Saturday, April 11, 2020

BOINC - Distributed Network Computing

BOINC - Distributed Network Computing

For many years (since the 1990's), the SETI institute (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) has had far more data than they could deal with alone.  To get some help with this, they decided to send out all the data to the rest of the world. In the last 15 years, Cal State Berkeley has been making this data and many other MASSIVE projects available to everyone who wants it, via BOINC.

What is BOINC?

BOINC stands for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing.  It's the inevitable result of what Scientists and Researchers developed after they realized that they could get the world's computers to help them decode the universe. BOINC is effectively what Crypto mining was before Crypto; using many computers across a massive network to solve problems that one computer would take too long to do.

Why Do This?

The likelihood of making money from this project is much lower than making money from mining Crypto.  There are some projects that do offer rewards for completion, but the prizes are small, and you do not get incremental awards for progress.  So, you are doing this because you like the idea of helping the world solve problems, that one small group could not do alone.  Participating in BOINC is almost purely altruistic.

Tricks to get more out of the App

  • Alter your options: Go to Preferences, Check the "Show advanced preferences and controls",  scroll down.  Set "Max battery temperature" to less than 35 C.  I used 32.7 C (90 F).  This will keep the phone from ever getting too hot.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Investing for FREE with Robinhood

Investing for FREE with Robinhood

This is insane, who would allow people with almost no money, to trade stocks for free?

What is Robinhood?

Robinhood starts from the premise of making trading stocks accessible to everyone.  Of course anyone could trade stocks before Robinhood, but there was always a cost.  Robinhood removes that cost and many of the other barriers that once existed, like brokerages and difficulty in usage. You can trade as many stocks as you like as often as the market is available, regardless of how much money you have.  

Why do this?

Investing has historically been a great way of making your money work for you.  There are already people in the world who are doing this and you can benefit by helping them do it more.  Robinhood helps you, help them, by making it ridiculously easy, by removing the cost barrier.  

So many people are on their phones now anyway, it’s just practical to trade from your phone.  You can keep up with the stocks and make more trades as needed, rather than have to go home or call your broker.  All the info is in your control.

Tricks to get more out of the App (or device)

  • Search for the Stock Symbol, either by company name or ticker
  • Pin the Name / Ticker to your portfolio, by hitting the + button
  • Note: Cash that comes out of selling stocks will not be immediately available to put back in your bank account, it takes a few days.  But you can use it to buy more stocks

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Truly Unlimited Data on Visible

Truly Unlimited Data on Visible

There are so many alternative mobile carriers these days, but only one is Visible.  Visible offers what no other carrier (including T-mobile) can do, truly unlimited everything, talk, text, and data.

Monday, July 8, 2019

My Solid Coin: Zero Work, Free Bitcoin

Zero Work, Free Bitcoin

There are many Faucet sites for nearly every major Cryptocurrency that exists.  You might wonder why anyone would just give away money, and rightfully so.  No one gives away money.  But some people give away trash, in fact almost everyone does. 

What is My Solid Coin?

My Solid Coin is a website that is a Faucet for Satoshi.  Let me back up and explain what these two terms are and what they imply.  A SATOSHI is the smallest decimal piece of a BitCoin.  Like the Penny to the US Dollar, a Satoshi is a fraction of a Bitcoin. However, rather than being merely 1/100th of a Dollar, the Satoshi is 1/100,000,000th of a Bitcoin. 

A Faucet is as you might expect a place through which something is poured.  Often we think of a faucet is a place through which water is poured.  Now replace [water] with [Satoshi] and you get the idea.

"A Satoshi Faucet is a place through which Satoshi is poured"

My Solid Coin does more than provide a faucet for Satoshi, it also accepts deposits of Bitcoin which will allow it's users to receive more Satoshi than the default of roughly 300,000 per month or 5 per minute. With variable deposits it is possible to raise the total Satoshi received at every payable interval.

Why Do This?

For the same reasons that people visit the water well in a village to draw water to drink, cook, or bathe, a well of money can be used as a tool to take other actions. While the thin stream of satoshi coming from the faucet at My Solid Coin may be considered little, it is still more than zero.

At the current prices of Bitcoin to USD at the time of this article, 300k Satoshi held a value of about $38 (1 BTC = $12750).  But as anyone who watches the Cryptocurrency market can tell you, the price never stays there for long.  So for a spectrum of example, lets say that the lowest that BTC could be worth is $3k, and the highest at $20k.  The range of coin that a person could receive in a year is between $100 and $700

Tricks to get more out of the App

There is no Smartphone App for My Solid Coin, but there are still ways to get more out of the site.  If you are willing to deposit some BTC, your payment per minute can go up from 2x to as high as 926x. 

If you deposit the highest amount, which is 1 BTC, you will get 4630 Satoshi / minute.  Which in a 30 day period is about 200,000,000 Satoshi or exactly double your payment.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Perk: Earn Rewards for things that you do Everyday

Earn Rewards for things that you do Everyday

Perk has been around for several years and although it's certainly not in it's Hey Day any longer, it still a candidate for passive income if you know how to play it right.

What is Perk?

Perk is a company that pays you to perform tasks.  There are several tasks
(1) Sign Up
(2) Watch Videos
(3) Take Surveys
(4) Play Games
(5) Get Paid

The creators of Perk know that people like money, even if it's a tiny amount of money.  A little money here and there over time becomes a lot of money. But you probably already know, that they're making for more from the tasks that they give you, than they pay you. So...

Why Do This?

Perk exists in the "grey" area of typical business practices.  If you do the things listed above, they will in fact pay you.  But the amount that is paid minuscule as is the skill required to do such.  However the grey area allows that people with a little knowledge to do something that most people are not willing to do. 

Most people who encounter the Perk Suite, do some survey and watch some videos, but realize all to quickly that they may never reach the minimum payout and that leaves all that profit for Perk.  But to those who persevere will find the ...

Tricks to get more out of the App

(1) Ignore all other apps except Perk Word Search (unless you like Video Ads & Surveys)
(2) In Android, Open Developer options, and turn on "Don't Keep Activities" under the Apps sub-section
(3) Also in Android, Developer options, turn on "Stay Awake"

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

HoneyGain: Sweet Money

Sweet Money

You may have heard of this on the internet; how you can run this on your phone and make some extra money.  It's definitely a real thing.  Using your spare data, HoneyGain will pay you for any bandwidth that you're not using via your phone.

How does it work?

  1. Sign up for HoneyGain
  2. Login
  3. Make Money

Roadie: The On-The-Way Delivery Service

The On-The-Way Delivery Service

You're already going that way, why not get paid to do it?  Roadie is an economical service that is similar to the original intent of Lyft / Uber.  The idea is that you're already heading in that direction, why not go a little further out of your way to take another item with you.  Current delivery services pay their drivers a wage to deliver, but those services are already created for that purpose.

How does it work?

  1. Sign Up for Roadie
  2. Download the App and Create your profile
  3. Find local cargo to take with you