The Real Divide of Digital Europe

One of the important areas that Europe is leading on is that of the digital market.  It’s an area that is of growing importance in all sorts of ways to the economies go European countries.  Literally millions of people use the internet to buy all sorts of things but also it provides employment to many thousands too.

The digital marketplace grows exponentially every year, yet outmoded rules, laws and regulations govern our transactions.  What’s more there is no real accepted standard, a digital transaction can easily encompass two or three countries – yet unfortunately this can also mean two or three sets of guidelines to follow. All is fine if a transaction is completed successfully but what happens in areas of dispute or digital fraud for example.

Take for example, the situation with digital services – you can purchase a subscription to say a Polish TV channel like TVN player and find as soon as you travel outside the borders of Poland you’ll lose all access to it.   In fact your subscription is completely useless unless you either return to Poland or invest in a Polski proxy to fool the channel about your location.   It’s a ridiculous situation, digital purchases are happening in the 21st century but are subject to 20th century restrictions.

Much of this is due to copyright problems however without a concerted legislative effort then it’s likely to continue.  The problem is that profit maximisation means that it is in the distributors best interest to license content on a geographical basis.  Why sell access globally when you can make the consumer pay for access for every country they happen to want access from.

A few decades ago this wouldn’t have affected very many people, but now travel is cheap and available. Many very ordinary people live and work across many national borders, some even have homes and lives in different countries.  Yet all the time these restrictive practices are being implemented in the digital market place.  It’s pretty much everywhere, take any country and you’ll find this same pattern of media problems. The popular channel in Italy, Rai Player can’t be viewed outside Italy, again unless you circumvent the restrictions like this video suggests – VPN Italy.  It makes buying anything digitally a huge risk, especially things like film and movie subscriptions for people who cross national borders.

It is hoped that the European Union can try and create a fairer digital marketplace although Brexit looks likely to have caused problems here.  THe UK economy is probably the most advanced digital market place in Europe and without it’s cooperation any solution is likely to be fairly piecemeal.

 

 

Missing the News Online

For many people, the news forms an important part of the day.  Whether it’s sports, politics, current affairs or simply gossip – human beings for the most enjoy hearing about the world around them.    It’s a part of our lives and in some ways creates our very own real-life soap opera which  develops every day.  The stories link together because they’re part of our shared society and sometimes greatly effect our own lives.

Which is why if  you move away from your home area and start watching the news in other areas it’s not quite the same. Even though you may have travelled to the new location, you watch the news with a slight sense of detachment simply because you have spent enough time in the area to belong.

When I used to travel a lot when I was younger in the 1980s, I used to spend ages searching for British newspapers.  This was no easy task, although it could be done in most places across the world.  Hotels were usually a good bet or shops in expats areas, you’d have little choice usually and the price would be marked up many times.  What’s worse the paper would often be a few days out of date depending on how remote the location, Europe was mostly ok for the day after.  Yet it was a link, to be able to stay connected to your ‘normal life’ at home while travelling.

Of course now it’s much easier, if you have access to the internet you don’t have that same sense of detachment. In fact you can pretty much live your life remotely in many senses, although it’s never a good idea to announce you’re travelling to much on social media.  People who do this often return to find their home has been burgled!  Yet you can keep up with all sorts of gossip and local news fairly easily with a laptop or tablet.

There is a drawback though, although most News and media companies stream their broadcasts online mostly they are inaccessible from other countries.  It’s not a technical restriction but a restriction imposed by the broadcaster to prevent people watching abroad.  For example watching the BBC news online is actually quite difficult outside the UK because it is blocked by the BBC.

There is a solution you need to use VPN or proxy servers to try and hide  your real physical location.  This works by obscuring your real IP address and presenting the VPN servers address instead.  If the address happens to be linked to right country then you should be able to access the site as normal.

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Crossing the Digital Divide

Can you imagine buying a fantastic new MP3 player whilst on holiday, perhaps you spotted a bargain in duty free or some custom electronics shop.  Then when  you come back from holiday the customs guy at the airport takes it off you because it wasn’t made in this country.   It would be incredible, outrageous – the sort of hard line, protectionist move that even the worse run state countries would probably flinch from.  yet this is effectively what happens in the digital market everyday.

A few years ago I decided to treat myself to a Netflix subscription, I was doing a lot of travelling which mostly involved staying in rather dull hotels on edges of industrial estates.  It was rather boring and the TV channels in these hotels were usually fairly limited for the English speaker.  Someone had shown me Netflix and I was blown away hundreds of TV shows with literally thousands of episodes perfect to while away a few evenings after work.

I was very pleased with my purchase until I started my travelling again and then the realisation set in.  I thought I’d bought myself a subscription which I could take anywhere with me in the world, after all it was internet based.  It turned out that I had actually bought a subscription service that MAY BE available depending on where I was located.   In fact over 50% of the times it wouldn’t work at all, and if it did work it was some other countries variant of Netflix filled with foreign language films and invariably missing my favorite shows!

Now it has changed somewhat since then, a couple of months later Netflix pushed forward with a massive expansion to hundreds of other countries.  I didn’t get the complete block but merely the different version of Netflix, however some of these were very short on content depending on which country you happened to be in.

It does illustrate the incredible difference between physical and digital goods.  We buy access to something on the internet and think it will be available anywhere we go but that’s simply not true.  Digital goods shouldn’t be affected by physical location but they are, often your service will only work in the country you bought it in.   As millions have discovered while trying to access the BBC, this is what happens if you try and access the BBC iPLayer in Ireland for instance – http://bbciplayerabroad.co.uk/does-bbc-iplayer-work-in-ireland/ .

The European Union is trying to change all this, they realise for digital markets to develop for everyone we need to break these artificial barriers.  A single market for the digital marketplace won’t be easy to achieve yet it is possible, legislation was being prepared to ensure that if you bought something online in one European country it will be accessible in all of them.  The BBC was looking at implementing a user login to allow UK license fee payers to access the BBC iPlayer in any country for instance, unfortunately that might be delayed due to Brexit.

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Travelling Tools – Smart DNS and VPNs

For artists, travel is part of the lifestyle in fact for many it’s the inspiration itself.  Commuting to work every day to the same place is hardly likely to inspire the mews which is why many forgo things like security and money in order to travel. The internet has of course made this much easier to both plan and execute.  Certainly in a practical way, it’s much simpler to just take off if you know that you can pay your bill, speak to your friends and organize your life online.

Even when travelling it’s great to know that you can just pop the news on or watch something familiar if you’re feeling in homesick.  It’s something that does happen to me particularly when travelling on a budget as luxury isn’t always available.   For years laptops have made the perfect companion and now notebooks and tablets have made it even easier to carry around the internet with you.

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However as many ex-pats are already aware, when travelling there are some unexpected problems with operating your life online.  For example did you know that you may not be able to access your online banking from another country?  It’s often a shock to people that banks block access when you’re physically located outside your native country.  It’s for understandable fraud reasons, but that’s little help when you’ve realized your electricity is about to be cut off as you forgot to mail the bill.  Not as important but you probably won’t be able to watch your local news station or entertainment channels through their website either.

Frequent travelers have tools to circumvent these issues.  The VPN was made popular years ago when the BBC stopped allowing access to non-UK IP addresses to their wonderful iPlayer application.  The idea was simple the VPN hid your real location and enabled you to appear to be in the country of the VPN server.  That means a UK server would allow access to all British resources, a US one to all US resources and so on.  It works till this day, and what is more the VPN provides important security to your internet connection too.

Next came a system called Smart DNS which operates a little more selectively by routing only specific requests to an intermediate server, using DNS.  This provides no security but does potentially cost less as it used much less bandwidth – read about it here – US DNS Netflix.

If you’re travelling a lot and want to check out secure sites like your email or online banking and stuff from internet cafes and dodgy Wifi access points in hotels then using a VPN is a much better choice.  However Smart DNS is a good option for those who actually live abroad and can use a secure private internet connection, who just need to hide their location.

 

Is Art Therapy for Real?

Art therapy was demonstrated to work again and again. Thus, even if one doesn’t initially understand the reason for art therapy, as soon as they get going and produce something distinctive and creative, they may begin to take pleasure in the procedure or even take up art for a hobby! Spanning many of men and women who are searching for art therapy frequently have disguised feelings that they do not usually feel at ease discussing or might not even know about.

Play therapy may be confusing concept for parents. Behavior therapy is connected to cognitive therapy. Drawing therapy has many advantages to give. Drug Therapy during the last 40 decades, numerous psychoactive drugs are developed that are highly powerful and popular by psychiatrists and other medical doctors.

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What Exactly is the Point of Modern Art

When any ‘ordinary’ individual makes comments about modern art. Perhaps they’ll make fun of Tracey Emin’s unmade bed or fail to see the point of a Skull encrusted in diamonds, then art experts (whatever they are) tend to ignore the criticisms. There are of course many avant garde artists whom the vast majority of the public just don’t see the point of.

However sometimes, the criticism comes from within – when Julian Spalding starts to attack this scene then the rest of us can perhaps feel somewhat justified. This is no outsider, Julian Spalding is a former director of three of the biggest museums and galleries.

Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s ship in a bottle

His attack focuses mainly on the amount of money being spent on such art, which he claims ‘ rejoices in being incomprehensible to all but a few insiders.” This work is often funded by the public purse, which the arts council spending billions of lottery money over the years on some very dubious projects.

Did you know for instance that over half a million pounds was spent on Yinka Shonibare’s piece – Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle which was installed in Trafalgar square some years ago. Spalding himself described it as a ‘crassly designed piece……floating on a sea of public funding’. Other criticism was directed at ‘Creed’s ‘flickering light installation or Louw’s oranges both which were funded by the public purse for many thousands of pounds.

He claims that the public purse should not be invested in such art, public money should be invested in art that lasts, not this years expensive fad. He argues that such money should be spent on preserving and displaying art that will still be loved in years to come. It is not the place of the arts council to seek to direct art and pander to the intellectual snobbery among the art establishment.

Money from these sources could be utilized to make art more accessible. The Metropolitan Opera House in New York has used grants to produce screenings of their performances which can be seen worldwide. The BBC could replicate this for theatre productions with similar funding, as such their content although world class is restricted to the UK, you even need a special program called a proxy – explained here, to view their content from anywhere else.

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The New Value of Digital Art – Bitcoins and QR Codes

Art is of course, largely inspired by the present. Some of these inspirations are soon forgotten, failed experiments or the results of passing fads and fancies. At the moment we’re not quite sure where this current idea will end up.

The core thought, is that art should have some intrinsic value beyond what a viewer places on it. Put simply that even if you thought a piece of art was completely valueless from an aesthetic point of view, there would still be a value of even more than just the components.

It’s easy to think of the value of something fashioned from rare materials of course.

But what if art could secure its value? What if it contained an intrinsic merit beyond the cost of materials, a worth that was separate from the whims of the consumer and the critique of the elite?

Art with a hidden message

SatushiCrypArt, a company based in the Isle of Man, has set out to achieve just that by producing art out of QR codes; some of the pieces contain hidden messages that can be scanned into a phone, others contain imbedded bitcoin wallets.

It all started, as these things so often do nowadays, with an email. Early in 2014, a group of Manx bitcoin enthusiasts were contacted by an artist who identified himself only via the pseudonym ‘Satushi’. His vision, for an open source, collective art, resonated with the burgeoning cryptocurrency group and plans on how to create and evolve a stable of CrypArtists were quickly drawn up.

By insisting that the protocol was open source, Satushi enabled other enthusiasts to follow suit in the creation of bespoke, finite art designed from the ground up to encourage the owner to take responsibility for generating and protecting their own wallets. Each piece carries with it a hidden treasure, in the case of wallets, literally so.

Open source and anonymous art

Satushi was soon joined by other artists such as Crypsi, another anonymous street artist known for his/her libertarian themed pictures. Little is known about Crypsi other than to say that he/she has gone on record stating that the current global system is flawed and needs to change.

“[We] believe our bespoke art will satisfy customers wanting art with real value in the form of a bitcoin wallet.”

That was then and this is now; several months on and the idea has moved from concept to reality, with art on display and available for purchase directly from their website. The CrypArt foundation itself is typically grass roots; run by local residents Adrian Forbes and Owen Cutajar both of whom feel passionate about what this new form of art has to offer.

“We feel truly honoured to be involved in such a radical new concept in the art world and to help promote and spread the CrypArt ethos,” Forbes told Inside Bitcoins.

“We share Satushi’s dream of spreading QR technology and bitcoin as a global currency and believe our bespoke art will satisfy customers wanting art with real value in the form of a bitcoin wallet.”

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When Irish Eyes aren’t Enough

When you’ve been away from home for a while, you can end up missing the strangest things. When I was living in Dublin I used to occasionally watch the TV3 media site called 3player. I wasn’t an avid user but the odd bored dinner hour or on the train home of an evening, it’s a nice little site but much of it has a distinctive Irish feel to it.

However a few months away from Ireland and it becomes much more important, the soaps, the documentaries and even the chat shows – i miss them all desperately for some reason. A friend suggested that perhaps I’m just a bit homesick and hearing an Irish accent is what I crave.

The problem is that if you try and access 3player from anywhere outside Ireland you just get a message saying ‘sorry this video is not available in your region’. It’s annoying as it implies it’s just that video, but actually you get that same message from the whole site whenever you try and play something. The reason is that for licensing restrictions nothing is accessible even from the UK.

Fortunately there is a way around this, you just need an Irish proxy like this video demonstrates –

As you can see you just have to fib a little and pretend your inside Ireland by using the server located in Dublin. This gives 3Player the impression that you have an Irish IP address and everything works ok. It’s very useful and I’ve tried it in several countries and it always works, in fact the principle means that you can access other players which are normally restricted too. I enjoy the HBO one which streams Game of Thrones and of course the BBC iPLayer is one of the best.

There’s another video demonstrating a similar service but they all pretty much work the same, the main difference is usually speed. You can even find a few free Irish proxies but I am reliably informed these can damage your computer as often they’re used to install malware and viruses on people who use them.

Searching for Lost on Netflix

Do not get me wrong I was really impressed I was amazed, after I saw the US Variation of Netflix. Yet when you see the difference between both variants you can not help feeling a little bit changed.

Actually the reason I started checking out different variations was last year when their streaming of Lost abruptly dropped with no warning. That’s rather annoying when you’ve are hooked and only reached episode 23. I was quite cross and I found that Lost was accessible other variants of Netflix once I began searching online.

Therefore I figured I Had have to discover a means of seeing the US version instead.

Here’s the video demo the way that it worked, efficiently relaying my link by means of a proxy located in the united states.

It lets you see other nations variants of Netflix also and works excellent, the Canadian version has rather lots of things that is not on either the US, European or UK variants of Netflix. Obviously the contents of all these state forms are always changing so it is worth checking out them from time to time. Netflix relays and only accommodates one to the variant you want to make use of – thus you will see Canadian Netflix when you get in touch via a proxy that is Canadian etc.

I began thinking if there was another way, to redirect my link so that I really could put it to use on Roku and my Smart TV. Identity Cloaker is outstanding on PCs and hand help apparatus like smart phones and Apple tablet computers where you may put it to use as a VPN. Well there’s a manner and it is called Smart DNS which operates in a way that is similar but just selectively courses part of your link using DNS.

It is primary advantage is that changing your DNS servers as revealed in the video only enables it. So you are effectively using a DNS proxy for Hulu Netflix or whatever, but it is much more easy to alter DNS settings on apparatus that are distinct. In fact in the event you’d like to route everything this means it is possible to merely shift it in your router or access point so the service is used by anything too. The video only reveals BBC Iplayer but it works for connecting one to the US Ip Address variant of Netflix (or whatever variation you need.

Why You Need the American Version of Netflix

Yes opportunities are it is not false, the American model of Netflix is just in a different league compared to the rest of the variations that are regional. It is something when travelling around a bit, I found some months past. I was in a dull weekend as well as North Carolina for several days with work. I made a decision to take a look at if I possibly could see some pictures – what I found was something of a surprise.

It appears, that Netflix licenses totally different shows for every version of the website. The United States version therefore has a large number of titles that do not exist on the other websites and appears to be their figurehead. It was amazing, there were pictures that I understood had been in UK films several weeks before. TV series which you could not get on the UK Netflix – shows like Lost, which I then could not locate again and had began seeing.

This exciting find was truly tempered after I returned home and attempted to locate ‘The Walking Dead’, which I Had started seeing in the United States, was no where to be within britain variant.

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I believed after all it likely worked on IP address just like the rest of the media websites, it might be possible to change using VPN variants. Therefore I selected a US based office for connecting to, fired up my business VPN account and tried again. This works well although my primary problem was speed, as you efficiently subsequently possess a US address – the US VPNs at my business tended to not be very fast from outside the USA. Me streaming High Definition video through it had been not likely to make me popular in the IT section as well so I began to look for another alternative.

As with the VPN as long as the United States proxy and I connected first I would be redirected by Netflix to the United States variant.

The key problem was speed – because I had been routing my whole link by means of a US – . It might not be a problem on regular browsing but there may be some occasional buffering and loss in image quality when you attempted to stream high definition video.

It does not reroute your whole link, just enough to conceal your actual place and empower the website should you take advantage of a Smart DNS server. So that it’s going to enable you access to the US variant of Netflix or Hulu from any place on the planet, plus it is possible to get websites like BBC iPlayer also without limitation.
What this means is that there is almost no effect in your standard web speed unlike the VPN for instance.