Donating to charity by shopping at Amazon

Donating to charity by shopping at Amazon

Amazon has a cool program called AmazonSmile. Whenever you shop through AmazonSmile, they’ll donate 0.5% of your purchase to the charity of your choice. They have just about every charity you can think of, including the LDS church.

The prices at AmazonSmile are the same as at the normal Amazon site, but your charity will only get the donation if you use the AmazonSmile site. To make sure I’m always on the right site, I installed the Chrome Smile Always extension. It is also free, and magically changes any normal Amazon link you go to into an AmazonSmile link.

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Max out your Dropbox referrals for $5

Max out your Dropbox referrals for $5

Dropbox will give you up to 16GB of extra storage for life in exchange for referring people to Dropbox (500MB per person). If you are like me, you don’t know 32 people that: A) don’t have Dropbox, and B) want to signup for Dropbox. The solution? Use Fiverr!

I’m a huge fan of Fiverr. For $5-$20 you can get all sorts of menial tasks done, videos or graphics created, videos transcribed, etc. You can also, for just $5, get ALL of your Dropbox referrals in just an hour or two with no effort on your part. I’m lazy so that last bit is very important to me. Just click here, pay the $5, give the guy your referral link, and that is it! In a few hours you’ll have the maximum amount of credit available for referring people to Dropbox.

Click here to get up to 16GB of extra Dropbox storage for life for just $5. There are other sellers on Fiverr that do the same thing. I’ve only used this guy though so I can’t vouch for the other sellers.

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Bitcoin Faucets

Bitcoin Faucets

Need something to do while you are sick in bed? How about getting some free Bitcoins?

A Bitcoin faucet is a service that gives out tiny tiny bits of Bitcoins for free, typically 50 to 1000 satoshi at a time. A satoshi is 0.00000001 BTC, or about $0.000006557 USD (at the moment.. prices are always fluctuating), so it really isn’t much money. The owners of these services earn money by selling ad space.

To keep you from racking up the Bitcoins too fast, these services only let you earn satoshi once every 30 minutes to 24 hours.

You need at least 5500 satoshi to get paid due to Bitcoin minimum transaction size requirements, and some services require a little bit more just to make it harder to get a payout. Many faucets send micropayments to an aggregator, which then pays you when you get 5500 satoshi.

So here are a few of my favorites (some of these give me a referral bonus.. using these links won’t reduce the amount of Bitcoins you’ll get though..):

Bitcoin Zebra – If you are only going to try this once, then Bitcoin Zebra is the one to use. It lets you earn once every hour and has a Chrome extension that gives you a heads up when it is time to earn some more. They only pay out once a week, but you’ll earn more for doing less than you would with other faucets.

Bit Chest – This aggregator uses many faucets, including 8coin which gives 500 satoshi at a time. I really like this one because: A) it lets you know when you can earn more satoshi, B) it is easy to get to 5500 satoshi in a single day, and C) it pays out each night.

CoinBox.me – They have a bunch of little faucets that get aggregated into this one site. They have a full list of faucets on their homepage. They pay out daily, but it takes a LOT more work to get to the minimum 5500 payout because their faucets don’t give out much at a time.

There are PILES of faucets out there, but these are the best I’ve seen (particularly the first two).

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Toggl Time Remaining Userscript

Toggl Time Remaining Userscript

Userscripts are snippets of JavaScript that extend the functionality of a website or change its appearance. What makes them really neat is that you don’t need the permission or help of the website owner in order to run them.

I use Toggl to track the amount of time I devote to different projects. I’m committed to a fixed amount of time each week for one of my projects, but Toggl doesn’t do a great job of letting me know how much time I have left to work. Sure, it will show me how much time I’ve worked altogether this week, but that doesn’t let me know that I need to put in another hour for one specific project. I could use reporting, but it is a bit slow.

So I wrote a userscript. It uses the Toggl API to find out how much time I’ve logged in a specific workspace, then subtracts that from how many hours I should have worked at that point in the week. For example, on Monday I may need to work 4 hours. By the end of Tuesday I should be at 8 hours, and so forth. The final number is unobtrusively added to the top nav of Toggl. It is updated automatically every 10 minutes or whenever I click on it.

The script needs to be configured for your individual use (workspace ID, API key, etc..). Instructions are in the script but I don’t know how to make a script easily configured without requiring you to modify it on your own. Sorry.

I could also make the script easier to customize by moving variables to the top and what not. Sorry, I didn’t do this. It works for me and thats good enough for now. I’m sharing it in the hopes that someone gets some use out of it.

Anyways, I hope this script is helpful for you! I’ve been using it for a few weeks and it has made life a bit easier. Click here to download.

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Fake Music Generator

Fake Music Generator

Fake-Music-GeneratorI had an awesome idea the other day: create my own computer generated music by using Markov chains and MIDI files. “I’m a genius! Nobody has ever thought of this before,” I said to myself. I registered FakeMusicGenerator.com and planned on looking into it later. Well turns out everybody has thought of this before. Oh well. I already had the domain so I went for it.

I ended up taking the lazy route and used some existing free code I found to generate music. I then converted to MP3 using a fancy SoundFont (I never knew that sounds had fonts but I guess it makes sense) so they would sound better than a MIDI.

I took it a step further and added fake track names, album titles, and artist names. I even added computer generated art for the album cover. I think it is shaping up pretty well.

Anyways, if you are bored and need some free instrumental music (maybe for a YouTube video or something), then feel free to check out the Fake Music Generator.

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Borrowing Kindle books for free

Everyone with a Kindle is probably aware of the ability to borrow a book for free every month if you have a Prime membership, but there are other ways to borrow books, too.

Borrow from your local library. Many local libraries now offer the ability to borrow Kindle books for free. Sadly, the company that manages most of these programs (OverDrive) doesn’t provide all libraries with the same selection. For example, my local library only has a few hundreds ebooks (maybe 300 total) and many aren’t in Kindle format. They do have some popular books though, like the Twilight series, so it is worth checking with your library before purchasing an ebook or trying to borrow it from somewhere else.

Borrow from BookLending.com. Many publishers allow you to lend your own ebooks at least once to anyone you want. BookLending.com helps you find people that want to borrow the books you have, and helps you find people that are willing to lend the books you want. I haven’t been using it long but I’ve already saved a few dollars by borrowing a book I’ve been wanting to read instead of buying it.

The big trick to BookLending.com is to take advantage of the free ebook offers that are frequently offered on Amazon.com. I have literally hundreds of dollars of Kindle books that I didn’t have to pay for. Many of these are books that I’m not particularly interested in, but I “bought” because: 1) they were free, 2) they were highly rated, and 3) once they are no longer free I can lend them on BookLending.com. If you don’t know where to find free Kindle books, check out Pixel of Ink.

Do you know any other ways to get free Kindle books? Please let me know! I’m a book addict.

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