Read: Malicious Cryptocurrency Miners – The Zama-Zamas of the Internet

is your mobile device acting up or your battery life running down too fast? You might be victim to background mobile cryptominers. Click here to read the full article on Identity-Theft-Scout.

In some parts of southern Africa, you’ll hear unauthorized miners sometimes referred to as “zama-zamas.”

The term describes miners who operate off the grid, often risking their lives to bring underground minerals back up to earth through makeshift or previously shut-down shafts, many of which will collapse on the way in or out.

Cryptocurrency means that mining – and certainly illegal mining – no longer must take place in the depths of the earth but can take place in cyberspace.

The zama-zamas of the internet have already started to claim their part of the wealth, and now the biggest danger has changed from the collapse of a physical mineshaft to the collapse of any devices that have been hijacked to use as mining network.

Wuhan, the World Bridge Team Championships 2019 and the Coronavirus Danger

In September 2019, we saw the World Bridge Team Championships taking place in Wuhan, China.

Right now, circa January 2020, the area of Wuhan has made news for an entirely different reason: A serious outbreak of a type of Coronavirus which appears to have originated in Wuhan – and has rapidly spread to other areas of China and other parts of the world, including the United States and Europe.

Wuhan has been hard hit by cases to the point where there is a reported shortage of test kits for the Coronavirus.

There has been a lot of travel for bridge players (and non-bridge players) to affected areas, especially with bridge players representing their country in the event and heading back home.

It’s a dangerous condition to anyone, and becomes even more dangerous if you have a compromised immune system by default: Showing symptoms like a fever or cough means you should have yourself checked.

I’ve previously written about immune systems and bridge for the daily BBO Prime Column. It rings eerily true now, and remains important. Click to read 7 Important Facts About Immune Systems and Bridge.

Information about the Coronavirus and the associated symptoms can be found at this page from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Remember: Being informed is staying safe.

Alex on Audible: Out-of-Work to Making Money

41RFAQA4bvL._SL500_Accessibility is one of the most important things for promoting the written word, and sometimes this can mean having your books read to you instead.

I’m both happy and thankful to say that the book Out-of-Work to Making Money is now available as an audiobook release on Audible – and features great stories by writers and professionals (other than me!) who worked their way out of a financial or career-related rut in creative ways.

It’s a great book to get if you want to know more about practical job-seeking from personal perspectives – including more about techniques like cold calling and how to make them work.

Click here for more information on the Audible release and how to get a copy.

You can also click here to see other versions of the book, available on Amazon.

WritersWeekly: In the Top 10 Most Popular Posts for 2019!

Writers Weekly Top 10 is a rich resource for any writer or freelancer.

I’m proud to say that Scaring for Pay: 10 Paying Horror Markets for Writers made it to the #10 spot for one of the most read articles during 2019!

There is is, right there, alongside some pretty great articles about writing.

Click here for the entire list, and thanks to everyone who has continued reading, sharing and writing!



Bridge Interrupted

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I haven’t been practicing my bridge game as often as I should – which is, frankly, shameful – although there’s reason.
We’ve been served with a surprise eviction notice by our landlords, who themselves are supposedly bridge players, to be out on the 29th of May. Illegal, and our lawyers have taken over.
Lawyer's letter
So far, we’ve been asked if we eat pork, asked why I hang out with the [racial expletive removed], insisted we attend their church on numerous occasions, and had them knock on our bedroom window at very weird hours for no reason with increasing frequency. It’s hard to work, and even harder to get to any card games.
There seems to be a serious racial element: My wife and I both have family mixed into a cultural melting pot, and we certainly don’t feel comfortable bringing anyone here for a visit.
There have also been numerous occasions where the landlord has shown up shirtless at the front door in front of my wife and daughter.
The stress of this has already caused my wife to have more than one heart attack while we’ve been living here, one actively during one of their bouts of knocking. I’ve had to see a doctor myself, and now on antibiotics to take care of a highly infected cut (which I’d gotten having to jump over our non-working electric gate covered in razor wire which the landlords have been neglecting for months).
My wife and I are both disabled, and we’re definitely in no state to pull off a move.
Again, we had a nasty event this morning where the landlady repeatedly knocked on our door and shoved her face through our bedroom window. Of course, in a state as a result – again.
We’ve officially been threatened with eviction, and I’m unimpressed considering we’re on the legal right end of this. The repeated harassment seems deliberate, and everything from interviews to bridge games are impossible to attend like this.
In return, our lawyers have issued a letter, several direct messages and will likely need to proceed with a protection order if the harassment doesn’t end until we’ve moved.
It’s impossible to make it to a physical bridge game in this state for either of us. The harassment has to stop: Period. I’ve missed several bridge and poker games and events, and several interviews have had to be moved thanks to the constant harassment here.
Thankfully, there’s Funbridge – although I’m hoping to show up at more bridge and poker events and games once this is all over.

Alzheimer’s SA: Playing Bridge for Alzheimer’s

Contract bridge is one of the most popular card games of all time, and there are thousands of players in South Africa as well as hundreds of clubs that new and veteran players can join if they want to partner up with someone and play a game – but contract bridge is also a lot more than just a card game, and research shows that it can be hugely beneficial to developing the mind in diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s.

Here’s how the game of bridge can prove to be useful to Alzheimer’s research, and more about the American Contract Bridge League and the Longest Day campaign.