#1 6 Tips for using your preference center »  » 2020-08-17 15:48:20

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Much has been written about corporate real estate strategy.
A Google search on the topic will yield hundreds of papers and presentations on the subject.
Almost every real estate software vendor has posted articles on the subject and related the topic to their software and service offering.
But from my experience very few corporate real estate organizations maintain a detailed real estate strategic plan, and worst very few fail to execute the plan that they’ve developed.
Why is this the case.
I suspect that the real estate organizations are caught up in the day to day priorities and flash points and thus have little time to devote to strategy.
It requires rare leadership on the part of the corporate real estate executive and senior management to set a high priority on strategic planning and execution.
But for those corporate real estate organizations that adopt a strategic focus, the payoff in higher value, cost reduction, and enhanced efficiencies is profound.
So what are the major components of the corporate real estate strategic plan.
·      Financial: What are the profit goals and what role will the real estate portfolio play in contributing to these goals.

·      Customer support: How do the enterprise facilities support customer care

To what degree will the location and physical layout support the customer.
(This is critical for retail facilities.) ·      Company Culture: To what degree will the facilities and interior design reinforce company culture.
Is the space formal or informal.
Will the facilities support collaboration and innovation.
What is the level of privacy required.
·      Employee access: To what degree are the company facilities accessible to the employee base.
Are the locations near public transportation.
Is there adequate parking.
Are the facilities safe, comfortable, and ADA compliant.
·      Security: To what degree do the facilities provide sufficient perimeter and internal security.
·      Information technology: To what degree are company locations adequately provisioned for advanced office technology infrastructure (WIFI, CATV, Broadband cabling, Laser Printing, Video Conferencing, Etc) ·      Flexibility: To what degree do the company leases provide options for expansion or termination.
What is the capacity of the locations for space growth over the next five to ten years.
What leases can be terminated without penalty.
·      Consolidations: What opportunities are there to consolidate locations for efficiency purposes.
How much space and cost can be reduced through strategic consolidations.
What investments are needed to implement these consolidations.
What is the schedule for implementation.
·      Environmental Considerations: What is the status of the company buildings from an environmental standpoint.
What upgrades are needed to make the buildings compliant with local and national standards regarding air quality and energy efficiency.
Are there issues relating to hazardous conditions such as asbestos or chemical spills.

In the next several Blog entries I’ll drill down into the strategic planning process

And discuss how the CRE executive can form a planning team and devise a process to step through a systematic strategic planning process.
Future Blog entries will also explore how the real estate system can support the planning and implementation process.
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#2 Sprint looks to fend off T-Mobile with new $60 unlimited data plan » When you build your VMs from a trusted image » 2020-08-17 15:46:13

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Organizations like Amazon, Canonical, .

And Red Hat provide VM images (e.g

AMIs) of popular operating system distributions.
It’s common for application teams to launch these images directly “as-is” and install their software onto them after launch.
However, there are advantages to specializing one (or several) of these images and using it instead of the base OS image.
A base image which has been supplemented with configuration and installed packages that suit the needs of your application is referred to as a “Trusted Image”.
Why Make a Trusted Image.

VM Identity and Authorization Authorization is a big deal to us

It’s the capability that you need in order to build a layered, defensible infrastructure.
You can build some features into your trusted image that will help establish an identity for each VM, .

And help the VM to get permissions

For example, in EC2, a trusted image can expect to be launched with an IAM Role.
IAM Role grants permission to read a specific file from S3 which contains bootstrap credentials.
These bootstrap credentials can be used to access other resources which the VM needs to join the application, such as database credentials, system passwords, API tokens, and other sensitive information.

Reliability The more downloads that a VM requires in order to provision and configure

the more likely that something will go wrong.
Network errors, outages at package repositories, .

And random download errors can all render your VM unusable or unstable

By building base packages into our trusted image, you are minimizing the chance that network problems or problems at external sites will prevent your VM from launching successfully.
Secure Configuration If there are configuration options that you want to ensure on every VM, you can build these settings into your trusted image.
For example, firewall (iptables) configuration can be applied to the trusted image, .

And will be in place to protect every VM that you launch

Secure Communication If you want to use SSL or TLS inside your application (and you should), you will need to establish trust in a root certificate.
Inside your own cloud account, it’s a good idea to simply create your own master certificate, and use it to issue certificates that you distribute throughout the rest of your infrastructure.
DO NOT succumb to the urge to skip certificate validation.
Cert validation takes a little work and know-how to set up, but disabling cert validation is really not acceptable, because it defeats one of the primary reasons for the existence of SSL: assurance that your code is talking to right server and not an imposter.
When you build your VMs from a trusted image, all you need to do to enable SSL cert validation is store root certificate on the image itself.
Now you can establish fully trusted communication within your network, based on the trust relationship that you established when you “baked in” the root certificate.
Installing and configuring SSL certificates is not as simple as it should be.
You’ll need to do some or all of the following:  Place your certificate into the openssl certs dir (the command openssl version -d will tell you where to look) Run c_rehash to update certificate symlinks Append your certificate to the trusted certificate list, in the parent of the certs/ directory  Unfortunately the details vary from tool to tool, you’ll have to do some Googling and experimentation.
openssl s_client -connect host:port is a useful command for testing the SSL negotiation.
Built-in Service “Wiring” Do you want to ensure that the syslog of every VM you launch is sent to your logging server.

Or to ensure that every VM is hooked up to a monitoring system

Or to ensure that a specific version of Python, Ruby, Java, Node.js, etc is pre-installed on every VM that you launch.
How about client libraries like AWS tools or boot.
How about security scanning (e.g.
anti-virus).
Build these into your trusted image.
Speed If you are installing the same packages on every VM that you launch, you are wasting quite a bit of time waiting for those package installations to occur.
Build them into your trusted image, .

And your VMs will launch much faster

Not only will every VM come with these features pre-installed, you will also have these systems configured and runningbefore your configuration management scripts start running.
So you can even log and monitor the configuration process itself, and use these facilities during the configuration process.
Security Patching Security updates from vendors are frequent.
Any new image that you build will have all the latest security patches built into it; but your images will quickly get out of date as patches are released by your OS vendor.
It’s not uncommon to get more than 100 patches each month from Canonical (Ubuntu) and/or RedHat.
If you configure your image to apply security patches when it launches, your rapid launch will gradually slow down (and become more likely to fail) as the VM downloads and installs all its patches.
But if you don’t patch, you are taking security risks (admittedly, it’s hard to know what those security risks actually are…).

Another approach is to configure VMs to patch themselves on a schedule

for example, nightly during a “quiet period”.
Patching is tough.
We’d be interested to hear about your experiences with this problem.
How to build a Trusted Image A trusted image starts with a base OS distribution such as CentOS, RHEL, Amazon Linux, or Ubuntu.
On top of this image, you add the standardized packages and configuration that you want to ensure will be present and operational on all the virtual machines used by your application.
Here’s our process for AWS, using Vagrant, Chef, .

And Jenkins:  We use Vagrant to launch local (VirtualBox) VMs for development

Develop and test the image locally, among the dev/ops team.
Once we have a release candidate.

We run a Jenkins job which launches an EC2 VM

configures it, and captures an image with vagrant-ami.
This job also tags the AMI with metadata such as the job name and job number.

A downstream Jenkins job launches a VM from the new image and performs acceptance testing

If all the tests are green, we “promote” the image and start using it for downstream processes.
In a more complex system, you might build several trusted images.
For example, one for Java app servers, one for web servers, and one for databases.
Just apply the same procedure as above, re-using Chef recipes across trusted images.
Once you have built a trusted image, you will need a way to manage them.
Image tags and other metadata features provided by your cloud can be helpful here.
Treat your images like any other product of your build system: version them strictly and keep track of the provenance (history).
Acknowledgements Thanks to Zachary Strowe, Dave Treff, and Lucia Capano for reviewing and editing this post.
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#3 Gary Vaynerchuk Mission Statement » HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum June 30 » 2020-08-17 15:44:08

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HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum June 30, 2015 – July 1, 2015 | Chicago, IL  CynergisTek is proud to announce that David Holtzman, VP of Compliance, will participate in a best practices panel discussion at the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum July 1.
The panel is comprised of SMEs from around the industry to ensure that security, privacy and compliance experts are represented.
The session will allow attendees ask questions related healthcare privacy & security.
They will have two floor microphones and our expert panelists will take audience questions as they come.
After a day and a half of presentations and discussion, this is an opportunity to tie up loose ends, address unanswered questions, and share thoughts and ideas on healthcare privacy and security.
If the audience is slow to jump in the panel will discuss best practices and solutions around such important issues as:  Data leakage prevention Access control Vendor Contracting Cloud Computing More  “I was honored to be asked to be a part of the subject matter expert panel,” said David Holtzman.
“It is part of CynergisTek and my commitment to help create awareness on some of the toughest challenges the industry is currently facing.
Click here learn more about the event, register or view the agenda.
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#4 iPad Air Giveaway Lure Used for Phishing Website »  » 2020-08-17 15:42:20

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Amazon appears to be having another dispute with one of its suppliers

The retailer is no longer offering pre-orders of Disney films on Blu-ray or DVD in an apparent move to coerce the company to agree to modified terms.
Presumably, Amazon is seeking a larger share of the profits from movie sales, .

But neither Disney nor Amazon have provided comment on the situation

The move appears to be affecting all yet-to-be released DVDs and Blu-rays of Disney movies, including Captain America: Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, and Million Dollar Arm.
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#5 Council Members, Parks Department hosted Stella Park Rededication Ceremony » there’s been plenty of drama surrounding The Hateful Eight » 2020-08-17 15:40:36

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As with any Tarantino flick, there’s been plenty of drama surrounding The Hateful Eight, but not for the reasons you might suspect.
Shortly after Quentin Tarantino revealed in January that he would be working on another Western, the script for the film leaked online.
Tarantino was so furious that he considered canceling the project altogether and writing a novel instead.
A few months later, the frustration had finally subsided and the filmmaker confirmed he would be making The Hateful Eight after all.
Last week, Slashfilm was the first to report that the first teaser trailer for the movie would be attached to Sin City 2, but would not appear online.
In a fateful turn of events, the trailer made its.

#6 Sports Marketing Huddle: College Football National Championship Experience »  » 2020-08-17 15:38:53

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Football is getting more high tech than ever this season, .

As the NFL has partnered with Microsoft to create the Sideline Viewing System

This system will allow players and coaches to digitally study the other team using Microsoft Surface tablets, a tactic which was previously done using printed photographs.  The use of Surfaces on the sidelines marks a shift in NFL regulations: this is the first time it is legal for teams to use electronic devices during a game.
They were deployed for the first time at last nights Hall of Fame Game exhibition between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told SFGate, We think its an opportunity to use technology to improve the game on the field.
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#7 Kian Dibutuhkan, Pijar Mahir Perkuat Pelatihan SDM Bidang IT » Apple now has a market cap approaching $600 billion » 2020-08-17 15:13:15

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Hey wait, .

Wasn’t Apple supposed to have “disappeared” by now if it didn’t release the iWatch
Apparently the company didn’t the memo because as Bloomberg notes

its stock just closed trading at $100.56 on Tuesday, which is more than its previous split-adjusted all-time high of $100.30 that it hit back in 2012.
All told, Apple now has a market cap approaching $600 billion, which still leaves it far ahead of top rivals Google ($397 billion market cap at the end of Tuesday’s trading) and Microsoft ($372.5 billion market cap at the end of Tuesday’s trading).
If the iPhone 6 is as big a hit as many analysts predict, .

Apple’s stock price and market cap might have even more room to

#8 National Chicken and Waffles Day deal »  » 2020-08-17 15:11:18

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We are excited to announce the launch of SPACES meeting room reservation software

With SPACES, reserving a library meeting room is convenient, simple, and efficient.
Our goal is to improve the meeting room reservation experience for our customers and streamline day-to-day management tasks for our staff.
Noticeable Improvements Include:  User-friendly interface makes for quick searching and reserving Email notifications provide updates on room requests Real-time pending room requests and booking history  For more information on how to reserve a meeting room space, please view the following overview video:  The post Introducing SPACES: the new way to reserve a meeting room appeared first on City of Round Rock.
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#9 Sculpture events coming to Round Rock starting April 27 » riding bikes on the beautiful trails of Okoboji » 2020-08-17 15:09:18

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“FOCUS” means the center of interest or activity; focal point; heart; the core; or center of attention.

Synonyms for “FOCUS” include attention

priority, concentration, to pay particular attention to.
In our busy fast paced, plugged in, work, .

Work crazed culture it is easy for us to lose “FOCUS” on what matters in life

We understand that to “RE-FOUCS” we often need to get away, leave home and work behind and retreat somewhere we can relax, unwind, and spend time with “our people”.
We understand this is not an easy task.
Thus, Okoboji Tourism is “RE-FOCUSING” our blog to offer posts to help you plan an Okoboji getaway.
It is our hope these posts will help you “FOCUS” in on the attractions, activities, .

And events in Okoboji that appeal to the type of get away you are seeking
In the days and weeks to come you will be seeing regular blog posts from Okoboji Tourism

We will be highlighting lodging, dining, activities, and events in Okoboji.
It is our hope that Okoboji becomes a year around destination for you to retreat and give “FOCUS” to “your people.” Keeping you “FOCUSED” on all things Okoboji will be Tourism Director Rebecca Peters, Tourism Associate Laurie Simington, and guest bloggers.
Cheers.
I am Rebecca Peters, Tourism Director, and social butterfly.

For the past 13 years I have been fortunate enough to call Okoboji home
Prior to that I spent most summer weekends in Okoboji with my family and making friends

I love taking in arts and culture opportunities in Okoboji followed by a stop of one of our fabulous local restaurants or breweries.
I also consider myself an unofficial expert on each of Okoboji’s retail shops – is there any such thing as too much shopping.
My favorite part of working at the Okoboji Tourism Office is surprising people with how much there is to do here – no matter what your interests are, and I can’t wait to tell you all about this fun & welcoming community.
Greetings.
I am Laurie Simington, tourism associate, a wife and mom of two teenagers.

We are so blessed to live in Okoboji and enjoy stay-cationing all year long

To me life is all about relationships.
I write from the heart and from a perspective of family, friends, food and fun.
I love to spend time with people, visiting with friends, golfing, relaxing on the lake, riding bikes on the beautiful trails of Okoboji, enjoying live music and eating out.
My favorite part of working at the Okoboji Tourism office is helping people plan out their precious vacation time by giving them a “local” view of all there is to do and love about Okoboji.
Do not hesitate to give us a call (800-270-2574) or drop us an email ([email protected]) about any and all inquiries you have about Okoboji.
We love talking about all things Okoboji and helping “YOU” plan and give “FOCUS” to your Vacation Okoboji.

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#10 Tower seeks to leave rivals in the dust with tailored digital insurance model »  » 2020-08-17 15:06:51

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The results of mobile application are well known all over the world with this digital era.
Mobile devices are now used by every person all over the world.
They have applications, which have different functionality as programmed to be.
One can install these applications to their phones or they can as well buy the phone with built in application.
The best thing about this application is that they can be updated any time a new version is released.
On the results of mobile application, the world had moved to better place.
For instance, one can get entertained from home.
One is able to download a game that they can install in their mobile devices where they play and keep themselves entertained.
Other application has allowed one to watch latest movies and videos on their screen at any place.
Mobile application has come up with improved features whereby if one messages another person they can send the message with a signature.
This makes the other person know which person is tried to communicate with them even if they do not have that person’s number.
Still on the text, one is able to block the person they do not want to talk to.
The other mobile applications that are highly used are the one with books for example the bible, dictionary, and other important books.
This application has lowered the number of books one need to carry in their bags.
The other result is that the applications have saved lot money, which could be used in buying of books.
The latest common application is the one, which updates one on the weather changes and the traffic on the roads in towns.
This application has helped one not to waste any of their time by getting traffic instead one is able to avoid it.

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#11 You can stream Michael Cera’s folk album now » Check out the Diadema Prefecture success story » 2020-08-17 15:03:17

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Check out the Diadema Prefecture success story.
ABOUT:    Diadema is part of the São Paulo Metropolitan Region which is formed by 39 municipalities and is placed in the ABCD Paulista region composed of seven cities.
It is 17 km far from São Paulo’s ground zero.
The city is the 21st economy of the State of São Paulo (source: IBGE / 2016) and the 67th economy of Brazil (source: IBGE 2016).
THE PROBLEM    We needed a tool that could help us accelerate the development of systems as well as consolidate internal processes and the provision of services to the population.
THE SOLUTION    We decided to adopt Scriptcase in 2007 and since then this tool has simplified the development of our systems.
Its development environment is intuitive and simple to use and offers control over the results.
sdsd     THE RESULTS    Scriptcase is our approved tool and is part of our development discipline.
Here in the City Hall, we have systems in both modalities: contracted and developed internally.
The amount of programming required to develop a system has been reduced by 80% with Scriptcase.
The tool has an easy learning curve, you can quickly understand its technology.
We have the privileged to point out that in these 10+ years Scriptcase has never stopped working due to error or failure in its structure.
Scriptcase works for Windows, Mac, .

And with which has a great performance advantage – Linux

In all times of internal difficulties, .

We were always very well handled by the Scriptcase Support Team

With the tool, applications are standardized and this facilitates the user’s operation.
dsfx        Details of the results:    The municipality of Diadema has been using Scriptcase for over 10 years currently, we have a team of developers with 8 (eight) people.
“We chose Scriptcase for the sake of cost/benefit and functionality […] In addition to being efficient, the platform is simple to use and offers control over results.”Jadelson Ferreira da Silva – Systems / Development Analyst    Today, we already have more than 150 (one hundred and fifty projects) developed entirely in Scriptcase, among which I’m going to highlight:    – Cemetery computerization;– Computerization of the Health Quarter;– Computerization of the Florestan Fernandes Foundation;– Housing Aid Management;– Control of Legal Processes;– Access to Information Law;– Tax Productivity;– Distribution of Medicines;– Health Transport;– GCM computerization;– Removal of Teachers;– Food Security;– Land regularization;– Control of school transport and taxi;– Other services: here they include the systems that are used just for a period of time and also the simplest ones, such as password control, elections, etc.

Our servers are on the Linux platform and the database for these cases mentioned is MySQL

Another advantage of using the same platform on our systems is the generation of a unified database with citizen data.
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#12 Some Thoughts about the Corporate Real Estate Organization »  » 2020-08-17 15:01:55

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Sutter Health, who suffered a massive breach this past October, .

Was finally added to the Department of Health and Human Services “wall of shame” website

With its addition the number of records exposed swelled to over 19 million since OCR began keeping count in 2009.
Of course, with 55% of those losses involving unencrypted devices of one sort or another the initial reaction is to call for more encryption, but that is not necessarily the right response or the smartest approach to solving this problem.
That is not to say that encryption does not play an important role in protecting information, but like any security control, it should be a part of an integrated approach to securing the network and its data.
That integrated approach should start by first addressing the data and its uses, and then determining the best method of securing it.
Sounds simple, but more times than not this step is forgotten or overlooked.
Hence the overwhelming number of organizations that express surprise at what was discovered on the devices compromised or lost after a breach.

Organizations should develop a well thought out Safe Harbor strategy first

That strategy should start by identifying where protected health information is physically located throughout the enterprise and by asking and answering two simple questions: 1) should it be there, and 2) who needs to access it.
The rationale is simple.

The Breach Notification Rule provides for two methods to meet Safe Harbor: 1) destruction

or 2) encryption using an approved technology.
There is a third, unspoken, method that actually deceases the risk of exposure even better.
Eliminating or restricting unnecessary access.
In most cases far too much data resides in more locations than is necessary.
Identifying where data is and where it needs to be in order to support operations should be the first consideration in any Safe Harbor strategy.
The second step should be to clearly define operational necessity for how systems and individuals access data.
For instance, does the data need to physically be present on a laptop or other mobile device or simply accessible when needed.
Can we virtualize workstations or lock them down to eliminate the ability to store data locally.
Once we understand where data exists, where it needs to be, and how users need to interact with it we can look at ways to enable appropriate access and protection.
Once done addressing architecture, network controls, technical controls and, finally, encryption aspects of the strategy are a straightforward proposition.
This approach helps reduce the chances of gaps and the over application of encryption.
Over reliance on any one control is never a good idea and encryption is no exception.
Encryption, when employed correctly, is an effective protective measure.
But, when not used properly or when unrealistic expectations are applied, it can also lead to a false sense of security.
Encryption, like many other measures, relies on other factors such as the integrity of the network or system it is deployed on, users who know how to employ it correctly, and maintain it regularly.
Used correctly, as part of an integrated set of controls, encryption can not only support compliance and avoid notifications, but most importantly, secure the data.
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#13 Advice on Scaling Bacon Sports with Brian Cristiano »  » 2020-08-17 14:58:08

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City offices.

Including the Library, Clay Madsen Recreation Center, Municipal Court

Baca Center and Utility Billing Office will be closed Monday, Sept.
2, for the Labor Day holiday.
Utility bills and court-related fines can be paid online.
Trash and recycling pickup will operate on a normal schedule.
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#14 Windows 9 preview expected next month »  » 2020-08-17 14:56:25

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by John Worrall Richard Stiennon of IT Harvest has an interesting post on digital certificates and the pathway they provide for many of today’s cyber criminals.
This is very analogous to something we’ve discussed frequently – the dangers of the “privileged pathway.”  In his post titled, “Should We Abandon Digital Certificates, Or Learn to Use Them Effectively?” Richard examines digital certificates and calls out that they are “the basis of the most carefully thought out security paradigm of today,” and yet they are “the most highly sought after, and effectively targeted, digital assets of the day.” The premise is that certificates were the basis for the “perfect security solution that relied on trust models,” but the reality is that these certificates were deployed with flawed trust models.
As a result – we’ve created our own worst vulnerabilities – attackers know it and are increasingly targeting them to breach the enterprise perimeter.
Richard Stiennon of IT Harvest Digital certificates are one form of authentication relied on to provide access to admin accounts, critical systems and the core elements of an organization’s security infrastructure.

In a subsequent post and interview with Cyber-Ark CEO Udi Mokady

“Grasping The Problem With Privileged Accounts,” Richard examines how privileged accounts are being targeted in nearly 100 percent of all APTs.
Attackers steal privileged credentials and subsequently gain unfettered access to critical data, network devices and more.
But too often the security model that exists around these powerful accounts has been built on trust models that, well, can’t be trusted, and that is not a good basis for security.
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#15 Configuring Applications on Tabs » For more information about Parks and Recreation programs » 2020-08-17 14:53:59

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The Round Rock City Council and the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Rededication Ceremony and lunch event on Saturday, August 27 at the newly revitalized Stella Park located 803 Nancy Drive.
The City Council approved $375,000 in 2014 as part of the Repair and Replacement Program to revitalize neighborhood and community parks throughout Round Rock.
This program is also part of the City Council’s overall Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
The City’s Parks Development Division has been steadily revitalizing various parks throughout the community collaborating with local neighborhoods to ensure local needs are met.

The revitalized park includes a new Miracle Play Structure featuring 2 belt swings

2 toddler swings, two slides, monkey bars, net climber and more.
Additionally, a new picnic space with 3 square picnic tables, 2 benches and a seat wall were also added to the park.
The revitalization also includes a 16’x16’ pavilion with picnic tables and grill for family picnics.
The existing basketball court has been completely replaced and the hoop has been upgraded to a polycarbonate basketball hoop and now features a sitting bench in the court area.
A drinking fountain has been installed and the existing baseball field backstop has been replaced.
The existing tennis court has been made ADA accessible and two new benches have been added for comfort.
In addition, approximately 900’ of additional trail has been laid to create a walking loop with 4 benches spaced along the trail.
For more information about Parks and Recreation programs, facilities, parks and trails, residents can logon to roundrocktexas.gov/parksandrec.
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#16 The rise of the insurance chatbot » With Scriptcase you make much more with a lot less » 2020-08-17 12:42:06

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On Scriptcase you can work on redirected URL’s for determinate situations in a fast and uncomplicated way using the Navigation option on the application configuration like forms, for example.
It is very simple to use this option.
Accessing the application properties, .

Select the “Navigation” option on the “Application” label

On the opened screen, .

You can configure a different URL to every different behavior of your application
A example of it is the redirect URL configuration when a user gets out of the application

Beyond the URL’s, you can work with others elements like variables, for example.
Another item that also can be specifically configured on forms is the option “exit” when the form is processed and finalized.
With Scriptcase you make much more with a lot less.
Access now our tool and test this incredible resource.

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#17 Bitcoin trade » from the University of California at San Diego » 2020-08-17 12:37:01

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This isn’t the first time someone managed to sneak by a weapon past a TSA Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanner, but Wired reports that scientists have taken the procedure to a new level and have come up with various techniques to completely fool the security device.
The team of researchers, from the University of California at San Diego.

The University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins

have figured out ways to conceal weapons, explosive devices, and even insert malware into the PC that controls the machine that can then be activated with a simple QR code printed on a piece of clothing.
The simplest way to move a weapon past the scanner is to tape it to one of the sides of a.

#18 The Top Cybersecurity Trends That Will Shape 2020 » Apparently Sprint found that U.S » 2020-08-17 12:33:35

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The Sprint/T-Mobile merger’s new lease on life apparently was only good for a few hours

The Wall Street Journal brings us word that Sprint has officially given up its quest to buy T-Mobile for $32 billion and will instead try to go it alone in its quest to regain customers and repair its tarnished brand.
Apparently Sprint found that U.S.
regulators were so completely opposed to the idea of the two carriers merging that it wasn’t worth it to try to get the merger approved.
The Journal also says that Sprint has now ousted CEO Dan Hesse and is replacing him with Brightstar founder Marcelo Claure.

Although Hesse certainly wasn’t able to turn Sprint around during his tenure as chief

#19 Samsung’s Milk Music gets $3.99 monthly premium plan to skip unlimited songs » But do be very careful in the chaotic Vietnamese traffic » 2020-08-17 12:06:43

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Vietnam is a country of wild contrasts from beautiful golden sandy beaches to rugged mountainous terrain.
It’s long and slender shape might seem easy to cover in a short amount of time, but with questionable transport, an ever changing landscape and so many possible stopping off points you can easily find yourself here a lot longer than anticipated.
With a total of 10 weeks in Vietnam and counting under our belts over 2 trips we’ve put together “The Ultimate Vietnam Itinerary: 3 weeks”.
For most travellers a 3 week Vietnam itinerary is an ideal amount of time to get lost in the bustling cities, relax on the serine beaches, weave through the highlands, immerse yourself in culture and history, trek through the mesmerising rice terraces and finally sail among the towering karst towers of Ha Long Bay.
3 weeks in Vietnam.
Is It Enough Time.
Well, in a word… No.

A 3 week Vietnam itinerary leaves much to see

But don’t let that dishearten you, .

How long is enough time in Vietnam

Honestly, how long is a piece of string.
After 10 weeks and counting we have still much more to see and for those who are willing to go totally off the beaten track and out into the wild lands along the border regions it can be one of the most fulfilling, enlightening and adventurous places to explore in the world.
But of course, that’s not for everyone and there is certainly elements of the wilder side of Vietnam that can be seen in a shorter trip alongside some of the big hitters such as Hoi An, Ha Long Bay, Ha Noi, Da Lat and the coastal regions.
3 weeks in Vietnam allows you to really get a sense of the different sides to the country and explore the North, Central and Southern regions.
Having seen quite a bit of the country having travelled from Saigon to Ha Noi back in 2017 and now completing the trip again whilst adding in new destinations we feel this itinerary is perfect for those wanting to see the “main sight” but also includes some additional adventures along the way so you don’t miss out on what we consider to be the “real Vietnam!” 3 weeks Vietnam: Gives you plenty of time to see the main sights of the country  Vietnam Backpacking Itinerary:  When Should You Visit Vietnam.
Unlike much of the rest of Southeast Asia Vietnam has different climate zones with the south generally staying with the rest of the region experiencing a wet and dry season whilst being hot year round and the north of the country having a more traditional 4 seasons.
This means it can be high 30’s and humid down in Saigon and snowing up in Sapa.

So planning a 3 week Vietnam itinerary can be tricky

So when is the best time to come.
Well that depends on what your priority is and where you want to spend the most amount of time.
WIth Vietnam it’s best to expect any and all weathers at any time.
The north can be bitter and cold in the Northern Hemisphere winter months but it is usually dryer, though we’ve experienced our fair share of rain in that time too.
Summer is generally hotter and wetter.
Also bear in mind that Hanoi also has a different climate to places like Sapa which is generally cooler due to its altitude and is wetter in the summer too.
Itinerary Vietnam 3 weeks: Foggy mountain scenes on the way to Dalat The south of the country experiences a wet season over the Northern Hemisphere summer months and a dry season over the winter.
It’s hot all year round but the summer is much more sticky and humid.
Places like Da Lat are much more temperate all year round though they will be rainier in the summer.
So, there’s no real perfect time to come if you’re seeing the whole country but we suggest the Spring or Autumn months to get the best of both worlds.
Between March and May or from September to November you should hopefully miss the downpours and humidity of the south and the bitter cold of the north.
3 weeks in Vietnam Itinerary:  Transportation Options in Vietnam Getting around Vietnam at times can be a real hassle.
Each journey might only be a few hundred km but the truth is the roads are wild and dangerous and the buses are some of the worst culprits for outrageous driving.
The sleeper buses are some of the most common options but can be some of the most hair raising.
Depending on where you are headed there may be other options such as the train, air travel, a short bike hire or a mini bus… or you might just have to brave the sleepers too unfortunately.
We recommend booking online with 12GoAsia as a reliable and secure way to reserve your seats especially if you are on a tight and well planned schedule like a 3 week Vietnam itinerary.
__________________________________________________________________________________ Buses: Buses are the main form of transport all across Vietnam and are the cheapest and most widely available.
Routes fan out across pretty much the entire network of roads, cities and towns across the nation.
You can get almost anywhere on the buses and they are affordable too.
For your 3 weeks Vietnam itinerary you will likely need to use them.
The main issue is safety, especially with the sleeper buses and particularly at night time.
If you can get on a regular seated coach then do and also avoid travelling at night on the any of the roads if you can but especially highway 1 which is insane.
Check Out Prices For Buses Here Vietnam backpacking blog: Sleepers buses are a necessary evil.
That being said, bus travel all across Asia is questionable at best and part of travelling in this region is accepting some of that danger in the pursuit of adventure.
We would just say to take the bus during the day, get a seated bus if you can or go for the smallest bus.
These buses do run every single day and although there are accidents it’s not like they happen all the time.
Just prepare for a wild ride with plenty of beeping and swerving.
We recommend booking through 12GoAsia as the most reliable and trustworthy online agency with transparent pricing and a review system too so you can see what others made of each available option.
Search For Your Bus Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system  __________________________________________________________________________________ 3 week Vietnam Itinerary: Train Travel: Train travel is by far the best way to get around on your 3 week Vietnam itinerary.
However, the route is limited to following the coastal path up the country though you can get all the way from Saigon to Lao Cai which is close to Sa Pa.
This means that if you plan on going to places in land such as Da Lat, Phong Nha and the further central highlands or Ho Chi Minh Road area then you will need to take a bus.
There is talk of fixing the line up to Da Lat as it does have a train station but who knows when that might be.
Check Out Prices For Train Travel Here 3 week Vietnam backpacking itinerary: Trains are the ideal way to travel.
Train travel in Vietnam is much more relaxing and laid back than the bus and much safer too.
You will pay more but if you opt for the lower classes the price still isn’t expensive and is perfect for any 3 week Vietnam itinerary.
Train travel is the best choice for your Vietnam 3 week itinerary but book as far in advance as you can, you can do that online with 12GoAsia.  You can also take your motorbike on board the trains but it will cost quite a lot and there are limited spaces available for this service.
3 weeks in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi Search For Your Train Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system __________________________________________________________________________________ Air Travel: Domestic travel across Vietnam via air is another good option especially for those on tighter time constraints.
Vietnam Airlines connects all of the main cities and even some of the more regional places too.
There are also flights available with Jetstar and Viet Jet.
If you’re on a planned out trip like a 3 week Vietnam itinerary then flying is a great way to optimise your time.
Check Out Prices For Flights Here Flights will be one of the most expensive methods of transport and airlines in Vietnam are notorious for being quite strict with baggage allowance and charging quite a lot extra.
It does however cut down on a LOT of travel time and is much safer than the buses.
Flying is ideal for a 3 week Vietnam itinerary as it cuts down a lot of travel time.

On a 3 week Vietnam itinerary make time to rent a bike for the Hai Van Pass

Search For Your Flight Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system __________________________________________________________________________________ Vietnam itinerary: 3 weeks:  Bike Hire/ Motorbike Travel: We opted for motorbike travel throughout the whole of our time in Vietnam and whilst this is by far the most fun and adventurous way to see and travel the country and a favourite for those backpacking Vietnam.
However on a three week Vietnam itinerary it’s just not really practical without intense planning.
(We will write a post with some suggested short and longer routes for motorbiking in the future) We don’t recommend doing a 3 week Vietnam itinerary if you want to tour on a bike as you should give yourself more time as it’s a much more gruelling and slow method than you might initially think.
READ MORE: See Our Guide To Motorbiking Through Vietnam Here That doesn’t mean though that you can’t experience motorbike travel here on your 3 week Vietnam itinerary.
We highly recommend you rent them out on your day to day adventures in most destinations as you can see so much more.
But do be very careful in the chaotic Vietnamese traffic, avoid Highway 1 and Saigon and drive within your ability.
Vietnam-itinerary 3 weeks: Not ideal on bikes as it takes so long but you can still do the Hai Van Pass.
Check Out Prices For Hai Van Pass Tours Here But there are also areas of the country where you can make the journey on a bike.
One just route is the famous Hai Van Pass between Hoi An and Hue.
There are many companies who offer rentals between these two cities as well as easy rider tours (you’re on the back of the bike whilst a professional rides!).
It really is a must do on any Vietnam 3 weeks itinerary.
This is a great way to get a taste of motorbike touring in Vietnam on one of the best roads in the country and also a road in which most large vehicles are banned.
We recommend using Style Motorbikes where you can rent anything from a simple scooter to semi manuals to several different sizes of full manual.
They also do a luggage transfer service so you can ride without bags or you can just strap them to the back too.
READ MORE: See Our Adventure on The Hai Van Pass Here   Doing the Hai Van Pass on your 3 week Vietnam itinerary on a motorbike is a must do.
__________________________________________________________________________________ 3 weeks in Vietnam:  Minibus/ Vans and Private Transfers: Another option to consider if your budget stretches this far and you are worried about travel in Vietnam is to opt for the smaller minibuses/ Vans or even a private driver.
It is a good method of transport on your 3 week Vietnam itinerary for journeys where trains and planes don’t go.
For the minibus option be sure to select “van” on 12GoAsia but be aware that on some routes it might not be possible.
Check Out Prices For Vans and Minibuses Here For private transfers and drivers you can check this company out (Vietnam Private Transfers) and also speak directly to your accommodation too for recommended services.
You can also book transfers through tour companies such as Klook and Get Your Guide.
It is worth searching for each city to see what is available.
Klook.com Crazy traffic in Saigon.
A real experience on your 3 week Vietnam itinerary.
3 Week Itinerary Vietnam: Suggested Route:  Saigon/ HCMC – 2 Day Da Lat – 2 days Quy Nhon – 2 days Hoi An – 3 days Hai Van Pass – 1 day Hue – 1 day Ninh Binh – 1 day Hanoi – 2 days Halong Bay – 1 day Sapa – 2 days Hanoi – 1 day This itinerary leaves some room for transport/ transit and an extra day here or there especially if you fly.
It covers 18 days of travel in 21 days that is 3 weeks.

Vietnam-itinerary-3-weeks: Rent a motorbike whenever you can

Vietnam in 3 weeks: Week 1: South and South Central Vietnam __________________________________________________________________________________ Saigon/ HCMC – 2 days  Start off your journey by arriving in Saigon, otherwise known as Ho Chi Minh City.
Saigon is a city of contrasting options, some people love the hustle and bustle of the busy streets where as other people find it overwhelming.
It certainly isn’t a slow introduction to Vietnam and you’ll be thrown right in at the deep end.
The 7 million motorbikes that clog the roads with their fumes and beeps take some getting used to but it does have its charms.
With a short amount of time to cover the whole country we suggest having two days to explore Saigon before moving on to some of the more beautiful parts of the country.
Day 1: Spend a day taking in the culture and history of the city through a combination of touring the old colonial buildings as well as immersing yourself in the markets of the city.
Be sure to sample plenty of street food and end your day in the busy backpacker streets of district 1 (Phạm Ngũ Lão street) for a taste of the chaotic and crazy night life of Saigon even if it’s just as an observer.
Day 2: On your second day make a trip out to the Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning via a tour.
Head back in the city and explore war era related sights.
Visit the Reunification/ Independence Palace as well as the moving War Remnants Museum before heading to the statue of Ho Chi Minh himself across from the beautiful People’s Committee of HCM Building.
Then explore the surrounding area with its juxtaposition of hammer & sickle banners, propaganda posters and upmarket western designer boutiques and malls.
Stop by the cool Cafe Apartments too in this area.
Check Out Prices For Cu Chi Tunnels Tours Here  Places to see in Saigon: Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon Post Office District 1 backpacker street/ Phạm NgÅ© Lão street Ben Thanh Markets Statue of Ho Chi Minh/ People’s Committee of HCM Building The Independence/ Reunification Palace War Remnants Museum Cu Chi Tunnels – Just outside the city so take a tour Where To Stay In Saigon/ HCMC Backpacker Budget: Dola Hostel   Right in the heart of the city and ideal for backpackers this hostel is dirt cheap but offers great extras like multiple plug sockets for each bed, curtains for privacy, great lockers and comfortable beds alongside clean bathrooms.
It also offers a good free brekkie and a great chilled and social vibe with the roof terrace, lounge and balcony areas… it’s also close to a circle K which is ideal!.
Check Out Prices For Dola Hostel Here Mid Range Hotel/ Accommodation: SStay RiverGate Saigon An elegant private apartment perfect for couples, groups of friends or families it is located in a quieter and more upmarket areas of the city.
It offers a fitness centre, garden area, kitchen and even a pool for a great price.
It even has room service.
Check Out Prices For SStay RiverGate Saigon Here Reasonably Priced Higher End Accommodation: Icon Saigon With an infinity pool, small gym and ideal location in the heart of the financial district of the city we spent our Christmas Day at Icon Saigon whilst in the city.
For budget travellers looking for a reasonably priced bit of luxury for a few days this is an ideal place.
It offers a great buffet breakfast with afternoon tea, coffee and snacks as well as a free minibar (non alcoholic) and doesn’t break the bank either.
Check Out Prices For Icon Saigon Here  Transport To Saigon Getting to Saigon is easy from the rest of the region and further afield.
Being Vietnam’s main airport it is well connected to destinations around the world including Australia, France, China, Turkey, Japan, Korea, India, Russia and The Middle East, you can also get flights more locally to almost anywhere in Vietnam as well as many destinations in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, Singapore and The Philippines.
Bus travel overland is also easy from neighbouring countries.
We arrived in Saigon from Cambodia both times and the border crossing and journey was pretty straight forward.
We recommend travelling from Phnom Penh if you do the journey as it’s better connected with a more direct service.
Powered by 12Go Asia system Book Your Tours for Saigon   __________________________________________________________________________________ Da Lat – 2 days  Head out to the highlands and the cooler temperatures of Da Lat.
The city might surprise you with how big it is for this region but it’s still a welcome break from the chaos and heat of Saigon.
Up here you can escape into nature by exploring the villages, waterfalls, mountain passes and coffee plantations of the central highlands of Vietnam.
Day 1: Hire out a motorbike and explore.
Head to Elephant Waterfall but take your time and stop at the multiple viewpoints and villages along the way.
After here head on up to the intriguing Linh Phuoc Pagoda with its colourful mosaics, huge Buddha statue and underground lair of Buddhist hell.
Carry on further down this road to the abandoned Tiger Waterfalls passing some amazing views of the coffee terraces and some lovely local villages.
The road is rough at times down towards the falls but you will be greeted with a real hidden gem unlike the more touristy offerings closer to the city that we found underwhelming.
You will likely have the waterfall to yourself.
The magnificent Elephant Waterfalls Day 2: Take a canyoning tour to really see what Da Lat is all about.
Leap off waterfalls, abseil down cliff faces and take on the adventure capital of Vietnam in a beautiful location.
Any Vietnam 3 weeks trip has to include this incredible adventure.
After all that excitement it’s time to head inside and warm up with some Da Lat weirdness.
Explore the 1000 roofs/ Maze cafe with a hot cup of coffee and/ or head to the Crazy House for even more wacky architecture.
Check Out Prices For Canyoning Here READ MORE: See Our Canyoning Adventure in Da Lat Here  Places to see in Da Lat: Elephant Waterfalls Tiger Waterfalls Local villages and coffee plantations Canyoning Linh Phouc Pagoda Crazy House and Maze Cafe (1000 roofs) Where To Stay In Da Lat Backpacker Budget: Treehouse Hostel A fun and friendly hostel ran by a Brit and his Vietnamese wife they really create a family atmosphere here.
The hostel is quiet and laid back and ideal for those who want that social element without a party atmosphere.
The beds here are creatively fashioned into treehouse style bunks which is really fun.
They are also very knowledgeable about the area and great for booking tours and transport.
We loved our time here.
Check Out Prices For Treehouse Hostel Here Mid Range Hotel: Tasme Hotel  Ideal for travelling couples the Tasme Hotel offers great spacious and clean en-suite rooms for a similar price to what you might pay for two beds in a dorm.
With a kettle in the room too, a desk, TV and set in a quiet area of town it offers great value for budget travellers not wanting a hostel.
Check Out Prices For Tasme Hotel Here Reasonably Priced Higher End Accommodation: New Life Hotel New Life Hotel is a great option especially for couples wanting to treat themselves without breaking the bank.
This 3 star hotel has a fantastic buffet breakfast, restaurant, bar and lounge as well as a terrace and garden.
It offers panoramic views over the city whilst being just far enough out to escape and relax.
Check Out Prices For New Life Hotel Here Vietnam travel itinerary 3 weeks: The central highlands are a beautiful part of the country.
Transport To Da Lat The train won’t go up to Da Lat so your options are limited.
You can take the bus which can be sometimes a little scary on the winding roads, you can find a smaller van or you can take a short flight up here from Saigon.
Search For All Transport Options Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system  Book Your Tours for Da Lat   __________________________________________________________________________________ Quy Nhon – 2 days Forget Mui Ne or Nha Trang, they are over run, over developed and overly expensive.
Instead head further on to the more authentic, quieter and less touristy coastal town of Quy Nhon.
We absolutely fell in love with this city and the surroundings and stayed longer than anticipated.
You will enjoy the beaches, wild coast, fishing villages and laid back local vibe much more than Mui Ne or Nha Trang (unless you’re a vacationing Russian of course!) Day 1: Rent a bike and head south of the city to Ganh Da Dia.
It’s a long day but you will be rewarded with some of the best and most unique coastline Vietnam has to offer in the shape of Giant’s Causeway style basalt columns.
Getting there means taking the highway traversing the coast, crossing a bamboo bridge, riding through rice paddies and small villages before exploring the incredible features of this section of volcanic coastline.
READ MORE: See Our Ganh Da Dia Adventure Here   Day 2: Stay more around Quy Nhon itself and explore the unspoilt beaches and fishing villages of the region.
Hit the main beach before heading to Bai Xep village and the secluded beaches here for a hit of local culture and relaxation at the same time.
Your Vietnam three week itinerary has to include some time by the coast and this is the perfect off the beaten track place.
Places to see in Quy Nhon: Gahn Da Dia/ Bamboo Bridge/ Fishing Village Bai Xep Quy Nhon beach Ky Co Beach Queen’s Beach Where To Stay In Quy Nhon Backpacker Budget: Halo Hostel One of our favourite hostels in Vietnam where the staff are not only absolutely lovely but go out of their way to help you or just to make your stay even more special.
We had a free family dinner too one evening and they have even rescued a stray puppy with a broken leg.
The dorms are spacious and comfortable with curtains, lights and plug sockets.
If they are quiet they often spread people out so you have a dorm to yourselves which is a nice thoughtful touch.
Check Out Prices For Halo Hostel Here Mid Range Hotel: La Cactus Hotel A fun, modern and basic hotel that offers great rooms for those still on a budget but wanting something more than a hostel.
Centrally located for the city but also within a short stroll to the beach it’s the perfect place for backpacking couples.
Check Out Prices For La Cactus Hotel Here Reasonably Priced Higher End Accommodation: Seaside Boutique Resort Quy Nhon  With a huge pool, beachside location and fitness centre the Seaside Boutique Resort offers a slice of luxury for a great price given the facilities.
It offers the ultimate getaway with its own private beach and being up the coastal road from the city centre.
It’s easy to use a grab or rent a bike to visit the city but in Quy Nhon it’s all about the coast.
Check Out Prices For Seaside Boutique Resort Quy Nhon Here Transport To Quy Nhon Getting to Quy Nhon is relatively straight forward but can require some connections.
Once you are back down on the coast you can take a train to Dieu Tri and then connect on the local service down to Quy Nhon.
The closest airport is Phu Cat which is around 30 km from the city, it only flies domestically and flights aren’t available from Da Lat but they are from Saigon.
Buses will also require you to connect probably also along the coast in Nha Trang as it is a bit more of a niche place but trust us it’s well worth the effort.
Search For All Transport Options Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system  Book Your Tours for Quy Nhon Klook.com   Vietnam 3 week Itinerary: Week 2: Northern Central Vietnam __________________________________________________________________________________ Hoi An – 3 days Hoi An ancient town is somewhere that splits opinions just as much as Saigon but for different reasons.
It’s undoubtedly beautiful and has that crumbling colonial alure that alongside the glowing lanterns is hard to resist.
But the other side of things is the overtourism, sanitisation and scams of the town.
But any Vietnam in three weeks guide just has to include this iconic location.
It almost feels like a disneyland for tourists where you can’t turn a corner without being hounded for money.
But make your own mind up, there are some genuinely amazing experiences to have here especially in the surrounding countryside and the town is still well worth visiting.
Just go there with a realistic idea of what to expect and a keen sense for scams.
Day 1: Explore the city on foot: wander the yellow wash alleyways, take in the old houses and the ornate pagodas and get lost beneath the mesmerising lanterns.
Be sure to stay for the evening when the city lights up and the rainbow of colour sway gently in the wind.
You can either check out a map off all the sights, wander and get lost or you could always take a guided walking tour if you want more of a local insight into the history of the town.
Check Out Prices For Hoi An Walking Tours Here Be wary of scams especially involving the fruit sellers forcing you to take photos and buy fruit for extortionate amounts.
Unfortunately this isn’t the place for authentic and intimate street photography.
Be sure to also stop at Banh Mi Phuong for what Anthony Bourdain described as the “Best Banh Mi in the world!” It’s a fun place to add to any Vietnam Itinerary: 3 weeks.
Day 2: Take an Eco Tour out to the local villages nearby.
You can explore the fishing culture, learn how rice is farmed, ride around the coconut forests in a coracle and have a local cooking lesson.
The options are endless and can often be combined into an unforgettable day learning about all aspects of the culture of this region from war time heartache to centuries old traditional ways of tending the land.
Check Out Prices For Eco Tours in Hoi An Here READ MORE: See Our incredible Hoi An Eco Tour Here   Day 3: Hit the beaches, Hoi An is not only famous for it’s old town and Eco Tours but being close to the coast here are some great beaches here too.
An Bang, Cua Dai and Binh Minh are great options close to the city.
If your budget allows then a tour or boat trip out to the idyllic Cham islands is a perfect way to end your time in Hoi An.  Check Out Prices For Cham Island Trips Here  Places to see in Hoi An: Japanese covered bridge Fujian Assembly hall Chuc Thanh pagoda Quan Kong Hoi An Temple Explore the Old Town Take in The Lanterns At Night Local villages, fishing communities, rice farmers Coconut Mangroves An Bang Beach Cua Dai Beach Binh Minh beach Cham Islands  READ MORE: See Our Thoughts on Hoi An Here   Where To Stay In Hoi An   Backpacker Budget:  Serendipity Hoi An Hostel A really clean and modern top rated hostel in Hoi An which includes a breakfast too.
Here you can even get a reasonably priced private room too as well as dorm rooms.
The hostel is located close to the old town and easily accessible on a bike and there is a really great social environment which is ideal for those travelling alone.
There is also a swimming pool which for a hostel is incredible!.
Check Out Prices For Serendipity Hoi An Hostel Here Mid Range Hotel: Tropical Sands Villa Located near the beach area of Hoi An the Tropical Sands Villa is an ideally priced hotel with a luxury feel.
With a swimming pool, free bike rental, impressive breakfast and a garden and lounge area it ticks all the boxes at a great price.
Check Out Prices For Tropical Sands Villa Here Reasonably Priced Higher End Accommodation: La An Central Boutique Villa For the price this place is absolutely incredible and for those wanting a bit of a treat whilst backpacking or those on a holiday then this is a perfect option without breaking the bank.
With a swimming pool, fantastic modern decor and an extensive buffet breakfast it has that real luxurious feel without being overly fussy.
It is also located only 100m from the old town so you couldn’t get any more convenient.
Check Out Prices For La An Central Boutique Villa Here  Transport To Hoi An: A great option to get to Hoi An from Quy Nhon is to take the train from Dieu Tri to Da Nang.
Each one is easy to get to from both destinations and the train is a much more scenic and enjoyable journey than racing down highway 1.
For those coming here direct from Da Lat the main option is the bus though there is a short flight available from Da Lat to Da Nang.
Da Nang is a major city on the coast between 30-40 km away depending on your mode of transport.
You can easily arrange a cheap private transfer or use the Grab App which is similar to Uber but operates in Southeast Asia.
Check Out Prices For Transfers Between Hoi An and Da Nang Here Search For All Transport Options Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system  Book Your Tours for Hoi An:   __________________________________________________________________________________ Hai Van Pass – 1 day (Pass Through From Hoi An to Hue) The Hai Van pass was made legendary during an episode of Top Gear, the winding road clings to the side of a mountain whilst overlooking the ocean below.
It really is an experience worth putting yourself out for and is often touted as one of the best roads in the world with Jeremy Clarkson describing it as a “a deserted ribbon of perfection”.
It lives up to its reputation too and is a complete joy to ride for both motorbike enthusiasts and beginners.
The distance from Hoi An to Hue is only 121 km but this is a route to take your time over and spend the whole day to enjoy.
The pass itself takes up only 21 km of the journey, but with almost 11 degrees of incline and a road that snakes through the mountainous landscape it’s not one to rush.
The Hai Van Pass is not only a beautiful and exhilarating experience but it’s a significant place for Vietnam.
The pass is roughly half way up the country and for centuries split the Cham people of the south and the Dai Viet Kingdoms to the North.
It also divides the different climates of the country too with the south being warm all year round and the North being colder and wet in the winter.  READ MORE: See Our Hai Van Pass Adventure Here How to do the Hai Van Pass: You have three main options: Rent a motorbike or scooter, take an easy rider bike tour or take a minibus/ car tour.
Each option allows you to experience the road and the pass in different ways.
Rent a scooter/ Motorbike Renting a motorbike or a scooter is the ultimate way to tackle the Hai Van pass, you feel and traverse every bend and can stop whenever and wherever you like.
Rental companies offer different motorbikes and allow you to ride one way and drop off.
You can also arrange luggage transit or strap them to your motorbike.
If you’re a beginner we recommend hiring a motorbike a few days before and getting some practice.
We recommend “Style Motorbikes” for your rental.
Take an Easy Rider Tour/ Sidecar Tour An easy ride tour is a great compromise if you want to feel the wind in your hair but you’re not quite confident about riding yourself.
Share a motorbike with a professional rider and stop at all the incredible vantage points along the way with a personal guide and fun photo ops on the motorbike.
Luggage can be set in a separate vehicle so you can just enjoy the trip.
Check Out Prices For Sidecar Tours Here Take a Minibus/ Car Transfer Tour A minibus/ Car transfer tour is the most sensible option.
Essentially a transfer over to Hue you will have pre arranged stops along the way and the fortifications at the top where you will likely have lunch.
Luggage comes with you on board and it’s a great option for families and groups.
Check Out Prices For Private Car Tours Here Vietnam 3 week itinerary: The Hai Van Pass is a must do.
Book Your Tours for The Hai Van Pass   __________________________________________________________________________________ Hue – 1 day Being the home to the one time imperial capital of Vietnam the ancient seat of the one time Vietnamese Royal Family is a great place to visit for a day.
It was in fact still the capital of the country for 143 years until 1945 when the Nguyen Dynasty collapsed.
For a city with such a rich history today it is a pretty unassuming place which is laid back and easy to explore.
The main attraction here is the remains of the old Citadel and the imperial tombs.
Construction dates back to 1804 but many of the artifacts and buildings were badly damaged in the Vietnam/ American war which reflects the cities turbulent past.
You will see many in various stages of restoration as you explore.
There are also several tombs to see around the city too with Khai Dinh’s and Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb being the most worthwhile.  Check Out Prices For a Day Tour of Hue Here Being a centre of Buddhism in Vietnam there are also lots of amazing places of worship all over the city with Thien Mu Pagoda being the most important and occupying a great vantage point over the Perfume River.  Another cool place to see outside of Hue is the abandoned theme/water park.
It’s technically off limits but a flexible security guard will let you in for a small “fee”, it’s got that creepy vibe going on and has recently become quite an instagram it!   Places to see in Hue: The Imperial City Emperor Minh Mang’s Tomb Khai Dinh’s tomb Thien Mu Pagoda The Abandoned Theme Park Where To Stay In Hue: Backpacker Budget: Loving Home Hue A great guest house where we stayed during our time in Hue so it comes highly recommended.
A well maintained and lovely place to stay with some of the most comfortable beds in Asia as well.
The staff here are also really lovely and so helpful and for breakfast they offer a wide variety of choices and alway offer you extra servings too.
Check Out Prices For Loving Home Hue Here Mid Range Hotel: Beaulieu Boutique Hotel A really lovely place to base yourself in Hue especially for couples wanting somewhere a little bit more upmarket but still on a budget.
With a great buffet breakfast, elegant design and a central location it’s the perfect place to base yourself whilst exploring Hue.
Check Out Prices For Beaulieu Boutique Hotel Here Reasonably Priced Higher End Accommodation: Cherish Hue Hotel Located right in the centre of Hue and situated by the banks of the famous perfume river Cherish Hotel is ideal for those wanting luxury at an affordable price.
Boasting a pool and a spa and wellness centre as well as a gym and onsite restaurant it’s ideal after a long day riding.
Check Out Prices For Cherish Hue Hotel Here  Transport To Hue: Getting to Hue is easy as it has quite a few transport options.
Most will arrive from Hoi An or Da Nang on a Hai Van Pass tour but there are other options too.
Hue is connected to the reunification railway that runs from Saigon to Hanoi which is also a quite scenic journey if you miss out on the Hai Van Pass.
Hue Airport (Phú Bài Airport) operates flights to and from Saigon, Hanoi, Da Nang and Da Lat Search For All Transport Options Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system Book Your Tours for Hue:     3 week Vietnam Itinerary: Week 3: Northern Vietnam __________________________________________________________________________________ Ninh Binh – 1 day Time for the long trip north from Hue, between the imperial city and Ninh Binh sights dry out a little unless you’ve got time to cut inland through the Ho Chi Minh road and into Phong Nha National Park.
No worries though as you’re about to head straight towards another limestone wonderland in Ninh Binh.
Think of it as a Halong Bay without the water, where sharp towering peaks of Karst rock punctuate the rice paddies below and women gently drift down the river miraculously rowing with their feet.
Check Out Prices For a Tour of Ninh Binh Here Day 1: Spend a day exploring the stunning landscape here, either rent out a motorbike, push bike or do an organised tour to make the most of your time here.
Take a boat trip down Tam Coc to get a sense of the scale and beauty of the place from ground level and watch in awe as the local women somehow manage to row with only their feet, talk about hands free.
Then head off to the peaks and scale the top of Mua Cave for panoramic views down to the snaking river below, emerald green paddies and ice grey limestone cliffs.  READ MORE: See Our Time In Ninh Binh Here     Places to see in Ninh Binh: Boat Ride Through Tam Coc Mua Cave Climb Bich Dong pagoda Explore The Villages, Peaks and Temples on a Bike Where To Stay In Ninh Binh: Backpacker Budget: The Banana Tree Hostel A really fun, unique and chilled out hostel in Ninh Binh.
Located in Tam Coc close to the main attractions and mountainous rural landscape of Ninh Binh it is the ideal place to explore the area from.
There is also a pool, bar, restaurant, table tennis, pool table and bike hire.
Check Out Prices For The Banana Tree Hostel Here Mid Range Hotel: Tam Coc Holiday Hotel & Villa This hotel is an absolutely stunning option even for those on a budget who just want something a little bit special.
Offering free bikes, a swimming pool, garden, room service and sun terrace it’s a great place to relax.
With an extensive breakfast buffet too and it’s perfect location in Tam Coc it’s a perfect base for Ninh Binh at a good price.
Check Out Prices For Tam Coc Holiday Hotel & Villa Here Reasonably Priced Higher End Accommodation: Bai Dinh Garden Resort & Spa An absolutely incredible and unique place to base yourself in Ninh Binh this resort offers bungalow style accommodation in a garden setting for a really reasonable rate.
With a pool, fitness centre, bar and lovely garden area as well as a spa and a really incredible breakfast you might not want to leave.
Check Out Prices For Bai Dinh Garden Resort & Spa Here  Transport To Ninh Binh: Nihn Bihn is less than 100km from Hanoi so transport is pretty each.
However it’s quite a long journey from Hue but it’s a popular stop off point so it should be easy to organise transport on any Vietnam Itinerary: 3 weeks.
Trains and buses are available on this route but it will take between 10-13 hours.
Trains are the most comfortable and safety of the two but they are quite a bit more expensive.
Ninh Binh doesn’t have an airport but with Hanoi only being 94 km away and with good transport links on seated buses and the train you could always fly to Hanoi and head down for a day.
Search For All Transport Options Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system Book Your Tours for Ninh Binh   __________________________________________________________________________________ Ha Noi – 2 days Time to head back to the big city and one of our favourite places to hang out in Vietnam.
Most people find Hanoi much more charming and alluring than Saigon and that is in part down to it’s charming french quarter and more laid back vibe.
Check Out Prices For a Hanoi Walking Tour Here Day 1: Enjoy a day on foot getting lost in the old quarter of the city.
Eat street food, dash down alleyways, gaze in awe at the wonderful crumbling colonial architecture.
Then head to Hoan Kiem Lake as the sunsets for a peaceful evening.
Day 2: Hit up some of the varied architecture and history of Hanoi by heading to the Temple of Literature that dates back to 1070, whilst in this area of the city also visit the UNESCO site of The Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long which harks back to the same period.
Moving on in time head to the Hanoi Opera House, a fine example of colonial architecture dating back to 1901.
Then to finish off the eras queue up to enter the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh.
A strange but quintessentially communist experience the building was constructed between 1973-1975 in a style combing influence from Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow with a modern take on Vietnamese architecture.
READ MORE: See Our Guide To Hanoi Here     Places To See In Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Explore The French Quarter Hoan Kiem Lake Dong Xuan Market Hanoi Opera House The Temple of Literature Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long   Where To Stay In Hanoi: Backpacker Budget: Hay Hostel A great centrally located hostel which offers a buffet breakfast, beds with curtains and individual fans as well as a bar and lounge.
This light, modern and clean hostel with a balcony for each room is a really great budget option in an unbeatable location and with a social vibe but without being a party hostel.
It does also offer reasonably priced private rooms too.
Check Out Prices For Hay Hostel Here Mid Range Hotel: Hanoi Elpis Central hotel  An elegant and stylish hotel right in the heart of the old town this boutique hotel is perfect for those wanting a high standard on a modest budget.
With a continental breakfast, highly rated staff and right by Hoan Kiem Lake backpacking couples or budget travellers will love the luxury this place affords them.  Check Out Prices For Hanoi Elpis Central hotel Here Reasonably Priced Higher End Accommodation: Sunline Paon Hotel & Spa Centrally located this modern and elegant hotel offers a rooftop pool and bar overlooking Hanoi alongside a spa and fitness centre and extensive buffet breakfast.
For those looking for some luxury for a reasonable price this is the perfect spot in Hanoi.
Enjoy panoramic views, comfortable rooms and 4* service for budget friendly prices for those wanting a treat.
Check Out Prices For Sunline Paon Hotel & Spa Here  Transport To Hanoi: Hanoi being the capital city of Vietnam is well connected as expected.

So the next bit of your Vietnam Itinerary: 3 weeks is easy to organise from here

Buses run from almost every other city and corner of the country but expect them to take a while depending on where you are coming from though they should be bookable at short notice.
Trains connect Hanoi to Saigon via the reunification line that runs down the coast of the country.
There is also a northern extension line that runs up to the Chinese border too.
Hanoi Airport serves almost every domestic destination but internationally it is somewhat limited by only offering flights mostly within Asia.
However it is connected to hubs such as Singapore, KL, Hong Kong and Dubai.
You can also connect domestically at Saigon for flights to Europe and Australia.
Search For All Transport Options Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system Book Your Tours for Hanoi:   __________________________________________________________________________________ Halong Bay – 1 Day Tour From Hanoi  Halong bay is a highlight of Vietnam for many of those who visit this wonderful country.
Sailing through the mesmerising limestone formations has a real Jurassic Park vibe.
Despite the fact it might not be quite as serine as it once was it still has an unmatched allure that has to be seen to be believed.
Vietnam Itinerary: 3 weeks.
Ha Long Bay is a must do and a great way to end the trip.
Visiting and scaling features such as monkey islands, kayaking through the many tiny caves within the peaks and witnessing the floating fishing villages in the bays was an unforgettable experience.
Many of the more expensive tours also offer a much more intensive day including stopping off at more bays and islands as well as swimming opportunities in the warmer months.
Halong Bay should still be pretty temperate all year round but can be slightly colder and wetter in the winter months.
With time being short we recommend doing a tour from Hanoi which should include transfers and food.
Check Out Prices For Halong Bay Tours Here  READ MORE: See Our Halong Bay Adventure Here     Book Your Tours for Halong Bay:   __________________________________________________________________________________ Sa Pa – 2 day Tour From Hanoi  Heading up to the far north of Vietnam was probably our overall highlight of our time in the country when we first visited and something we’re looking forward to expanding on during this trip.
It’s possible to head up to Sapa on your own and organise a trekking tour with some local tribes women but being on a tight schedule (on a Vietnam Itinerary: 3 weeks) we recommend doing a 2 day overnight tour from Hanoi.
Sapa is unlike anywhere else we’ve been, the combination of the unique tribal culture that still survives amongst the Red Dao and H’Mong peoples with the awe inspiring landscape makes it a perfect destination.
Rice terraces cling to the misty mountains as tiny villages appear and disappear amongst the clouds with wandering tribes women keeping their traditions alive with their clothing and way of life.
Staying with local families in the middle of this enchanting landscape, immersing yourself in a totally unique environment and culture is something that will stay with us forever.
Check Out Prices For Sapa Tours from Hanoi Here  READ MORE: See Our Trekking Tour in Sapa Here  Vietnam itinerary: 3 weeks.
It just has to include Sapa.
Transport To SaPa: If you want to make your own way up to Sapa you can take a bus all the way or a train to Lao Cai with a short bus up the mountains to Sapa itself.

You should factor this in to your Vietnam Itinerary: 3 weeks

Search For All Transport Options Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system Book Your Tours for SaPa:   __________________________________________________________________________________ Ha Noi – 1 Day Head back to the big city and spend one last day in the chaos of Vietnam.
Wander aimlessly, indulge in street food, dodge motorbikes and just soak it all in.
Before you go head to the Dong Xuan Market for some last minute souvenirs and bartering.
Your 3 week Vietnam itinerary is unfortunately at an end but hopefully you’ve made some amazing memories.
Search For All Transport Options Here:  Powered by 12Go Asia system   Vietnam Itinerary: 3 weeks:  Final Thoughts Ok, so there you have it.
There’s a lot to see and do in Vietnam and 3 weeks might seem like a long trip for most people but it really is only long enough to scratch the surface.
Your Vietnam itinerary: 3 weeks will provide you with a real taste of this fascinating country and all its highlights.
However you can still pack in a lot of the highlights and get a good mix of urban chaos, varied history, phenomenal landscapes, extraordinary culture and once in a lifetime experiences.
With Vietnam you get to combine beaches with urban sprawls, mountains with citadels and tribal treks with war relics.
It really has something for everyone and makes the perfect destination for those wanting a trip filled to the brim with varied adventures.

3 week Vietnam itinerary: Hue as the past capital is worth a day

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#20 Facebook Will Bring Free Internet Access to Zambia » When we hear the term “blockchain” we think of Bitcoin » 2020-08-17 12:01:43

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There’s been a growing buzz throughout the tech world about blockchain technology and its associated topic of Bitcoin, the blockchain enabled digital currency.
The specific characteristics of blockchain make it particularly useful for real estate transactions.
In fact, there is a global real estate association dedicated to promulgating the advantages of blockchain technology.
The International Blockchain Real Estate Association (IBREA) has over 400 members and is dedicated to advancing the advantages of the blockchain platform in the real estate industry for cost savings, operational efficiencies, fraud reductions, and conveniences.
In a recent article, the president of IBREA, Ragner Liftrasir, drew a vivid characterization of the blockchain platform.
Lifthrasir wrote: “The Internet made it possible for individuals to transfer information quickly, cheaply and paperlessly without obtrusive intermediaries.

Similarly blockchain technology offers the same advantages for transferring VALUE

You use the internet to transfer words and pictures.
You use blockchain platforms to transfer money and assets.” Ragnar Lifthrasir Realcom, March 29, 2016 What is blockchain technology.

Blockchains basically consist of a distributed ledger and a cryptocurrency

It’s essentially software and as such can be updated, stored, transferred, and all the things we come to associate with software.
When we hear the term “blockchain” we think of Bitcoin.

But there are myriad versions of blockchain including Ethereum

and other versions.
What’s the expected impact of blockchain technology on corporate real estate.
Lifthrasir identifies four key areas in real estate where blockchain will have a major impact.
These include: a.) disintermediation b.) fraud prevention c.) digital currency d.) smart contracts Disintermediation Most of the middlemen in a real estate transaction can be eliminated by the use of the blockchain.

For example: “Blockchain will enable every property

everywhere, to have a corresponding digital address that contains occupancy, finance, legal, building performance, and physical attributes that conveys perpetually and maintains all historical transactions.
Additionally, the data will be immediately available online and correlatable across all properties.
The speed to transact will be shortened from days/weeks/months to minutes or seconds.” – Jason Ray, Nov 2, 2015 Linkedin.
Fraud protection In terms of fraud protection, blockchain technology, specifically Bitcoin, will have a major impact: “By offering a 100 percent incorruptible resource, whereby the sender and recipient of funds was logged, and where “digital ownership certificates” for properties are saved, the blockchain would effectively make forged ownership documents and false listings a thing of the past.
The unique “digital ownership certificates” would be almost impossible to replicate, and would be directly linked to one property in the system, making selling or advertising properties you don’t own almost impossible.” – Don Operas, February 6, 2016.
Techcrunch.Com Digital currency (Bitcoin) Again quoting Ragner Lifthrasir: “Bitcoin is a digital currency.
Ethereum has its ‘Ether’ token.
Unlike the Dollar or Euro, blockchain currencies aren’t paper that are later represented by software, but are 100% software from birth.
The power of software is its programmability.
The power of cryptocurrency is you can program it to escrow and distribute itself.
With fiat (Non-crypto) money, you need humans and banks.
When someone rents an apartment, the landlord takes a security deposit in case the tenant damages the property.
By law, he’s supposed to keep the funds in a separate escrow account and not spend it.
Once the lease ends, the tenant has to rely on the good faith of the landlord to return the deposit.
But if you’ve ever attended small claims court you know how frequently this human/trust-based system fails.

Bitcoin has a function called multi-signature

In bitcoin, you use your private key to approve the sending of the digital currency to another person.
With ‘multisig,’ you can create a transaction with three private keys, where at least two are required for spend.
By using bitcoin, real estate escrows can be done more securely, quickly, and cheaply.” Smart contracts The final area where blockchain technology will have a major impact for real estate is the notion of the “smart contract.” Again quoting from the Liftrasir article: “Examining a simple real estate transaction can demonstrate how smart contracts could drastically alter the way business is conducted.
Presently, Party A and Party B would enter into a contract that requires Party A to pay $200,000.00 to Party B in exchange for Party B agreeing to convey title to Party B’s condominium unit to Party A upon receipt of payment.
If Party A pays the money.

But Party B later refuses to convey title

Party A is required to hire an attorney to seek specific performance of that contract, or to obtain damages.
The determination of the outcome will be made by a third party: a judge, jury, or arbitrator.
Using a smart contract, however, avoids the potential for one party to perform while the other refuses or fails to perform.
Using a smart contract.

Party A and Party B can agree to the same transaction

but structure it differently.
In this scenario.

Party A will agree to pay $200,000.00 worth of virtual currency to Party B

and Party B will agree to transmit the title to the condominium in a specialized type of coin on the blockchain.

When Party A transfers the virtual currency to Party B

this action serves as the triggering event for Party B, which then automatically sends the specialized coin which signifies the title to the condominium at issue to Party A.
The transfer is then complete, and Party A’s ownership of the condominium is verifiable through a publicly available record on the blockchain.
Structuring this transaction as a smart contract ensures that the transfer occurs as soon as funds are received, and results in a publicly available, verifiable record of the transfer.
Because the contract automatically performs based upon the predetermined rules agreed to by the parties to the contract, there is little risk of fraud, and virtually no need for external measures to enforce performance of the agreement.
Thus, no specific performance action would ever be necessary to compel the transfer after payment is made because the coin, which represents title to the condominium, is automatically transferred, and the transfer is automatically published, to third parties on the blockchain.” – Drew Hinkes, July 29, 2014, InsideCounsel.com.
Recommendation for real estate: start planning now for blockchain technology In conclusion, there’s no question that blockchain technology will revolutionize the real estate industry.

Real Estate moves slowly with lots of middlemen and convoluted processes

Blockchain technology can address most of the issues with cost savings, efficiencies, fraud reduction, and speed.
I encourage CRE professionals and managers to delve into the subject and identify how the blockchain platform can be used in your business.
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#21 Snapchat in talks to expand services: WSJ »  » 2020-08-17 11:53:44

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Round Rock has once again found itself among the nation’s best in the latest 2017 edition of Niche’s “Best Places” listing.
According to their website.

The goal of Niche’s Best Places to Live Ranking is to “provide accurate

comparable, and thorough evaluations of places.” To do so, they’ve “collected and analyzed dozens of rankings factors from federal and local government datasets” and combined those with “proprietary Niche data and community reviews from each area.” Find out where Round Rock ranked nationally and what the experts had to say about our community below:  #5 “Safest City” #7 “Best City to Buy a House” #9 “Best City to Raise a Family” #15 “Best Public Schools” #16 “Best City to Live” #36 “Best Cities for Millennials” #87 “Cities with Lowest Cost of Living” #88 “Best Cities to Retire” #89 “Healthiest Cities”  More details on each individual list, including ranking methodology, can be found online: https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/rankings/    The post Round Rock atop multiple city rankings as Niche releases 2017 “Best Places” list appeared first on City of Round Rock.
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#22 Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is a free multiplayer update coming later this year »  » 2020-08-17 11:50:32

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Scriptcase has an alert system that help you the user to have more control over your tool every time you access your projects a check of versions is performed and if your version is not the last alert.
In the message you have an alert showing that your version is outdated and how to perform the update via the menu “Settings”.
So pay attention to alert tool to keep your version of Scriptcase updated whenever this message appears to upgrade and enjoy all the benefits that our tool provides.
Whenever an update occurs new features and adjustments are applied and with that you can continue to enjoy the best choice in Web development tool market.

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#23 Council Members, Parks Department hosted Stella Park Rededication Ceremony »  » 2020-08-17 11:42:06

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First-year Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal (above) is shaking things up at the soccer club, but perhaps no change is getting more attention than the cameras that have stated popping up around the pitch. According to ESPN, roughly £500,000 of camera equipment has been set up at the clubs training grounds in Carrington, England.
Defender Johnny Evans told members of the press We have this system at the minute where he can watch us on the pitch.
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#24 Doing Cloud Right: Don’t Have a Big, Public Screwup » Scorpion Software specializes in two-factor authentication » 2020-08-17 11:39:34

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Cloud-based IT management vendor Kaseya has acquired Scorpion Software in a bid to build out a cloud authentication business.
Scorpion Software specializes in two-factor authentication, single sign-on and password management solutions.
According to Kaseya, adding Scorpion Software’s AuthAnvil products to the company’s portfolio will help them create a cloud-based IT management and security offering focused on identity and access management.
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#25 Vulnerability in Akeeba Backup for Joomla Went Undetected for Years » Powered by FeedBlitz The post Charlotte corn mazes » 2020-08-17 11:22:17

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Whether your idea of Halloween fun is being chased through the woods by a serial killer with a chainsaw, or taking a zombie-less hayride to the pumpkin patch, .

There is something this fall in the Charlotte area that will meet your needs

This year, things will be a little bit different.
There are some activities that can still be done safely, and some that will be more challenging.
Some might require reservations, whereas in the past they didn’t.
We’ve contacted every venue on this list and will update when we hear back, or when we see new information on their website.  Yes, we know there are a lot of “check back soons” in the list.
But there are a few who we have heard back from and we’ve updated what we can so far.
No matter what we say here, it’s still a good idea to follow the links for more information.
It’s possible that with our ever-evolving situation, an organizer has made changes to the offerings, or even cancel them.
If you have questions about safety measure that aren’t addressed here, please call the venue or organizer.
We’ve divided this list into “Scary,” “Not Scary,” and “Both Scary and Not Scary Activities.” We’re not making any judgment about whether the event really is scary or not.
We’re just reporting how the attraction bills itself.
This list will be updated as the season progresses.
If a farm or venue doesn’t have a website with a current list of activities, prices, and operational hours, a representative from the farm needs to contact us with the information and I’ll add it.
[email protected] For each attraction, please follow the links to get the current dates, times and prices.
Also, if you haven’t done this, make sure to subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap by email so you’ll know about all the cheap happenings all year long.
Want to have your fall attraction get extra attention here or on the list of Fall Festivals and Halloween Parties.
Just email [email protected]
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pumpkin patches, corn mazes, fall activities These are not scary activities, and are suitable for younger children.
We’ve clearly noted if we have information for 2020.
If not, it’ll say “check back soon” and will list the activities that were offered in 2019.
Hunter Farm 13624 Providence Rd, Weddington 704-846-7975 Every day in 2019 from September 29 to November 17 Hayride to the milk barn, petting barn, and then pumpkin patch 3 to 5 pound pumpkin included 2020 update: Hunter Farm will definitely be offering fall fun.
Check back soon for details.

More info Wise Acres Organic Farm 4701 Hartis Rd

Indian Trail 704-628-6232 In 2019, Wise Acres offered U-pick pumpkins, a wagon ride, corn pit, and a barrel train.
2020 update: Wise Acres will definitely be open in 2020 for fall fun.
It will be reservation only.
More details coming soon.
More info Historic Rosedale Plantation 3427 North Tryon Street Rosedale Haunted History Tour: August 28th and September 25th, 2020.
$15 early bird tickets.
$20 week of.
2020 update: Tickets on sale now.

More info Red Wolf Farm 1900 HW Farm Road

Maiden, NC 828-428-1445 In 2019, the following activities were open.
In 2020, there will be a pumpkin patch and some other activities, but it’s not yet determined what they will be.  2019 activities: Hayrides, corn maze, kids’ corn maze, pedal tractors, inflatable obstacle course, preschool bounce house, pumpkin bowling, farm animals, .

More 2020 update: Red Wolf Farm will open for some fall activities and the pumpkin patch

Check back soon for details.

More info Hodges Family Farm Pumpkin Patch 3900 Rocky River Road East

Charlotte 704-608-8897 Pumpkin patch, hayrides, hay mountain, animals Self-guided tours of farm, hay mountain.
Pay for pumpkins.
Hayrides on weekends.
Free admission (charge for some activities) 2020 update: Check back soon More info The Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville 704-875-3113 Day maze: September 12th to November 1st, 2020 Flashlight maze: Fridays and Saturdays  Day maze ages 13 and up Day maze ages 5 – 12 Night maze ages 13 and up Night maze ages 5 – 12 2020 update: Check back soon More info Riverbend Farm 12150 McManus Road, Midland 704-888-2891 Every day in October.
Check website for times.
Admission includes farm-themed playground (Super Silo Slide, Triple Grain Bin Slide), wagon ride to pumpkin patch, barn with animals, educational displays.
Pumpkins for sale Air Cannon 2020 update: Check back soon More info Get Lost Corn Maze 20935 NC 73 Highway, Albemarle 704-791-6950 September 21 to November 3, 2019 $9 per person (age 3 and under free with a paid adult during weekend hours) General admission includes the maze and other fun activities on site.
Jumpy Pillow ($2) and Zorb Ball ($5) tickets are sold separately.
Note: The Maze of Terror is no longer operating.

2020 update: Check back soon More info Regal Corn Maze 347 Bell Farm Road

Statesville 704-348-1648 In 2019, Regal Corn Maze also offered a corn cannon, giant slingshot, a cow train and face painting.
2020 update: Check back soon.
More info The Great Pumpkin Fest Carowinds, Exit 90 off I-77 Saturdays and Sundays, Sept.
19 – Nov.
1, 2020 Great Pumpkin Fest Activity Trail, tractor tour, Lucy’s Mummy Pit, Haunted Homecoming show, costume party, plus rides.
$35+ 2020 update: Although the website does indicate that The Great Pumpkin Fest will be taking place in 2020, we are awaiting clarification, since Carowinds did not open this season.
More info   Haunted Trails and Haunted Houses These activities are billed as being scary.
Use your best judgment as far as bringing younger children.

The 901 Nightmare From Charlotte take I-77 South to exit 73

Turn left onto Hwy 901 and its approximately 3 miles on right.
803-517-6980 Dates: TBD Prices: TBD 2020 update: As of right now, they are planning to be open in October.
They are keeping a close eye on developments, and will provide more information soon.
More info Rosemont Manor 2100 block of East 5th Street, between Osborne and Ridgeway One day only.
October 31, starting at 6:30 p.m., ending around 10:30 p.m.
FREE Incredible home-made haunt in the Elizabeth neighborhood.
Must be experienced to believe.
2020 update: Rosemont Manor will not have a walk-through attraction this year, but is considering a drive-by display haunt.
More info on Rosemont Manor Midway Wicked Woods Midway Campground Resort, 114 Midway Drive, Statesville 855-882-7999 In 2019 it was open on dates in October and early November.
2020 update: Check back soon.
More info SCarowinds Exit 90 off I-77 Select nights, September 13 – October 27, 2019 Online as low as $32 (higher at the gate) 2020 update: The park wasn’t open this season.
We are waiting to hear if SCarowinds will open.
More info Forbidden Forest 14210 Old Beatty Ford Road, Rockwell 704-223-2765 In 2019, it was open select dates from October 18th to November 2nd.  General admission: TBD.
It’s not recommended, but children 6 and under are free.
Fast Pass: TBD 2020 update: Check back soon More info Hickory Grove Haunted Trail Mountain View Golf Center 4064 Mountain View St, Gastonia North Carolina In 2019, they were open select dates from September 27th to October 31st.  Admission: TBD 2020 update: Check back soon More info Boogerwoods 725 Phaniel Church Rd, Rockwell, NC In 2019, they were open October 11 through October 26, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays General admission: TBD Fast Pass: TBD 2020 update: Check back soon More info Both Scary and Not Scary Activities These attractions feature both scary and non-scary activities.
Many have non-scary attractions during the day and scary ones at night.

Aw Shucks Farm 3718 Plyler Mill Rd.

Monroe 704-709-7000 Non-Scary: Corn maze, hayrides, grain bin slide, animal barn, blacksmith shop, fence maze, pallet maze.
Dates: September 18th to November 15th.
Friday-Sunday open to the public, as well as one weekday.
Admission: TBD Scary: 13th Acre Haunted Trail Fridays and Saturdays from September 25th to October 31st.
Dark until 11 p.m.
$13.

Combo ticket for Aw Shucks Farm and 13th Acre: $20

2020 update: Both will be open this fall.
More info Carrigan Farms/Scarrigan Farms Carrigan Farms 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy Mooresville, NC 28115 Haunted trail: Dates TBD Admission to haunted trail: TBD Not scary: Pick your own apples (by reservation starting September 9th)  pumpkin picking (starting October 1st), and hayrides.
2020 Update: The haunted trail will take place.
Guests don’t stand in a queue, so can social distance as they wait their turn on the trail.
There will be apple picking, pumpkin picking and hayrides.
There will be more weekday times available than in past years.
More info   Shelby Corn Maze 120 Broadway Drive, Shelby 704-434-8187 In 2019, they were open Friday – Sunday from September 21st through October 31st.

Farm admission: TBD Combo pass: TBD Pumpkins for sale Activities: Corn Maze

Cow train, and more, such as: apple launcher, corn cannons, hayride, zipline for kids, rubber duck races, corny corn crib, kiddie korral, hay jump, shooting gallery, tethered corn ball, barn of cornfusion, checkers, jumping pillow Haunted Corn Maze: In 2019 it was available every Friday and Saturday in October.  2020 update: Check back soon.
More info Haunted Mill 6325 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont 704-829-Mill (6455) Haunted house (scary) and 3D mini-golf (not scary) and Escape room featuring Zombie Outbreak (scary) Dates and prices: TBA 2020 update: Check back soon.
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