Who is a coach and what does he/she do

Let’s start with a few definitions :


Mentor is a person with considerable experience in the same or a related field of life or business that you are in. You meet, you talk, and he (or she) can simply advise you on something based on his (or her) own experience, and, if necessary, back it up by consulting his (usually wide and valuable) network of contacts.


The main difference from a mentor is that he (or she) doesn’t have to know exactly what you’re doing. He doesn’t have to, because a coach doesn’t give advice, but instead asks wise and skillful questions. He or she does it in such a way that you yourself arrive at the right answer that is in line with you and your values, which is somewhere inside you, in Bohemia. And finally: the coach is screwed because of the ongoing spoiling of the market for these services by people without good education, experience and aptitude. Unfortunately, sometimes admitting that you are a coach is a real shame.


Depending on the stream in which he works – he will advise a little, ask smart questions, diagnose a little, what may be wrong with you. He or she focuses on fixing problems with your psyche and approach to life. Although he often works in a similar field to coaching, in most cases he will be more conservative in his working methods (after all, this profession is a century old) and more deeply educated (which doesn’t mean better or more effective).


Should have (although this varies) practical experience and a lot of theoretical knowledge in the field in which he/she trains. The knowledge is usually transferred on the basis of a premeditated training programme and in a one-to-many mode (trainer and several trainees).

Set of characteristics of an ideal coach

A coach deals with broadly understood personal development, and his basic task is to motivate their charges to action. He helps them to set goals to pursue, contributes to the development of their professional competence. He becomes a professional partner who helps to bring out the potential hidden in everyone. On the way to personal development, it is worth having such a professional person by your side.

It is important to start cooperation with a professional coach, who works with success in mind. Relationship between you and your coach should be very positive and goal-oriented. Good communication will help you achieve your goals.

Ideal coach – what kind of coach?

There is a perfect teacher, doctor and actor. There can also be a perfect coach. This could be said to be the case if a personal development professional possesses the following set of qualities:

Professional competence

knowledge and skills are the great power of a coach. He or she must be very familiar with the theoretical as well as practical issues related to coaching, and must be able to effectively put coaching methods into practice. A coach should have a diploma and a certificate of completion of a coaching course to prove their knowledge and skills. However, the document is not enough to conclude that you are dealing with an ideal coach. Other skills also count.


A professional coach is very effective in all his activities. If the person he or she works with manages to achieve all or most of their goals, you can say that their methods are effective. Due to the fact that the coach will have the ability to draw conclusions, his experience will grow. Thus, he will be able to improve the tools offered to his mentees. Bringing success to the client will then not be a hassle.

High ability to build relationships

A good coach must be able to deal with his own emotions, as well as with the feelings of the client. He should transform frustration into a driving force for action. A professional coach is able to build a friendly, relaxed and fully comfortable relationship with the client, so that there is full trust and understanding between coach and client. On this basis, you can build a lasting foundation for further action.

Expanded observation skills

Attentiveness is an important quality of a good coach. He or she should show interest in the client’s problems and pay attention to even the smallest details of the client’s behaviour. From the general to the specific – this principle will help to work out the way to success. Thanks to the fact that a coach will be able to adequately determine the atmosphere prevailing during an individual meeting with the client, he/she will be able to ask such questions, so that you can deduce what is the cause of the problem and what is blocking the development of professional competence.


A coach should not promise the client a pear cake. It is natural that achieving a goal requires time, full commitment and learning the necessary skills. For some it takes less time, for others more. Everything depends on individual predispositions. The client should receive reliable information from the coach about progress, without coloring the reality.

Acting responsibly

Sometimes it happens that people who are in a bad mental state report to a coach. A coach is not a psychologist. Responsibility and professional ethics require that the coach in such a situation refers the client to psychotherapy or a doctor for advice.

Supporting, not lecturing

The relationship between the coach and the client should be a partnership. A professional does not impose solutions, but suggests several paths that can be followed to achieve the goal. It’s up to the person concerned, which type of procedure will be chosen. A person in the coaching business cannot give advice, but only helps the client to develop their own solutions. No one will receive ready-made prescriptions from a coach. And that is good. Coaching is to teach independent responsibility for your own life and not to be afraid of making decisions, even if they will have unpleasant consequences.

Bring your own key

What is bring your own key (BYOK)?

Bring your own key (BYOK) is an innovative concept to allow public cloud users to keep control of the cryptographic keys used in the cloud to secure their data. With public cloud services exploding, BYOK is now supported by all major cloud services. BYOK enables public cloud users to generate their own high-quality master key locally and securely transmit the key to a cloud service provider (CSP) to protect data in multi-cloud environments. To generate and manage high-quality keys, BYOK uses FIPS and Common Criteria Certified Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) that the cloud user maintains locally or leases as a service.

BYOK enables organizations that migrate to the cloud to achieve:

  • Flexibility, convenience and cost effectiveness
  • Strong control of sensitive data and applications
  • Full visibility into the use of keys in the cloud
  • The highest level of data security, integrity and trust

What is the role of BYOK?

BYOK provides users of public cloud services with the ability to generate cryptographic keys in their own environment and maintain control of these keys, while making them available for use in the cloud of their choice when needed.

How does BYOK work?

CSPs protect their customers’ data in the cloud with robust encryption. The cryptographic key that encrypts the data (tenant key) forms the basis of cloud storage security. Cloud user generated master key using BYOK essentially creates a closed box to protect tenant keys in CSP data centers. This gives the cloud user control over the tenant key, ensuring it is only used for an authorized purpose, and ultimately protects the security of the data in the cloud.

What are some examples of CSPs supporting BYOK?

Leading CSPs including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and Salesforce.

How is BYOK different from Hold Your Own Key (HYOK)?

Hold Your Own Key (HYOK) is an option offered by Microsoft to manage the most confidential data of cloud users within their own security perimeter. Microsoft is replacing HYOK with Double Key Encryption (DKE), which enables cloud users to take advantage of hybrid environments with additional levels of protection, control and confidence.

Why do we need a BYOK?

The security of your encrypted data is as good as the protection provided by the encryption keys. BYOK gives cloud users the control and confidence they need, whether they are deploying a single cloud provider, hybrid or multi-cloud strategy. BYOK and the use of HSM allow cloud users to avoid the difficulties of vendor dependency, which can make it difficult to migrate from one CSP to another. HSM modules are specifically designed to prevent a hacker from finding critical cryptographic keys by placing them in a tamper-proof location rather than in software.


What is Metaverse?

Metaverse is augmented virtual reality. A digital world that we will be able to connect to through VR goggles and spend time in. Right now, using the Internet is primarily a two-dimensional experience mediated by a screen. The Metaverse could make it possible for us to literally immerse ourselves in it and perform activities there, previously reserved only for the real world. This is one of the fastest growing technologies of the future.

Metaverse is a compound of the words meta and verse. The term was invented by American science fiction writer Neal Stephenson and first appears in his 1992 book. The novel is set in a dystopian world ruled by greedy corporations. Its inhabitants escape from everyday problems into cyberspace, the metaverse, where they can move around as their avatars. Of course, it costs money to beautify one’s character, and the poorer ones have to settle for gray images.

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Steam Deck

Is the Steam Deck a game console or a computer?

Actually, the answer to this question is up to you. If you just want a working game console from the steam catalog, then Steam Deck out of the box is the solution for you. You just turn it on and use it, the same level of difficulty as a PlayStation or Xbox.

If you want to take advantage of the PC potential that’s hiding in that little box, you can use Steam OS, which is simply Linux or install Windows 10 or Windows 11 (both are officially supported, and there are official drivers for both).
In that case, you can use Deck to play games not only from Steam but also Epic, GOG, Ubisoft, Blizzard, etc.

But you can also use it as a portable computer. And if you connect it to a docking station, monitor, keyboard, and mouse, you have a desktop computer, perfect for work (as long as you’re not someone who puts up a million virtual machines and needs a herd of cores and terabytes of RAM).

And what is it for me? At first, it was a console for playing Steam games, but it became clear pretty quickly that I wanted more. I simply have too many games bought elsewhere and can’t use them. In addition, the service software for my car is only on Windows, so I have a service computer right away, ideal because it’s small, convenient, with a long-lasting battery 🙂

But as I wrote – it all depends on the owner.

Is Mastodon a new Twitter?

What is Mastodon

Mastodon is a microblogging network, it is not controlled by a company or a server, it works through a decentralized federation of servers. The network is open source and we can access it on GitHub, where it is hosted so that anyone can access it.

Mastodon does not use a single server, it consists of several, and it is fast in terms of loading both the network and the application. The user has the option to create a community or instance. In addition, if you don’t want to do that, you can join one of the many available.

The first thing to start using Mastodon is to register with a short registration, when we say concise, that is, it won’t ask for much information about us. There will be four fields you must fill out to register with the site/app, including your username.

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New, lower prices of Atlassian trainings

Now you can learn at Atlassian University for less. They changed the price of their basic trainings, and now they are free or starting from $39.
The whole catalog of free and cheap courses is here: https://university.atlassian.com/student/catalog/list?category_ids=21723-on-demand

If you do not have any experience with Jira or Jira Service Management I recommend starting with free courses:

If you will work with Confluence:

Those are basics, but it’s really hard to work with Jira/Confluence without them.

Confluence Security Advisory 2022-06-02


Confluence Server and Data Center – CVE-2022-26134 – Critical severity unauthenticated remote code execution vulnerability

Atlassian has published a notification on a critical vulnerability affecting all on premise instances of Confluence (Server and Data Center) – unauthenticated remote code execution vulnerability in Confluence Server and Data Center.

What You Need to Do

There are currently no fixed versions of Confluence Server and Data Center available. In the interim, customers should work with their security team to consider the best course of action. Options to consider include:

  • Restricting access to Confluence Server and Data Center instances from the internet.
  • Disabling Confluence Server and Data Center instances.

If you are unable to take the above actions implementing a WAF (Web Application Firewall) rule which blocks URLs containing ${ may reduce your risk.

Powerscript for Jira – how to block editing a field or fields for a given role or roles.

Power Scripts™ – Jira script automation
JIRA PowerScript Sctipts Plugin is a very useful plugin if you want to automate tasks while working with Jira projects to save time on repetitive tasks. The most important features are the ability to automate repetitive tasks, scripts added to the workflow, transit, and event listener.

It can be found on atlassian marketplace under this link. Unfortunately, it is not free, but the price is very affordable.

Script code

Read more Powerscript for Jira – how to block editing a field or fields for a given role or roles.