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What is 5G and What Does the G mean?

I’ve been reading about 5G coming to the US in late 2018 starting with 10 to 11 cities. Sacramento will be the first installation by Verizon and Waco will be the first location by AT&T. I’m told that people who invested in 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G made fortunes. Now we have the opportunity to get in on 5G.

What is 5G and what does the G mean? 

The G stands for Generation. So 5G is the fifth generation. Why should we be interested in 5G? The average user on the internet either uses 3G or 4G, and download speeds average 17.2 mbps download speed. 5G offers speeds of 1gbps or 1000mbps. That is 50 to 60 times faster and may even reach 3+gbps or gigabits per second. That is a huge difference and may put cable out of business. I’ve come across several companies that will be big in 5G?

Reuters writes, “Before the new technology becomes a reality for consumers, two transitions need to take place.”

“Mobile operators have to upgrade their networks with 5G gear made by the likes of Huawei [HWT.UL] and ZTE 0000630.SZ of China, Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and Finland’s Nokia (NOKIA.HE). And phone makers need to make handsets with built-in 5G radios ready to hook up to networks.”

Kiplinger writes, “5G is the fifth generation of mobile wireless technology and a major step up from previous versions. 5G will greatly accelerate download speeds, improve response times and enable networks to connect to many more types of devices.  “Wide-ranging applications for 5G in new markets such as video streaming, smart manufacturing and driverless cars will fuel revenue gains for companies providing 5G service and technology. Networking giant Ericsson (ERIC) predicts a 5G market surpassing $1.2 trillion within 10 years. Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg envisions “killer applications” for 5G in virtual reality games, and other techies think 5G will drive major advances in telemedicine and robotics.”

Kiplinger says there are six companies that will be big in 5G: AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, Nokia, Cisco Systems, and Vodaphone.

I’ve come across phrases that mean little to me now, but will in the near future:

Small Cell or Metrocell

Metrocells or small cell are compact and discrete mobile phone basestations, unobtrusively located in urban or rural areas. They can be mounted on lampposts, positioned on the sides of buildings or found indoors in stadiums, transport hubs, and other public areas.

Small Cell Backhaul

Small Cell Backhaul. Small Cell backhaul is the transmission link between the small cell and the mobile network operator’s core network.

Femtocell

In telecommunications, a femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station, typically designed for use in a home or small business. A broader term which is more widespread in the industry is small cell, with femtocell as a subset. It is also called femto AccessPoint (AP).

I’m excited by the prospects of 5G. It seems computers are never fast enough or downloading a movie takes too long. That’s about to change with 5G

Mike Landfair (landfair3554@gmail(dot)com

 


Key Points On Bitcoin Investment

Key Points On Bitcoin Investment

Key Points On Bitcoin Investment

If the idea of investing in cryptocurrency didn’t excite you before 2017, there’s a good chance it caught your attention last year. Bitcoin, in particular, had a sensational year, starting right around $1,000 in early January and skyrocketing to nearly $20,000 toward the end of the year. It would be easy to look at the cryptocurrency market and groan at the idea of having missed the train; then again, plenty of people are even now looking to hop aboard in the hopes that these bizarre digital currency alternatives just keep climbing.

I can’t tell you whether or not that’s a good idea. Frankly, no one can. Bitcoin and its fellow digital currencies are operating in uncharted territory, and while people can draw comparisons to the currency trade or to other valuable commodities, there’s not really any exact parallel that informs us as to where bitcoin will go from here. What I can do, however, is lay out some of the key points that should go into any decision or analysis of this kind of investment.

The 2017 Surge Is Over

The 2017 surge in bitcoin was quite something to behold, even if you aren’t really interested in investment patterns, cryptocurrency, or finance. It just isn’t the sort of thing that happens very often, and those who played it correctly were surely able to make a lot of money. However, it’s important not to get caught up now in what happened a few months ago. In late January bitcoin slipped below $11,000 with all major cryptocurrencies feeling the pressure. While it may yet start climbing again as it did before, this proves beyond doubt that bitcoin is volatile if nothing else.

The Spectrum Of Predictions Is Wide

Without touching on any specific advice from high profile people in the cryptocurrency and financial investment worlds, it’s important to point out that the spectrum of predictions for 2018 and beyond has been wide. Some would have you believe bitcoin is about to crash to the point that it’s essentially worthless; others see 2017 as nothing but a tease for far greater climbs to come. Seeking advice on this sort of thing is important, but be careful not to buy into the most outlandish predictions you see in either direction just yet, because there is bound to be a credible expert making the exact opposite prediction.

The Wallet You Choose Is Important

For those who haven’t bought bitcoin before, the idea of a wallet might seem like a secondary concern. In fact, it’s an extremely important aspect of the process. Bitcoin wallets store the digital keys you use to access your store of bitcoin online (because there’s no such thing as actually possessing physical bitcoins). It helps to think of them as bank accounts or investment portfolios full of cryptocurrency. These wallets come in five forms, and analyzing those forms (desktop, mobile, web, hardware, and paper) is as important as analyzing when to buy and sell. The different types of wallets offer different security perks, different levels of convenience and ease of use, and in some cases different fees for transactions.

Regulatory News Matters

People who are looking into investments like to research the different things that might influence what happens to those investments. It’s the only appropriate way to approach things, but it’s particularly tricky where bitcoin is concerned. Because cryptocurrency is new and to some degree experimental – not to mention fully digital and fully decentralized – it would almost seem to be free from influence. What we’re learning more and more, however, is that regulatory news matters. Bitcoin is for the most part not regulated around the world, but when news breaks of a major economy (such as Japan, recently) trying to restrict bitcoin in any way, prices can drop. It’s just something to keep in mind.

Bitcoin Has No Comparison

People seem to be very eager to compare bitcoin to other lucrative commodities from the past – most typically oil and gold. However, comparisons like these tend to be simplistic and ignore the reality that bitcoin is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. As The Telegraph put it bluntly, bitcoin is not the new gold despite its “glittering” run to close out 2017. Oil has a practical use, and gold is a tangible resource that has literally been used to back currency. Bitcoin, by contrast, is entirely made up, with its value backed by little more than its own potential. It’s a brand new concept, and one without a comparison – for better or worse.

How Online Conveyancing Is Changing the Property Transaction Game Forever

How Online Conveyancing Is Changing the Property Transaction Game Forever

How Online Conveyancing Is Changing the Property Transaction Game Forever

From groceries to makeup, everyone is stepping into the virtual world of the internet when it comes to shopping. From booking online doctor’s appointments to paying taxes on the car, everything is going digital. Real estate property hasn’t stayed behind in the quest either. More and more sellers are putting up their houses for sale online, hoping to meet buyers via a larger platform. Following this trend, solicitors too have stepped onboard and are now making legal transactions easier and faster with online conveyancing. Here’s How Online Conveyancing Is Changing the Property Transaction Game Forever.

How Online Conveyancing Is Changing the Property Transaction Game Forever. Is it safe?

This query is understandable since it isn’t a few thousand dollars we are talking about. For most people, houses are lifetime investments. With the internet full of scammers, hackers, and spammers, it is very natural for anyone to feel scared when transferring money online. However, you can cast off this fear easily when working with legitimate and well-reputed private solicitors or solicitors firms such as MyPlace Conveyancing. In fact, online conveyancing has become much safer as compared to traditional or in-person conveyancing. How? Because any local solicitor will have low-security measures in place whereas online conveyancing is highly guarded by smart security measures in place.

Not to mention, online conveyancing is much easier and involves a 4-step procedure that requires little to no effort from the vendor.

  1. The first step involves finding a solicitor and instructing them to handle your transfer
  2. Once an agreement is made, the conveyancer will send you the forms to be filled out regarding property checks and searches. In case, there are any issues with the form filling, the conveyancer will help sort them out.
  3. After everything is sorted out, your filled forms will be reviewed by you and the solicitor.
  4. The vendor can then instruct the conveyancer to exchange the sale contract and wait for the completion date.

Coming back to the advantages of online conveyancing over in-person conveyancing, let’s take a look at them in depth.

Faster Dealings

There are many time-consuming steps when working with an offline conveyancer. The paper settlement can take up to weeks, requiring frequent visits and calls from the vendor to the handler. Online conveyancing vendors can complete the same process in lesser time without the need for meetings and phone calls.

Decreased costs

The overall cost of the settlement is reduced as there are no settlement agents involved. The conveyancer and the vendor also don’t have to pay for settlement venues, courier services or purchase any bank cheques. Eliminating these costs leave the vendor with an additional £150-£200/transaction in his/her bank.

Convenience

Everyone who has dealt with property knows that it involves a ton of paperwork. When using online conveyancing services, the process becomes a lot simpler. There isn’t an excessive amount of documentation invoked which is in favour of both the vendor and the conveyancer. Documents are also signed digitally which means that conveyancers don’t have to stop by for a few signatures every now and then.

Safety

There is less room for error when working with online conveyancers. Printing electronically makes it easier to keep and maintain any records and receipts. This gives vendors an added piece of mind.

Timely Notifications

Thanks to online Conveyancing, sellers don’t have to constantly stay stressed about their transactions. Theyrecceivce updates via texts and emails. This way, the vendors feel in the loop without needing a physical presence at the settlement. The solicitors keep the vendors updated about and progress and also about any issues that need addressing.

Book Review: The Check By Clair Wm. Harmony

Print Length: 251 pages
Publication Date: April 27, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Imagine you open your bank statement online and see $100,000 more in your account than the $1,000 you thought you had. Imagine checks rolling in to the point that you now have $500 Million and still it rolls in. And at the same time someone is sending checks out to needy recipients with a note that says “for your cancer treatment” and you didn’t know you had cancer…yet.

Where is the money coming from? Who is doing this to you? And why are all kinds of thugs after you?

The Check” is a good story, about using computer technology and data mining to siphon funds from bank accounts of drug dealers, criminals, and corrupt government officials (is that redundant?).

I have some nits with the editing, but who finds a manuscript without a few typos? I liked the book, and if Harmony has another book in him, I would give it a go.

This is a Noisy Book

This is a Noisy Book

The Oracle Philon: A Colton Banyon Mystery (Kindle Edition)
This is a noisy book. I’ll tell you why in a moment and why I gave the book three stars. First, combine ancient artifacts with weather (Something is happening to the weather. Catastrophic events are occurring all over the world). and archeology and you’ve hooked me. The author didn’t disappoint. It’s a good adventure yarn, buy it is noisy and frankly the author should go back and edit the book. I counted 78 times the author used “screamed” and 27 times the author used the verb “yelled.” It’s ok if the verbs are used when you need to talk loudly amidst multiple hand-held automatic weapons firing, but even in polite conversation! If the characters are talking loudly, try shriek, screech, howl, shout, bellow, bawl, cry out, call out, yelp, squeal, wail, squawk; holler etc. I don’t believe people should raise their voices 105 times in a book.
Would I read another Gerald J. Kubicki book? Not without doing a word search.


The Difference Between a Good Analyst and a Great Analyst

I came across this piece from Quandl and it got me thinking about about politics and experts and analysts. Quandl is a data site that offers information on thousands of stocks, with historical data going back decades and futures data to help you forecast trends. They created this graphic to help novice analysts get ahead in the industry.
the Difference Between a Good and a Great Analyst

I love to talk politics. My dad and I conversed and analysed and argued about the Vietnam War and every other thing that was worth discussing. Sometimes they were heated. College was a disappointment. I thought there were would be more conversations in depth much like the ones between dad and me. Sadly, that only occurred in the classroom … infrequently. In my adult life, once in a while there is a conversation I look back on with fondness. Those conversations  with new friends or in depth conversations over a fine dinner. Today, it is hard to have conversations when each participant is holding on to biases and attaching their ego to those opinions.

I want to have conversations with great analysts.

When I was a broker, I made the most money for my clients when I could analyse the facts, and draw conclusions from those facts that were outside the norm. If you saw The Big Short you saw great analysts reach conclusions that were farseeing. The consequences of their conclusions were far reaching.made them huge piles of money.

It is one thing to develop a story about the future of Germany or Cuba if you are a citizen, another thing altogether to draw the conclusion that being Jewish in Germany is existential; it is another thing to be Cuban and realize that the door to Spain is the only escape and it will close soon.

To stand in a place and observe that a country that spends more than it takes in and builds up debt to the point that they can barely pay the interest is a good analyst. To be a great analyst it takes courage to conclude that this cannot stand and it’s time to leave.

Great analysts tell stories that are believable and motivate others to take action. Strive to become a great analyst.

Truck Drivers Going the Way of Buggy Whips

This is a game changer:

Mover Mike Hit 2,000,000

After an incredible June, Mover Mike hit 2,000,000 page views. I have been blogging since 2004 and it is nice to see that more people are finding this blog. Sometimes, I have considered quitting, thinking why bother, no one reads me. However, conservative fiscally, Libertarian socially, this blog joins many others who don’t like the path the U.S. is on.

No longer can we discuss things rationally and heatedly.  Now it seems the play book says to ignore the message, savage the messenger. We are seeing that currently with Trump and we read that Hillary hasn’t answered the press questions in two weeks. AND…more and more people are considering leaving the country.

Mexico”sends” their unemployed to the U.S.. How long will 93,000,000 unemployed and under employed wait to move south? How long will the drought stricken  in the south west wait to move? What happens when the U.S. becomes like Greece and can’t feed the 43,000,000 on EBT?

Stay tuned, dear reader. I hope to cover it and provide some answers. Thanks for reading Mover Mike

Equipment Telematics

 equipment telematics

Slowly, clipboards are giving way to tablets and smart phones as more construction companies adopt equipment telematics. (Copyright: ndoeljindoel / 123RF Stock Photo)

Modern construction equipment and machinery now includes advanced technology for optimizing safety, efficiency and more; It’s called equipment telematics, and by using it you can remotely track information about your equipment.

The information you collect using equipment telematics helps improve machine utilization, reduces fuel and energy consumption, and even lessens the need for frequent maintenance and lengthy repair schedules.

James White has more about the new machine to machine wireless technology for construction.

Mark Goldes

Back in 2008, I wrote about Mark Goldes and his search for Zero Point Energy. He thought he was close, but no! According to SFGATE, he has had some successes, such as a  technology called the UltraConductor, which purports to be capable of conducting electricity at room temperature with no resistance, thus vastly improving fuel efficiency.  Now he thinks he is close,within a few months, he says, to a breakthrough that could revolutionize where people get fuel.

Catch up to Mark Goldes. Is he the guy from Atlas Shrugged who invents a motor?

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