January 2018

Bākūži Winter 2018

  • Bākūži Winter 2018

    Published: 31 January, 2018 seen 38

    Made a couple of HDR's back at Bākūži, the country house where for the last couple of years we have done some home remodeling. In today's Piece of Life series, simple winter mood from Latvian winter (January 2018) Fishpond A decent level of water, not to say more, see: Waiting For The Water Level To Rise In The Pond Back view of the house Apple orchard For those of you interested how it all started, see: Home Remodelling - How It All Starts

Lost Siacoins after Depositing to Poloniex.com Exchange (Probably because of Wallet Maintenance)

  • Lost Siacoins after Depositing to Poloniex.com Exchange (Probably because of Wallet Maintenance)

    Published: 30 January, 2018 seen 402 Investments

    Hmm, this is not nice, but that what happened to me, Siacoins I had mined using GPU mining rig,got lost somewhere in Poloniex.com A brief background - since I started to experiment with gpu mining rig, I opted for Claymore's dual mining Ethereum and Siacoin, mining Siacoin didn't seem very profitable (see: Is It Profitable Mining Siacoin (SC) in 2018? ), but I decided to keep mining just in case Siacoin goes to the moon (like many other altcoins) and maybe someday my Siacoins would be worth millions of dollars? He he. For Siacoin Withdrawal address I entered the one I have on Poloniex.com…

Top 15 Best Selling Acer Laptops / Notebooks 2018

  • Top 15 Best Selling Acer Laptops / Notebooks 2018

    Published: 29 January, 2018 seen 3,318 Online Shopping

    Acer laptops/notebooks have been among the best selling items on Amazon electronics list for a while, in this article you will find 15 best selling models of 2018. Both traditional laptops and Chromebooks are available, also a popular choice from Acer are powerful gaming laptops. Alternatively see: Top 15 Best Selling Acer Laptops With Windows 10 OS 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 from that. Prices for laptop computers listed on this page are retrieved…

Mining Ethereum With Asus Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG Strix OC Edition Review

  • Mining Ethereum With Asus Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG Strix OC Edition Review

    Published: 28 January, 2018 seen 5,444 Servers

    Asus Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ROG Strix OC Edition is the latest addition to my Ethereum mining rig, which currently consists of 4 GPU.  Bought back in Tbilisi, and I believe that I just overpaid about $100 for this card, in total spending $296 for this card. Not very cost effective. A couple of weeks ago I bought Zotac Geforce GTX1050Ti card for about $220. And in fact, this time I visited a store I was looking to purchase another Zotac, but unfortunately some had reserved all cards already and I was left either to purchase SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon™ RX 560 4GD5 or search for another store. I…

Mintos.com Review After 12 Month of Investing in Peer to Peer Lending

  • Mintos.com Review After 12 Month of Investing in Peer to Peer Lending

    Published: 27 January, 2018 seen 9,435 Investments

    I've been investing in Mintos.com peer to peer lending marketplace since the beginning of 2017, or it has been already 12 months or one year since I've been exposing my funds to this Latvian fintech platform.  In the past 12 months I've made a nice revenue of EUR 311.42 (before tax) and in today's article, I decided to share a quick overview for the past 2017 and also make a quick glimpse for my plans for 2018. Both individuals and entities can invest through Mintos. Individual investors must be at least 18 years old, have a bank account in the European Union or third countries currently…

Mining Ethereum @ ~53 MH/s and Siacoin @ ~310 MH/s Earns me $5.53 Daily - And It's Time to take a Pause

  • Mining Ethereum @ ~53 MH/s and Siacoin @ ~310 MH/s Earns me $5.53 Daily - And It's Time to take a Pause

    Published: 26 January, 2018 seen 5,177 Investments

    Each time I add some new graphics card to my existing gpu mining rig or some other major happenings happens I make a quick update into the blog.  There are two major updates since my latest post from cryptocurrency mining experiments - I have installed another gpu card (in total there are  already 4, giving a hash power of about 53 MH/s) and second, Ethereum price has dropped by about 40% in the last days (from $1,430 in January 13, 2018, to $1,007.41 in January 23). Both things heavily affect daily payouts when mining Ethereum (or any other altcoin) The mining rig has been up and operating…

Mining Ethereum With ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition Review

  • Mining Ethereum With ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition Review

    Published: 25 January, 2018 seen 4,616 Servers

    ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition is the third graphics card installed on my mining rig.  Bought back in Tbilisi and paid about $220 for this card, see: Buying Graphic Cards (GPU) and Computer Parts in Tbilisi, Georgia. Currently sold on Amazon for about $260 - ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition 4GB GDDR5 Super Compact Gaming Graphics Card (ZT-P10510B-10L) Out of the box, this card gives ~12 MH/s in Dual mining mode on SimpleMining OS. I believe with solo mining and little overclocking this card has a potential of 15MH/s for Ethereum mining. Currently, this card is installed on a mining…

Learning To Programm Ethereum Smart Contracts

  • Learning To Programm Ethereum Smart Contracts

    Published: 24 January, 2018 seen 117 Servers

    From simple crypto investments (buy & hold), speculative day trades, investments in cloud mining contracts, to building a custom 12 GPU ethereum mining rig. Sound enough? Not for me, it was yesterday I decided to get my hands dirty and understand this blockchain economy better and building a few test ethereum smart contracts. There is one simple explanation I can find for my desire to explore more - just to understand how this blockchain economy works from the technical point of view. You see - setting up a mining rig is one thing  - giving a direct benefit to me as a miner in a form of…

HashFlare.io Review After 1 month Bitcoin Cloud Mining Experiment

  • HashFlare.io Review After 1 month Bitcoin Cloud Mining Experiment

    Published: 23 January, 2018 seen 781 Investments

    A month ago (on December 21, 2017) I decided to explore bitcoin cloud mining contracts and decided to give it a try for HashFlare.io 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 financial advisor, services mentioned in this article use at your own risk and remember your capital is at risk, you could lose some or all of your money. At the start it took me to spend a good amount of the afternoon, to collect both good and negative reviews about HashFlare.io…

Top Bitcoin Mining Equipment - Best Selling Antminers on Amazon 2018

  • Top Bitcoin Mining Equipment - Best Selling Antminers on Amazon 2018

    Published: 22 January, 2018 seen 1,649 Servers

    You have several options if looking to mine bitcoin in 2018 - you could start with cloud mining contracts or you could go all-in and buy specific equipment for bitcoin mining. Speaking from my personal experience - I've been mining altcoins (Ethereum and Siacoin) using GPU mining rig, see: Building a 12 GPU Ethereum Mining Rig From Scratch - Part 1: Ordering Details Alternatively I've experimented with Hashflare.io cloud mining contracts, 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,…

Homemade Lasagna (Filling from Minced Meat + Bechamel Sauce)

  • Homemade Lasagna (Filling from Minced Meat + Bechamel Sauce)

    Published: 21 January, 2018 seen 919 Food blogger

    Welcome to just another food blogger series - today I'll share one of my favorite recipes - homemade lasagna. To make a lasagna you will need for filling: carrots, onions, minced meat (I prefer mixed lamb and pork), for bechamel sauce: butter, milk, flour, nutmeg, and cheese. To stick it all together we will need lasagna plates - there are two options - to use ready-made or make your owns. In today's recipe, I will use ready-made lasagna plates from the shop. For making homemade lasagna plates you would need to have the so-called macaroni machine, see: How To Make Fresh Egg Pasta Noodles…

Lazy Day Trip to Tianeti in Winter (via Mtskheta)

  • Lazy Day Trip to Tianeti in Winter (via Mtskheta)

    Published: 20 January, 2018 seen 1,167 Travel guides

    It was on Friday morning, which was a public holiday in Georgia, as it turned out, there is a good reason not to visit the office today, we started to figure it out, maybe go and visit Batumi by train for a couple of days. On the other hand, we didn't want to spend 3 days absent from home and decided to limit our impromptu trip just as an easy day trip, and agreed to visit Tianeti. Tianeti has been on my travel list since the end of 2016, the region is not yet very popular among tourists, and that's one of the reasons I love this region. On the other hand, day trips to Tianeti (region of…

Mining Ethereum With EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5 Review

  • Mining Ethereum With EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5 Review

    Published: 19 January, 2018 seen 10,291 Servers

    This EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5 is the second graphics card I've put on test for mining Ethereum. Bought from Amazon, together with the rest of mining rig equipment at the end of December, paid about $275 for this card. At the start using default out of the box settings, I was able to get out just about 14MH/S, which felt wrong, as I was hoping to get at least 22 MH/s with this card. Unboxing EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5 As it was Christmas time when I added this card to the mining rig, I decided to leave it as it is…

Would I invest $2,000 in Cryptos (Buying / Trading / Mining) in 2018

  • Would I invest $2,000 in Cryptos (Buying / Trading / Mining) in 2018

    Published: 18 January, 2018 seen 594 Investments

    I got a phone call from a friend, pretty strange phone call - friend was asking what would I do if I had spare $2,000, where would I invest them to make about $300/mo After the $300/monthly figure for me, it was clear - a friend is most probably talking about cryptos, and more probably about crypto mining. As I've been covering many articles on cryptocurrency investment lately, the phone call didn't come as a surprise. See: Should You Invest in Hashflare Ethereum Cloud Mining Contract or Build Your Own GPU Mining Rig With Rising Ethereum Price I'm making $5.22 daily by Mining Cryptos - And I…

About Setting Up Virtual Trade Zone in Georgia (And Free Industrial Zones)

  • About Setting Up Virtual Trade Zone in Georgia (And Free Industrial Zones)

    Published: 17 January, 2018 seen 2,461 Living in Georgia

    A couple of years ago (in 2012) I met an American entrepreneur John Keogh here in Georgia. Back in these days, office coworking spaces were kind of popular and just obliviously popped up also in Georgia. John had a business in Tbilisi, and in his blog (www.upsoni.com) he published some cool stuff about his vision of possible coop both for local and expat entrepreneurs - I contacted him and we had a lovely dinner at one of the lovely Tbilisi Restaurants (Capadoccia, more precisely) A lot has changed since then, long are the days with office coworking spaces, the World has gone mad because of…

Should You Invest in Hashflare Ethereum Cloud Mining Contract or Build Your Own GPU Mining Rig

  • Should You Invest in Hashflare Ethereum Cloud Mining Contract or Build Your Own GPU Mining Rig

    Published: 16 January, 2018 seen 2,943 Investments

    The idea and inspiration for this article come out since after about a month ago I started to invest both in cloud mining and building my very own GPU mining rig. I decided to compare - what's more profitable - doing all by yourself or just throwing money into cloud mining contracts. Make sure to read out my previous article on similar topic: To Mine or Buy Ethereum/Zcash/Monero in 2018 For a prelude, back in December 2017, I decided to build up to 12 GPU mining rig, using kind of dollar cost averaging - installing a new graphics card once in a month. Now, about 30 days later I have a 3…

Top 25 Best Selling Touch Screen Laptop Computers 2018

  • Top 25 Best Selling Touch Screen Laptop Computers 2018

    Published: 15 January, 2018 seen 3,065 Online Shopping

    Touchscreen laptops are back in 2018, dominating  Amazon's best selling laptop lists in January 2018. From my humble observations, last time touchscreens were popular was back in 2014. Starting 2015 throughout 2017 - powerful gaming laptops dominated, probably because of the crypto craze, who knows. Asus, HP, Acer, Dell, Samsung, Lenovo and Microsoft Surface Book are the most popular touchscreen brands in 2018. Both traditional, 2-1 and Chromebooks are available. Alternatively, see: TOP 25 Latest Laptop Models to Buy in 2018 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Computers 2018 Top 17 Best Selling…

With Rising Ethereum Price I'm making $5.22 daily by Mining Cryptos - And I Definitely Want MORE!

  • With Rising Ethereum Price I'm making $5.22 daily by Mining Cryptos - And I Definitely Want MORE!

    Published: 14 January, 2018 seen 578 Investments

    Each time I add some new graphics card to my existing gpu mining rig or some other major happenings happens I make a quick update into the blog.  There are two major updates since my latest post from cryptocurrency mining experiments - I have installed another gpu card (in total there are 3, with a hash power of about 40 MH/s) and second, in the past day's price for Ethereum are reaching new ATH (All Time High) been set at $1,430 as of writing this (January 13, 2018). Those of you following my blog lately already know - in December I decided to build 12 GPU mining rig and ordered goodies from…

Remote and Abandoned Hipster Party Place with Great views of Tbilisi (Hiking near Turtle Lake)

  • Remote and Abandoned Hipster Party Place with Great views of Tbilisi (Hiking near Turtle Lake)

    Published: 13 January, 2018 seen 485 Living in Georgia

    It was on a hazy Saturday morning in early January of 2018, we decided to go and visit our favorite hiking trails in Tbilisi, those ones located near Turtle Lake.  Arriving at the lake with Taxi, see How to Get around in Tbilisi by Taxify (Taxi Mobile Application), noticing our favorite Intelligentsia Coffee Bar is still closed (we arrived before 10 AM) we made a lap of honor around the lake and started to hike towards the Vake Park Hiking in Tbilisi Soon we discovered some interesting, seems completely abandoned and pretty remote place, the best I could thought about naming this place - …

December 2017 Dividend Income Report - $173.64

  • December 2017 Dividend Income Report - $173.64

    Published: 12 January, 2018 seen 264 Investments

    Welcome to the eighth (#8) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend-paying stocks, peer to peer lending (both fiat and cryptocurrencies) in December 2017.  As it was expected, already since the middle of the year, December was the record breaker and generated a dividend income in total of $173.64 See a complete list of things going on behind the scenes and my investment plans for 2018: 2017 in Review and Financial Goals for 2018 As usual, I was doing nothing much, just investing in great companies, playing a little bit with cryptocurrencies and lending out money via…

Kodak Coin an interesting ICO to take participation

  • Kodak Coin an interesting ICO to take participation

    Published: 11 January, 2018 seen 192 Investments

    Reading crypto related portals are fun and entertaining, recently I was reading an article published on CoinDesk Kodak Is Launching a Cryptocurrency for Photographers and as a hobby photographer with a massive photo library, running a digital photography school project I did find it very appealing ICO to most probably take part in. U.S. technology firm Kodak has announced that it will launch its own cryptocurrency, with plans to host an initial coin offering (ICO) at the end of January. In an official announcement, Kodak said the cryptocurrency would underpin "an encrypted, digital ledger of…

Dwarpool.com Review 2018 - Mining Ethereum at 28MH/s

  • Dwarpool.com Review 2018 - Mining Ethereum at 28MH/s

    Published: 10 January, 2018 seen 1,754 Servers

    I've been mining ether since December 16, 2017, the total hash power currently is about 28MH/s. That's about 1/5 from the planned hash power in 2018.  It all started with a single GPU installed at one of the free office computers, later it has been extended to custom-built GPU mining rig and some optimization done. Past couple of weeks have been a nice learning curve, I have created many articles on mining with GPU, and they are among the most popular in 2018. Without doubts - crypto mining is a hot topic in 2018. See the complete list of articles for the past developments: Building a 12 GPU…

My Experience with Wirex Visa Card (Virtual/Plastic) Convert BTC/Altcoins to USD/EUR or GBP

  • My Experience with Wirex Visa Card (Virtual/Plastic) Convert BTC/Altcoins to USD/EUR or GBP

    Published: 9 January, 2018 seen 4,117 Investments

    I first heard about bitcoin Visa cards back in the Summer of 2017, when opted into crypto craze (strong buy and hold here). Back then I discovered Bitpay VISA card and decided to order one at the start of 2018. Now, as January approached and my existing crypto holdings have grown more by 320%, I decided to take another quick look at Bitcoin Visa card offer before ordering Bitpay card. Soon I found an interesting article on Steemit: Best Bitcoin Debit Cards! Bitpay vs Wirex vs CryptoPay As the author of the article concluded that Wirex seems a great option for EU/UK I decided to give it a try…

Top 10 Best Selling Dell Laptop / Notebook Computers 2019

  • Top 10 Best Selling Dell Laptop / Notebook Computers 2019

    Published: 8 January, 2018 seen 1,350 Online Shopping

    For years Dell laptop computers have been known as reliable business computers. 2019 is no exception - Dell continues to gladden us with powerful gaming, stylish touchscreen and of course affordable prices for our everyday computing needs. In this article, I've listed top 10+ best selling Dell laptops on Amazon. Latest Dell Laptop Releases 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 from that. Prices for laptop computers listed on this page are retrieved using…

Filenia Cretan Restaurant near Triopetra

  • Filenia Cretan Restaurant near Triopetra

    Published: 7 January, 2018 seen 174 Restaurant reviews

    Filenia restaurant was a really nice discovery after we checked in at Triopetra Notos Hotel  - traditional Cretan lamb (and not only) dishes. We were just driving around the area after caught a very beautiful sunset at the Libyan sea, see: Catching Sunset Photography at The Libyan See (Crete, Greece) Another lovely roadside restaurant in Crete Traditional Cretan lamb with pasta Specialty of house - honey filled pies

Catching Sunset Photography at The Libyan See (Crete, Greece)

  • Catching Sunset Photography at The Libyan See (Crete, Greece)

    Published: 6 January, 2018 seen 94

    The Libyan Sea is the portion of the Mediterranean Sea north of the African coast of ancient Libya, i.e. Cyrenaica, and Marmarica (the coast of what is now eastern Libya and western Egypt, between Tobruk and Alexandria).This designation was used by ancient geographers describing the southern Mediterranean, but the term is also used by modern travel writers and cartographers. The southern coastline of Crete which borders the Libyan Sea includes the Asterousia Mountains and Mesara Plain; this area is the locus of considerable ancient Bronze Age settlement including the sites of Kommos, Hagia…

Triopetra Notos Hotel Review in Crete, Greece

  • Triopetra Notos Hotel Review in Crete, Greece

    Published: 5 January, 2018 seen 192 Hotel reviews

    Triopetra in Crete is among the most abandoned places I've traveled lately, if they wouldn't have a sea and a lovely beach, I would compare this place to the remote and almost abandoned desert village in Georgia, Udabno. During our about one-month road trip around the island of Crete, we stayed at Triopetra Notos hotel for one night on June 11, 2017 and spend about EUR 50 for a hotel room. According to Booking.com website, there are not many hotels located in Triopetra, but during our short visit here, I did found a few new construction sites in the area, which might mean - Triopetra could…

Altcoin Trading Review 5 Months Later

  • Altcoin Trading Review 5 Months Later

    Published: 4 January, 2018 seen 430 Investments

    About 5 months ago I decided to give it a try and start learning altcoin day/swing trading ( Starting To Learn Crypto Currency Day Trading With EUR 25)  The idea was simple enough - I will use hard cash once in a month and buy BTC on Coinbase.com for EUR 25 and then transfer them to Poloniex.com to exchange in altcoins. Due to the increased BTC transaction costs I switched from buying BTC to buying LTC (litecoin) Affiliate link here: If you are just planning to acquire your first bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin or bitcoin cash, consider to register at coinbase.com with this link, once you buy or…

2017 Blog Income & Traffic Review - Goals For 2018

  • 2017 Blog Income & Traffic Review - Goals For 2018

    Published: 3 January, 2018 seen 333 Blogging

    Another year has just passed, and it's time to take a look back on previous 2017 year of blogging, and no doubts -  take a quick glimpse at 2018. In today's article, I will reveal some data behind the blog scenes - both traffic and income for the whole year of 2017. But before we dig into the numbers, here is the brief background - blog now is more than four years old, and for the last four years it has gone a very long way, Make sure to check out my previous yearly blogging reviews: 2016 - Blog Traffic and Income Report 2016 - 635,048 Users / $18,586.41 2015 - Blog Traffic and Income Report…

2017 in Review and Financial Goals for 2018

  • 2017 in Review and Financial Goals for 2018

    Published: 2 January, 2018 seen 581 Investments

    I'm 32 now and I have a goal to save one million dollars by the time I will turn 60. That's 28 years to go. In today's article, I will review the past year and take a quick glimpse at the New Year.  For me, 2017 was a year of peer to peer lending, dividend-paying stocks and starting with the second part of the year - cryptocurrencies. Investment Portfolio 2017 At the start of 2017, I planned to invest about 31% of my annual net income, the planned amount for 2017 was $8,561, I made it up to $12,057.41 at the end of the year. Isn't that Awesome? In 2017 I was investing at the pace of about $1…

Happy New Year! Fireworks Photography from Tbilisi 2018

  • Happy New Year! Fireworks Photography from Tbilisi 2018

    Published: 1 January, 2018 seen 161

    We wish you a very great and prosperous 2018! Here at Piece of Life photo series we canceled our planned trip to Sri Lanka and stayed in Tbilisi to capture following firework photography from Tamar Mephe bridge (ahh we have made dozens of great photos from this place). Just before the midnight left our apartment with a tripod and few spare batteries Tbilisi just a few minutes before New Year 2018 Fireworks have always been an interesting object for me to photograph, I remember how I prepared for great firework photography 2 years ago in St. Marks Square (Venice, Italy) in 2015/2016 but…