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.

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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).

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. 

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 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!

Use Bitcoin to Order Computer & Technology Courses

 Been meaning to post this for a while now — figured I’d do so before the official end of 2013:

Bitcoin accepted here - click for courses

I’ve been a big fan of Bitcoin since I first heard about it a few years ago, and have been very excited to watch its growth in 2013.

To put my money where my mouth is, I decided it was overdue for me to start accepting Bitcoin as a payment method on my site.

I actually set this up a few weeks ago but somehow never got around to announcing it. :)

Anyway, for a limited time I am not only accepting bitcoin as payment for my computer courses, but anyone who pays in bitcoin will automatically save 10% off their purchase!

You can still use credit card or bank cards when ordering, but on the checkout you’ll see Bitcoin as an option too. If you select that, you will pay current equivalent price in bitcoin — minus 10%!  This additional discount even applies for products already on sale or even if you’re using a coupon code already. 

I’m doing this because I want to help promote the use of bitcoin as a payment method and currency. 

I’ll be making another announcement sometime in the next few days about a new project I’ve been working on that relates to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.  I’ll be announcing it here as well as on my newsletter and on my Twitter account, so keep an eye out.

In the mean time, Happy New Year!

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Get 25 Free Dogecoin – RT & Reply w Wallet Address @PlainTech

I’ve been really following the cryptocurrency scene recently with Bitcoin, Litecoin, and the other altcoins and I just had to post this for fun.

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The “Dogecoin” (pronounced “dog coin”) is a funny combination of the Doge Meme  with Bitcoin, and has taken off in popularity, especially over the last few days.

So to have a little fun I decided to give away some Dogecoins (I happen to have a few at the moment), as well as have a little contest.  I also am including a limited number of special coupon codes you can use on this site to save 10% off any of my courses.

All you have to do is retweet my Dogecoin tweet or use the share buttons on this post to share a link to this page, then send me your Dogecoin wallet address and I’ll send you 25 dogecoin.  You can also use the comment form below.

Everyone who retweets or shares the link will also be given the chance to win 500 dogecoins!  I will have a random drawing and pick one person and send them an additional 500 coins (a total of 525 dogecoins). Limit one chance per person.

Update: The winner of the drawing was Twitter user @Pantupino

 

Site coupon code: DOGECOIN

(Coupon limited to next 25 people. Not to be combined with other coupons, but will work with items that are already on sale)

 Use to get 10% off any of my computer & technology courses

You can get the Dogecoin app for both Windows and Mac for free by clicking here if you don’t have a wallet yet.

Forgot Your Password & Locked Out of Your Computer – Tech Answers

In this latest tech question and answer audio lesson I take a question from a long-time student named Ian, about getting back into a laptop when you’ve forgotten the password:

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Hi Worth;

Once again I need to ask your advice on a matter which is causing me some great deal of heartache. My grand-daughter is now 17 years old, and for her birthday I bought her a Hewlett Packard Laptop.

She set it up and things went well; then she found out that her younger sister and indeed her mother were also using her computer. So in a fit of pique she changed the password — in a hurry and without making a note of the new one…

Well, I suppose you have guessed. She cannot now remember the word – which included numbers and caps – she used; now she cannot access the computer, despite all her best efforts to remember what the new password was.

I have made enquiries of certain people here locally; but have received little help or advice – it appears to me that they just do not want to know, or alternatively that there is no way the computer can now be accessed and they do now want to tell me so.

Worth; is there any way that we can get into the thing to free the password, and enable her to use the computer again ?  I do believe that if anyone can advise me on this — you can.  Please help!

Yours most sincerely
Ian Forsyth,
Braintree, England

 

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Here are some links to additional information provided by Apple and Microsoft:

Microsoft.com – How to Reset Your Password on Windows 7

Microsoft.com – How to Reset Your Password on Windows 8

Apple Support – How to Reset Your Password in OS X

Computer Question From Shirley About Reloading Windows to Fix Problems

Listen to the audio lesson to hear my answer to the latest computer question sent by a student:

This time I’ll be answering a computer question from Shirley Davis who writes:

“Hi, I would like to reload windows on my computer, the CD did not come with my computer but I do have the product key from my windows label on my computer. I have a lot of problems with my programs and files.

Microsoft Techs have been trying to help but it has been 2 weeks and they have not fixed it yet. They say I have a lot of issues on my computer. Please tell me what and how to fix this.

Thank You!

Shirley “

Computer Question – What Does it Mean When Your Computer Keeps Beeping When You Turn it On

In this latest computer question and answer audio lesson, I answer a short question from a subscriber named Rabah Benarous, who writes:

“Worth A friend of mine has a problem with her first Mac – the problem is when she turns the computer on and 3 beeps sound constantly.

Can you please help? Thanks in advance for the great videos I learn from you a lot.”

Unfortunately, when a computer (Apple Mac or Windows PC) beeps like this, it’s not a good sign — it normally means there is a hardware problem, i.e. a physical part has gone bad and needs to be replaced. In this particular case, it sounds like it’s probably RAM, which is fortunately pretty inexpensive these days.

Listen to the audio lesson for my full response.

One thing I forgot to mention in the audio lesson is that if this problem happens when the computer is still under warranty (or Applecare extended warranty) the repair should be covered by the warranty and so won’t cost anything.

Again, if it’s only RAM, it shouldn’t be too pricey even outside of warranty.

Computer Question About Why You Suddenly Cannot Update Your Antivirus

A student of mine named Cheryl Goodnow has written in with a question about her computer which started acting up and now her antivirus program won’t update.

Here’s what she wrote:

“Worth,

Yesterday my computer was locked up I couldn’t turn it off or anything. I unplugged the router and that did not help. Hours later a message came up “This copy of windows is not genuine”.

Later everything works but I got a message “behavior similar to pom keg logger detected”, now Kaspersky tells me my blacklist is corrupted and I can’t update.

What is going on?

Cheryl”

Listen to the easy audio lesson where I answer Cheryl’s question about her antivirus program refusing to update.  Sometimes this can be a temporary glitch, or other times it can be a sign of a virus or other piece of malware that is trying to prevent the antivirus program from working. 

From the sound of it, the latter is probably what’s going on in Cheryl’s case as you’ll hear in the audio lesson.

 

For more easy audio lessons like this one, take a look at the course Troubleshooting and Solving Common Internet Problems

Computer Question About Email Not Being Delivered

I received a computer question from long-time client and student Linda who wrote asking:

“Hi Worth, I hope this finds you well and in good health.

I have a very curious problem that perhaps you can help me with. I have been emailing several friends back where I used to live and there has been no problem.

My one dear friend and I have emailed several times successfully and then she got a laptop. She emails me and I email her back but she does not get my replies. I also initiate emails and she does not get them.

I have called and asked her to give me her email address again and I will put it into the address when I send them and still she does not get my emails.

What do you think is the problem and can we fix it?

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. I’m not sure if it’s her computer or mine.

Many thanks, Linda”

There are a few possible reasons you might send an email and it never seems to get through. Take a listen to the audio lesson for a few ideas.