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Technology – Google Local Guides

Posted in Blogging, Fun Stuff, Internet with tags , , , , , on 2015/11/16 by rmolby

While at work something caught my eye and I ended up signing up for Google Local Guides, a program that rewards you for helping Google improve their Google Maps information.

I don’t know what yo expect from the program, but ti looks to be quite simple.

Short term, I will update location pictures with either more up-to-date version or more details, but as I gain experience, I will try to provide useful information about the location I am updating, and as I gain experience, I will post about it here.

Financial – Micro-tipping with ChangeTip

Posted in Blogging, Business, Economy, Entertainment, Income, Internet, Liberty, Technology, Wordpress with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2014/08/24 by rmolby

In my previous post about tipping with bitcoin on Twitter, I talked about using TipperCoin, but this only worked on Twitter. So here comes a different outfit, ChangeTip – A Love Button for the Internet.

Have you ever read something on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or any other social media site and wanted to send the author a small amount of funds to tell them you appreciate the information?

Well, sending very small tips, also called micro-payments or micro-tipping, isn’t really feasible with say PayPal, or most other conventional payment systems, because of all the transaction fees.

Well, all this changed when Bitcoin was created back in 2007/2008 (see history), and today we are are able to make financial transaction in microscopic small amounts. As a matter of fact, as of this posting, it would take 122,174 satoshi to make one (1) US dollar, or 1221.74 satoshi to make a US Penny, according to Satoshi Value.

This means that I can now tip or pay for just the piece of content that is important to me. For example, if I look at a DiY page and all I really needed is a picture of where a part goes on a gadget, I may tip the article or post writer a dollar, but if just needed one paragraph of text to clarify something, or I find a page visually pleasing, I may tip 1000 satoshi, or just under a penny. Hover, if I find something really valuable, say a gardening article, and I decide to print a hard copy of it for future reference, I may tip US$5 because I find it that valuable and I am keeping it for future reference, so it is worth that much. Or maybe 1/4 of the article is worth keeping it, so I will tip US$1.25.

So first there was TipperCoin, a novel way to send small amount of bitcoin to Twitter users. But since this is specific to Twitter users I never really got into it because I just don’t Twitter that much, much less read a lot of Tweets. This all changes with ChangeTip. It is cross-platform, currently supporting GitHub, Google+, Reddit, StoclTwits, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube. They are working on Facebook.

When you sign up, they generously give US$0.50 to start your tipping account. I used my Google+ to do the signing up, and it automatically linked my YouTube channel. I then added all the other social media sites I have an account with.

Now I am ready to both tip and receive tips.

So, here we go, a way to tell authors how much you appreciate their work beyond giving them a “Like”, “Plus” or retweet.

If you found this article useful, you can go here to give me a tip and sign up if you are not a ChangeTip member.

Tip Me With ChangeTip

Self-Improvement – New Start

Posted in Blogging, Business, Entertainment, Family, Health, Income, Internet, Liberty, LifeStyle, Wordpress with tags , , on 2014/08/21 by rmolby

August 21st, 2014

Have you ever questioned the purpose of your life, or asked, “with everything that is going on in my life, why am I going on? Is there a future worth living for?”

Piggybacking on my last post about getting a new job and regaining about 50% of my previous income, and trying to find something to inspire me to get re-engaged in life, I remembered a cool video I got from someone that was narrated by Earl Nightingale.

So I searched for any videos narrated by him, and among the list I found this particular video:

At the end of the video is a list of 12 points to remember, and I will try to go into each of those points as a separate post, but here is the list:

  1. Explore the work you are currently engaged in
  2. Realize that your own pasture is green – and unlimited
  3. The way you go about your job makes it good or bad
  4. Let yourself grow – avoid self-limitation
  5. Start preparing yourself for opportunities – NOW
  6. Put your imagination to work on ways of improving on what you are doing now
  7. Learn all you can about your job, your company and your industry
  8. There is no limit to your growth potential
  9. Our economy needs and will reward the uncommon person who participates in its growth
  10. Begin to build your library of reference material on your company, industry, your job and people skills
  11. Set aside an hour a day for study and research
  12. Remember the story of the acres of diamonds

I will not make Point 11 into a separate post, as this post you are reading serves as the post about setting aside an hour per day for research and learning.

I had originally thought about finding a short inspirational video so I could spend as little time as possible on this, but it turned out watching the 10 minute video in its entirety was the best choice I could have made, and it prompted me to spend that hour researching, learning, and writing up this blog post.

I want to touch briefly on a few other items that are tangentially associated with this post.

Recently I have been interested in finding mild climates to live in, and one place I found intriguing is Ecuador, specifically Cotacachi, as I described in a previous post. It is located in a valley at quite some altitude and has temperatures that range in the 45-72F (6-22C) range, placing it into the perfect temperature range for me and the wife. We both share this range as an overlap. She can handle, and prefers it colder, and I prefer temps in the 50-80F range, but this is about the most perfect place I can think of. So I was hunting for more information about living abroad and specifically living in Ecuador… in the process I found Blogger Abroad, a blog of a Canadian family living in the south of Ecuador where it is quite a bit warmer, but the culture is similar.

As it happens, he and his wife blog to make a living, and because of the reduced cost of living in Ecuador if you eat on the economy, you can make it on the income made online. Mind you, Bryan also blogs for About.com, so I imagine they make decent money between all their income streams, as he describes on his blog’s Start Here page. One of the things he writes about is Affiliate Marketing, and Amazon being one of the first and oldest affiliate marketers around. So I jumped in head first and signed up for an Amazon Affiliate account.

Even though I don’t plan on making any huge sums of money from this blog, I figure it would not hurt to try to monetize some of the work I have accomplished on this blog so far and into the future. One thing I plan on doing is to shed my Cable TV bill by getting an iView 3500 TV tuner (review) so I can get my local channels, and then sign up for Amazon Prime for all the pay TV Shows, Movies and Music. In addition, as time goes on I may get Netflix and Hulu, maybe Crackle and a few others.

Anyway, so I spent my hour a day doing this research, and another hour or so writing up this post, fulfilling Point 11 of the above list. As I find time, I will write up the other 11 points of the list and make the whole series available on the blog.

December 27th, 2014

Check my blog today I realized I never posted this to the blog, it had remained in draft mode all this time. I have made some progress on some of the things I mentioned above, including purchasing the iView TV tuner converter box. I will write up a new post and comment on the device, soon, along with several more reviews of different devices that have come my way.

February 21st, 2015

I updated this blog post to fix some typos, and to add a link to a product review.

Financial – Micro-tipping with Bitcoin

Posted in Blogging, Business, Economy, Entertainment, Internet, Liberty, Technology, Wordpress with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2014/01/21 by rmolby

Have you ever read something on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or any other social media site and wanted to send the author a small amount of fund to tell them you appreciate the information?

Well, sending very small tips isn’t really feasible with say PayPal or most other conventional payment systems. Then here comes TipperCoin, a novel way to send small amount of Bitcoin to Twitter users. Once you have an account on TipperCoin by signing in with your Twitter account, you are automatically given a Bitcoin address that is used to both receive and send micro Bitcoin to other Twitter users by sending a Twitter message in the following format:

“@recipient, message text here, 0.001 BTC @tippercoin”

Even if the Twitter user does not have a TipperCoin account yet, TipperCoin will automatically generate a Bitcoin address for the user and store the coin up to 21 days.

So, here we go, a way to tell authors how much you appreciate their work beyond giving them a “Like”, “Plus” or retweet.

Google Doodles for 15 Nov

Posted in Blogging, Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Holiday, Internet, Misc, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2013/11/15 by rmolby

2013 – Romania

Emil Racoviță's 145th Birthday

Emil Racoviță’s 145th Birthday

Emil Racoviță (Romanian pronunciation: [eˈmil ˈrakovit͡sə]; also spelled Racovitza; 15 November 1868 – 17 November 1947) was a Romanian biologist, zoologist, speleologist, explorer of Antarctica and the first biologist in the world to study the arctic life.

Together with Grigore Antipa, he was one of the most noted promoters of natural sciences in Romania. Racoviță was the first Romanian to have gone on a scientific research expedition to the Antarctic, more than 100 years ago, as well as an influential professor, scholar and researcher. (WikiPedia)

2012-2001 – none

2009 – Japan

Shichi-go-san 2000

Shichi-go-san 2000

Shichi-Go-San (七五三?, lit. “Seven-Five-Three”) is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend. (WikiPedia)

1999-1998 – none

Later I will research some historical facts later to fill in the missing years.

Ramblings for 2013.11.10

Posted in Blogging, Internet, LifeStyle, Technology, Uncategorized, Wordpress with tags , , , , , on 2013/11/10 by rmolby

Oh my, I’ve been absent from this blog for quite some time!

I have been very tired, A LOT, lately, due to many stresses in my life. Then, recently, for reasons I will leave unmentioned due to confidentiality reasons, I was put into administrative hold on my job, and am currently waiting on a decision from upper management.

Having a few days to reflect on my life and my career, I am beginning to wonder if this is the right path for me, or if I need to consider moving on?

Coincidentally I came across Mike Elgan’s post on aNewDomain.net about being a nomadic blogger, journalist, and writer for major publications. Mind you, the above post was written a few days ago, but when looking into his writing I also found this post at Computerworld.com, where he talks briefly how he and his wife decided to give up the average American lifestyle of large house, cars, cable TV, etc. and became a semi-nomadic writer making a good income and living well abroad.

Next I read this article/post published about a month after the above mentioned article, also at Computerworld.com, mentioning the top 10 nomad bloggers.This particular post on thinktraffic.net introduces you to the top 10 nomads and what they have to say about their lifestyle.

Mind you, these two articles were written in 2009! This is 4 years later, when I discover these posts, but they are as relevant today as they were back in 2009; this information is ageless in general, only the means of making a living may have changed a little. This is what I am looking into right now, can I still make a living blogging, journaling, writing in 2013 and beyond?

We shall see if this is still a viable way to make an income. I’ve been reading a bit about web hosting, WordPress hosting, and such, and I think for the near term future I will stick with the free solution right here on WordPress.com until I know for sure I can stick with it and post on a regular basis.

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