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10 Ways To Get The Best Out Of Your Next Digital Conference

One of the best things you could do to improve your business, whatever niche or industry you are working in, is attending those conferences that you may have been put off by in the past.  Even if you have been going to them regularly in the past and see their worth, it may be that you are still not benefiting from them fully.  In the following post, we will highlight 10 ways you to get the best out of the next conference you attend.

Find Out Who Will Be Attending

Before you attend a conference, it is a good use of your time in the run-up to the event to start connecting with people and networking with them before you actually go.  Most conferences and events have Facebook and Twitter pages to support them.  Check out who is going to attend and try messaging them online before it.  It shouldn’t just assume that you will be able to run into all your prospects on an actual day.  By doing it ahead of time, you can share time and get their attention instead of just trying to stuff things into a quick conference chat.

Be Prepared With The Right Gear

Normally, conferences are held over multiple days and as you will be spending a lot of hours at them each day, it is crucial that you have all the gear you will need for each day.  Save stress by planning this all out in advance.  This includes:

  • Making sure you pack laptop and phone chargers and keep them close to you.  The last thing you would want to happen is not having batteries.
  • Packing enough business cards.  It is better to have more business cards than you think you’ll need because you can never know how many people you will meet.
  • Bring any additional materials you need for any demonstrations.  Attending a conference is not just about pitching ideas to people the whole time.  Though, if one of those meetings you have set up with an interested buyer turns out to be a sales opportunity, it will be a lot more efficient if you can walk them through the product efficiently

Review The Conference Agenda

This is perhaps common sense, but it is worth highlighting.  It is important to establish just what you are looking to learn from the conference, using the conference agenda to plan out a way to achieve it.  Ensure that you are present for the big conference-wide events such as keynote addresses.  Don’t worry about missing out on other stuff during these big talks, because most conferences will focus everything on them. 

For smaller sessions, consider the subject matter and speaker.  Remember though that the more tactical sessions will probably be helpful, no matter who is taking the lead in them.  Although other sessions not related to your profession may seem less important; however, if you’re looking to meet an industry leader is the main speaker, it may still be worth attending. 

Familiarise Yourself

Once you have your personalised lanyard from Digital ID, it is vital that you familiarise yourself with the venue the conference will be held in, to ensure you don’t get lost and miss anything important.  Showing up late could not only mean you miss out on valuable information, but may also mean that you make a poor first impression on people. 

Register As Early As Possible

Once you arrive at the conference venue, head to the registration desk as soon as you possibly can so you avoid the queues.  You may be able to register early online, and if you can you should. 

Split Up And Cover It All

If you are going to an event with fellow co-workers or business partners, it is wise to take in as much as you can.  If you all attend the same things at the same time, there was no point in you all going.  Split up and try to cover as many of the different talks, seminars, demonstrations and whatever else is on offer.  Regroup at lunchtime or at the end of the day to discuss key points.

Try To Connect With Customers

Faceless contact with customers is good, but there is nothing better than face-to-face meet-ups.  this is particularly helpful if you have recently had issues with your relationship with customers and clients.  Take the time to address any issues at the conference, but if things are going well you can still meet and greet with clients and customers, as this will only strengthen your professional relationship.

Be Part Of The Bigger Picture

The majority of conferences and events these days tend to have a hashtag associated with them.  While the event is in progress, be sure to tag any Instagram posts, Tweets, and Facebook posts correctly, using the hashtag.  Also, make sure you keep an eye on the hashtag during the course of the event, to see what other attendees are discussing.  Starting a conversation in this way is a good way to approach and network with someone you are keen to meet.

Stay Organised Throughout The Event

If attended correctly, you can easily come away with a huge pile of different numbers, names, email addresses, and notes – way more than you would be able to remember if you hadn’t written them down.  However, make sure the notes and details you take down are labeled and tagged and organized or you will never be able to make sense of them in the days, weeks and even months after the event has finished.

Remember To Follow-up

It is important to connect with any people you met and exchanged details with at the conference, as soon as you can in the days following the event.  Send LinkedIn requests and other follow-up notes while everyone still has the event fresh in their minds.  Be sure to personalize your notes and requests, as everyone’s inboxes will be full of similar messages.  Make sure yours stands out and that the people can remember exactly who you are.

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Cryptocurrency vocabulary – your quick guide

Ever been reading about Bitcoin, blockchain or cryptocurrency and hit a word you don’t fully understand?

If the answer’s yes – you’re definitely not alone, cryptocurrency is a big and exceptionally technical area – and sometimes there’s just no getting around those bits of jargon.

We’ve pulled some of the best out of 100+ cryptocurrency articles and blog posts, then done our best to offer some insight into what they mean – always in plain English!

Address

A wallet address is the location to which you send your currency payment – a little like an email or physical address.

Altcoin

This is a collective term for currency types that are not Bitcoin.

ASIC Mining

This is a non-typical type of mining that is often frowned upon by the cryptocurrency community. ASIC stands for Application Specific Integrated Circuit and is a chip that’s dedicated to running just one process – in this case, the process needed solve blockchain problems and ‘mine’ new coins.

Bit

This is a small fraction of a Bitcoin – 1,000,000 bits equals one Bitcoin – and since the huge value of one coin, it’s useful to talk in bits for smaller transactions.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency created in 2009 and generally seen as the benchmark against which other cryptocurrencies and technologies are compared.

Block

A block is a record in the blockchain that contains the detail of a number of transactions.

Blockchain

This is the underpinning technological concept that Bitcoin and many altcoins is based on. It is a distributed ledger system that records all previous transactions and creates algorithms that need to be solved to confirm future transactions. It is shared across all node computers worldwide to ensure security and a consensus approach to verifying every transaction.

Block height

Depending when a transaction occurred depends on its block height – i.e. the number of blocks that proceeded it in the blockchain. 

Broker

A broker is a company who facilitates the trading of cryptocurrencies – a place where you can buy or sell. This review of CEX.IO will give you an idea of what they do in a little more depth.

BTC

BTC is the abbreviated term for Bitcoin – and can normally be seen in currency exchanges alongside more recognised terms like GBP and USD.

Confirmation

When node computers solve the algorithm that authenticates a pending transaction as legitimate it becomes ‘confirmed’. Confirmed transactions are distributed throughout the blockchain and are therefore included in a block.

Cryptography

This is a mathematical term for coding a message or instruction to keep it secure. Bitcoin, the blockchain and financial organisations in general tend to use cryptographic security to prevent mishandling and fraud.

Distributed ledger

This is a ledger or record of monetary transactions that is not held centrally – instead, shared across many node computers around the world. Creating many copies of the ledger creates the need for a ‘consensus’ between all copies of the ledger – thus ensuring that transactions, when complete, correspond with the currency and its rules overall.

Double spend

Users occasionally try to send their Bitcoin code to two wallets at the same time – hence, double spending. The consensus nature of the blockchain prevents one of the transactions from being confirmed.

Fork

When a currency requires changes to its underlying rules – usually relating to how a consensus is found – it is subject to what is known as a ‘fork’. When a fork occurs, the currency may split into two different currencies and their trade value impacted.

Hashrate

The hashrate is the speed at which ‘mining’ problems are solved by node computers – thus impacting how quickly transactions are verified.

Mining

For blockchain based cryptocurrencies to grow high powered computers are required to solve the mathematical problems that stand in the way. When these are solved, the blockchain grows and the node computer (or computers) is rewarded – usually with Bitcoin or the appropriate currency.

Node

A node is a mining computer that is connected to the currency network. It will be working to validate transaction and holds a copy of the blockchain which it will amend and redistribute upon the successful solving of validation algorithms. 

P2P

This is a shortened version of the term ‘peer to peer’ – i.e. a transaction directly between two users without the need for a ‘middleman’ service like a bank or shop. P2P networks started with file sharing services like Napster – and have developed into the more sophisticated systems of today – with blockchain tech at the height of the concept.

Proof of Work

This is the concept the powers the growth of the blockchain. A Proof of Work is a piece of algorithm data that is exceptionally difficult to create but when passed to other nodes on the network can be easily verified. It takes a huge amount of computing power (and therefore money) to create Proof of Work – meaning it is becoming an increasingly concerning topic in the Bitcoin world – especially given the community’s leaning toward non-elite distributed power.

This attitude has pushed the currency toward exploring alternative methods – such as Proof of Stake.

Proof of Stake

An alternative to Proof of Work, this method of validating transactions requires less computational work and relies instead on the prover to show ownership of a certain amount of currency or stake in the chain.

Private key

This is the number that’s generated through cryptographic means to represent the amount of Bitcoin or other currency that’s being transmitted. With this key, another person or system can authorise the currency as their own and place it in their wallet.

Smart contact

Smart contracts are seen as alternative to Bitcoin’s way of operating – and underpin currencies like Ethereum. Rather than codes that signify ownership of an amount of currency, a contract is created that requires input from both parties. It’s sometimes termed a ‘if this, then that’ way of working – for example, if this [amount of money is transferred], then that [product is sent in return]. Only when the first part of the contract is met and confirmed by the blockchain that the second action takes place.

Wallet

A wallet is a device, service or piece of software in which currency private keys are held.

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Using Drones for Photography

In the past, taking complex and alluring photographs would often mean a heavy investment, with no clue of how your pictures looked before they were developed. The innovation of the digital camera meant that many we quick to adopt photography as a pastime, and with so many social networks, taking pictures has become a way of live for many people.

Taking amazing photographs is no longer limited to professionals, and thanks to the technology available, people can now take professional photographs with a few simple clicks.

As photographers are keen to stand out, it’s not uncommon for them to instil other forms of technology to help them capture some truly mesmerising pictures.

Taking photographs with a drone is a great hobby, and is even something you could introduce into your professional life. However, to ensure we fully enjoy the experience, we need to ensure that we follow the relevant guidelines, and ensuring we’re adhering to the regulations put in place.

What Drone is Best for Me?

There selection of drones available is vast, and much like your like your photography equipment, the cost will often be based on your requirements and preferences. For example, if you’re looking for a drone that has a camera already included, then how much you pay will dictate how good the camera is. Similarly, if you already have camera equipment, then you only need a UAV, but you will need to ensure that it’s able to contend with the weight of the camera.

If you’re new to taking aerial photographs, then it ma be worth investing in a cheaper model initially, so you can get used to how they work and how it fits in with your current methods. Some may ask what are the best camera drones for beginners, but there is no drone that suits every purpose.  TO determine which UAV is best suited to your needs, you should consider some factors.

What Kind of Control?

It’s not only drones themselves that are evolving, but also the way they are controlled. While there are many models that offer the conventional control system, there are others that can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet. There are even options that allow you to use both methods in unison.

Where Will I Be Taking Pictures?

While drones are brilliant for taking unique pictures, we do need to make sure we’re aware of our surroundings. A drone hovering too close to someone’s property could raise problems, regardless of the intent. You also need to ensure that the drone is not likely to hit anything or anyone, especially if you’re in a area where there are a lot of small children or animals.

How Big?

The reason why there are so many options available in relation to UAVs is because of the unique designs available. Some drones could be mistaken for a UFO, while others can simply be folded away and put in your pocket.

If you’re going to be travelling to different locations, that how portable the drone is could be on of the major factors.

How Do I Ensure I Take the Perfect Shot?

Those new to the world of drones will expect a period of trial and error when learning the ropes, and this is only natural. However, as we become more experienced, we will want to know how to make the best of our drone, and capture shots easily. How this is achieved can vary on your goals, but there are some tips you can followed to ensure your better prepared should that perfect moment come along.

Become One with Your Drone

It may sound like a line from a sci-fi movie, but the more comfortable you are with your drone, then the more daring you will be. For example, in the early days, you will probably feel threatened by obstacles in your flight path, but becoming more familiar with the controls, and the drone reacts, will mean that you’re willing to take chances, which means more opportunities to take a picture that’s bound to impress.

See Your Pictures in “Real Time”

If you’re flying a camera in to the sky on a wing and a prayer, then it’s likely you’re going to struggle when it comes to taking photographs that make an impression. The use of smartphones or tablets with drones has already been touched upon, but is an ideal solution for those looking to perfect their picture-taking technique.

Connecting the drone to your smartphone allows you to see what the camera sees, making it easier to set up your shots.

Be Aware of Your Legal Boundaries

Depending on where you live, there will be different restrictions in place in relation to flying your drone, regardless of why it’s being flown. In the UK, current legislation dictates that the UAV should remain in sight, and not go above 500 metres. Those looking to exceed the 500 metres need to seek permission from Civil Aviation Authority.

Users based in the US will have to conform with the Federal Aviation Administration regulations. This includes registering any drone that weighs between 0.55 and 55 pounds. Registration costs $5.00 and is good for three years.

As well as registering the UAV, you will also need to ensure that common sense is applied at all times. For example, you need to ensure that your drone isn’t flying near any airports. You also need to ensure that there is no potential for people to get hurt. As well as being painful when hit by a drone, the tiny blades can cause damages, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Taking photographs with a drone is a great hobby, and is even something you could introduce into your professional life. However, to ensure we fully enjoy the experience, we need to ensure that we follow the relevant guidelines, and ensuring we’re adhering to the regulations put in place.

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How to Keep Bitcoins Safe – Our Top Tips For 2018

When it comes to our online security, there’s a variety of things we need to take into consideration. For example, online banking can require two separate passwords, as well as some other personal details to allow you entry into your account. Similarly, if you’re looking to access your email from another location, you may receive a notification stating the fact.

Remembering a password can be a hassle in some situations, but for the most part, they’re something we couldn’t do without. It’s what keeps our financial affairs and personal details safe.

We’ve been able to adapt to how the Internet works as the changes have been instilled in a subtle manner, allowing us to learn the ropes and become accustomed to new features. However, if we’re looking to spread our wings in the online domain, there will come a time where we must learn some new strategies to ensure that our information, and more importantly, our money is kept safe.

What Makes Bitcoin Different

There’s been a lot of press in relation to how information is stored by certain institutions and banks, and there have even been incidents where private information has been leaked for all to see. While the Internet is safe for the most part, such stories can cause some to look elsewhere when it comes to ensuring their money is kept safe.

Much of the appeal of Bitcoin is that information is kept private. And while purchase information can be viewed, there’s no way of telling who made the purchase.

In most instance, those purchasing Bitcoin will do so via an exchange, and access to this currency requires the use of a private and public key. These two keys are then combined to create a mathematical equation to show that any funds sent were sent by you.

Ensuring our Bitcoin remains safe is a relatively straightforward process, but we still need to ensure that we’re following the correct procedures, or we could be putting our cryptocurrency at risk.

Fortunately, there are several ways to ensure that we remain safe when purchasing Bitcoin, and none of them are too complex. We would also suggest that you research where to buy Bitcoin before you make any initial investments. 

Keep Your Bitcoins in a Wallet

Depending on the method you use to purchase Bitcoin, there will be some instances where they are sitting in your exchange account. While many exchanges are here for the long-term, there’s no reason not to ensure we’re cautious with our money. As such, you should look to ensure that as soon as you purchase your Bitcoin, the funds are transferred to your online wallet immediately.

Never Share Your Private Key

Your online wallet will consist of the two keys you need to send and receive Bitcoin. The public key, as the name suggests, is the information that is publicised. However, your private key is unique to your, and shouldn’t be shared with anyone.

While you may feel you can trust certain people, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Store Any Copies in a Safe Place

There will be instances when you may want to print out your wallet, and this is completely understandable. However, we must ensure that we’re cautious when it comes to storing the information. While it may be tempting to store your wallet in a desk drawer or cupboard. You have to remember that if anyone has access to this information, they have access to your Bitcoin. You should choose storage that only you have access to, such as a safe,

Avoid Using Public Computers

While public computers are fine for everyday browsing, they shouldn’t be used for you Bitcoin activity. As well as there being others that use the computer, you also run the risk of keeping yourself logged in an exchange. While your private key would be needed to access your wallet, there’s still no reason to run the risk if it can be avoided.

Consider a Hardware Wallet

If you feel that storing your currency virtually is going to be problematic, then you may want to safeguard your Bitcoin on a physical device. There are many hardware wallets available such as the Ledger Nano S, that act in a similar way to a USB device, but they have been designed to deal exclusively with Bitcoin.

Of course, holding your Bitcoin on a physical device comes with its own set of worries, so you need to ensure that you have a safe storage place. While there are security features in place, we still need to be proactive in safeguarding our currency.

Backup Your Wallet

While there are many steps you can take to ensure that your information is kept safe, we should look to back up our wallet whenever possible. If something was to go wrong on the computer you’re using, it could mean you lose access to everything. A more worrying scenario would be if your device was stolen. Having a backup means that we can at least access our coins, on the assumption that the wallet on the device is encrypted.

Use a Strong Password for Your Wallet

This may seem obvious, but using a strong password is something that needs to be used in any kind of scenario where out information is involved. While it may be tempting to use a password that’s easy to remember, this often means that others are able to work out what your password is.

There are even programs online that can create auto-generated passwords to ensure that guessing your password is impossible.

For the most part, the Bitcoin community is a safe one, but we still need to ensure we’re taking precautions are reducing risk where possible.

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The Most Common Laptop Issues And How You Can Fix Them

Things have certainly changed a lot since the laptops invention, haven’t they? Today it seems like everyone is packing a smartphone or tablet but while these new devices have certainly affected the laptops popularity I don’t think it’s right to say they have replaced it.

A laptop or netbook is a very different device to a smartphone or tablet and can do a lot of things they can’t. So, I think it’s fair to say the laptops and netbooks will be around for a long time, yet they are very versatile machines after all.

But just like computers laptops can fall victim to a number of issues and faults and knowing what do to fix these issues isn’t always easy. To be honest it rarely ever is easy, but we can help! Below we’ve outlined some of the more common technical problems that can affect laptops.

So, before you head down to a repair shop or call in a technician such as PC Doc who offer computer repairs in Edinburgh why not try fixing the problem yourself? You’d be surprised just how easy it can be sometimes, so let’s take a look at how you can go about fixing the common technical issues all laptop owners should know about.

It’s Not Charging

Laptops are certainly versatile and portable, but those advantages do come with their own set of problems and one of the most annoying is charging. All laptops regardless of brand will require charging and as a laptop owner, you should prepare yourself to face a charging problem sooner or later.

So, what should you do if your laptop won’t charge? Well, the first thing you should do is inspect the battery. The battery can usually be removed on most models of laptop and it may simply need cleaning a little as dirt can sometimes block the connection.

If that doesn’t fix the issue inspect the charger the jack is usually very fragile on a laptop charger, so it may have come loose. If the jack is loose, you may be able to manipulate it back into place and use it temporarily while you wait for a new one.

Either way, it is usually a good idea to have a replacement charger on hand just in case.

No Space To Save!

One common drawback of a laptop or netbook is that their space is limited when compared to a regular computer. This is an unfortunate truth your average laptop is not going to offer the same amount of memory as your average computer, although nowadays many modern laptops still offer plenty of space.

So, that’s why being faced with a message informing you that you have no space left can be a frustrating one for laptop owners. Thankfully it’s an easy problem to fix all you need to do is delete some stuff to make more room, but remember deleting any documents or files won’t be enough.

This will usually just send them to your recycle bin you will need to empty the recycle bin to get rid of them for good. If you can’t afford to delete anything right now, then you may able to increase your laptop’s memory or use a cloud-based server to save documents in the meantime.

I Can’t Connect To The Internet

Laptops and netbooks are so valuable because they allow us to work and surf the web on the go, that’s why finding out you can’t connect to the internet can be incredibly frustrating. Now I’ am sure you already know that there could be a number of reasons for this but there is one particular common issue for laptop owners.

If you’re trying to connect to the internet and simply seeing a red X or message that says you can’t connect right now, then the issue is probably to do with your wireless internet button. All models of a laptop will usually have a wireless internet button, however, the problem with this is that said button is not always easy to identify.

If you check your manual you might be able to find it, but you can usually bypass this simply by going to your laptops control panel and then clicking network settings. From there you’ll want to find the Wi-Fi adapter and then turn it back on. Pressing the F2 key will also sometimes turn your wireless internet back on, but this won’t work on all models of laptop.

Overheating

While they do come in a range of sizes laptops are in general very small machines, but they do pack a lot of power which means they can heat up fast. This means the risk of your laptop overheating is higher than you probably think it is, and overheating can cause a lot of issues.

If you find your laptop suddenly shutting down after an hour or so and then not coming back on for a while it will be because it’s overheating. To help alleviate this you should try to not use your laptop for longer periods (although we know this isn’t always practical) you should also ensure your laptop is regularly cleaned.

Open the screen and give it a quick clean with some tissue paper or a wipe and then clean the casing. Dust is one of the most common causes of overheating in a laptop and as such, you should try to keep your laptop free of it.

Touchpad Troubles

If your laptop’s touchpad is being troublesome then you’ll need to examine it closely, to make sure nothing is blocking the edges sometimes water can build-up. If it looks clear and everything seems tidy, then the problem could be the sensitivity.

You should open the control panel and go to the devices and printer’s icon and from there to the mouse settings. From there you’ll be able to adjust the sensitivity of the touchpad and test it out to make it more comfortable for you. If the touchpad is damaged internally then you’ll either have to send your laptop in for repairs or you maybe people able to bypass it by using a mouse.