Increasing your BTC using 1Broker

Bitcoin’s price goes up, comes down, goes up, comes down.  You can read every forum, every chatbox, every post on BTC and you’ll still not know who or what causes price change in BTC.  By all accounts the big whales are the real ones who can manipulate it, like the recent suggestion a dump from Mt Gox wallet caused the price dip, although that’s been debunked now.  Who knows, there’s a lot of people out there with big BTC wallets and a lot of people wanting to increase their BTC. So how to increase your BTC holdings? You could get knee deep in learning margin trading, but this can be a bit scary and a bit crazy.  If you’re not careful you’ll leverage too high and lose lock stock the whole fucking lot. Another route is to use 1Broker.  This allows margin trading in BTC in stocks/currencies/indices and commodities.  But […]

Howto strip paint from Games Workshop Citadel Miniatures

Recently I decided to have a crack at painting some citadel miniatures. Since I’ve tons of them in the loft at my parents I dug some out. I wanted to start afresh so needed to strip some of paint. These were mostly painted in Citadel Acrylics with the odd bit of Humbrol enamel. I use to use acetone as a kid but it never worked well, so did some research and came up with Dettol antiseptic. This is also safe on plastics.   Above is an example of a model painted well over twenty years ago, badly.  Although not bad for a 12 year old I guess.  All my models were base coated with citadel spray paint primer, then painted with citadel acrylics. So the model is broken down and placed into a glass jar, in this case with lots of others and in fact too many. Top up with […]

GPU & CPU Mining Garlicoin on Windows 10 Machine

Garlicoin has recently gone crazy on Reddit thanks to the meme and a user called DigitalizedOrange stating he’d create a coin if his post got enough upvotes. That was last month and this week Garlicoin went live. I fancied mining some of the coin, more for shits and giggles than anything. I mined BTC long ago, then Dogecoin with GPU and ASIC miners, and when that all turned non profitable I stopped and got into margin trading the BTC on various exchanges. I look back on the days of mining Doge with fondness since the community rallied together to sponsor various projects, including getting the Jamaican Bobsled team to the 2012 Sochi Winter Olympics. We also sponsored a Nascar (the Dogecar) driven by Josh Wise, and we bought socks for the homeless. These were good times, Doge had value, was easy to mine, and much fun was had. Unfortunately since […]

Installing a Mouseover to Amazon Firestick & Virgin TV Go App by sideloading using a Mac

Got yourself a swanky new Firestick?  Definitely worth installing a mouseover, read down for more info. I wanted to watch TV around the house, but refused to let Virgin install their triple shielded coax around my property.  So had to look at other routes to get my cable tv channels into the other rooms.  I found they recently updated their TV Anywhere app to TV Go, which thankfully is a little better than it’s shockingly awful predecessor. I’ve accomplished this by sideloading the TV-Go app onto an Amazon Firestick, and also installing a mouseover toggle onto it, so it’s a bit more user friendly. Firstly, I use a Mac and love using the terminal, I long ago gave up using Windows and would use Linux if it was a little more user friendly to my mac.  Anyhow, this process will be done using a Mac, I don’t have an android […]

Claiming your Bitcoin Gold (BTG) from your Bitcoin (BTC)

  There seems a little confusion on this around the net, so here’s an easy way to do it, after all it’s free money so you might as well, as it currently stands BTG is worth about $130/coin.   Currently there’s only a wallet on an android device for BTG called Coinomi so this is the way I’m going to claim mine, but I don’t have an Android phone, so what do I do?  I use an Android Emulator on my mac. Firstly you need to secure your coins, and separate it from the block that has your BTG.  So we do this by making a new wallet, that has new private keys.  Send the contents of your existing wallet to this wallet address, this will be your new wallet. Now to claim the BTG.  Close your new wallet, open the old one and extract the private keys. For example […]

Remove the default user Pi from your RasberryPi for a bit of extra security

An easy way of making your Pi that little bit more secure is to remove the default user, Pi.  So when setting up a new Pi installation this is one of the first things I do which is very simple. SSH into your Pi as usual:

Switch to the root user:

Create a new user:

Will result in the below, add a decent password when asked and then repeat it:

Add the new user to the sudo group:

Quit the Pi by typing exit a couple of times, first to log out as root then to leave SSH. Log back into the PI with SSH using your new username/password:

Now to delete the old Pi user:

Will give you an output, add the user Pi’s password when asked:

Finally change the default password of the root account, use a new pass […]

Using PiVPN to turn your RaspberryPi into a VPN. Access your home network securely from anywhere, secure any wifi connection

I wanted a secure way of accessing my home network whilst away.  Not only for my Home Assistant installation but to access files, photos, be able to work on scripts and the like.  I did some research into various ways but kept coming back to a VPN.  I found other reasons for using a VPN too, mainly to secure usage of public wifi, prevent region locking, and to use my PiHole DNS advert blocker. For instance, if I’m using public wifi at a cafe/shopping center I can connect via my VPN to secure any passwords/bank details that I enter.  If you don’t realise anyone sharing the same wifi network can gain access to your passwords or data that you enter, scared?  Have a read how they do it here. This same Pi is running an instance of PiHole for DNS level advert blocking, when I’m connected to my VPN, I’ll […]