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      • cataleptik

        The Blockchain and IOT Convergence The Blockchain and IOT Convergence by - Neeraj Benjamin on - January 14, 2019 Internet of Things (IoT) has been making waves and fascinating the technology circles for some time. Creating a secure ecosystem of the IoT architecture has been an issue of the technology architects. Converging the blockchain technology with IoT can solve these issues is another which is being brainstormed.   We shall start our discussion by first understanding the basic building blocks of IoT infrastructure and its limitations. Then we shall discuss the blockchain technology in brief. We shall then study the feasibility of convergence of IoT and the blockchain technology.   IoT Basics:   Any IoT architecture can be represented by four basic building blocks: Things: These are the uniquely defined nodes or primary sensors to communicate without human interaction using various connectivity methods. Gateways: These are the intermediary channels between “Things” and the cloud to provide connectivity, security and manageability. Network Infrastructure: This comprises of the routers, aggregators, gateways, repeaters and other devices that control and secure the data flow. Cloud Infrastructure: The cloud infrastructure is the pool of virtualized servers and storage devices, networked together with computing and analytical capabilities.   Like any new deployment, there are certain challenges in IoT...
        • ura soul

          Adding text, video and audio chat to Ureka has been a goal for some time. Having experimented with some software solutions it was found that none of the free ones that were tested were up to a level of reliability that we need here. However, in recent years an alternative option has become very popular among online communities such as gamers and also for users of the Steem eco-system - Discord! Discord has proven to be reliable on all platforms, including mobile devices and many people already have accounts there. It is both a great way to communicate and also to unite communities and network. For these reasons I have created a Discord server for Ureka.org.   Access the Ureka Discord space via the following invitation link: https://discord.gg/dNXb2cF   You can access Discord by installing the standalone desktop app on your computer or via the mobile app that is freely available in all app stores or from a normal web browser. The audio and video are great quality and rarely have any issues. You can also chat in realtime with text there and share memes and files etc. Not only does this provide a great chat solution for Ureka, but it is free for us to use and has zero maintenance. I am looking into ways of automating a connection between Ureka and Discord so that each group on Ureka automatically gets it's own space in Discord and the Ureka site is generally integrated there in useful ways. Privacy Please note that Discord is not operated by Ureka's...
          • cataleptik
            cataleptik published a new thought: 'hey!'

            Art!
            • cataleptik
              cataleptik replied to the thought: How to get your posts onto the homepage of Ureka

              i want nothing to DO with that, uh, shit!  i never have! and before all that Russia/Putin yecch/whatever started happening?   i was getting emails telling me about my account there.  which i NEVER EVER created! as if i was supposed to be weakminded and feel glad that something had been created just for me that i never created that was mine and yeccch....   i feel good about Face Book shrivelling and going away, kind of like what happened to Geocities and Netscape.  and, this site, this ureka reminds me of some sort of supernova, cosmic phenomenon, exploding with good intentions in all directions.  and yeah, i realised while Uranus was retrograde in the second half of 2018 that it was time to think about that.  i have an entire folder, that, were it paper, would be a thick and heavy folder, labeled "ureka!" and, well,  Uranus Stationary  took place on January 9, in the sign of Pisces, scientifically. It's going to retrograde, soon, as well, again, I believe.   Uranus, the Ice Giant of genius and inspiration for all, ruler of the eleventh house of the collective family of human beings.    way, way out there. Jupiter and Mars are Out There, but Neptune and Uranus are Way, Way Out there...   (I am a Gonzo Astrologer.  For entertainment purposes "only") APPARENTLY Uranus is still in the shadow of its Direct/Retrograde/Direct pattern/cycle.   It will have returned to the...
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              • cataleptik
                cataleptik replied to the thought: How to get your posts onto the homepage of Ureka

                i'm convinced of the genius of this site and its' intentions, now. i was years ago, but now, with the changes...especially the way Face Book was looking in headlines in 2018...   i wasn't hallucinating:  Face Book lost more money than ANYTHING ever lost before in the stock market! (Oh, to be on the "stocks" and affixed by "bonds"...) https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/31/how-facebooks-stocked-fared-through-privacy-scandals-in-2018.html Face Book is bidding farewell to a year plagued by privacy scandals and internal turmoil. On the last trading day of 2018, the stock closed at $131.09 per share, down 25.7 percent for the year. The stock ended the year lower than the previous one for the first time since its debut on the public market in 2012. In 2018, a series of events soured public opinion on a company that has long prided itself on connecting people to one another. A movement to #deletefacebook trended on rival social media platforms, the company's top executives were asked to testify in front of legislators from around the globe and the heads of two of Facebook's most successful brands, Instagram and WhatsApp, stepped down. Investors took notice. Facebook's market cap closed 2018 around $376 billion compared to nearly $513 billion the previous year. Prior to some of the major privacy revelations, Facebook's stock hit its first speed bump of the year in January after announcing changes to its News Feed that would prioritize content from...
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                • ura soul
                  ura soul added a new thought: How to get your posts onto the homepage of Ureka

                  The homepage displays the most resonated (liked) posts on Ureka from the last few months, so all that's necessary to make your posts visible there is to make your post and resonate it! Since the site is quite quiet at the moment, you may find that your own resonance is enough to make the post visible there - otherwise you may need to gain more resonance from other members of Ureka before your post becomes visible on the homepage.\r\nIf you don't want your post to be visible on the homepage, just set it's privacy level to be non public.\r\nWishing you well!Ura Soul
                  • ura soul

                    I have just gone through all of the Zones that I run for Ureka and improved the layout of their homepages, plus fixed some problems I found along the way. Image Galleries now display correctly on Zone homepages and preview images for thoughts/videos etc. will now display in full length as they do on other listing pages.\r\nLet me know if you have any issues I haven't already fixed!\r\nThanks
                    • ura soul
                      ura soul added a new thought: Changes to the way we embed videos (edited)

                      From now on, any link that is used in a post at Ureka which is for a page that presents a video that can be embedded, will automatically be converted into a watchable, embedded video in the page in Ureka. This was already the case for thoughts and comment areas, but now your links will auto-embed videos when you shout them on the activity page too.\r\nCurrently Ureka only fully supports youtube and vimeo - however, I will soon be adding further video/media sites to the list soon.\r\nBe aware though, that this kind of embedding of videos will not result in the video being added to the searchable video galleries in Ureka and are just a quick way to display a video in a post. If you want to add videos to the video galleries, you still need to use the 'Add video' option that can reach in the '+' drop down menu at the top of the site and in the form of the buttons that appear at the top of the lists of videos in the video galleries.
                      • ura soul

                        Previously, items that appeared in gallery views - such as video and thought galleries - would be chopped short (vertically) to get them to fit into a grid. This meant that we weren't seeing all of the images and introduced other layout issues. I have now added code that positions gallery items appropriately while not cutting them short - so galleries now look better and display more information.\r\nLet me know if you see anything that's broken!
                        • ura soul

                          Those of us who want to see how many times our pages have been seen by visitors can now check the view counters that appear on relevant pages.
                          • ura soul

                            In case you are wondering, the new trending list on the main website homepage displays items from the community from recent months that have the highest engagement and resonance. So if you want to get your content on the homepage, you need to get high levels of engagement in the form of resonators and comments being added.
                            • ura soul
                              ura soul added a new thought: Redesign of the main Ureka homepage

                              As part of an ongoing process of improving the usability of Ureka and also improving our ranking in search engines, I have just redesigned the homepage. The aim is to make the page easier to read and understand, while also providing useful functionality. So the homepage now has less text and a trending area that shows the most commented and popular items in the community in recent weeks.\r\nLet me know if you have any comments if you think of ways to further improve the layout.\r\nI have a few more changes to implement in this direction and then will be moving on to the chat app :)