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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.

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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.

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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.

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Question: Lessons for How to Use Android Devices

Hello,Do you have lessons for a 7inch Android mini computer?Thank you,Dora Fowler 

Hi Dora,
  I’m sorry, I don’t do lessons on Android at this point. The problem is that there are many different companies making Android devices, but each one works very differently than the other and so I’d pretty much literally have to buy one of every single make and model on the market and record specific lessons for each one.  

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Definition of Delete vs Cancel – Two Commonly Confused Computer Terms

In this article, I want to talk a little bit about two computer terms that I see people confusing or demonstrating that they don’t understand completely.  People often use the two interchangeably or consistently use the wrong one.

These two terms are “cancel” and “delete.”

Let’s start with “delete.” To delete something is the process of taking something such as a file, like a Word document or photograph, and removing it. The process generally involves moving it to the trash on a Mac or the recycle bin on a Windows machine and emptying the trash or recycle bin. The emptying part is what is actually deleting it.

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Tips to Remember Passwords & Improve Your Memory

I thought I’d share this good tip for remembering & keeping track of passwords with you, which is part of a post on (see link below for original article). It’s not a new article, but has some good info. This password technique is almost identical to the one I’ve been using for the better part of a decade now. I have a LOT of passwords for my various accounts and very rarely have trouble remembering them because I have a system. Developing systems is a great way to make things easier for yourself in all areas of life, not just remembering passwords. Here’s the tip from their site:
5. Never have to write down countless, unique passwords with a single master pattern The safest place to store your passwords is in your head, and you don’t want to use one password for all your logins. This isn’t so much a “memory” hack as an efficiency tip, but it only forces your noggin to come up with one really great password system rather than lots of highly forgettable variations. Choose a base password, like an abbreviated or acronym version of a favorite phrase or song, then create a system for changing it up site to site, like using the first three letters of the site name, the first four consonants or first two vowels, whatever fits for you. Clicking “Forgot your password?” and waiting on verification emails will be a distant memory, one you can feel just fine about forgetting.

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Modern Internet Users Have It Easy

I’ve been helping make computers easy for people for about 16 years now as a professional, but have been an avid computer user for well over a quarter century at this point. There are a lot of people who think computers are hard to use, and need my help to make heads or tails of them. It’s not your fault if you feel this way, but I wanted to give you a quick “computer history” lesson to help you understand that computers are in most ways *much* easier than when I started using them, and to help you understand they’re only getting easier as time goes by. I also wanted to share a website with you that lets you look into the Internet of the past to see what it was like before the days of the World Wide Web – what I used to use back in the day before most people had even heard of email. When I got my first computer back in the 1980s, it didn’t come with a modem. I had to spend hundreds of dollars to buy a dialup modem which ran at “1200 bps” – that number may not mean anything to you, but in relative terms compared to a modern cable or DSL modem it was like walking compared to driving a fast car at top speed. VERY slow! Not only was it slow, it was a “dumb modem” which meant that every single time I used it I had to manually configure it to work properly, something I had to do by memorizing and typing in a string of letters and numbers that would look like gibberish to most people. Once I was connected to the Internet I didn’t have bookmarks or search engines to find things, I had to know the exact address of a site I wanted to connect to, then type another special command to connect to it. Everything was done by typing commands and you often needed to have a great deal of knowledge about exactly how your computer worked “under the hood” to know the correct commands to type, and if you typed one letter or number wrong it just wouldn’t work! A far cry from today where you can grab a mouse and double-click on an icon and then from there click a link or a button to get where you want, or at most type in what you’re looking for in a search engine. If you want to get an idea of what it used to look like back in the day, there’s a website which simulates the Internet as it was about 20 years ago before the Web came along, when just about the only people using the Internet were complete computer geeks like myself. Go to: and you’ll see what it was like. You have to type commands to get around (a list of commands is shown when you arrive) followed by the Enter or Return key to “send” the command. I’m just sharing this with you for fun, and to give you a little perspective on how things have changed. The good news is, things are generally getting easier as time goes by. On the down side, of course, we do face a lot more potential threats and risks to our privacy and security on the modern Internet than was around back then. In my next email I’ll tell you about one type of threat that can put you at risk no matter what kind of computer you use (yes, including Apple Macs). Fortunately, this particular threat is one that can be defeated by knowledge, and I’ll share a new lesson to give you that knowledge so you can stay safe. So keep an eye out for that lesson – I’ll be posting it in the next few days.

iPhone Tips & Video Tutorials in Plain English – Video Preview of Easy New App

I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days – as mentioned in a previous post on my site, I’ve brought my style of quick & easy, Plain English video lessons to help you learn how to use the iPhone.  Beginning with over 150 short step-by-step videos, you get iPhone basics, iPhone tips & more in a new easy iPhone Video Tips & Training Appavailable now in the iOS App Store. I’ve recorded this video and quick demo so you can see for yourself: Whether you use an iPod Touch or an iPhone, I think you’ll find this is a quick & easy way to look up information on how to use your iPhone or iPod Touch is pretty handy.  The app is really a complete & comprehensive basic course on how to use the iPhone which will help very basic users, but people who’ve owned their iPhone for years have found it’s a great way to look up a quick iPhone tip or two. I’ll be releasing a similar video training app for the iPad that teaches you how to use the tablet computer. That app is based on this one, so anyone looking for iPad training can get an idea of what to expect from the video above. Watch the video to learn more or use the link below to launch iTunes to buy it on a computer to sync to your phone later, or if you’re reading this on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, it’ll take you straight into the App Store.

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How to Use the iPhone App

How to Use the iPhone Video Course Now Available

Just released: my Easy Video Lesson iPhone Course is now available in the App Store! This easy app shows you step-by-step how to use the iPhone (or iPod Touch since they’re nearly identical to use) with the same style of easy video lessons I’ve been using to teach computers for years now. Most of the lessons are under 3 minutes long,  and are videos of the actual screen. This lets you see every step, while hearing plain English explanations through the built-in iPhone speaker or your headphones. You can either use it as a complete iPhone course, or as a quick reference guide to look up how to do specific things when you get stuck and need a little help. The app is launching with over 150 quick & easy video lessons covering all the settings as well as overviews & how-tos for each of the apps that comes pre-loaded on the phone. There’s even a handy “suggest a lesson” function you’ll be able to use to request a lesson on a specific app that I haven’t done yet, or to ask me to go into more detail about a topic I’ve already covered. I’ll be recording a video tour of  the app this weekend and will post it here and to YouTube so you can see how to use it. Use the link below to launch iTunes to buy it on a computer to sync to your phone later, or if you’re reading this on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, it’ll take you straight into the App Store.

How to Use the iPhone App

Writers – How to Publish Your Book With Smashwords

One of the best things about computers, technology and the modern world is the way that it causes monumental shifts of power to individual people and away from the traditional centers of power, which tended to be wealthy and powerful companies. You can see this happening in many areas — people being able to use their home computers to make movies and distribute them on YouTube or other video sharing sites, people using online session musicians to help them create their music and then publishing their album via CDBaby, are just a couple of examples.  This allows artists to keep greater control and ownership of what they create as well as giving the potential for a much larger share of the profits. The print publishing world is going through a similar change and one of the big players is a small company called Smashwords, who I’ve just recently started using myself to publish my new book (coming soon to Apple’s iBooks store, Amazon Kindle and elsewhere). If you’re a writer or know someone who is, you can use the slideshow below to learn more about how Smashwords works and use the links on the last slide for more info. It doesn’t cost you a penny to publish your book, you get to set the price, and you keep more of the money from each sale than you ever would if you went through a traditional publishing house. Introduction to Smashwords – Ebook Publishing and Distribution Made Easy View more presentations from Smashwords, Inc..