Bitcoin Tutorials App

Announcing Bitcoin & Altcoin Tutorials – Cryptocurrency Course App

I’m very happy to announce the launch of a new course I’ve been working on – The Bitcoin & Altcoin Tutorials app:

Bitcoin Tutorials App

Bitcoin & Altcoin Tutorials

The course teaches you all about Bitcoin & cryptocurrency, which — if you’ve been paying attention to my updates for the last few months — you know is one of the most important new technologies to come along since the Internet.

21 years ago, most people dismissed the Internet (websites, email, etc.) as a “fad” or a “scam,” which baffled me at the time since I could see clearly that it was the way of the future.

In 2014 people are reacting the same way about Bitcoin, but that’s only because they don’t understand it.  I made this course to help solve that problem.

The course is premiering as an app in Apple’s App Store, but will be added to my site in the future.  If you use the link above on an iPad it will take you directly to the App Store where you can download the Bitcoin Tutorials app for free.   If you click it on a computer that has iTunes installed, it will open that up and you can download it through there as well.

Please pass this along to friends and family – the people who understand this technology now have the best chance of getting ahead of the curve and benefiting from it as it becomes mainstream. 

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How to Register, Place an Order, and Use This Site

Because so many people have asked for help with this, I’ve recorded a video that walks you through the entire process of placing an order for any of my easy computer courses.

It starts with a quick recap of the registration process (a free account is needed for viewing the courses), then shows you the Member Area where you access the lessons. 

The video continues by showing you how to select a course, add it to your cart, apply a coupon code for a discount, and concludes with checking out to complete your order.

The video is about 10 minutes long and may go into more detail than more advanced computer users need, but the whole purpose of my site and what I do is to help those who most need to understand computers and technology so they don’t get left out of the modern world.

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What is a Driver and Should You Pay to Update Them

This is an older video of mine I first recorded back in 2008 which explains the often-misunderstood computer term “driver” or “device driver” in non-technical language.  While I’m at it, I also make sure you understand the related terms “software” and “hardware.”

I recently was sent an email by a new student named Marcos who had seen this video and had a follow-up question I wanted to answer.  Marcos wrote:

“Now that you’ve cleared up what drivers are — (thanks!)  why do I need to update them? 

I received an offer to scan the drivers for free followed by an offer to update them for only $29.99 which sounds somewhat affordable especially if I don’t do it and somehow mess up my computer. 

So now that I know what they are (“interpreters”), should I pay for the service or how bad is it if I don’t and can I not update them myself?  You probably have a similar question answered somewhere online, but I’m just getting started referencing your great resource.

Great questions, Marcos.  First, why do you need to update them?

This is pretty simple — as I explain in the video, drivers are like interpreters that interpret foreign languages, with the computer and each device like a mouse, or printer, etc. speaking a different language. With language, it changes over time with new words being introduced and old ones fading out of usage.

Since things change very rapidly with computers, the “language” the devices speak also change and this causes you to need to update the drivers periodically.

In real terms, this is usually caused either because of a new version of Windows or OS X (the operating system) comes out that works differently, so you need new drivers to talk to old devices, or other times it may actually be to fix a mistake made with an old driver or to introduce new functions.  You can think of this as being like the older “bilingual dictionary” had a mistranslation, or they have to add some new words to the dictionary.

As for should you pay to update your drivers?  I’d say no.

There are some legitimate services that provide driver updates, but there are many scams that claim to do this too.  Microsoft or Apple never charge money for drivers, neither do Epson or HP or the manufacturer of your printer or other device.

Driver updates provided by Microsoft for Windows, or by Apple for OS X should show up automatically for you, and this is often true for printers and other devices as well.  But I usually would suggest you don’t worry about it – like the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Hope that makes sense, and helps.

Video – The Parallels Between Traditional Wampum and Bitcoin

In this video I want to talk a little about a cryptocurrency I discovered a little while ago called Wampum or Wampumcoin

 This video continues my series of videos on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Basics Explained for Non-Technical People

 I think that in many ways, Wampum (in particular, Wampum belts) used traditionally in Native American cultures has many parallels to Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, including specifically to the blockchain technology that is the core of crypto.

Indulge me for a moment while I wax enthusiastic about the idea of Wampum as a cryptocurrency; why I’m personally enthusiastic about it – not just because of my Native American ancestry, but also for the parallels I see between ancient Wampum belts and modern technology.

You can find out more about Wampumcoin on the official website: wampumcoin.com, and you can read more about traditional Wampum belts including the Hiawatha Belt I featured in the video in this Wikipedia article.

If you’re interested in Wampumcoin, someone is selling a lot of it for almost nothing at the moment here on Comkort – note: I do have a small amount of the currency for sale on the exchange, but none of the really cheap stuff is mine since I don’t like “dumping” coins.

I will likely be doing some kind of Wampumcoin giveaway in the future. I’ll post about it here if or when I do.

What is Bitcoin & Altcoin Mining Explained in Non-Technical Terms

 In this lesson I want to explain the poorly understood concept of mining. This explanation is for non-technical people:

 This video continues my series of videos on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Basics Explained for Non-Technical People – make sure to watch the other videos if you missed them!

With traditional currencies and payment systems there is a network needed for the system to work.  Decades ago this was a physical network of human tellers handling cash and checks sent through the postal system or carried from one location to another.  Over time, this gradually migrated to a digital computer network used today by banks and payment companies such as Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, and Western Union.

The computer networks in traditional payment systems are owned and maintained by those companies, and the way they fund these networks is by not allowing us to use them to send, receive, or hold onto money without them getting a pretty substantial cut of every transaction.  Since they control the network they also are the ones who maintain their centralized ledger system. This allows them to do things such as manipulate the order of deposits to your account to charge you a fee and further increase their profits.

Mining exists to create a network of computers to allow people to send, receive, and hold onto funds without a centralized, profit-driven company owning it.

Miners are people who volunteer to run special software on either computers or specialized computing devices. The miners are giving everyone the use of their computing power and electricity to power this decentralized network and in the process allow for people to make transactions with a public ledger system that is extremely difficult or impossible for anyone to manipulate to their advantage.

As a reward and encouragement for people to volunteer their computing power, miners are paid for each “block” (set of transactions) they validate and enter into the public ledger system known as the blockchain.

With this, we have a system that allows the people to own and use their currency and not have to ask anyone’s permission. If you want to help out and contribute to powering the network, you get a financial reward of Bitcoin, Dogecoin, or whatever currency you’re mining.

 

What is a Bitcoin & Altcoin Wallet Explained in Non-Technical Language

 In this lesson I want to explain the concept of a wallet and a wallet application which is used with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to send, receive, and hold onto funds. We also take a look at an example of a wallet program. This explanation is for non-technical people:

 This video follows up from my previous lesson that gave a non-technical introduction to Bitcoin and how it’s more than most people think it is, so make sure to watch that lesson if you missed it.

 A wallet “stores” your money and is sort of a cross between a traditional (physical) wallet and a bank account. In reality, the wallet holds something called a private key which “unlocks” your access to the funds that are actually stored on the blockchain, which is the public ledger system used by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

This video is to introduce you to the concepts involved to help you better understand cryptocurrency  — I will be going into more specific step-by-step instructions in future videos.

Please let me know what you think and ask me any questions you have using the comment form below.

Share the video with friends and family on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks, or by email, using the share buttons above and below this post.  Everyone needs to understand and begin using cryptocurrency (which includes Bitcoin but is not limited to it by any means).

The sooner you get into this important new technology, the better off you will be in the future, which is why I’m sharing this video!

Prypto Cryptocurrency Scratch Card How-To Video

I wanted to post a video I recorded recently that introduces an extremely cool cryptocurrency product — crypto scratch cards by a company called Prypto.

The way they work is you buy a high-quality physical card with a visible code and a hidden code underneath a scratch panel like you find on a lottery ticket or many gift cards.  The card can be redeemed for the amount of cryptocurrency pictured on the front, including varying amounts of bitcoin, litecoin, dogecoin, and more.

I think these scratchcards are a great way to get cryptocurrency — in fact, I was so impressed I became one of the first US-based resellers and plan to start carrying them on my site in the near future!

Here’s what one looks like.  Watch the video above to see how they work.

 Dogecoin Prypto scratch card

Aloha Bitcoin

My Cryptocurrency Consulting Project Here in Hawaii

I just wanted to make a quick post here to announce a project I’ve been working towards since last year. It’s mainly of interest to people here in Hawaii, but I figured I’d post briefly and link to the introductory article on the project’s new site — AlohaBitcoin.

Things are still in development, but I will be offering Bitcoin and cryptocurrency consulting and technical services to individuals and businesses here in Hawaii.

Feel free to click the link and read more if you’re interested.

I’ll be posting more specifics there once the project is further along, and will no doubt post a link to it from here.

Video: What is Bitcoin? (It’s More Than You Think)

This video is the first of a series and will help you understand Bitcoin better in non-technical terms.

 

More and more people want to know what Bitcoin is – Is it a currency? A payment system?

The answer is yes to both, but that’s not the whole story – those are just part of a bigger picture.

This first video should answer some of your questions but may leave you with new ones — let me know what you most want to understand about Bitcoin and I’ll answer a selection of them in future lessons.

In a few days I’ll be releasing a couple of new videos that will share a fun way to help you get started with cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin).

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Get 500 Free Mooncoin – RT & Reply w Wallet Address @PlainTech

How to get 500 Mooncoin + Chance to Win 25,000…

I’ve decided to do another cryptocurrency giveaway like the one I did recently where I gave away Dogecoin – this time I’ll be giving away free Mooncoin to anyone who retweets my post about this on Twitter, or who uses the social share buttons above. 

Scroll down down for instructions…

 Retweet to get Mooncoin

 Mooncoin is a brand new currency that was announced December 28th, which I’ve been mining as part of my experiments with the new and exciting field of “cryptocurrency” like Bitcoin.  While Bitcoin is the best known, there is a rapidly growing number of new currencies. 

Many of these currencies will be flash-in-the-pan, but many more will go on to become long-lasting currencies and payment options for years to come. 

A lot of people think that Bitcoin or some single currency will be the only one left after the dust settles, but I think in the future people will look back on that idea as just as unrealistic as the idea that there would only be one website on the Internet.

What I predict is two or three really big currencies (probably Bitcoin and a couple of others) but then many more which all can be freely exchanged from one to the other in a global economy bigger than anything we’ve seen yet. 

If this seems unlikely, remember that there are already many traditional currencies that coexist today, and always have been.  Since Bitcoin, Mooncoin & others are also payment systems, you should also remember there are already many coexisting payment systems today including cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Western Union, checks and wire transfers, etc.  So the same idea will hold true in the future.

So I don’t know if Mooncoin will go “to the moon!” yet, but I’m going to have some fun with it and I hope you join in. 

Just retweet any of my posts on Twitter that have the image you see above and link to this post (or use the share buttons on this to share on Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and let me know what your Mooncoin address is and I’ll send you 500 Moon.

 You can find the Mooncoin wallet software you’ll need at the official Mooncoin wallet download page.  Under the receive coins tab you can get your address to send me. 

In a week I will have a random drawing and one person who joined in will be send 500 Mooncoin!  I’ll update this post when we know the winner.

Thanks for playing!