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How to Protect Your Privacy When Using BitSeeds or Bitcoin

When you receive funds whether BitSeeds, Bitcoin, or a different cryptocurrency you have to give out a payment or receive address. While you can reuse the same address each time, the BitSeeds wallet and most other currency wallets allow you to make new receive addresses each time you do this.

In this tutorial I explain what the benefits are to either making a new address for each person or business you receive funds from, or to making a new address every single time you receive funds.

Personally, I take the second route because it offers you the greatest amount of privacy and that helps keep your funds safe from prying eyes.  Watch the video to learn more. [Click for full post]

BitSeeds: Understanding the Wallet Transactions Tab

Whenever you send or receive a cryptocurrency like BitSeeds, or if you generate new funds yourself through the process of staking (which is like gaining interest in a bank account), this counts as a transaction and it is recorded in the blockchain. The Blockchain is the decentralized ledger system which underlies Bitcoin and similar currencies.

In this video lesson we look at the Transactions tab which shows you all of the transactions from the BitSeeds blockchain that relate to your wallet including sent, received, and staked (often labeled as mined). [Click for full post]

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! [Click for full post]

Learn Computer Basics & More With New iPhone & iPad App

I’m very happy to announce the release of my new app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad – Basic Computer Training & Tips iOS app:

Learn Computer Basics & More on iPhone or iPad Computer Training AppThe app includes hours of my quick & easy video and audio computer lessons that teach you basic computer terms and show you step-by-step how to use the computer in Plain English. This only came out today, but in future versions I plan to make many more of my lessons available, but this is just version 1.0 – got to start somewhere! In addition to the lessons in the app, you can submit a computer question to me directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and you can also find links (and bonus free lessons from)  my computer training audio albums that are available on iTunes. I’ve recorded a tour of the app which I’ll post separately. If you have friends or family with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, please share this page with them with the share buttons above or below this post!  

Video: How to Make a Bootable Lion Install DVD or USB Drive

If you’re upgrading your Mac to OS X Tiger it’s a good idea to make a bootable USB drive or DVD install disc to keep you covered in case of  problems, and to save time downloading when upgrading multiple Macs. Click the image below to watch the video lesson where I show you exact steps for how to make a bootable Tiger disk. More advanced users can read a summary of the steps below the video:

What is a Hard Drive & What is Ram Video Lesson

Here is one of my early video lessons (please excuse the video quality) where I use one of my Plain English explanations of computer terms — explaining what a hard drive is and what RAM is, and what they do in your computer.

Many people confuse those two terms with each other, and many people don’t understand either at all. If this is true for you, it’s not your fault— it’s just never been explained to you in a way that you could relate to.

Watch this video and both computer terms will finally make sense, even if you feel like the most basic computer user in the world: [Click for full post]

Video: How to Use Amazon Wish List – Makes it Easy to Give Gifts

Around this time of year people are doing a lot of shopping to buy gifts for others. One of the challenges when buying a gift (or receiving one!) is knowing the right thing to get a person or how to let people know what you want to receive – here’s a video lesson that can help with both:

Note: original video has been replaced with new version recorded December 2014

With some people it’s easy, but for others it can be a real pain to figure out what to get them. For years I’ve used the wish list on Amazon.com to help people figure out what to get me, and I wish more people would do the same (especially my dad who is really hard to pick presents for!). [Click for full post]

Video: How to Spot and Avoid Phishing Scams

A few days ago, I posted an article called Understanding URLs or Web Addresses To Help Be Protected From Phishing Scams which taught you the basics of understanding “URLs” or web addresses, so you could recognize and avoid a common trick used by online scammers to fool people into thinking links in emails were legit.

I strongly recommend reading that article if you haven’t yet, as it contains valuable information to help protect your privacy and security online.

In that article I mentioned an email I’d received which looked like a legitimate email from Amazon.com on the surface, but which was clearly an example of a dangerous phishing scam if you knew what to look for. [Click for full post]

How to Undo Computer Mistakes in Apple Mac OS X

The intro before the step-by-step part of the video is important for people to watch if they are computer challenged and need the extra help, but if you want, you can jump to the step-by-step part of the video by fast-forwarding to about 3:25 (depending on your Internet connection speed you may need to wait a few moments before you can do this). Note: this is the Apple Mac version of this lesson.  If you have a Windows computer you’ll want to watch: How to Undo Computer Mistakes in Microsoft Windows.  If you’re getting this via my podcast, you should get both videos automatically. In the step-by-step part of the lesson I’ll show you an example of how to undo when writing something, which is probably the best-known way to use this simple but powerful computer skill.  I’ll also show you how to use it when working with files and folders, something which can be a real life saver but which so many people don’t know how to do. In the over a decade and a half I’ve been helping people with their computers, I’ve noticed a pattern that affects the majority of computer users to one degree or another: being afraid of making computer mistakes holds people back from making progress. I want to help you become more  confident and skilled with your computer so I recorded this video which gives you some words of encouragement, plus I show you a simple technique you can use in the majority of programs to reverse (or “undo”) mistakes you’ve made. Now while many people are familiar with the undo function of their computer, many more people are not familiar with it. Those who do know about it often don’t know you can use it in as many ways as you can.   Want to learn the fundamental computer skills that make the rest easy? Take a look at my easy video lesson CDs. I have a simple computer course covering exactly those basic skills that empower you with the confidence you deserve:  Basic Apple Mac Skills

How to Undo Computer Mistakes in Microsoft Windows

The intro before the step-by-step part of the video is important for people to watch if they are computer challenged and need the extra help, but if you want, you can jump to the step-by-step part of the video by fast-forwarding to about 3:25 (depending on your Internet connection speed you may need to wait a few moments before you can do this). Note: This is the Windows version of this lesson. There is also an Apple Mac version — if you’re subscribed to my podcast you should get both versions automatically, but if you have a Mac and you’re watching this on my website, you’ll want to click the following link to read: How to Undo Computer Mistakes in Apple Mac OS X In the over fifteen years I’ve been working as a professional to make computers easy for people, I’ve noticed a lot of things about the people I worked with as well as people I just ran across in my day to day life.  Many many computer users, no matter how bright they are, have a fear of causing problems on their computer by making a mistake. I think this is understandable, and I try to encourage people to not let fear of making mistakes paralyze you and keep you from moving forward. If you don’t try new things, you never progress. I recorded this video lesson to help give you some words of encouragement and remind you that you can do it, even if you’ve always felt afraid of moving forward.   I also included steps on how to undo computer mistakes using the “undo” command. While many people are aware of how this works, many more are not.  And the people who do know about it, don’t always realize you can use it in as many areas as you can, especially missing out on the fact that it can be a real lifesaver when working with files and folders on your computer. In this easy video lesson I not only explain how to undo in Plain English, but show you two different examples of how you can use it to reverse common types of computer mistakes.  Will it solve every problem magically in every circumstance? Of course not, but it is a powerful but very simple tool you can use to empower yourself with one of the basic skills everyone should know when using their computer. Want to learn the fundamental computer skills that make the rest easy? Take a look at my easy video lesson CDs. I have a simple computer course covering exactly those basic skills that empower you with the confidence you deserve: Windows Basics Fundamental Skills