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BitSeeds: How to Back Up Your Bitcoin or Altcoin Wallet

 

As I explained in the previous lesson on encrypting your wallet, one of the responsibilities you have when you hold your own funds is to protect them. Encrypting your wallet protects them from being spent without your permission, but you also should protect your funds from being lost just like you would with cash or any valuable item.

Your real wallet is not the program itself, but a file called wallet.dat which has a copy of your private key. Think of your private key as a magic key that lets you spend or save your money and proves you own it.

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How to Install BitSeeds on a Mac and Run It for the First Time

How to Install the Wallet on OS X:

Running the BitSeeds wallet for the first time on a Mac:

These two videos show you the steps to installing the free wallet application so you can send and receive the Rainforest Foundation’s cryptocurrency from your Mac. 

The first video shows you the actual installation steps, while the second shows you a couple of quick additional steps you might have to take the first time you run the program. 

In the next video I’ll post, we’ll take a look at an overview of the wallet application and continue from there.

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How to Download BitSeeds Altcoin Wallet


This video in the series shows you how to download the BitSeeds “wallet” application, which is a program you use to send, receive, or  hold onto so you can gain interest.

Watch the first video in the How to Use BitSeeds course if you missed it.

How to Cut Copy and Paste Tutorials

Learn How to Cut, Copy, and Paste on Windows, Mac, and Mobile

Learning how to copy and paste on a computer and on a mobile device like a smartphone (Apple iPhone or Android) or tablet device (Apple iPad or Android tablet) is a key fundamental skill a surprising number of people never learn.  I’ve recorded a new and updated version of an older lesson teaching these important skills and concepts.  I split it into two videos you can see below.

Part 1: Copying, Pasting, and the Clipboard – Terms and Concepts

Part 2: Copying and Pasting Step-By-Step on Windows, Mac, and Mobile devices

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how to order computer courses

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.

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device driver update example

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? 

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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.

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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.

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Computer Question From Richard Castro About Fixing a Problem With A Book He’s Writing

Our latest computer question comes from Richard Castro, who writes:

“Hello Worth I hope you can help me, I’m trying to write a book on Works word processor what I’ve done is typed half on one page and half on another page.

My question is how can I merge the two to make one, in other words how can I insert or move one page to have them all together on one page. Here’s the ironic part it’s not hurting anything but it just bothers me to leave it like that.

Keep up the good work.

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Answering Computer Question: How Safe Is It to Use the Cloud?

In my last post I gave you a non-technical explanation of what the cloud is.  I had a student named Ronald write to ask me about whether it was a good idea to use cloud services. He said:

“I just have to question how safe cloud storage really is, what is stopping hackers from accessing our information, what happens if the service goes bankrupt, or if there is a major failure of a cloud system that holds all our information.

We loose it all, what happens if a cloud system decides they will sell our information to the highest bidder, we have no recourse only your word that this is the right thing to do…”

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