Bits and Pieces -The Good, The Bad & The Fugly

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News, Rants and Thoughts

Millions lost within my circle of friends. Foundational principles ignored.

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The last #bitsandpieces post I wrote named December of 2017 as the specific month and the year when crypto would be known worldwide. The reasons I gave were stated last post. I could have said "Mark my words" - here is more.

Venezuela and Russia have centralized cryptocoins now. And by centralized, I mean poison. China uses Ripple and Saudi Arabia is going to join that bandwagon. And by Ripple, I mean poison. There are also two other centralized poison coins in the works that I know of.

The Ugly

when email became commonly accepted, scams were not far behind.

Advertisements to invest and coin scams are off the charts, new exchanges that "do it better" (until they don't), and the ICO game have caused many people to forget the foundational guidelines of being your own bank, ie; holding crypto.

Profits, (ticking numbers on a website) have caused people to forget that exchanges are just people who wrote some code and then they want you to send them crypto. Laws have not even bee written yet to force them to give it back. But, the sheer euphoria of watching those numbers rise causes such joyful bliss that people gladly power down whole Steemit accounts, empty secured wallets, and search the sofa-cushions for pocket change so that they can send it on over to bitgrail, binance or fillintheblank.com because of their 10+ years of trustworthy service... Oh wait...

The Bad

when the whole basket falls

Several friends have come to me with their story, how they bought into a new fangled this or that with all the gimmicks blazing. Now they are left with only broken egg-shells.

I try to console them...

  • "Well at least you have all the Steem you bought" (bright side?) until I look at their SP and see 0.000.
  • "Well I know you have a ton of Ethereum" as I look over at the familiar stack of GPU boxes stacked six feet high... "No, I invested that too."
  • "What about the Dash I sold you?" and I see them look toward the floor.

Don't get rid of something you have in your hand for a $number.number on a web page.

Even the best .com exchanges get hacked. Some of the oldest, most trusted ones have taken hits. But, two that I know of, have reimbursed their customers fully. But what if they can't next time.

Only the decentralized crypto-coin itself is secure. Only when secured correctly. Only when stored safely.

As prices go up, I make my coins more secure, pulling all holdings off of android devices, and old laptops. I was late in doing so because the value of some coins was tiny. Then they went up one by one, from nothing to thousands. It happened faster than I could create dedicated - off-line - encrypted - devices to hold the coins.

Still other friends have lost private keys. Some have been hacked and even lost email accounts, recovery email accounts, and everything related to their identity. Yes, even access to exchanges with 2FA. The hacker changed the phone number associated... well, you know. It makes me wonder about "vault7" - something I heard about which is like an information leak but more like a treasure trove of hacking tools.

The Good

reviewing the foundations - most important of which is self control

privatekeys

Better late than never

Always hold your own private keys.

  • generated while off line
  • written and stored away from prying eyes
  • copied and stored off-line and encrypted

Diversify (not all your eggs in one basket)

  • hold some of each crypto that you like
  • decide on a maximum for any one holding (no, not 100%)
  • never invest more than you are willing to lose

How much should I place on Bittrex, Poloniex, Bitfinex, CoinRocket etc.?
I choose zero because two of the named sites were very poblematic for me

  • If you have 100,000 - you should put $1,000 maximum on an exchange.
  • If you want to use two exchanges, then $500 on each.

If you are using Windoze or Crapple, none of the above applies. Your computer is compromised at the moment the first electron that hits the bios. (look up uEFI sometime)

This is not financial advice. The large corporations on the internet have access to your accounts. Even if what I just said is not true, why would you risk it? Would you have your house keys hanging in plain sight on a tree outside the house? How about leaving your car running while inside the mall?

Err on the side of caution.

The Unimportant

one should own none of these because of this title and the content below

There is a crypto called bitcoin that I mined at one time. First the GPU's stopped producing enough to care about. Then the BFL's I bought turned into book ends, again, unable to produce 0.001 in a month. Then bitcoin became unusable - more costly than Western Union and slower than snail-mail.

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But it looks like the coin might be dying because there are way fewer transactions in line to be recognized by the network. I think everyone just gave up on trying to send via this coin. I highly doubt they would try to fix BTC after sisteen months of clogged traffic and disappointing transaction times/fees.

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Resource: Blockchain's unconfirmed transactions page.

If they are fixing it. We should still consider using something quicker, with no fees. Eh- hem enter Steem? The audio world upgraded from 8-track-tapes... Time to use the SSD Micro of coins.

This is my own cynical view on BTC. I have not used it since 2016 and I no not plan to go back to it. I have waited many hours for transactions to clear while holding a stranger's money. Face to face trading is what I do. It has to be quick.

Thanks for taking time...

Remember. Your job is to make sure people know that simply putting it "on the blockchain" does NOT mean that it is on the Bitcoin (or another reliable decentralized) blockchain.

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Thank you for posting @htooms.

A very good read......a reminder from time to time is not a bad idea....how easy it is to forget......and yet.....just as your very apt illustration demonstrates.......we are in the Wild...Wild West.

All the best. Cheers.

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At the dawn of email, there was fear that the USPS may be replaced. That fear was only a crumb compared to the fear the banks are feeling right now. I pray that people will not fall for any centralized solution offered by the corrupt politicians.

It is the wild west for sure but that analogy relates more to surviving scams and crypto holders doing their homework before rushing into something. to this day there are emails about a rich Nigerian inheritance that cannot be claimed without my help. And, of course, I always send my banking information promptly so they can have the money that was left to them.

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Very humourous @htooms.

Good to see you here at Steemit.

Cheers.

posts that are useful to me, thanks for the information.
Great post @htooms

That's a very well written post, witty yet informative and opinionated.
I find it really strange that people who do trade cryptos, and I think most of them trade other cryptos than bitcoin as well - are still sticking to the bitcoin as the base currency and when he's down - the whole market is collapsing.
Now - this is only logical that it happens in coin that has only BTC pairing, but in those that pair to fiat - it's just not rational! is it because there is a lot of stupid money in the markets right now? I'm not sure.

The point you raise are exactly the reason I've bought a Trezor and a Ledger hardware wallets, that way I can rest assured that my coin are securely sleeping in their wallet, offline and relaxed :)

This is also the reason when A very good friend of mine told me he bought some thousands of STEEM - I pretty much forced him to move it to a steemit account, and since he is an hodler - I just helped him to power it up and delegate it to minnowbooster, that way he is much more secured - a hacker will not be able to touch his funds, and he earns some interest on his investment :)

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It pains me to know that someone was able to obtain keys and email passwords from one and that others were conned into investing everything on a relatively new site. A Trezor is nice, but it's also small and could be lost or maybe misplaced easily. Still. Good thinking.

I am not comfortable delegating SP, though I was doing it once a week when I ran the #takemyvotes give-away a long time ago (before Steemit implemented delegation). My delegation was nothing more than a bot that followed each vote that the winner placed. Thus my account would vote on every post the winner voted on.

I have heard good things about minnow booster, and the returns are good. But I still see a lot of posts that are very good, yet receiving zero payout. I am not a bot, I curate actively every day.

I feel secure knowing that my SP would take 13 weeks to power down if a hacker obtains my active key. During the first week, I would notice the decline and stop them using my owner key.

It is quite nice to have such thoughtful responses as I have my morning coffee. Thank you.

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Thank you - after enjoying such a good post I felt I most draft a quality comment.
I know personally someone working for minnowbooster, and I know they try really hard to be moral and fair.
I'm not sure what I think about the bots phenomenon - I didn't check it but I think that even if a post enters the trending page - most of the votes it will get will be dust votes from inexperienced users that will not upgrade his payments by much - so unless the revenue you get for buying votes is lucrative by itself - I'm not sure how important it is.
Maybe it makes the post view-able to some whales so they read it and upvote it if they like it, but that's completely fine with me - they will upvote it only if it's worth it.
I am pretty sure I miss something, otherwise the bots wouldn't be so popular - but I'm not sure what.

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I use bots for when I am away from my computer. I have a list of people that need support, the new users that I brought on board, and lists of people that have supported me in the past. I am sure that I would vote on them if I were able. If I can't, the bots do the voting for me.

Why?

Because any large account sitting idle is a wasted investment. If I leave for the day and forget to turn on my bots, I will come home and see my accounts at 100% voting power and my friends lacking the support they were hoping for. If I am gone for more than a week, it may be enough time for some of the new users to become discouraged.

From my perspecive - if I am absent for a long time, I earn nothing in curation rewards.

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Thanks for your support..It is encouraging.

It is good to hear from you! This information is spot on! Vault 7 will take you down the rabbit hole and you may never get out! lol

Keeping as much off an exchange and in cold storage is definitely the best idea!!

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I have been trying to get a post out once a week. The long ones eat into my recreation time, but I am always reading blogs here. Did you notice that Steem didn't get hit as much as the other cryptos?

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I can imagine they do! At least you’re curating! Steem has held up exceptionally well compared to other cryptos! There seems to be a decent amount of positive news in the press about Steem from getting picked up by major outlets to receiving one of the top rankings from Weiss!

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Thanks for that. I am so behind the times on news because of trading and local meeitngs, as I said, I am a face to face trader and I do a lot with metals.

I have not even taken the time to find out why bitcoin is faster - I just went to https://blockchain.info/unconfirmed-transactions (I will put that in the main post , it's a handy reference)

You should also check the recent steemitblog post by Ned - I am reading it between comments.

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I will check it out now! I still need to get you some of the 2017 steem rounds. Maybe we can group it with the 2018 steem rounds! We are trying to get it as close to spot as possible!

Excellent comparation with the movie @htooms

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아직은 잘 모르지만 당신 글을 계속 지켜볼게요.
블럭체인....많이 궁금합니다.

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I thought I lost everyone on that point. Pow - extra credit and you don't have to stay after school.

Sage advice that rings all too true. Thank you for composing this post. ‘The moment the first electron hits the bios’. Wow! Very powerful words. I’m off to look up uEFI. All best.

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Let me know what you find. I know what it does by experience.

What a fantastic post!
"You still have all the steem...till I looked in their wallet" God, that's happened to me and it is super cringe worthy, why didn't they keep some steem??

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I sold most of these people their first crypto. It is hard to hear that they lost it. All of the stories came in this month too.

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Ah, that sucks man, would definitely be hard to hear :(

this is just personal thinking, I am very sure steem will become the main Crypto of the future, although china and Arab two countries that have great influence in the world using Ripple

What is my main reason for that, since steem is available to everyone from where it comes from and how it exists, and also to the present of the steem wallet, in the social mesia steemit has well-accounted security

I think everyone is need for the two reasons I mentioned above, but for now I have not invested in steem, my reason is that for now I work with daily wages in steemit media, but I will definitely invest in steemi, in time it

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Countries like Ripple because it has an owner. It is centralized. So, therefore they can control it. Steem and other crypto currencies cannot be controlled. Governments do not like things they cannot control.

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I have not learned about Ripple, but I see in market vip indonesia Ripple is still affected by up and down Bitcoin, that means Ripple is also not an independent coin

If the government wants a coin that they can control, the government can use steem by signing up into a witness steem, so every country listed as a witness steem they can control it together

But if there is only one single currency in the world, it also will not be good because there is no market competition, it's all just my personal thoughts

Tremendous post dear friend @htooms, you reminded me of my father when I made some that other macanas, more than one would have felt that you went to him.

I do not have much experience in the cryptographic world, but something basic to understand what you are talking about and you have a lot of reason.

The prices of cryptocurrencies have risen significantly that there are many owners of what is foreign to the expectations of being able to get a lot of money without any cost.

Thank you very much for sharing your experience, it is not very common to see one person help another selflessly.
Again congratulations for the great contribution you make with the platform and its people

I wish you a prosperous day

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Thank you for all the kind words. I wish you the same. I think you are one of the most active people on Steemit. You are certainly a loyal follower.

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Could you tell me what you know about steem? :)

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That would take many many posts. I will tel you this. I have a lot invested in Steem.

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I do not fully understand. what you will give the phone. it would be nice to help each other :) 🙏

Very good ¡¡.

@htooms sir....
Actualy....Digital money can make us rich to deal with ourselves. I genuinely trust that. Be that as it may, what I additionally accept is that it will influence us to sufficiently fit to serve the penniless also.

It is absolutely difficult for all to give. Every one is battling in their own specific manners. In any case, that is the magnificence of life is it not? One who has seen the intense time will identify towards the one enduring. Such a one when independent can promptly consider helping other people. When I put in endeavors to gain, I should put in little endeavors along to share.

One might be poor out of absence of education, another might be expected life's weight of overwhelming obligations, another might be out of sheer apathy and some might be not able meet the sudden needs of life. In any case, the truth of the matter is same. They all need assistance. From numerous points of view it can be tended to.

Cheers~~~

Thanks for sharing i will done upvote I always see your post. And follow you

it's a sad reality

thank for shering my friend

Very peaceful horizon Great shot Up voted

I agree with you that everyone is fair. good luck for you

Yeah, it's really important to be secure about your cryptos, because you can lose them one day without the ability to recover anything. Hackers can get in and steal everything even if you feel secure.
I don't like bitcoin anymore and I would never use it. It's too slow and we already seen how high the transaction fees can get. I just don't get it why some people still believe in it so much. It's still alive only because of all the hype, and it being the first crypto currency ever. For example, Steem is a thousand times better, but we don't see that much popularity around this coin as bitcoin...

very nice post my friend @htooms i can only upvote and resteem, because i only small fish.

wooow the day more samakin the...

and I really feel it

you are so talent it is proved this pic.

interesting

this is a good post a friend a moment that useful for me thank you for sharing with us

Good quality post!

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Thanks.

Very good news for blockchain users

The very good writen and information @hatooms

Thanks for sharing i will done upvote I always see your post. And follow you

this is a great way to be known by beginners

this is a good way of teaching about blockchain. In my opinion .

thanks for sharing with us

You are a teacher to me because I study every post you can make me go.

you are keeping strict eyes on crypto, and it is good for you.

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I live on cryto - I have become unbanked :)

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Crypto mission accomplished :)

This post has received a 28.02 % upvote from @booster thanks to: @htooms.

What a informative post @htooms. Best fundamental concepts introduced here. I'm glad to received it. Highly appreciated your support in blockchain. Valuable information of blockchain. Thank you for share.

A very great post because it gives me a lot of benefits

You are so wonderful and have a great day

Really show me and inspire me that is extraordinary @htooms

Good post and provide many benefits for other steemians

You are an honorable person because your post helps me in this steemit.

Good post and give me motivation

Really wonderful and congratulations for you

I agree with the people below and agree with them, this post is good.

This is the news we've been waiting for, thanks @htooms for giving us this information.

What a best post for blockchain users. Your opinions highly appreciated and best guidelines to follow us. Thanks for effort @htooms.

The Good, The Bad & The Fugly
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Thanks for sharing i will done upvote

Very informative for us @htooms. I'll find more about this. Thank you for shared.
Followed you.

a very good post my friend

Thanks for the friend info @htooms, with this post you can help open a little knowledge for us about blockchain.

You are right, we need to be always on the alert!

thank you friends for sharing with us about what is blockchain

Very amazing friend, this post opens the horizon in the world of blockchain

Very good for blockchain users, nice work comrade @htooms

Oh great post dear. There are many good side and bad side in the steemit or in any cryptocurrencies. When you will be hacked any way you will be lost all. You have a great chance to grow up your wallet ballance at the moment any time why you will have offline. Your post was really informative for us. It will warn us to invest money. Thank you for sharing this post with us.

this is a great post @htooms i hope one moment can be like you friend

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The first step of becoming someone's friend is to vote for their posts and comments. I will vote for your comment to start the process.

a very good post and I really like it, good luck always @htooms

Woow es impresionante tu rol en steemit, como apoyas a todo la comunidad, a traves de tus conocimientos y estrategias, cuentas como tu necesitamos tener dia tras dia. desde ya siguiendote. y meencanto este contedido la relacion que haces con la pelicula. Saludos.

thank you for an input or imformation We still need imformation

Nice picture brather @htooms this lifestyle and education bitcoin, thank your to shering

excelente publicación, me gustaría ver tus publicaciones mas a menudo sera posible???''

I really feel it, and it's really a great post and I'm sure others also agree with me.

Good post, thanks to sharing.

Thanks for sharing i will done upvote

Good post and thanks impormasi

it is very inspiring to for beginners of this steemit

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I have over a million and a half dollars sitting in many accounts here on Steemit. But, I am honored that your bot would comment and help my post trend.

Hey @htooms this is awesome post. Strikes again.
I would like to add a quote here , that may be helpful to bloggers on this platform;

Why You Should Upvote Comments!!!!
I've noticed alot of people doesnt reward their followers, and their commenters on here.
It's a shame.
When someone takes the time to not only read your post but to leave a comment. Even throwing your small vote their way does a lot of great things...
They are More Likely To Follow You
I'm not saying you should upvote every single comment you get. I try and look for those that I feel provide value to the post. When they see that you upvoted their comment and they will be rewarded as a result. This encourages them to follow you; Then you'll have a regular on your post.
You can grow your followers so that they can grow you;
If they choose to keep their Steem in their account, They may power it up. If you continuously are upvoting their great comments, then they will steadily grow overtime. Their vote will be worth even more, and they'll be able to upvote you, The upvotes you gave them helps them grow, so they have more power on the platform.

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Yes that has always been my practice.

the selection of a very difficult

Hey @htooms this is awesome post. Strikes again.
I would like to add a quote here , that may be helpful to bloggers on this platform;

Why You Should Upvote Comments!!!!
I've noticed alot of people doesnt reward their followers, and their commenters on here.
It's a shame.
When someone takes the time to not only read your post but to leave a comment. Even throwing your small vote their way does a lot of great things...
They are More Likely To Follow You
I'm not saying you should upvote every single comment you get. I try and look for those that I feel provide value to the post. When they see that you upvoted their comment and they will be rewarded as a result. This encourages them to follow you; Then you'll have a regular on your post.
You can grow your followers so that they can grow you;
If they choose to keep their Steem in their account, They may power it up. If you continuously are upvoting their great comments, then they will steadily grow overtime. Their vote will be worth even more, and they'll be able to upvote you, The upvotes you gave them helps them grow, so they have more power on the platform.

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Yes that has always been my practice.

few months back I started investing in crypto, trading, cloud mining and steemit. It was fun for me in steemit and trading. Things were going good and my friends was curious seeing the profit I made. But he was not that sort of guy who could have patience and put effort in trading and creating posts and all. hasflare was doing ood too back then , I suggested him to invest in that if he doent want to do much and just wants few profits.

he invested $1000 in hasflare and intially the price of btc was 17k back then and high btc was mined. Then theings changes btc price went down, the quantity mined git decreased. I am okey with whatever I am doing, but i feel sad at him

I too agree your saying, invest 500 in two of them as its more safer to keep your eggs in diffrent basket than in the same . Thats what my friend did, he put his all $1000 in one basket hashflare, but i invested in various platforms.

also, from your post, I came across manu technical terms which I was unaware of, I might do my own research again on all those stuffs, good for me

thnx for this post, I will help me a lot|
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no matter what the price on hashflare went to, he didn't have the money. Hashflare has it and they are not required to give it back. It's not an investment unless it's on the blockchain or insured by laws. (blockchain still better)

Good to see you are still around!

Amazing post. Love the information on taking your privte keys offline and encrypting it, as well as diversifying it.

Sho, the more I try to learn, the more I figure out how little I really know!
Right, so after reading this post (twice) I recon that I have a lot of homework to do!
Thank you so much for taking the time to create this post - I really found a great deal of value here, and I am sure that I am not the only one!

What a great publication thank you for sharing your knowledge. 👍

Very nice post..Thanks have share

@htooms merhaba fotoğrafla anlatmaya çalışman çok iyi.. kripto paralar hakkındaki yazını okudum ama ingilizcem olmadığı için tam anlayamadım :)

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The cover picture is from an American Movie about cowboys and thieves. The post will not be translated well by a machine because it contains things called satire, puns , and what is called a play on words.

There are many other things that translation programs will never understand.

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İngilizce seviyem yeterli değil bu yüzden google çeviriyi kullanıyorum ... kapak fotoğrafı çok anlamlı ve güzel olmuş post da aynı şekilde anlamlı ve emek ayırarak güzel hazırlamışsın : ) tebrik ederim.

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It would be very good to grow the Turkish region and post in your own language. This happened when the country of Korea started posting and using the #kr tag.

Have you seen the recent kr posts ?

What tag would you use for Turkey

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Öncelike yorumumu beğendiğin için çok teşekkür ederim ... bizim burada Türkiye de #tr etiketini kullanıyoruz :)

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Excellent! You have many who are like whales already. I will keep checking #tr to find content!

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I am grateful to you for doing these researches for me :) It is very pleasant to work with someone as good as you.