Ethereum Virtual Machine” (EVM) and is a turing-complete software that runs on the Ethereum network, allowing anyone to run any program, regardless of the programming language, on the Ethereum blockchain. The result is the potential to create a massive array of decentralized applications all on a single platform.

The initial development of Ethereum began in early 2014 with Vitalik and a small team including Anthony Di Iorio, Charles Hoskinson, and Mihai Alisie. The project began through the Swiss company Ethereum Switzerland GmbH and later through the Swiss non-profit Ethereum Foundation.

At the time, Joseph Lubin was the COO at Switzerland GmbH and helped to found the Ethereum Foundation. He remains a prominent figure in the cryptocurrency community as the founder of ConsenSys.

In July 2014, Ethereum undertook a crowd sale where more than $14 million was raised from July-August. In September of the same year, the Ether (the Ethereum currency) was circulated to the investors and development team, while the remaining funding went to the Ethereum Foundation.

In July 2015, the first mainnet, experimental release of Ethereum was launched and branded the “Frontier” release. The first major upgrade to the Ethereum platform was released in March 2016 as “Homestead” and was the first upgrade to be considered stable, focusing on gas pricing, security, and transaction processing.

At the time, critics of Ethereum were still suspicious about its security and stability as although being a Turing complete platform offers a substantial amount of potential development applications, it also brings with it some serious and potentially lethal security concerns.

How does It Work?

The Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) is a Turing-complete software that runs on the Ethereum network. It executes scripts across a distributed network of computers and enables the execution and storage of everything from smart contracts to DAOs. Functionally, Ethereum allows developers to build decentralized applications on top of it. This can include games, distributed registries, organizations, and many more.

The design behind Ethereum, based on the white paper, is intended to follow the philosiphies of simplicity, universality, modularity, agility and non-discrimination/ non-censorship.

Benefits of Ethereum

The benefits of Ethereum not only as a blockchain-based platform itself but also compared to other blockchain-based platforms includes:

  • Immutability – A third party cannot make any changes to data.
  • Corruption/Tamper Proof – Censorship is impossible with the PoW consensus of the huge and decentralized network agreeing on its global state.
  • Security – The combination of the PoW consensus, cryptographic techniques used in the transaction model, and lack of a central point of failure protects the network against hacking and manipulation.
  • No Downtime – Applications, smart contracts, organizations, etc all running on the Ethereum blockchain are always running and cannot be turned off.

Ethereum Mining

Ethereum mining is in countless ways similar to Bitcoin mining. Yet, there is a main difference where the Ethereum blockchain not only stores the transaction list of the blockchain, but also the most recent state of the network.

Ethereum also employs the use of Patricia Trees rather than Merkle Trees as part of its blockchain state regulation. Patricia Trees are a modified form of Merkle Trees that enables Ethereum to efficiently store and adjust the state of the blockchain in each block.

Consensus

Ethereum currently employs a modified Nakamoto Consensus Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus model. The PoW consensus in Ethereum is extremely secure as the network consists of thousands of decentralized nodes across the world.

Mining in the PoW model of Ethereum utilizes the Ethash (DAG) algorithm which is intended to hash a fast verifiability time. Furthermore, large scale miners get relatively small benefit from larger operations due to the large memory requirements of the algorithm.

Future

Ethereum seems consistently placed, alongside Bitcoin, as the epicenter of the cryptocurrency world. With ideals being proposed and executed on the Ethereum network, a gigantic and dedicated community of developers and various other contributors behind it, and a vocal, talented leader in Vitalik Buterin leading the way, the Ethereum future looks bright and optimistic.

Ethereum also lists a number of future technologies they are actively or potentially developing that include:

  • Saving Wallets
  • Crop Insurance
  • Decentralized Data Feed
  • Multisig Escrow
  • Cloud Computing
  • P2P Gambling
  • Prediction Markets (i.e. Augur)
  • Decentralized Marketplaces (i.e. 0x)

Verdict

Ethereum is one of the most imperative and prevalent platforms in the blockchain/cryptocurrency industry nowadays. As tech talent continues to migrate to the space, adoption becomes more mainstream, and scaling solutions are implemented, Ethereum looks to remain the distributed world computer for the decentralized applications of tomorrow.

How to Choose a Profitable Niche in 2019* Beginners’ Guide

Are you blogging because it’s so much enjoyable that you’re forgetting to eat or pay the bills? Or are you blogging to make tons of cash?

Yes! It is possible to do both. In fact, your odds of success as a blogger are better when you love the process while still approaching it like a business.

Nevertheless, numerous people start blogging about a topic that interests them without initially giving any consideration to creating income or building a business from it.

Others intentionally build a site around a topic they know will generate income, but they don’t give two hoots about the topic. They just want to make money.

You will at no time make a decent income with the first strategy. You can make money blogging with the second — but it won’t be sustainable. In due course you’ll grow bored with the work, and it will influence your ability to grow your business.

I know this because I’ve tried both strategies — separately and together. I’ve built sites just based on fun and enjoyment, and I’ve eventually had to backtrack and rethink my plan to make the blog profitable (which is very time-consuming) or abandon the project altogether.

I’ve also created sites just with the idea of making money, but without any real connection to the topic, and my interest and commitment faded quickly.

Most of the possible ways for the success of a site occurs in the planning phase, before you choose a name, buy a domain name, decide on a blog design, or write the first blog post.

Finding your blogging niche is an art and a science that requires careful thought, research, and planning.

A niche – in simple terms – is the general topic matter that you write about. It’s the passion or main theme of your blog. When you have a niche, all your posts revolve around that main theme, and that’s essentially all you talk about.


# 1. Identify your Interests and Passions.

The first step in coming up with the perfect niche is making a list of what you are passionate about. What ideas would make you thrilled to go to work every day? If you are passionate about your business, you will more likely to put all of your time and energy into it.

This sounds so basic, but it really makes all the difference. Don’t just pick a niche because you’re “kind of interested” in it; to be sustainable, it should ideally be something you can see yourself being passionate about for at least 5 years*.

Finding an area that you’re both well-informed about and that you love is the sweet spot for classifying your niche. I personally did this with my productivity calendar and it’s done very well for me.

It’s also significant to think about which areas you have distinct skills or experience in. What do people often tell you you’re good at? What’s your training or education in? What special skills or knowledge have you developed through your work?

This requires spending hours every day reading, researching, and writing about your topic, answering reader’s questions, guest posting, and talking about your subject on social media.

You will set more hours into your business and effort into your website, store, or office, making it a success. Find out what you love to do and what problem you want to be the one to have a solution in order to become a success in your niche.

This doesn’t mean that you need to find a perfect fit. If you are passionate about some aspect of running the business, you will stick with it. If you don’t care about the topic, you may not be able to find the drive within to continue.

If you don’t love the topic, if you don’t feel passionate about it, sooner or later you’ll want to chew off your own foot to escape the boredom. You can’t sustain that amount of work around a subject that doesn’t make you froth at the mouth with enthusiasm.

Business isn’t easy, and at some point, it will test you. If you are working in an area that you don’t care about, your chances of quitting will greatly increase — especially as a first-time business owner.

Here are a few prompts to help you determine what your interests and passions are:

  • How do you like to spend your free time? What do you look forward to doing when you aren’t doing it?
  • What magazines do you subscribe to? What topics do you like to learn about most?
  • What clubs or organizations do you belong to?

Is this something you love to do in your free time, or that you’d do even if you weren’t getting paid for it?

This could be a great option for your niche. To become an authority blogger, one who is viewed as having credibility, integrity, and depth of knowledge, you need to become an expert in your

# 2. Identify the Problems It can  Solve

With your list of topics in needle, you’re ready to start narrowing down your choices. To generate a profitable business, you first need to look for problems your target customers are facing, then define whether you can actually solve them. Here are some things you can do to classify problems in specific niches:

  • Have one-on-one discussions or idea-extraction sessions with your target market. Make sure to find or create a outline for asking questions that helps you uncover pain points.
  • Scrutinize forums. Search Quora, or find forums related to your niche, then take a look at the dialogs that are taking place. What queries are people asking? What problems do they have?
  • Research keywords. Explore different keyword combinations on Google Trends and Google AdWords’ keyword planner. This can help you reveal popular search terms related to pain points.

# 3. Determine the  Profitability of Your  Niche

You should now have a pretty good idea of what niche you’re going to get into. Maybe you haven’t narrowed your list down to a single topic area, but you’ve likely found a few ideas you feel pretty good about. 

At this point, it’s imperative to get an idea of how much money you have likely to make in your niche. 

You also want to make sure there’s a need for it; or else your work will stay a hobby, never growing into a profitable business.

And one way to start figuring out the market is with some simple keyword research. The Google Keyword Planner is a great tool for this.

Type in some keywords linked to your niche, and see which words and phrases get suggested. 

You can also browse top products in your category. If you can’t find any offers, that’s not a good sign. It might mean that nobody has been able to monetize the niche.

If your search does turn up a decent number of products — but not an excess of products — you’re in luck. Make note of price points so that you can price your own products in a competitive manner.

Also keep in mind that you don’t have to begin your business with a product offering of your own. You can partner with products creators, advertisers and site owners in your niche to begin generating commissions while you’re working on your excellent solution.

# 4. Narrow Your Niche

At this point, you may want to narrow your niche down even more. For example, you may have found that “freelance writing” is a popular niche, but want to see if you can find an even narrower focus for your niche.

One of the best ways to do this is to visit related forums, Facebook groups and sub reddits.

Use a tool like Redditlist to see which subtopics or sub-niches you might want to follow. Just type in your main keywords and scroll through the most popular subreddits to see if any appeal to you.

Dig even deeper by visiting these subreddits, as well as niche groups and forums, to see which topics or questions come up frequently. This could help you further define your niche (e.g., “freelance science fiction writers”), as well as help you come up with additional sub-niches or blog topic ideas for the future.

# 5. Check Your  Competition

The presence of competition isn’t certainly a bad thing. It may actually be showing you that you’ve found a lucrative niche. But you do need to do a detailed analysis of rival sites. Create a new spreadsheet and start logging all of the competing sites you can find.

Then figure out whether there’s still an opportunity to stand out in the crowd. Can you still rank for your keywords? Is there a way to distinguish yourself and create a unique offer? Here are some signs that you can enter a niche and be successful, even if there are already other sites serving it:

  • Low-quality content. It’s easy to outrank your rivalry in a niche where other business owners are not making high-quality, detailed content that serves the audience.
  • Lack of transparency. Many online entrepreneurs have upset entire industries by creating a genuine and transparent presence in a niche where other sites are faceless and overly corporate.
  • Lack of paid competition. If you’ve found a keyword that has relatively high search volume, but little competition and paid advertising, an opportunity definitely exists for you to upset the market.

Keyword research is also vital, but you’ll also want to see for yourself what the competition is like for your niche.

Google some of the keywords you’ve found to see which sites come up on page one. You’ll find one of three things:

  • There are already loads of well-known sites ranking for those keywords. This niche may be oversaturated and it may be better to find one that isn’t quite so popular.
  • There are no sites ranking for those keywords. Be cautious here – this could indicate that there’s lots of opportunity, but more likely it means others have already discovered there’s no market for this niche.
  • There are some sites ranking for those keywords, but they’re generally smaller or low quality. This is generally a good sign that this niche is worth pursuing. There is likely some market for this niche, and the competition won’t be too harsh.

Hats off! At this point you’ve chosen a niche and scoped out the competition. Now it’s time to see if this niche is actually as popular and profitable as you’re hoping.

# 6. Test Your Niche

You are now equipped with all of the information you need to choose a niche, and the only thing left to do is test your idea. 

While the market studies you’ve already done is helpful, testing the market in real-time can really show you whether you’re on the exact track.

One simple way to do this is to set up a landing page for pre-sales of a product you’re developing. You can then drive traffic to this page with paid advertising.

Another way to validate your niche is to study your target market. Promote your survey anywhere you have contact with your target market: in your guest posts, in industry-related groups, on social media, via Google surveys (you can pay Google to promote these for you), etc.

Given what you’ve learned through your PPC testing and surveys, you should now feel confident (or not!) in setting up your niche website and social media profiles.

Even if you don’t get pre-sales, that doesn’t certainly mean that you aren’t in a doable niche. It could be that your messaging isn’t fairly right, or you haven’t found the correct offer yet. By leveraging A/B split testing, you can boost conversions and find out whether or not there is anything stopping your target market from taking action.

Final Thoughts

Once you’ve established the viability of a niche, start developing a full-fledged website. You’ll want to learn how to create a blog, and generate more traffic to your site to boost your revenue and scale up.

While this 6-step process won’t guarantee you’ll be successful in your niche, it should trigger some ideas and give you a great place to start. It will also help reduce the risk inherent in starting a niche site, saving you time, money and frustration.

Are you currently trying to figure out your niche? Are you going to use the strategies above to narrow down your options? Share below!