December 2017

Simple GPU Overclocking Boosts Ethereum Mining Profitability by 20.65% - Now Making $2.66 Daily

  • Simple GPU Overclocking Boosts Ethereum Mining Profitability by 20.65% - Now Making $2.66 Daily

    Published: 31 December, 2017 seen 3,337 Servers

    Welcome to the last post of 2017, and no surprise but today I will speak about increased Ethereum (and Siacoin) mining profitability by overclocking GPU cards. Those of you following my blog lately already know - in December I decided to build 12 GPU mining rig and ordered goodies from Amazon. In total spending about $1,147.  The total investment right now covers just the core minimum - motherboard, power supply, PCI risers, RAM, processor and just 2 graphics cards. At the start, I ordered just one graphics card from Amazon, but while still waiting for equipment to arrive I decided to set up…

Taverna Plateia in Mirthios, Crete

  • Taverna Plateia in Mirthios, Crete

    Published: 30 December, 2017 seen 114 Restaurant reviews

    Ok, this is just another roadside cafeteria, discovered by accident - meet Taverna Plateia in the village of Mirthios, on the island of Crete. At least I believe it is located in Mirthios village, as we did our trip to Crete back in June 2017, now browsing through the huge photo archive at Adobe Lightroom, I might be wrong. Though it's worth to mention this place as we had a nice dinner here. Taverna Plateia in Crete My one and only reference point - signboard - Taverna Plateia. If looking through my Crete discovery map, this might be the right location Quick dinner at Taverna Plateia…

Lake Kournas in Crete

  • Lake Kournas in Crete

    Published: 29 December, 2017 seen 197 Lakes

    Lake Kournas is a lake on the island of Crete, Greece, near the village of Kournas. It is in the Apokoronas municipality of Chania regional unit close to the border with Rethymno regional unit, 47 km from the town of Chania. Kournas is a fairly large village perched on a hill overlooking the lake. We headed to the Lake Kournas in June 2017, just to spend a nice afternoon here and enjoy a mild swim in the lake water. It should be noted that Lake Kournas is Crete's only freshwater lake Lake Kournas in Crete Lake Kournas, is relatively large, with a perimeter of 3.5 km. Although almost all…

Learning Crypto Currency Mining The Hard Way

  • Learning Crypto Currency Mining The Hard Way

    Published: 28 December, 2017 seen 415 Servers

    It has been a couple of days since my first GPU mining rig is set up and running, making me a couple of extra dollars every day. In these past couple of days, I have learned a lot, mostly tech stuff how to install different components on a motherboard and to connect to the mining pool. In today's article, I will share a few photos and notes what helped to get me here. It all started with ordering details for 12 GPU mining rig from Amazon. It sounds bit insane but I spent about $1,000 just for the core minimum + about $200 additionally for getting these goodies to Tbilisi (transport and cost…

HashFlare Review - I'm Making $0.50 Per day from Bitcoin cloud mining and I want more

  • HashFlare Review - I'm Making $0.50 Per day from Bitcoin cloud mining and I want more

    Published: 27 December, 2017 seen 3,410 Investments

    Hashflare is the latest addition to my investment portfolio and currently the smallest one, also I feel really surprised seeing its great performance after just first 5 days of operations. It is something I didn't expect. I decided to open a test account on Hashflare on December 20, 2017, and invested $50.60 to purchase hashing power of 0.23 TH/s, see: I Just invested $50.60 in Hashflare.io Cloud Mining HashFlare.io (Affiliate link here - if you will click, register and decide to invest, I might earn 10% commission from that) - Estonia based cloud mining company Please note - I'm not a…

I'm Making $2.44 Per Day By Dual Mining Ethereum and Siacoin, and I'm NOT HAPPY YET!

  • I'm Making $2.44 Per Day By Dual Mining Ethereum and Siacoin, and I'm NOT HAPPY YET!

    Published: 26 December, 2017 seen 1,721 Investments

    This is a quick follow up post after previous and initial I'm Making $0.98 Per Day By Mining Ethereum and Siacoin, and I want MORE!. It has been first 24 hours since my core mining rig have been set up and running. Well, more precisely, yesterday I finally received details ordered from Amazon at the start of December - motherboard, processor, power block, graphics card and other, see: Building a 12 GPU Ethereum Mining Rig From Scratch - Part 1: Ordering Details By now all mining operations are run from my living room (instead of office) on a separate mining rig. The total investment as of day…

Top 20 Best Selling HP Laptop / Notebook Computers 2018

  • Top 20 Best Selling HP Laptop / Notebook Computers 2018

    Published: 25 December, 2017 seen 7,919 Online Shopping

    A popular choice among best selling HP laptops on Amazon are budget class HP Stream series, HP Touchscreens and HP Chromebooks In this article I've listed 20+ best selling HP laptop/notebook computers for 2018, alternatively see: Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Computers 2018 or 17 Best HP Laptops You Can Buy Online - Amazon.com A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I will earn an affiliate income at no cost to you. Prices for laptops listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon Product …

Thanasis - Cretan Taverna in Stavros

  • Thanasis - Cretan Taverna in Stavros

    Published: 24 December, 2017 seen 187 Restaurant reviews

    Thanasis is a typical Cretan taverna located in the town of Stavros. We visited this place during our stay at Kavos beach apartment in June 2017. Friendly staff, amazing food, affordable prices and amazing sunset views. Outdoor deck at Thanasis taverna While waiting for our Cretan cuisine to be served made some HDR sunset photography here: Sunset photography One of the rare handheld HDR's Octopus Dolma Contact info Taverna Thanasis Cafe bar in Stavros, Crete

Works of Georgian Painter Nino Jikia

  • Works of Georgian Painter Nino Jikia

    Published: 23 December, 2017 seen 196 Living in Georgia

    Nino is a friend, we have been in friends with Nino for about a year. We actually met her as a cat sitter during our 10 days trip to New York City at the end of 2016 She has cat- sitted several more times since then. In case you are looking for cat minder here in Tbilisi - without hesitation - Nino is one of the best - our boys just adore her. I know that Nino is busy with a cat sitting for many other expats in Tbilisi, and in fact, she has about 15 cats at home - she just can't let little kitties alone on the street and takes them home - helping and taking care.  Nino is a Tbilisi Academy of…

Kavos Beach Apartments & Studios Review in Stavros, Crete

  • Kavos Beach Apartments & Studios Review in Stavros, Crete

    Published: 22 December, 2017 seen 157 Hotel reviews

    Kavos beach apartments are among one of my favorite hotels discovered in Crete. We stayed here for a couple of nights in June 2017, during about a month long trip to Crete. Stavros is a village and a popular beach destination located close to the Chania town in Crete, Greece. The beach and surroundings were the place where in 1964 Michael Cacoyannis partly made the popular Greek movie "Zorba the Greek" starring Anthony Quinn. Top Hotels and Apartments in Stavros, Crete Set amidst landscaped gardens, all apartments and studios at Kavos are air-conditioned and have a spacious balcony or terrace…

I Just invested $50.60 in Hashflare.io Cloud Mining

  • I Just invested $50.60 in Hashflare.io Cloud Mining

    Published: 21 December, 2017 seen 1,576 Investments

    Dude, this has been one crazy cryptocurrency investment year - at least for me. Starting simple buy and hold operations on Coinbase.com, extending to swing trades, crypto lending and now at the end of December 2017 ordering details for 12 GPU mining rig. I thought - that's it, there is no way more I could expose myself to cryptos. Turns out I was wrong, as there are still cloud mining contracts available. And here comes in another startup from the Baltics - Estonian cloud mining company HashFlare.io (Affiliate link here - if you will click, register and decide to invest, I might earn 10%…

Coinbase Enables trading (Buy&Sell) Bitcoin Cash on it's Platform

  • Coinbase Enables trading (Buy&Sell) Bitcoin Cash on it's Platform

    Published: 20 December, 2017 seen 101 Investments

    Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange has introduced Bitcoin Cash (BCH) trading on its platform. This sudden news comes out on Wed, December 20, 2017. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is a hard fork of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. The fork occurred on August 1, 2017. Bitcoin Cash increased block size limit from one megabyte to eight megabytes. Now, this sounds as huge WOW to me and leads to re-think my further crypto investment strategy. Currently, using dollar cost averaging once in a month I keep acquiring bitcoin, ethereum and litecoin, also I keep buying ripple from Poloniex exchange.…

Fresh Portakalada and Donner somewhere near Kandanos in Crete

  • Fresh Portakalada and Donner somewhere near Kandanos in Crete

    Published: 19 December, 2017 seen 53 Restaurant reviews

    There are times Google Maps doesn't help (in fact there are dozen of such times) - this time Google Maps street view didn't help either - after about 6 months since we returned from Crete, I'm still postprocessing a lot of photos, reviewing places (tourist attractions, hotels, and restaurants). It was in the morning, we left Palaiochóra and headed towards Heraklion in our rental car.  Somewhere near Kandanos we found this lovely roadside cafeteria serving Donner and Portokalada (I mistakenly thought it will be freshly squeezed orange juice, but it turned out local lemonade) Portakalada…

Top 17 Best Selling Lenovo Laptops / Notebooks 2018

  • Top 17 Best Selling Lenovo Laptops / Notebooks 2018

    Published: 18 December, 2017 seen 4,312 Online Shopping

    Lenovo laptops have been on my laptop radar probably since 2016, just recently I bought a Lenovo Ideapad 320 for our office needs, let me express my humble joy with this business laptop model. I love seeing Lenovo evolving year after year. In this article I've listed top best selling and top latest Lenovo laptop releases for 2018 A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I might earn an affiliate income at no cost to you. Prices for laptops listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon Product…

Mining with SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon™ RX 560 4GD5 Review

  • Mining with SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon™ RX 560 4GD5 Review

    Published: 17 December, 2017 seen 6,153 Servers

    This Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 560 4GB graphics card is the first I've put on test for mining ethereum. Bought it at about $190 at local Tbilisi electronics shop, but you could get this card from Amazon for about $130. Out of the box, I was able to get 10.72MH/s for Ether and 85.74 MH/s for dual mining Siacoin, on average by mining with this card only I'm able to make about $0.98 daily, which gives about 190 days for ROI. See: I'm Making $0.98 Per Day By Mining Ethereum and Siacoin, and I want MORE! Cat waiting for the first mining rig to be built Currently, this card is installed on a…

I'm Making $0.98 Per Day By Mining Ethereum and Siacoin, and I want MORE!

  • I'm Making $0.98 Per Day By Mining Ethereum and Siacoin, and I want MORE!

    Published: 16 December, 2017 seen 1,228 Investments

    The fans are spinning and graphics cards are heating, it has been 24 hours since I started mining Ethereum and Siacoin. And in these 24 hours, I've made $0.96. Ok, in fact, there is just one fan spinning and just one RadeonRX 560 card, which I bought a couple of days ago in Tbilisi, and decided to test the mining process at one of our spare office computers, before details for my 12 GPU mining rig arrives. I feel glad I was so impatient and rushed to perform a test, as while doing test setup I discovered a few bottlenecks and faced some issue, also I accidentally damaged one HDD while…

Is It Profitable Mining Siacoin (SC) in 2018?

  • Is It Profitable Mining Siacoin (SC) in 2018?

    Published: 15 December, 2017 seen 9,209 Investments

    Sia is a new approach to cloud storage platforms. Instead of all datacenters being owned and operated by a single company, Sia opens the floodgates and allows anyone to make money by renting out their hard drive. Data integrity is protected using redundancy and cryptography. Sia uses a cryptocurrency, Siacoin, to enable decentralized payments via file contracts. All payments on the network happen in Siacoin, which is a critical component of our cryptographic SLAs. Siacoin allows us to do things that would not be possible with Bitcoin or traditional online payments. See: 8 Things Every Crypto…

How to Install Drupal 8 with Nginx, PHP-FPM, MySQL, phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04 - Linode Guide

  • How to Install Drupal 8 with Nginx, PHP-FPM, MySQL, phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04 - Linode Guide

    Published: 14 December, 2017 seen 10,336 Servers

    In this article, you will learn how to set up a Drupal 8 with Nginx, PHP-FPM, MySQL and phpMyAdmin. This article might not be complete, but you will find a lot of useful information Update: How to Install Drupal 8 with Nginx, PHP-FPM 7.2, MySQL, phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 18.04 - Linode Guide Prerequisites Ubuntu 16.04 - 64bit version. Root privileges. You can get a cheap VPS for $10/mo from Linode. As I've few test Linodes already purchased I'm going to use one of them Follow basic security guide, see: Securing Your Server I will use Putty for Windows to access SSH Secure your server Create the…

Buying Graphic Cards (GPU) and Computer Parts in Tbilisi, Georgia

  • Buying Graphic Cards (GPU) and Computer Parts in Tbilisi, Georgia

    Published: 13 December, 2017 seen 1,419 Living in Georgia

    It should be noted that buying GPU's in Tbilisi is not a very cost-effective option, better use Amazon.com and service like usa2georgia.com to deliver your goodies to Georgia. But if you are in rush, as I was today, and you are desperate to have a GPU right now, while in Tbilisi - there are several electronic stores I could recommend. While I was still waiting for goodies from the US to be shipped to Georgia, I decided to buy an additional cheap GPU and put in on test at one of our spare office computers. Doing my due diligence I found Sapphire Pulse X560 4GB GDDR5 card at pshop.ge for GEL…

How to Check Motherboard Model on Windows 10

  • How to Check Motherboard Model on Windows 10

    Published: 12 December, 2017 seen 1,241 Servers

    Recently I ordered goodies for my first 12 GPU mining rig, including the motherboard. As I have got a few other PC's I decided to explore, are they optimal for GPU mining, for doing that, I had to learn the motherboard model and version. Luckily, there is a simple command line to run from CMD.  Open up the command prompt in Windows via either the run dialog (Windows+R) or by searching for “cmd” on the Start menu. At the command line, type the following text (noting that there are no spaces between the modifiers—just commas), and then hit Enter: wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version…

Top 14 Best Selling GPU Cards 2018

  • Top 14 Best Selling GPU Cards 2018

    Published: 11 December, 2017 seen 3,610 Online Shopping

    Looking to build your first mining rig in 2018? Probably to extend and upgrade existing one? As just a couple of days ago I decided to go with my first ethereum mining rig setup (see: Building a 12 GPU Ethereum Mining Rig From Scratch - Part 1: Ordering Details) I decided to take a closer look at GPU card market and a great learning place is Amazon's Bestselling items list - to see, what folks are actually buying. For each card tried to find approximate hashing rate to mine ether or zcash.  In this article, I've listed top 14 best selling GPU cards listed on Amazon.com. A clear winner, at…

To Mine or Buy Ethereum/Zcash/Monero in 2018

  • To Mine or Buy Ethereum/Zcash/Monero in 2018

    Published: 10 December, 2017 seen 19,482 Investments

    Since the beginning of the second half of 2017, I call myself a proud crypto investor - currently investing in the 4 major cryptocurrencies - bitcoin, ethreum, litecoin and ripple. Starting July 2017, using dollar cost averaging I keep buying crypto coins once in the month. So far, the total crypto portfolio shows an awesome 132.98% year to date value growth. Update, lately I've been playing with bitcoin cloud mining contracts from HashFlare, see Should You Invest in Hashflare Ethereum Cloud Mining Contract or Build Your Own GPU Mining Rig HashFlare.io (Affiliate link here - if you will click…

Red Cafe Tbilisi (Near Marjanishvili Theatre)

  • Red Cafe Tbilisi (Near Marjanishvili Theatre)

    Published: 9 December, 2017 seen 439 Restaurant reviews

    Red Cafe Tbilisi is another interesting place to visit if you are looking for an all-day brunch menu. It seems that lately, brunch menus have been very popular across Tbilisi restaurants. Stylish, elegant. Pretty interesting menu items. One of the rare places not serving Turkish coffee, even when I asked to make one especially for me. Instead of Turkish coffee, you can get here some Ethiopian, as I'm not a coffee geek I don't care is it Ethiopian, Colombian or Arabica. But yes, for those of you looking for a place where to enjoy an Ethiopian coffee in Tbilisi - think Red Cafe. It's hard to…

Building a 12 GPU Ethereum Mining Rig From Scratch - Part 1: Ordering Details

  • Building a 12 GPU Ethereum Mining Rig From Scratch - Part 1: Ordering Details

    Published: 8 December, 2017 seen 10,093 Servers

    I love testing ideas and even more than just testing new ideas I love testing them using Minimum viable product approach.   I've been in a crypto craze for a while already - started with buy and hold, added little speculative trades, tried an ICO and now even considering to start mining. Totally insane? Well, I can only agree! In fact, that doesn't even sound like me - you see, I like buying and holding, I even enjoy doing a few swing trades once in a while, but to run a mining rig? Totally not me. It sounds like a lot of hassle to me.  But still - starting a mining - is the latest crazy idea…

Lenovo Ideapad 320-15ISK (Intel Core i3) Laptop Review

  • Lenovo Ideapad 320-15ISK (Intel Core i3) Laptop Review

    Published: 7 December, 2017 seen 10,550 Gadget Reviews

    Bought this Lenovo Idepad laptop for the use at our Tbilisi office. As recently we bought a few Desktop PC's with Intel Core i3 processors for transcription projects, for me it was important to have an office laptop with the same or similar parameters. Top 20 Budget Class (Intel Core 3) Laptops / Notebooks Ideapad 320 series comes with up to top-of-the-line 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processing, plus up to 16 GB DDR4 (for this model Intel Core i3 and 4 GB DDR) memory, guarantee lightning-fast responsiveness and reliable performance. Run multiple programs simultaneously, and transition seamlessly…

Limited Time Offer - Get up to 5% Cash Back by Investing in Mintos.com Long Term Loans

  • Limited Time Offer - Get up to 5% Cash Back by Investing in Mintos.com Long Term Loans

    Published: 6 December, 2017 seen 142 Investments

    For a limited time, Mintos.com peer to peer lending platform are offering a bonus for investing in long-term loans. Until December 31, 2017, for each new investment you make on the primary market in loans with a maturity of two years or more, Mintos will pay an immediate cash back. Mintos.com have been one of my top performing dividend income channels in 2017 and I keep loving innovations introduced by Mintos almost every month. Cashback with up to 5%? Well, isn't that yet another great feature?  Investing in long-term loans now has even more benefits. Until December 31, 2017, invest in loans…

November 2017 Dividend Income Report - $50.75

  • November 2017 Dividend Income Report - $50.75

    Published: 5 December, 2017 seen 254 Investments

    Welcome to the seventh (#7) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend-paying stocks, peer to peer lending (both fiat and cryptocurrencies) in November 2017.  Surprisingly, but November, in terms of a passive income, turned out better, as I thought before, and generated me a dividend income of total $50.75. I didn't plan to make more than $40 this month, but increased lending rates and additional dividend payment helped to boost dividend earnings in November. Also, a super hyped month with cryptocurrencies made a nice boost to the total portfolio value. As usual, I was…

Top 20 Budget Class (Intel Core 3) Laptops / Notebooks

  • Top 20 Budget Class (Intel Core 3) Laptops / Notebooks

    Published: 4 December, 2017 seen 1,192 Online Shopping

    Looking for a cheaper alternative to the pricey Intel Core i7 processor laptop? Think Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i3. Intel Core i3 processor laptop will be great for simpler tasks like Word processing and internet browsing, but hey you could perfectly run Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom on it. Acer, HP, Dell and Lenovo are among top brands manufacturing Intel Core i3 laptops If gaming is not your priority and budget is what to consider - in this article you will find top 20 Best Selling Intel Core i3 laptop models on Amazon A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by…

Christmas Charity Fair Tbilisi 2017

  • Christmas Charity Fair Tbilisi 2017

    Published: 3 December, 2017 seen 330 Living in Georgia

    Annual Winter Fair (Christmas charity fair) was held in Tbilisi's Radisson Blue Hotel on December 2, 2017 It has been a tradition for us while living in Georgia to visit this fair, already since 2011. Here are a few articles from the past: Christmas Charity Winter Fair in Tbilisi 2015, Christmas Charity Winter Fair in Tbilisi Sheraton Hotel, Christmas charity fair in Tbilisi As usual, we took a camera, backpack and went shopping, it' s a great time to buy great things and let's believe it helps charity, as all earnings made during this fair is believed to be donated to charity.  It should,…

How to Send RSS Web Push Notifications to Segments in OneSignal

  • How to Send RSS Web Push Notifications to Segments in OneSignal

    Published: 2 December, 2017 seen 869 Servers

    It has been already more than one year since I've enabled OneSignal Web Push notifications for this blog. Over the past year, the blog has acquired more than 25,000 web push subscribers. Frankly speaking - sure web push notifications are great if used the right way, speaking of me - unfortunately, or for good, as I keep writing on many topics, I still haven't found the most optimal use for web push notifications, as readers of this blog fall into many audiences and demographics. One of the use scenarios to sync web push notifications involves using RSS feed, see: How to send OneSignal RSS…

How to Prepare for Drupal 7 to 8 Upgrade - Planning

  • How to Prepare for Drupal 7 to 8 Upgrade - Planning

    Published: 1 December, 2017 seen 251 Drupal Development

    It has been more than 4 years since I started this blog. During the years it has evolved a lot, featuring about 1500 articles, extended of using about 60 modules and what's not less important - attracts about 100,000 users monthly. For more than 4 years this website has been running on Drupal 7. Despite me thinking of Drupal 7as one of the best Drupal versions so far, I understand the importance of upgrading to the latest Drupal 8 version. Drupal 8 features a lot of new and cool features, one of the things I like the most - composer for updating site functionality. Sure, there are many…