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How to do GPU Bitcoin Mining on a Mac with Diablo Miner

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This is an in depth video on how to do GPU Bitcoin mining on an Apple computer with OSX (will work on Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion) with DiabloMiner. The video is done on Windows, but the exact same process applies to mining on a Mac (I just didn’t have access to a Mac to make the video with, but I have done mining on Macs). If you have any wonky things happening that didn’t happen in my video, leave a comment and read the readme that came with DiabloMiner.

The mining pool site (where you set up an account): Slush’s Mining Pool
The site to download DiabloMiner: Diablo Miner
command to start GPU mining (has to be run in the directory where the program is): ./DiabloMiner-OSX.sh -u pascal11110.guest -p guest -o api.bitcoin.cz -r 8332 -w 64
Replace pascal11110.guest with your username, guest with your password, api.bitcoin.cz with your mining pools address, and 8332 with you mining pools port. If you have any issues connecting, then try my credentials to see if those work. If they do, then you have typed some of your info in wrong.

The client I use as my Bitcoin wallet is Bitcoin qt, which can be downloaded here: Download Bitcoin Qt

A great chart of what to expect for speeds for a piece of hardware can be found here: Expected mining speeds for hardware

Want to get free bitcoins? It doesn’t pay much, but if you’re just starting out and want a few for your wallet, you can get very small amounts of free coins from this site for visiting other websites: Bit Visitor

And this one gives you small amounts for just putting in your receiving address every day: Netlookup

You can also earn bitcoins by having people click on URL’s you shorten, it just takes them to an ad before it brings them to the site it was linking to, works very well: CoinURL. But if you would rather earn cash from shortening URL’s you can use this one instead:Cash URL shortener

I now accept donations through Bitcoins! If you don’t know what those are, you can get more information about them at bitcoin.org. My average donations are usually less than .001 BTC, but any amount helps me to make more tutorial videos, so any amount is gladly accepted.

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How to make the Classic Shell Start button look like the Windows 7 Start button

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This is a short video as requested that shows how to make the Classic Shell start button look identical to the start button that is in Windows 7. All you need before this tutorial is Classic Shell installed in Windows 8, which I have another tutorial for here: http://www.allhow2s.com/?p=55.

I did not do the art, and the page that I show in the video has instructions on how to do this as well, so most of the credit should go to them. I do have a saved copy of the files that are downloaded, so if the deviantart download link ever goes down, send me a message and I can email you the files, or upload them to a mirror server.

I would do a text tutorial, but the one at the link below is very thorough, so if you’re looking for a video tutorial, watch the video above, and if you’re looking for a text tutorial, use the link below.

The address used in the video is:
http://www.askvg.com/download-classic-shell-skin-to-get-windows-7-look-like-start-menu-and-start-button-in-windows-8/

There are many more options as well for changing the look of the start menu, so make sure to play around with the settings. If there is anything you’re having difficulty figuring out, just leave me a comment.

I now accept donations through Bitcoins! If you don’t know what those are, you can get more information about them at bitcoin.org. My average donations are usually less than .001 BTC, but any amount helps me to make more tutorial videos, so any amount is gladly accepted.

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I am always looking fornew contributers to my site for tutorials, so if you want to submit a tutorial, or have some youtube tutorials you want to promote here, just let me know by leaving a comment, or sending a message to how2s101@gmail.com

How to get the Start button back on Windows 8 with ClassicShell

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This is how to get the start button back in windows 8. It will have all the same features that it had in windows 7, such as programs menu, shut down menu (restart, sleep, etc), search bar, computer, control panel, etc. The website for Classic Shell is Download Classic Shell.

Just download ClassicShell from the link I’ve provided, run the installer. And you’re done! If you want to make it look more like the Windows 7 start button, or just want to make it look different in general, I have a link here for that: How to make the Classic Shell Start button look like the Windows 7 Start button

Step 1: Go to ninite.com

Step 2: Choose the option on Ninite for Classic Start (also known as Classic Shell). This will be in the list under utilities, and is a free program that puts a start button on the taskbar in Windows 8. It is a free program, and works just like the start button in Windows 7. Just check the checkbox.

Step 3: Choose any other software you might want to install or update (it’s all free software, and if you already have any of them installed, they will be updated to the newest version), and then hit the get installer button at the bottom. This will download an installer that downloads and installs Classic Start.

Step 4: Run the installer you downloaded. You can choose the run option when it asks what you want to do with it, or you can just double click it after it is downloaded.

Step 5: The installer will automatically do everything for you, so as soon you can hit the show progress button if you want, but it will tell you when it’s done. After it’s done, restart your computer just in case.

Step 6: The rest of the steps are optional, just more for your information then anything. These next steps just deal with changing the look of the Classic Shell (to make it look more like the Classic Start Menu, or make it look more shiny)

Step 7: To make the start button on Windows 8 look more like Windows 7, or just different in general, right click on the start button, and choose the settings option. A window should pop up, and the tabs at the top are the different options available. To change the look, really you only need the Start Menu Style and Skins tab, and there is the Basic Settings Tab too for other things. If you want more control over the start menu, choose the advanced settings option at the bottom.

Step 8: To change the look of the start button on Windows 8, just select the options you want under Start Menu Style and Skins. All of the Start Menu Styles basically have the same functionality, they just look different. SO no matter which one you choose, you can still get to your programs, control panel, and other stuff. The skins tab allows you a lot more control over the layout of the menu, and of the look of the start button. You can add other looks for the button, as shown in my tutorial here for how to make the start button look like Windows 7 in Windows 8.

Classic Shell/Classic Start is very easy to use, but also very powerful, so feel free to play around with the settings. Worst comes to worst, and you mess it up, just uninstall it and reinstall it to get your start button back on Windows 8. Just by default it is wonderful and gets back all the features you need, but it is even better than the regular Windows 7 start button because you can change it and make it better suit your needs.

I now accept donations through Bitcoins! If you don’t know what those are, you can get more information about them at bitcoin.org. My average donations are usually less than .001 BTC, but any amount helps me to make more tutorial videos, so any amount is gladly accepted.

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How to get free bitcoins online

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This is a quick tutorial that shows several ways to get completely free bitcoins online. These bitcoins will not make you rich, it’s just enough to get you started in the world of bitcoin. This tutorial assumes you already have a wallet setup with an address to receive bitcoins at. If you need a wallet, a good online one you can access from any computer, and your android phone is Blockchain.info or if you prefer an offline one, I personally use

Get bitcoins for visiting websites. They usually pay out in an hour or so, but I have noticed it taking a bit longer lately so be patient. This is probably the second best method to get free bitcoins after the URL shortner I’ve described below. Bit Visitor

You can also earn bitcoins by having people click on URL’s you shorten, it just takes them to an ad before it brings them to the site it was linking to, works very well: URL Shortner

Get bitcoins for putting your address in every day. This one is included in Coin Reaper, but can sometimes does not load, so I’d try it out here first: Daily Bitcoins

Coin Reaper is the best method for getting a lot of small amounts of bitcoins, they can really add up eventually, especially with how bitcoins are worth more and more every day. It goes through all the bitcoin faucet like sites: Coin Reaper

You can also earn bitcoins by having people click on URL’s you shorten, it just takes them to an ad before it brings them to the site it was linking to, works very well: Bitcoin URL Shortner but if you would rather earn money instead of bitcoins, you can use this one instead: Cash URL shortener

I now accept donations through Bitcoins! If you don’t know what those are, you can get more information about them at Bitcoin.org. My average donations are usually less than .001 BTC, but any amount helps me to make more tutorial videos, so any amount is gladly accepted.

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How do to CPU bitcoin mining on Windows using rpcminer

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How to mine Bitcoins using your CPU (processor) on Windows (This works on all versions of windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8) using rpcminer. You can also use guiminer or bitmoose or a few other programs, but I have found the CPU mining on those to be unusually difficult sometimes, rpcminer is the only one that consistently works. For GPU mining, I would suggest guiminer. Bitcoin mining can be profitable, but not always, so make sure you know what you’re getting into. Bitcoin mining is not just priniting free money, there is much more to it then that, so make sure to factor in electricity costs, hardware costs, hardware wear and tear, and anything else, the chart I link to below will help you.

The steps are simple, and can all be packaged into a .bat file to start automatically if desired.

1. Get a Bitcoin wallet, and use that address to setup an account at a mining pool. I use slush personally and have had good luck (Slush’s Pool) but any pool can be used.

2. Download rpcminer. This can be downloaded from Here.

3. Follow the steps in the video to start rpcminer. Basically it must be started from the command line, and passed the arguments for pool address, username, password, and number of CPU threads. The commands that have to be run from the directory where rpcminer is (in windows vista/7/8 will probably be C:\users\username\downloads\bitcoin-rpcminer-20110227-win32bin): rpcminer-cpu.exe -url=http://api.bitcoin.cz:8332 -user=pascal11110.guest -password=guest -threads=4 -workrefreshms=4000. With this the api.bitcoin.cz will have to be replaced with the address for your mining pool, and user and password will have to be replaced with the username and password from you pool. You can run it with this exact code to try it out, it will just mine under my account.

4. If you want to run this automatically on startup of your computer, or want to be able to run it with just a double click, then create a blank text file. Change the extension of the file from .txt to .bat, then add the same code from earlier in (rpcminer-cpu.exe -url=http://api.bitcoin.cz:8332 -user=pascal11110.guest -password=guest -threads=4 -workrefreshms=4000). If you put the .bat file in the same directory as the rpcminer then you can leave it like that, but if you want to put it in the startup folder or run it as administrator you will have to change it to be C:\users\username\downloads\bitcoin-rpcminer-20110227-win32bin/rpcminer-cpu.exe -url=http://api.bitcoin.cz:8332 -user=pascal11110.guest -password=guest -threads=4 -workrefreshms=4000. Again the correct info will have to be put in for the path, address, user, and password.

That should be it! Any questions leave a question on my youtube page or at the bottom of the page here. Here’s the link to the youtube video page: Youtube Page

The client I use as my Bitcoin wallet is Bitcoin qt, which can be downloaded here: Bitcoin.org

You can also earn bitcoins by having people click on URL’s you shorten, it just takes them to an ad before it brings them to the site it was linking to, works very well: Bitcoin URL Shortner but if you would rather earn money instead of bitcoins, you can use this one instead: Cash URL shortener

If you are interested in understanding paper bitcoin wallets, this is a good description on reddit (some profanity): Reddit Paper Wallets

And if you want to learn more about bitcoin in general, I highly suggest reddit’s bitcoin subreddit: www.reddit.com/r/bitcoin

A great chart of what to expect for speeds for a piece of hardware can be found here: Hardware Comparison Chart

I now accept donations through Bitcoins! If you don’t know what those are, you can get more information about them at Bitcoin.org. My average donations are usually less than .001 BTC, but any amount helps me to make more tutorial videos, so any amount is gladly accepted.

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How to Permanantly Disable Sticky Keys in Windows (7, 8, XP, Vista, etc.)

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Stickey Keys is a surprisingly annoying feature of the Windows operating system (Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8) that pops up asking if you want to turn it on whenever you hit the shift key five times in a row. This can be frustrating in a few situations, such as crouching and sneaking in minecraft (severaly limiting your teabagging?), and the same for Battlefield 3, and a lot of other games. This will show you how to turn off sticky keys in any version of Windows (including Windows 8, you just have to get there a little differently). Just skip to the sections that show how to do it on your operating system, but it’s close enough between them that you can figure it out from the directions for any one.

Step 1: Click on the start menu, and open up the control panel. In Windows XP, Vista, and 7 this can be done byjust clicking on the option on the side of the start menu for control panel. Also, in Windows XP you can click the start menu, then run, type control, and then hit enter. In Windows 8, move your mouse to the top right corner of the screen, and then hit search when it pops up, and type control in the box that pops up. Control Panel should pop up, then click on that option.

How to open the search tab in Windows 8

Search for the contol panel in Windows 8

Step 2: Choose the option at the top right of the control panel where it says “View by:” and choose “Large icons”.

Choose the option by View By for Large Icons

Step 3: Choose the option for “Ease of Access Center”, it might also be called Accesibility options on older versions of Windows (the list is in alphabetical order). The video shows how to do this one Windows 7 and XP, so if you’re having trouble finding the right options, just watch the video.

Choose the otpion in the Control Panel on Windows 8 for Ease of Access

Step 4: Choose the option that says “Make the keyboard easier to use”

Chose the option for Make the Keybaord Easier to Use

Step 5: Click the option for “Set up Sticky Keys”

Choose the option for Set up Sticky Keys

Step 6: Unclick the check box for “Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times” This will make it so that you can press shift as many times as you want without Sitcky Keys popping up.

Uncheck the checkbox for Turn on Sticky Keys when the SHIFT key is pressed 5 times

If you’re interested in getting the start butto back on Windows 8, then check out my other post here: