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How To Land The Best Housesitting Gigs Around The World Posted: 04/11/2015 7:52 am EDT Updated: 06/11/2015 5:59 am EDT By Yvonne Bauche,InternationalLiving.com This article comes to us courtesy ofInternationalLiving.com, the world’s leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas. Do you want to travel and sample different retirement lifestyles, but have a limited budget? Housesitting may be your answer. Our first housesit was three years ago. Since then we have lived rent-free in Tuscan farmhouses, French vineyards, Spanish casitas, English heritage homes, luxury Costa Rican villas, and a jungle retreat inBelize. In exchange for looking after the house, garden, pets, and pool, my husband Michael and I have saved around $24,000 in accommodation costs. Whether you want a dream vacation or to sample a retirement destination, the trick to being successful is to stand out from the crowd. Competition is fierce, with many homeowners receiving 20 to 60 responses to their “house sitter needed” advertisements. Here’s how you can join this group of savvy travelers and score the best housesitting gigs around the world. First, register on at least one house sitter site. We useHouseCarers.com and TrustedHousesitters.com. These online sites allow you to build …

Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It (2015) Documentary Review

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Director: Torsten Hoffmann, Micheal Watchulonis Documentary Running Time: 60 minutes The subject of money is undoubtedly a source of enigmatic confusion. Many people have covered it, from economic professors to bloggers and authors; even Ira Glass on NPR. But Bitcoin continues to feed confusion over what it is, how it got here, and whether or not it could change money in our lifetime. Director Torsten Hoffmann breaks out into the world of money with his energetic documentary, “Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It” (2015). It’s dynamic, filled to the brim with hard-hitting history. There’s electricity in the pace, a kineticism in the narration, a fervor in the subject matter and the high-stakes world of finance. It is a rapid film that catches you off guard, with a title as provocative as itself. The picture begins with a luring score that ushers us in, not to explore simply Bitcoin, but to hint at the basis of trade, commerce, and civil society. Montaging clips of personal interactions and crowds of people, Hoffmann opens the film as if opening the blinds on a warm and beautiful morning. His story of money is one filled with promise like a sunrise over a landscape of …

Blockchain Startup Raises $2 Million for Intellectual Property Solution

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A startup that uses the bitcoin blockchain to establish digital ownership of art and other creative works has raised $2m in seed funding. Ascribe received backing from Earlybird Venture Capital, Digital Currency Group, Freelands Ventures and a group of angel investors, according to a report by TechCrunch. Founder Bruce Pon told the news outlet that the idea for the product first took shape in 2013, explaining: “The idea to use blockchain to allow artists to create digital scarcity germinated in mid-2013 when [founders] Trent and Masha [McConaghy] asked ‘Can you own digital art like you own bitcoin?’” The prototype for the project, Pon explained, was built by McConaghy in fall of 2013, with the founders leaving to pursue the project full time in 2014. “Since then, we’ve been refining the technology and working with early users,” he continued. Artists that use ascribe essentially create digital deeds for their work, which are then subsequently time-stamped onto the bitcoin blockchain. As shown below, once a file is uploaded to Ascribe, it creates a digital certificate that can be then be traded, tracked or loaned, thereby creating a chain of ownership for that work.                   Proof of the transaction can then …

Tutorial: How To Create Super-Secure and Easily Memorable Passphrases

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So I’m sure once you start accumulating your precious coins you’re going to want to keep them  safe & secure.   In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a super- secure and easily memorable passphrase of between 10 – 20 random words. Let’s get started: Get 5 dice (standard six-sided) Take the 5 dice, put them in a shoe box or cup, shake them up and let them drop on a table. Record the 5 numbers from left to right. Example: 25361 Repeat steps 2 thru 3 for a minimum of 10 times and write them down in a column. Open this dictionary list of 7,774 words and find the corresponding words then write them in a second column next to the numbers. Discard the numbers, connect the words and create your passphrase. I like to use all upper case letters with no spaces in between. You can choose your own formula. The rolls of the dice are what generate randomness and the word list gives you a large enough data set to pull from. Using this method a 20-word passphrase has256 bits of entropy but a 10-word passphrase at 128 bits is more than enough. How to memorize …

The Past and Future of Bitcoin [Infographic]

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CoinMe, a Seattle-based bitcoin startup, has created this infographic, explaining the past and future of Bitcoin, and also the use of the city’s first-ever Bitcoin ATM – CoinMe’s Kiosk. The Coinme Kiosk is the new solution for Seattle-area residents to buy and sell bitcoins. As the first Bitcoin Kiosk in the Northwest, and the first licensed kiosk in the U.S., Coinme is eager to introduce Bitcoin to the community through regular Meetups and free onsite consultations. The ATM is operated by Coinme but manufactured by Las Vegas-based Robocoin, which also built the world’s first Bitcoin ATM that was installed in Vancouver, Canada last October. The Kiosk is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and it scans your palm and allows you to exchange cash for Bitcoin, or do the reverse. Customers can make up to $3,000 worth of Bitcoin exchanges per day. Check the infographic below and tell us in the comments below what do you think about the new CoinMe’s Kiosk.  

How to move Google Authenticator to a new device

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Using two-step verification is a smart way to help protect your data on Google. Follow these steps to move the app to your new mobile device. Two-step verification can help thwart malicious attacks against your online accounts. Anyone trying to break into your account would need both your password and the mobile device that authentication codes are sent to in order to gain access. Related stories How to enable two-factor authentication on popular sites How to set up Google’s two-step verification How to use Google Voice with two-step authentication Google has done a splendid job of providing options for those who are interested in setting up this extra security measure: you can get text alerts, or you can use Google’s authenticator app, available for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS. When using the app as your method of authentication code delivery, you may wonder what happens when you want to retire an old phone for a new one. Or, you may have misplaced your device and want to disable the service as a precautionary measure. Here’s how to move the authenticator app to a new device, or disable it completely: Step 1: First you’ll want to install the app on the new …