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Don't buy Bitcoin, Volcano Boy! Make it spew out with these 11 easy hacks.

Jamie Dimon may believe Bitcoin’s ‘a fraud’ but I know a few CoinSheet enthusiasts who would beg to disagree. If you’re like me you might not be able to afford to buy Bitcoin. And no Bitcoin, no LaMbO… Not to worry though! I’m going to lay down 11 simple hacks to earn free bitcoin without breaking open the piggy bank.

Vanish into the Night. And take Jamie's lunch with you.

Next week is my 1-year cryptoversary. I made my entrance into ₿ almost one year ago to the day. This time last year BTC was floating levitating just a hair below US$640 with no help whatsoever from Jamie Dimon. queue sarcasm

How to bootstrap a new blog and land marketing partners along the way.

In Initial Commit I explain why I created Hack Cabin. And though I’ve been blogging for over 8 years I’ve never been serious about monetizing any of my blogs—until I left my six-figure job to Become a Digital Nomad in Bali. Rather than cramming ads into this site I’ve chosen to keep Hack Cabin ad-free, focusing on monetize using affiliate marketing instead.

With little content to show for itself at the outset. As a result of being new and not having much content, some initial challenges have arisen attempting to monetize it:

  • Gaining organic traffic requires good content
  • Affiliate marketing partners can really suck

Let’s briefly discuss each of these challenges and how to deal with them. At the end I’ll summarize what this all means to new publishers trying to land affiliate marketing partners early in a website’s life.

Everything you need to know to become a Digital Nomad in Bali.

If you live in a First World country chances are you’ve become a wage slave like I was before quitting a six-figure job to gain my independence. Or maybe you’ve already started freelancing and want to become a better freelancer. Whatever your reasons, becoming a Digital Nomad in Bali is not as difficult as you may think. But it takes preparation.

In this guide I will share valuable information and resources to help you decide if Bali is right for you, describe various move considerations, explain how to actually make the move and show you what’s necessary to get settled in.

Turn the tables. Use guile and cunning to attract beautiful women online.

A friend once told me dating is a numbers game. Like myself, he was divorced. And we had both signed up for dating services several years ago.

We took different approaches to dating. My friend took a more conventional approach and joined a paid service, whereas I started using OKCupid.

Over the last few years I’ve used OKC to read hundreds-upon-hundreds of online dating profiles, surrendered dozens of hours chatting and seized the opportunity to go on some thrilling dates (and some chilling ones too).

To improve my chances I read research articles about exactly what to say in a first message – how words like “zombie” and “pretty” improve response rates from women. But what follows is nothing like that.

Dimon trash-talks cryptos again. Only this time he's in for a big surprise…

Now I don’t know about you, but when Jamie Dimon came out earlier this month and said “[Bitcoin] is worse than tulip bulbs”—an unequivocal reference to Tulpenwindhandel of the seventeenth century—I didn’t think much of it. Why? Because he also validated Chris Dixon’s belief bitcoin will lift to as much as US$100,000 during the interview.

When Jamie doubled down on trashing bitcoin the very next day with the same rhetoric I gleefully submitted him to the Bitcoin Obituaries with the rest of the naysayers. And let’s be honest, there are plenty of people smarter than Jamie that’ve been wrong about the world’s first successful private currency. So why would anyone listen to a dotard like Dimon?

Instant transactions. Zero fees. Spend your coins anywhere VISA is accepted.

Bitcoin saw a 355% return during the first 8 months of 2017. And some believe it may be worth as much as 500,000 per coin by 2030. But hanging onto your bitcoin doesn’t do you much good if you HODL it forever.

So what’s the best way to convert bitcoin into cash? Well, you could transfer it between wallets in exchange for cash on the spot. Or you could spend time trying to find a bitcoin ATM. But why go through the hassle?

If you need an easy way to spend some of your bitcoin without paying any fees what are you going to do? Well, the answer is pretty easy—get yourself a BitPay VISA card and spend without paying fees.

Managing asynchronous dependencies with JavaScript can be a nightmare. But there's a better way. It's called Fetch Injection.

I’ve long been inspired by the work of Steve Souders. In 2009 he published an article titled Loading Scripts Without Blocking, which I first became aware of and studied during my time at Orbitz – where every millisecond a user waited for the page to load had a measurable impact to the business.

Steve’s work was instrumental for the Web development community, and even inspired Nicholas C. Zakas to write Loading JavaScript without Blocking the same month Steve’s book Even Faster Web Sites was published.

Welcome to Hack Cabin. Learn about the site architecture and why it was built.

Back in 2008 I started my first blog. Its original incarnation was a WordPress site hosted on Bluehost. I’ll never forget the countless hours I spent wrestling with WordPress plug-in updates, sweating my database back-up process, fighting the content editor to produce valid markup and, on at least one occasion, losing several hours of work as a result of clicking the wrong button somewhere. WordPress was complicated and it sucked.

WordPress was complicated and it sucked.

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Browse the Web more securely.

I read an article on Medium titled How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. The article provided a number of tips for staying secure digitally. One of the tips was to use the TOR browser because popular browsers such as Safari and Chrome were not private enough – even in private mode.

What the author didn’t tell you was that it’s possible to increase your privacy without switching browsers using Dan Pollock’s hosts file. A quick look at the file describes exactly what it does…

There are many URL shorteners you can use to create tiny URLs for sharing on social media, but it's easy if you make your own branded short links.

Tiny URLs, otherwise known as short links. We’ve all used them to shorten URLs. Sometimes for sharing y2u.be videos. Or to make some 🧀 using amzn.to. Perhaps even to view someone else’s analytics data. And though some may lead you to believe short URLs can be dangerous, used thoughtfully they make a useful addition in your link building strategy. Learn how to make your own branded tiny URLs free in under 5 minutes.