Merry Christmas and Happy 2018 New Year!

I wanted to wish all our customers, free users, translators, testers, and affiliates a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I haven’t bothered with any Christmas sales and such, as we always have competitive offers and pricing. Also it all seems a little disingenuous to me… Besides, I don’t think many people buy our software as a gift for anyone but themselves.

I wonder how many of our technical users plan to give cryptocurrencies as gifts? I have to warn against this except to your tech savvy friends, who probably already own cryptocurrencies – or at least know full well how to get some. I say this because I purchased some Bitcoin 3 years ago for family members and, well, most of it ended up lost between now and then (I put a watch on it). If you do buy cryptocurrencies, I would recommend archiving the private keys so you can steal, err recover, it later!

Personally, I prefer New Year, though it gets so little attention compared to the market-driven Christmas holiday. New Year is a time of reflection and a chance to press the soft reset button. If there is one thing that is constant, it is change, so it is important to have some milestones or markers.

As for our company, we’ve been focused on accomplishing some larger goals that require more time than running around in circles with endless minor updates. It becomes very easy to spend every day working feverishly, but not really going anywhere. Good news is we’ll soon see the fruit of these endeavors and it will change the face of Bitsum. Some things I’ve peddled on for a while, but needed this step back to make real forward progress. I am excited about this, but don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, so will leave it at that for now.

One last wish for all technical people is to remember the important things in life. And that is usually AFK. Get out, get some exercise, communicate in person with people, be a real person for the Holidays. Retro is back, don’t ya know? Also, on a slight tangent, be sure to start killing your social media accounts. Yea, I just said that. That shiznit has gotten way too invasive and creepy here in 2017, and it isn’t ‘real’ when it comes to relationships. Did you know we’re already using predictive algorithms to try to figure out who will commit a crime based on social media posts? Minority Report is here. And even if you think that nothing bad will happen from your data anytime soon, there is no telling how such data will be utilized in the future… Why we don’t demand strong data privacy and retention/deletion laws is beyond me.

So enjoy your Holidays and try to remember AFK reality…