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Archive: Geek out
I'm deciding on a cloud storage solution at the moment. Here's a quick visual comparison overview of the main features and prices from the competitors that you might find handy. During my research I noticed that SpiderOak are the only cloud storage provider available at the moment with a "Zero-Knowledge" data privacy standard. In technical terms it means that the server has 'zero-knowledge' of your data. In non-technical terms it means that your data is 100% private and only readable to you. And I LOVE that!
This varies, depending on your hardware, what you pay for electricity and your rig. If you're wondering how to estimate what you could earn, check out:
Bitcoin mining profitability calculator
(via Chris Booker)
If you're not sure HOW to mine bitcoins check out the Business Insider guide:
How To 'Mine' Bitcoins And Make Real Money
NB! This guide is for power users. DO NOT ATTEMPT if you are not comfortable using Regedit or know how to back up your registry. You make these edits at your own risk!
You can save a considerable amount of time over the years by replacing the default icons in the Open Dialog box with your own most common file location. Today I finally got it set up with my personal favourite locations today and its really streamlining my process. Thought I'd share how to do it. (more...)
Today I did some research on which encryption method is safer for securely backing up extremely sensitive data like my Bitcoin wallet. I've been using the most popular WinZip and the free 7-Zip for years to AES encrypt my files (as regular encryption is far too easy to crack). For a while it was very secure but hackers have already identified security weaknesses with AES. So today I moved over, finally, to TrueCrypt thanks to the suggestion of a well-respected friend in the industry who also gave me the anonymous cellphone tipoff. So I'm going to save you some time and run through...
The advantages of switching to TrueCrypt (more...)
I wrote this guide based on a tip-off from a friend for the good folks who are interested in eventually going off the grid and becoming more anonymous.
IMO, this is the holy trinity of cellphone plans:
1. UNLIMITED calls, text and high-speed data
2. NO CONTRACT
3. Completely ANONYMOUS
And its half to a third of the price of most unlimited CONTRACTS.
The deal costs $50 a month and will need to pop into a T-Mobile branch each month to pay/recharge it. T-Mobile's network currently only supports unlocked GSM-compatible phones. Make sure your phone is compatible with T-Mobile sim cards and network first!
» Check my phones compatibility with T-Mobile here
Here's how to get it:
If you like me go through a lot of batteries (laptop mice, portable devices) and still don't have one of these, this is the year to finally get that battery recharger you've been thinking about. Why? They're so much cheaper these days, rechargable batteries have also gone way down in price, Your purchase will save you a lot of money over the years and we really could cut our Mother Earth some slack :)
This is the SONY AA/AAA Battery Charger that I bought in 2005, and its never failed me. But if I was to buy one today I'd get a battery charger that can handle all different types of battery formats, because you never know how your battery needs might change over the years... (more...)
If you've been looking for a better, cheaper and mostly unlimited host, here's a side-by-side comparison of my favourite top 3 providers that I offer my clients so you can easily find what you are looking for. AN Hosting is my personal favourite as it has the most unlimited options for next to nothing and offers a free site move for headache-free migration. I've been with them for years.
"Gizmodo: Kodak's decision to stop producing Kodachrome film in 2009 left a hole in people's nostalgia-seeking hearts. This documentary short by Xander Robin takes us into Dwayne's Photo, the last remaining lab to develop the coveted film. It really shows how cumbersome and complex the process of developing film is/was, and why analogue photography never really stood a chance against the onslaught of digital technology."
Today I found out from my childhood neighbour (Gareth Barlow) how to delete my Google+ account without affecting the other Google services I want to keep.
- Login to Google+
- Click on your username (top right) and select "Account Settings"
- Under "Services" click "Delete profile and social features"
- The next page will ask you whether you want to remove only Google+ only or your entire Google account.
- Select what you want and BREATHE! "Ahhhhhhhh!"
Techland: ...His reward? One million dollars and the Fields Medal, or the math world's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. But the private Perelman shrugged off the invite to accept the cash, saying that the knowledge he gained from proving the conjecture was more valuable than any monetary gain.
"Emptiness is everywhere and it can be calculated, which gives us a great opportunity. I know how to control the universe. So tell me, why should I run for a million?” he told Komsomolskaya Pravda, a daily Russian newspaper.
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