What are its characteristics?
1. How is it different from other currencies?
It can be used to buy things electronically and just like Kenyan Shillings, South African Rand or the US dollar can be traded online. Bitcoins are however regulated in a decentralized system with no specific institution in charge which makes people at ease because it means no large banks are in charge of their money.
2. Who created it?
In the current banking system we're all enslaved to, we rely on a bunch of accountants and economists to look after our money. If they're careless we suffer bigtime. Gatekeepers and watchmen are important, especially with digital money. But they have way too much access. How do you get people to watch money without being able to play around with it? Well, blockchain.
A while ago, the African economy, as did many other economies, thrived on barter as a means of exchange. You could buy a cow for say, 5 sacks of maize, or one elephant tusk or even, a bit of gold. This was direct person to person exchange that didn't need a middle man to verify it happened. Once your cow was sold, unless you stole it, you couldn't get it back. You took your sack of maize, or your tusks or that bit of gold home and made use of it in whichever way you saw fit. You could even resell it for maybe a sack of two of beans, or silver earrings for your wives or iron tools to farm your shamba.
1. Give employees secure, consistent access to information. you have an advantage over larger competitors because you can react quickly to business changes. but you can quickly lose this edge if your company network is frequently down, sluggish, or unsecured. a secure, reliable network based on intelligent routers and switches lets your employees access the information and tools they need to keep ahead of competitors.
2. Deliver anytime, anywhere access to employees on the go.
The problem of integrating technology into teaching and learning process has become a perennial one. Common excuses for the limited use of technology to support instruction include shortage of computers, lack of computer skill and computer intimidation. While these could affect the success of technology integration, it should be acknowledged that the degree of success teachers have in using technology for instruction could depend in part on their ability to explore the relationship between pedagogy and technology.
We have droned on and on about Global warming and the dangers of cutting down trees without doing much to actually help the situation. In the USA alone about 1billion dollars worth of trees in paper form is thrown away each year! Even with their much touted culture of recycling, that is still too much paper going to waste. As market leaders, it makes sense that the Americans would lead in finding solutions to this pollution problem that offices are actively engaged in making worse. The thing has become, not to reroute the used paper to recycling factories where it can be re-purposed but to eliminate the need for this altogether by creating what is essentially the 'paperless' office. How? Well, as with most solutions of the 21st century, the solution has been very technical; electronic in fact.
Many companies use spreadsheets for storing their customer data. Archaic in this day and age of high tech. Also severely inefficient. Spreadsheets get lost, they get outdated, and they might fall into the wrong hands. Business cards are important for collecting customer data; but not when lying on your desk. Also, do you realize the advantages of a centralized email 'bank' where everyone has access to client information? People change jobs. Have you ever experienced someone leaving you, and nothing is left behind? The pipeline wasn’t up to date. The contacts weren’t updated. The important contacts wasn’t registered – because all relevant information was stored locally; in your employees' mobile phones. Don’t let it happen to you.
Code like any other amazing work of written artform, can be put down in different languages. Unlike actual stories though, the 'message' isn't the same when translated into other languages. In fact, different coding languages are very task specific ie, not any one computer programming language can do anything. There are limitations.
I hear the word 'hacker' and quickly memories flood of fast paced action movies like Swordfish. I also picture various African politicians with foot-in-mouth syndrome claiming someone hacked their twitter and posted all sorts of abusive or hilarious content. Also cyber security articles teaching me how to avoid online hacking of my bank accounts. The internets though, give me a totally different definition. One more broad and inclusive of non criminal forms of digital hacking.
So, what is a hacker? Well, first we've got to build a foundation for that story.