November 18, 2017
I recently came across the following quote “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ― Maya Angelou This is my new goal in life. Not to conform to be normal, but to be amazing and I hope to inspire you to be amazing too.

5 things I've enjoyed this week #3

Well, it’s week three of my schedule, this really is flying by. I've done a few more research things this week, I wanted to take some time to look at options that could have a potential weekly income - I really want to do this work part-time thing.

With that said, I racked my brain and picked out 5 moments and things done this week that I have enjoyed doing, or them happening. Hope you find them interesting too.

1. Discovered the new outdoor game of rock hunting

My wife turned round to me at the beginning of this week and said 'let's go BH Rock Hunting'. To say I was confused probably sums my state of mind up well at this suggestion.

Basically, BH Rocks is the name of a Facebook group where people post locations of where they have hidden rocks they have painted. The idea was to go to these locations, find the rocks, post an image on Facebook and rehide them. Let's say that the kids had fun - and I found a rock - yay 🙂

It was great fun, we got outside and so makes it into my top 5 things for this week.

2. Found an interesting WordPress app that auto-posts affiliate links

So, I've always had an interest in setting up an affiliate site, a site that is basically an online shop and selling items through affiliate links. Something you can get up and running without having to have stock.

There are so many affiliate programs out now that you can create stores based on those you join in loads of different sectors. Clothes, fragrance, electronics, you name it.

The thing is, you still have to take the time setting up the store. You have to find products and put them on your page. You can't just create a store and just let it go... can you? Well, having found this plugin I would have to say 'yes you can', at least for the most part.

See, this plugin, which is a paid for plugin by the way, allows you to setup campaigns from a few affiliate sites such as Amazon, Wallmart, Clickbank and so on. The campaign will search for items based on your keywords and post them to your site. It basically adds new content to bought through your affiliate links.

There is a little setup. You have to create a campaign and you have to purchase the plugin. That said, its a fire and forget model. Well, you do have to go and manually clear down the posts from time to time, maybe, if you want to...

Finding this plugin means I can create some test models, maybe get that one step closer to part-time working.

3. Have taken some time to try and understand cryptocurrency mining

So, everyone is talking about Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency - there are so many these days. I recently got asked if I knew anything about this subject, but like many others, I have heard of it but never delved into it.

So, I decided to delve into it and see what its all about. Basically, the conclusion was, unless you spend loads of cash its not really worth mining them now. The algorithm has become so complex that, if you tried to mine using your CPU and GPU you wouldn't get really anywhere. When you factor in the cost of electricity etc, you would be losing money.

There are hardware miners now, ASIC (Application-specific integrated circuit) which is a circuit design to do the calculations required quicker and for lower power consumption. That said, the lower priced USB units mine as such low rates that you would never make money - they are really for learning and as a hobby. The bigger units run into the £1000's and to really make money you have to set up a mining farm.

If you're looking to get mining Cryptocurrency then you need some cash behind you to earn. However, if it's out of an interest then there are loads of smaller USB minors you can buy. You can also, it seems, rent out miner servers. I've not really looked into this yet - so one more thing to do some research on.

It's actually a very interesting subject that I am still learning about, so it makes it into my top 5 for this week.

4. Start of the Black Friday event on Amazon

So, yesterday, 17th. The Black Friday sale started on Amazon. Not a lot to say about this other than I've locked up my wallet. Each you I manage to spend a little. I've already seen some great deals - I somehow managed to avoid buying.

I know I won't go through the whole week or so of it without buying something. But its certainly my favorite sale time. So, has to make it into the top 5.

5. Getting new batteries for my mouse

Now, this may sound really silly, I mean, having getting new batteries on my top 5 list, but just hear me out. So, the mouse I have at the moment (the mouse I've had for a few years now) is a Logitech G700s. It's a wireless mouse and takes AA batteries.

Now, why you buy it, it has a rechargeable battery in that charges when you connect it to the USB. All good... Over time though, rechargeable batteries slowly loose quality and you get less charge. So, this week I finally bit my wallet and bought some new batteries. Even better, I got some larger capacity batteries.

Already I've seen it. It used to be that I charged my mouse every night. This week I charged it early on, have done the equivalent of 16+ hours (including working from home yesterday) and only now am I recharging i.... Gone are the 4 hour long - 7 if your lucky, then recharge. In are the 16 (probably 20 as it wasn't even on the red marker, just the last green) plus hours of usage. Hurrah.

So, that's why I got it on my list. Its given my mouse a longer lifetime.. Ya..

That's it for this week

There you have it, my top 5 things for this week. Its been a great week, full of techie delights. So, how's your week been? Eventful? Why not leave me a comment below to tell me some of the things you've enjoyed this week.

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