February 2018

Investment Goal #3 - Build up Starter Emergency Fund $1,000

Published: 28 February, 2018 seen 120 Investments

Now this should probably be ranked as an Investment Goal #1, but as I already have goal one and goal two defined, I will keep this, probably, most valuable goal to build up a starter emergency fund as goal #3 As they say, you should have in your emergency fund about 3-6 months of expenses in savings to have a good sleep. Since the last time I counted our family expenses on a monthly basis (Cost of Living in Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia)) has already passed more than two years I'm not sure how much actually we spend in a month. For the ease of this article, I will stick with a $2,000/mo For a…

Blog Income: 104% Increase YoY in Google AdSense Revenue 2018

Published: 27 February, 2018 seen 1,282 Blogging

Learn how I increased revenue from Google AdSense by 104% Year over Year and how you could too.  For a prelude: I have been using Google AdSense for already eight and a half years by now, from whom first four and a half years have generated a really modest sum of EUR 100 from couple of low traffic and let's be totally honest - thin content websites (I had installed AdSense ad units on dozens of sites). I started using Google AdSense to monetize my websites back in 2009. Today by accessing Google AdSense reports  (02/26/2018) I noticed that my lifetime revenue from this channel has reached EUR…

Top 20 Aluminium Chassis Notebook / Laptop Computers

Published: 26 February, 2018 seen 114,667 Online Shopping

As they say, Aluminum / Metallic chassis laptops are more durable than plastic ones. Indeed the surrounding chassis matters, but still when choosing an aluminum chassis laptop don't forget to see what's inside the chassis, like the graphics card, processor, RAM and of course HDD. In today's article, I've listed TOP 20 bestselling aluminum chassis laptops on Amazon. Following laptop/notebook manufacturers are a popular user choice for aluminum chassis - Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, ASUS, DELL, The Razer Blade and HP. Most Aluminum chassis laptops come with the price attached and nowadays there are…

Winter in Bākūži 2 - 2018

Published: 25 February, 2018 seen 38

A couple of weeks ago I made a couple of HDR's back at Bākūži (Bākūži Winter 2018), despite it was still a winter, we had little to no snow back then. Now at the end of February 2018, I made some more photos - let's say this - there is still room to grow to reach the levels of the fairytale in Tbilisi, but still lovely. Snow, frozen pond, and lonely rock garden see it for yourself Car parked next to the pond Pile of firewood Still needs to be processed Rock garden in Winter The house Still, a lot to do :)

How To Verify Skype Account Without US Credit Card (Microsoft Account Verification)

Published: 24 February, 2018 seen 2,088 Servers

In today's article, I'll share my experience how I managed to verify my age for Skype account. It all started that one day I was not able to login to my skype account, which I have been using for more than 10 years already.  It turned out  Skype / Microsoft thought I'm a child, as apparently in my Skype account I had entered my birth year as 2008. Now back in 2008, it didn't seem an issue. Since Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011, apparently, some new rules have been pointed out and it was on the February 2018, Skype started to think I'm a child. I was not able to login to my account, even…

Google Introduces Machine Learning AdSense Auto Ads

Published: 23 February, 2018 seen 279 Blogging

Yesterday I received a promotional e-mail from Google AdSense, introducing the new Auto Ads. As a long-term Google AdSense user (How I Made $2,135.03 with Google AdSense in 8 years), I decided to give it a test for my Drupal-powered blog, despite I was amazed at what I saw, I still removed Google AdSense Auto ads shortly. Let me explain - Google Adsense ads have been featured on this blog for about 4 years, during the past 4 years the blog has grown into a complex multi-topic website/portal. Despite I'm serving Google AdSense ads on most of the content pages, there are sensitive categories…

Back testing BTC/EXP RSI on Gekko Trading Bot

Published: 22 February, 2018 seen 2,362 Investments

For the past couple of days, I've been testing Gekko BTC trading bot, executing a few trades running the bot on my laptop, ending to build a VPS to run Gekko trading bot on a cloud. As you can see for right now - I'm fully determined to master this trading bot. To master trading like a pro some should learn basic technical analytics, in today's article, I will speak about using Relative Strength Index (RSI) for crypto trades. I believe RSI is one of the easiest ways to trade cryptos.  Disclosure: I'm not a financial advisor and I don't give you any advice, I'm just sharing my own experience.…

HashFlare.io Review 2018 - Thoughts After 2 month of Investing in Bitcoin Cloud Mining

Published: 21 February, 2018 seen 6,962 Investments

It has been already 2 months since I've been experimenting with bitcoin cloud mining contracts on HashFlare.io. In today's article, I will share my observations and concerns about this cloud mining program.  Disclosure:  This article contains affiliate links to hashflare.io cloud mining website, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on hashflare.io, I will earn a 10% affiliate income at no cost to you. Also, I'm not a financial advisor and I don't give you any advice, I'm just sharing my own experience. Investments in stocks, funds, bonds or cryptos are risk investments…

How To Setup Gekko BTC Trading Bot on VPS (Ubuntu 16.04) with GUI (Vultr.com)

Published: 20 February, 2018 seen 4,404 Servers

Gekko is a free and open source Bitcoin TA trading and backtesting platform that connects to popular Bitcoin exchanges. It is written in javascript and runs on nodejs For the past couple of days I've been playing around with Gekko trading bot installed on my laptop (Windows 10), I have made a few trades and experimented with a couple of strategies. First impressions are promising. See: Simple BTC Trading Bot Gekko - First Impressions Running a trading bot on a laptop is fun, but if you are looking for a bot 24/7monitoring market and executing trades, either you should keep your PC turned on…

Top 20 Best Selling Quad Core / Gaming Laptops 2018

Published: 19 February, 2018 seen 4,010 Online Shopping

Gaming laptops gain the momentum in 2018. Multi-core processors are not a surprise nowadays, we all are used to Dual core processors powering our laptops, but what if we would have instead of two - four processors? Right, then we would have quad core laptops. In short four processors means much more faster program operating. For that plain reason quad core computers, including laptops are very popular among gamers, and seems among crypto miners.  Top 20 Quad Core Laptops (Popular among Gamers) I wouldn't recommend to purchase a gaming laptop to mine the cryptos, instead if you are serious…

How to send international fax to USA using Faxapp

Published: 18 February, 2018 seen 169 Servers

Think fax is outdated? Think twice, fax is still popular in certain business areas, and fax is kind of popular in the United States. I believe the last time I have seen an actual fax machine in work was back in 1994. Now 24 years later at one stage I thought, it would be good if I would have a fax machine in 2018. I had to send a fax confirming my identity to the Microsoft Corp. Keep reading to learn how to send an international fax without having a fax machine. Turns out, there are several online apps allowing to send a fax from the web, after a quick research I decided to give it a try for…

Simple BTC Trading Bot Gekko - First Impressions

Published: 17 February, 2018 seen 6,507 Servers

The idea of using a bitcoin trading bot comes up just shortly I decided to trade up from 0.03 to 0.05 BTC. In the past, I've been using Coinlend bot to lend free coins on exchanges and earn some little interest. Doing a quick google search I found a few bitcoin bot traders, most come with a price, but as I wanted to test how these bots actually work I continued my searches and found free bitcoin bot trader - Gekko.  Setting up this bot will be simple for a tech-savvy person, but might be a daunting task for a novice, as bot asks to install nodejs and in fact, it took me some 4 hours to set up…

Ethereum (and other altcoin) mining review after 2 months in 2018

Published: 16 February, 2018 seen 776 Servers

February 16 marks a small 2-month anniversary since I've started to mine Ethereum and others altcoins. In today's article let's take a quick review and try to understand is GPU mining still profitable in 2018? It all started with a FOMO back in December 2017, after successful second part of the year of investments in crypto, I decided to build a 12-GPU mining rig. Currently, I've invested $1,661 in this mining rig and after 2 months of operations, the current ROI is 12.53% (not counting in cost for electricity). Meaning that in past two months I've mined coins worth of $208.05. I have…

How To Mine EXP (Expanse) with SMOS

Published: 15 February, 2018 seen 553 Servers

A couple of days ago I shared a quick tutorial on how to mine ETC (Ethereum Classic) with SMOS (Simple Mining OS), as there is an upcoming ETC Callisto airdrop happening, the idea to pre-mine couple of ETC's sounded tempting to me.  Now, as I've been using a mixed AMD + NVIDIA mining rig, to get most of it, I'm left using Claymore's dual miner, which just recently released version 11.0 , and I decided to test it with some new coin, after a quick google search I found a quite a few Ethash based coins (good for Claymore's miner) and this time my attention got the EXP (expanse) coin. Reason is…

Investment Goal #2 - Trade Bitcoin from 0.033 to 0.05 (Altcoin Flipping)

Published: 14 February, 2018 seen 858 Investments

At the start, I wanted to set a goal to trade up to 1 BTC, but then I realized I should set more realistic and achievable goals, as despite I've been exposed to crypto investments for more than 7 months already, the total net worth for my crypto portfolio, barely reaches just 0.3 BTC. I have a several tactics when speaking about crypto investments, the first and most stable - buy and hold once in a month, no matter what (dollar cost averaging), since the second part of August 2017 I've been playing around with swing trading altcoins on Poloniex.com, and right now the total worth of my the so-…

Invest in Armenia - Peer to Peer Lending on Mintos.com marketplace

Published: 13 February, 2018 seen 443 Investments

Got another promotional e-mail from Mintos.com peer to peer lending marketplace, informing about the opportunity to invest in Armenia issued loans by varks.am Also see: Invest in Kazakhstan - Peer to Peer lending loans up to 21% Yield from Kredit24 on Mintos.com Marketplace As Armenia together with Georgia have been on my investment radar for a while, I feel good - knowing I can earn some dividends in this hospital South Caucasus country. See: Invest in Georgia - Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending - Mintos.com Both individuals and entities can invest through Mintos. Individual investors must be at…

Top 23 Best Selling Chromebooks of 2018

Published: 12 February, 2018 seen 3,165 Online Shopping

Chromebooks are popular in 2018, in fact, about 1/4 or 25% from Amazon's best selling laptops in 2018,is dominated by Chrombooks, and there is no surprise about that. Chrombeooks have been around for a while already and are great alternative to the resource consuming Windows or MAC OS powered systems. A Chromebooks is a laptops running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing "in the cloud". A Chromebook comes with great price. In most cases you can get a Chromebook for less than…

Why I'm Investing in Baltic Horizon Fund (NHCBHFFT)

Published: 11 February, 2018 seen 617 Investments

Baltic Horizon Fund has been on my radar since the August 2017. Actually first spotted in March 2017, while doing a quick research on Top Dividend Paying stocks in the Baltics.  Despite being listed on Nasdaq Tallinn (aka Nasdaq Baltics) I was not able to purchase fund units from my existing brokerage account. After I sent a short message both to the fund managers and my current broker, informing about the problem I was facing (and I believe a dozen of other customers with a brokerage account in Latvia) the problem was solved and I was able to purchase Baltic Horizon Fund units. Sometimes all…

How to Prepare for Upcoming Callisto Airdrop (Ethereum Classic)

Published: 10 February, 2018 seen 11,590 Servers

Now, this is huge and exciting for ETC holders - Ethereum Classic development team recently announced the Callisto Network Project which will result in a 1:1 CLO airdrop for ETC holders. As a holder of ETC, and in fact as a miner of ETC (How To Mine ETC (Ethereum Classic) with SimpleMining OS) I find this very exciting and decided to look - how to prepare for this upcoming "fork" to get most out of it. But before digging into technical details on how to profit from this Callistio Airdrop, let's familiarize with this project a little better. According to the update: Callisto is a separate…

How To Mine ETC (Ethereum Classic) with SimpleMining OS

Published: 9 February, 2018 seen 9,286 Servers

For the past couple of weeks I've been experimenting with crypto mining and started with Claymore's dual miner to learn that I can dual mine both Ethereum and Siacoin out of the box, I put my mining rig as it is and let the machine to mine coins for me. See: I'm Making $0.98 Per Day By Mining Ethereum and Siacoin, and I want MORE! Meanwhile, in crypto space, a lot has happened, and I decided to explore my options to mine some other coins using SimpleMining OS, which IMHO is awesome. At the end of January, it started to look that mining Siacoin is not any more profitable with gpu's (Is It…

Deep in The Forest (Winter Edition)

Published: 8 February, 2018 seen 29

It was on some February's (2018) afternoon, we decided to make a simple hiking in very familiar to us Latvian forests, unfortunately, the temperature outside was way too freezing and our hiking ended after some 15 minutes, fortunately, I managed to capture some HDR's here. Followers of Piece of Life series will recognize this forest from Deep in the Forest or Wandering In The Woods B&W Photography series.  Winter in Latvia No mushrooms or will berry this time of the year. Marvelous golden hour in forest

Rixwell Elefant Hotel Riga Review

Published: 7 February, 2018 seen 68 Hotel reviews

Rixwell Elefant Hotel is a 4-star superior hotel and it is conveniently located between Riga International Airport, which is a 5-minute drive away, and the city centre. Shopping center Spice is within walking distance from the hotel and 10 km away is the famous water park Livu Aqua Park in Jurmala. Rixwell Elefant hotel in Riga is among the cheapest 4-star hotels I've stayed so far, both in Riga and elsewhere, in total for a one night stay here we paid EUR 46, which is decent for a 4-star hotel in this part of Europe. Click here for more Riga hotel reviews.  Disclosure: This article contains…

Tbilisi International Festival of Theater 2018 (September 14-30)

Published: 6 February, 2018 seen 407 Events

Mrs. Tinatin Kalatozishvili, coordinator of International Program “NEW”, Tbilisi International Festival of Theater sent me an informal e-mail about the call for participation. As a frequent guest to Tbilisi theater festivals, as a regular visitor, I decided to share this valuable information with blog readers.  Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre announces the call for participation! Program New | September 14 – 30, 2018 Program NEW: This is the story about artists who want to take a risk and challenge undiscovered audience; The possibility to represent work abroad; The opportunity to…

Asus Laptops 2018 Top 16 Best Selling / Newest Releases

Published: 5 February, 2018 seen 4,526 Online Shopping

The popularity of ASUS laptops on Amazon's Top 100 bestselling list has decreased a little bit if compared to 2017 taking about 15% from best-selling laptop computers  list in 2018 In this article I've listed 16 best seeling and latest ASUS laptop models for 2018. Both traditional laptops with Windows OS and Chromebooks , cheaper editions affordable for students, up to very powerful laptops designed for gamers. Disclosure: 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. …

Dollar-Cost Averaging Bitcoin and Altcoin Review After 7 months

Published: 4 February, 2018 seen 392 Investments

Originally I planned to publish a brief recap of dollar cost averaging in bitcoins and altcoins at the start of January, as it marked 6 months since I've been using this approach for investments in cryptocurrencies. Time flies, and I forgot about this article, now, with cryptomarkets tanked with the start of 2018 I decided it still matters to come out with such article. A brief background - I'm quite new to crypto investments, I bought my first Ethereum back in July 2017, see First Investment In Crypto Currencies - Bought 0.2 ETH for EUR 50,  Here is what I told seven months ago on this: It…

Invest in Kazakhstan - Peer to Peer lending loans up to 21% Yield from Kredit24 on Mintos.com Marketplace

Published: 3 February, 2018 seen 621 Investments

The other evening I received a promotional e-mail from Mintos.com marketplace informing about investment opportunities in Kazakhstan - Kredit24 joins the Mintos marketplace and offers Kazakhstan-issued loans As the so-called Former Soviet Union investment area has been on my radar for a while, and I've been actively investing in the Baltics and Georgia, the idea of investing in Kazakhstan sounds appealing to me.  Do you want to invest in Kazakhstan loans? For the first time on Mintos, now you can. We are delighted to announce that Kredit24 has joined the Mintos marketplace and its short-term…

January 2018 Dividend Income Report - $100.95

Published: 2 February, 2018 seen 342 Investments

Welcome to the ninth (#9) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend-paying stocks, peer to peer lending (both fiat and cryptocurrencies) in January 2018.  Surprisingly, but January 2018 turned out much better I thought before, an unexpected dividend payment from Silvano Fashion Group boosted total earnings in January, and I was able to generate $100.95 income in a very passive way. Silvano Fashion Group have been in my portfolio since the July of 2017, I literally chased to buy this stock for a couple of days back then. As usual, I was doing nothing much, just…

How To Connect to SimpleMiningOS using Putty SSH Terminal And Few Simple Commands to Get You Started

Published: 1 February, 2018 seen 8,315 Servers

Putty is a nice and neat free SSH terminal for Windows OS, I've been using Putty for years, mostly to perform server-side tasks (Ngnix, Drupal and so on). About a month ago when I started gpu mining experiment and decided to build 12 GPU Ethereum mining rig, I didn't know much about many options available for mining and soon found SimpleMiningOS, which is brilliant (IMHO) - plug and play ready to go from an 8 GB USB stick. I was pleasantly surprised learning that I could manage my rig using Putty SSH terminal, and for this article, I have decided to list some basic information on how to…