Tuesday's Crypto Bloodbath

It figures; I started cryptomining a few weeks ago and now the cryptocurrency market has taken a major dive.
Today, Tuesday 16th, has been particularly "bloody", with a sea of red fonts indicating coins losing value faster than the tickers can keep up.
Why? Probably a couple of reasons as far as my inexperienced eye can see:
1 - the market seemed pretty "bubble-y" and was likely due some kind of correction, although the size of this one was a bit of a shock.
2 - two major Asian countries (China and South Korea) have either already cracked down on cryptomining and/or trading, or are apparently ready to do so. 

Will the market recover? My guess (that's all it is) would be "yes" at least to some degree. The blockchain technology behind most cryptocurrency is interesting and potentially very useful. 
Down the road however, I would not be shocked to see more regulation be applied.
As the whipped cream on this rancid crypto sundae, the "Bitconnect&qu…

A Cryptocurrency Mining Update

A posted previously, I recently ventured into the mysterious world of cryptocurrency mining. I have a couple of PCs set up to mine for two types of coins, and I figured it was time for a quick update.
Hardware wise, everything is doing well and both systems are stable and running as hoped. I have one PC in in the garage and one in the basement; I initially set things up in the garage as it's cold in there and I was not sure what kind of heat was going to be involved by the mining process.

Nvidia GeForce Now: Cloudy , With a Chance of Gaming

Game streaming, or "cloud gaming" has been tried before, but this time we have a well-known player (pun intended) in the game - Nvidia, the GPU maker. Their new GeForce Now service promises that you can play cool video games on your lightweight laptop, Macbook, or whatever.
If you have a pretty fast, low latency Internet connection, that is.
The secret sauce is that the games run on cloud hardware and are only streamed to your computer (like Netflix movies) - the game experience should be otherwise "normal" on your end, it's just that you don't need a $1,500 gaming PC to have a decent experience. Just the appropriate pipe to the Internet, as mentioned previously.
I actually see this catching on for a lot of people, as the on-demand vibe seems strong right now. If the games actually play decently (and that remains to be seen with fast-paced shooters and so on) then this could be a viable option for many; just pay a monthly subscription and have at it.

Prevailing Online Password Is Still "123456"

For the 4th year in a row, the most common online password being used is... "123456". This is pretty sad, to be honest, and goes a long way to explain how so many of us continue to get hacked or otherwise have our identities stolen. "Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, ‘starwars' is a dangerous password to use," said SplashData CEO Morgan Slain. "Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words." Maybe we should not have the Internet of Things after all...


Dual Mining Ethereum And Siacoin With Claymore *updated*

As previously posted, I started GPU mining for cryptocurrency a couple of weeks ago. It's a small scale project, with a single GPU at this time (although a second, cheaper card is on order - after I was sure the thing actually worked).
I have had a couple of payouts thus far, and I also realized that I can actually mine for two types of coins at the same time, on the same single GPU. The software I use is Claymore's miner, which allows for that feature with very little "drag" on the mining of the main coin - in my case, Ethereum.

My Cryptomining 10-Step Guide

If any of you have heard of Bitcoin "mining" and wondered about possibly trying your hand at it yourself, here is my 10,000 foot guide to the process. "Bitcoin" has quickly become a generic term for "cryptocurrency" in general, in the same way people ask you to "pass them a Kleenex", when they mean any brand of paper tissue.
1 - Buy, build or otherwise cobble together the host computer
2 - Pay way too much for a hard-to-find, high-end video card with the "right" GPU
3 - Research how to set up a wallet, what kind of wallet to use, which coin to mine, which mining software to use, which pool to use, which exchange to use, which high-end video card you *should" have bought
4 - Fret over all of the above
5 - Start mining
6 - Fiddle with drivers and other settings, because you can't leave well enough alone
7 - Wait
8 - Wait some more
9 - Receive a few dollars in your wallet
10 - Try to get the currency from your wallet and bring i…

US Number Two In Amount Of Electronic Waste Generated

Electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing problem in a world hungry for smartphones and their kin. We use and discard electronics at a startling rate, and much of it unfortunately ends up in landfills, or otherwise disposed of improperly.
The bad thing is that e-waste can be particularity nasty, with things like rare metals and other stuff that is best not left lying around. It's just wasteful too, when you consider many of us trade in phones and the like after a year - surely those types of things still have utility?
The US finds itself behind on China in terms of the volume of e-waste generated per year - way ahead of the other countries on the list. The amount of e-waste generated between 2014 and 2016 increased by 8%, according to a new report by the United Nations University, the International Telecommunications Union, and the International Solid Waste Association. By 2021, the organizations expect e-waste to grow by another 17%. Business Insider