TECHNOLOGY

Arguing that you do not care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like arguing that you do not care about Free Speech because you have nothing to say. 

Edward Snowden
Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 24 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
According to an article (link below) : "The European Central Bank (ECB) has proposed a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council stating that ‘virtual currencies do not qualify as currencies from a Union perspective,’ and wants digital currencies to be explicitly defined as not legal currencies or money... the use of digital currencies, such as bitcoin, pose a threat as terrorists and criminal groups are able to transfer money within digital currency networks with a certain level of anonymity." Because of this, the ECB is discouraging the promotion of Bitcoin.  
Book page | Marquez Comelab | 03 Sep 16 | Update: 03 Sep 16 | Full View
This has been something I've always observed: our tendency to relate to fictional characters. Apparently, it has a term: Parasocial Interactions. 
Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 19 Jun 16 | Update: 20 Jun 16 | Full View
According to an article by The Register (Last accessed: 18 June 2016),  "CIA director John Brennan told US senators they shouldn't worry about mandatory encryption backdoors hurting American businesses. And that's because, according to Brennan, there's no one else for people to turn to: if they don't want to use US-based technology because it's been forced to use weakened cryptography, they'll be out of luck because non-American solutions are simply 'theoretical'".
Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 18 Jun 16 | Update: 18 Jun 16 | Full View
We need a currency that no longer relies on national governments. We need a planetary currency. Bitcoin may be it.
Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 17 Jun 16 | Update: 17 Jun 16 | Full View
I heard about Bitcoin around 2012 but I just sat and waited to see if I would hear more of it.  I really got interested about Bitcoin when I heard an interview of an entrepreneur starting a business providing Bitcoin services and his reasons for why it is a good currency.  Bitcoin is a long term play for me. By long term, I mean one, two or three decades. It is not something I want to trade on a weekly, let alone daily basis. The spreads are too far apart in relation to its daily movements. 
Article | Marquez Comelab | 17 Apr 16 | Update: 19 Apr 16 | Full View
Every now and then, you see Taxi Drivers of a country, or recently, a continent (South America), protesting against Uber.  At home, in Australia, I get around with my car. I used Uber once to get home from a night out after being introduced to it by a friend. I thought it was great: I could already see the driver's details, a photo of his car and his licence plate number even before he came to pick me up.
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 20 Mar 16 | Update: 20 Mar 16 | Full View
There are variations to this question. For example: How much does it cost to build a Social Networking site, a Dating Site, a car sales site, a mobile phone exchange site? People used to ask about websites to sell their products and their services locally but now, they want to know how to build a Social Networking site, be the next eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Real Estate site, etc.
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 14 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Just broadly, if you are to create a website, these are the steps: Step 1: Answer these questions 1. Know what type of website is it? How does it make money? 2. What features does it need?  3. What will the user experience and information flow be like?  4. Who is your target market / audience?  5. How are you different to your competitors? What are you offering your audience?  Step 3: Design your website based on your branding and identity like your logo, corporate colours, fonts, etc Step 4: Develop your website
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 12 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
You will need hosting, domain and Web Development costs. Hosting for small sites can be anywhere from $10 to $20 per month. This should provide you with unlimited professional email addresses within your domain name as well. Domain could be around $10 - $15 a year. Development is the one that's got a lot of variation which I will discuss below.  
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 06 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
If you're planning to do this as a serious business, then I would advise against trying to do it yourself. Many people who try to do it themselves end up with websites that like a "do-it-yourself" website. Web design and Web development can get very involved if you want to achieve a professional look as well as function properly. Many potential customers and visitors, having used many websites, base their feelings of a business' credibility on your website. 
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 06 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
You're asking how to monetise a website. The answer depends on what your website is  and a few more factors.  In general however, you can monetise a website by either: sell a product or service,  create a membership site where people pay to be a member and the other major way is to attract advertisers to advertise with you.  If you don't have advertisers,  Google and Yahoo offer to share their advertisers with you for a share of the profits.  Contact me if you need assistance to set these up.
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 02 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I think one of the reasons is that rats have a lot of similarities to us. We shared one of the earliest  mammal ancestor with them. So if we are testing for diseases and cures we test it on them before we test it on us. There might be other reasons. 
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 29 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
My answer on the 29th of August 2015: If you are serious about blogging, do it on Wordpress. I would recommend it running on your own domain name and on a hosting account you control. Reasons: you can customise its features, you have control over it, you're investing in your URL for the long term. My answer today, 13th March 2016:
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 27 Aug 15 | Update: 28 Mar 16 | Full View
There are observations I've made that may help you: 1. As important as Content Marketing is, many small business owners  prioritize expenses that can bring them income directly as a result, like Pay Per Click. Content Marketing is not one of those. The idea of SEO, let alone Content Marketing requires time and effort to convey small business owners. 
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 26 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
The first stop really is to go through the employment contract you signed with your previous employer. Is there a clause there pertaining to the type of work you can or cannot do after working with them?  The concept normally is that employers own the result of your work. Plus they would not like it if you start competing with them. Or if you start making money and they want a cut of your profits.
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 23 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I'll address the technical aspect of your project because I'm guessing you have worked out the business and operational aspects of your website.   If you want to have different types and levels  of users, writers and contributors with varying access,  restrictions and permissions, then Drupal is a good CMS to use for an online magazine website. It also has great tagging and categorising infrastructure.
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 23 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
You can create a blog purely on HTML (and CSS) with a program like Dreamweaver. However, having assisted individuals and businesses set up their blogs, I would highly advise against doing a blog purely on HTML. You will spend your time putting it together, only to realize very quickly, that it is not a good solution and you need to rebuild it differently. With a HTML blog, as you grow, your work rises exponentially!
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 23 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I would recommend you to start visualizing what this website would look like. I am not referring so much to how it would look but rather, the processes of how you want things done. Obviously, the more details you can put on paper, the better. If you have a business plan, the information relevant would be where you outline the technical process by which you are going to make money. 
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 21 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Since you asked which Web Design SOFTWARE, then I would say Dreamweaver. But I wouldn't rely on Dreamweaver completely unless you're dealing with a brochure website. If you asked, which Script or maybe, which Content Management System, I would say Wordpress.  You might hear some people say, "Wordpress is just a Blogging tool". Not really. That's old news. It started as such but it is now commonly used for websites.
Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 21 Aug 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Capitalism needs consumer to buy goods and services. At the same time all companies are trying to reduce labor. Will there not be enough work for all? Farming today needs vastly less people than 100 years ago. Industrial production in most companies can produce vastly more with the same number of staff than 20 years ago. Even service jobs are being replaced, think automated check-out counters or nursing robots. Will we run out of work? And if yes, what will be the consequences?