Gold Rushin'

A blogger's attempt to make money online.

Oct 13, 2009

Cash when you need it

It's easy to forget that people aren't always flush with cash. I've been in that position before, and likely will in the future. Normal people with families, car payments, and mortgages, end up short on cash flow from time to time.

In the city where I live, advance and payday loan outlets are everywhere. However, they are located in parts of down that are, let's just say, less than desirable. People may not always feel safe entering these businesses.

Still, the services provided are valuable. When you're short on cash flow between paycheques, you need cash from somewhere. It's that simple.

Going online is a solution to this problem. Instead of waiting in line in sometimes unseemly locales, you can get cash in minutes. This service allows you to apply completely online, and instant approval is promised.

I haven't yet tried the service, but I can assure that should the need arise, I'd be much more inclined to go with the online option than a local payday loan outfit. The advantages of doing this online are too many to count, but include convenience, privacy, no credit check, no hidden fees, faster loan approval, and the like.


If you're short on cash between paydays, I highly recommend you try eCash in Minutes.

Over before it's over

I'll admit it. I had given up on this year's CFL season.

The Bombers were 3-8, their coach was a bald-headed moron, constant sideshows distracted (mercifully) from merely impotent on-field performances.

Three wins in a row change things. Now the team is 6-8, tied for second in the division, and if the season ended today, they would be in the playoffs.

Stay tuned.

Aug 31, 2009

Electrifying ride

I make no secret of the fact that I like to get around town by bicycle. Part of the reason is that I am too cheap (or maybe too poor!) to throw money around at a car, but there are other reasons as well.

However, unlike some, I'm not so attached to my bike that I wouldn't consider options. One of the options I've been looking at lately is an Electric bike.

Typically, one of the biggest drawbacks of electric bikes is that they look like something thrown together by a nutty professor in a dingy garage somewhere. However, at this site, the electric bikes for sale are all attractive models that look much the same as their non-motorized cousins. The various designs and colorways are all appealing and I'd ride any of them with pride.

The price point of these bikes, at just around $1,000 for some of the cruiser models, aren't really that much higher than what you might pay for the same bike without a motor. When you consider all the human energy you'll be saving, or the fact that you won't roll into work drenched in sweat every morning, it seems more and more as if these bikes might be worth every penny.

The company is even developing a program where you can meet with a satisfied owner of one of the bikes to kick the tires, so to speak, and get a feel for how the bikes ride before you plunk down the cash to buy one.

If you browse the various electric bikes for sale, I'm sure you'll be able to find a model that is to your liking.

Vuelta

After the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the Vuelta a Espana race is the biggest on the cycling map. And since the first three days are taking place in the Netherlands, my erstwhile homeland, I am especially interested in following developments.

Also, 4 Canadians are in the field of nearly 200 riders: Dominique Rollin (Cervelo Test Team); Ryder Hesjedal, Svein Tuft, and Christian Meier (Garmin-Slipstream).

Aug 26, 2009

SecureKey to your home PC

I've been using a USB stick for some time to carry my data around. It's handy, and sure beats emailing attachments to yourself and opening them at some other location, which was what I had done previously. And with the rapid advance in storage capacity, you can trundle some pretty big files about: the 16gb USB key that I have now only cost around $30.

But there is another use for the USB port. The latest and coolest project takes the idea one or two steps further. The I'm in Touch remote access USB stick from SecureKey allows you to take control of you home PC from a remote location!

The I'm InTouch SecureKey

Here's how it works:
  • The SecureKey is a flash drive that has software on it that, when plugged in to the USB port of any PC, by connecting over a network to software installed on that home PC. Once you've logged in once, that login information is stored on the stick
  • Any PC with an internet connection can be used to control the home PC once the secureKey has been inserted.
  • Since the USB stick itself is necessary in order to take control, it acts as a physical authentication tool
  • You don't need to remember any passwords after the first time you've logged in, since the SecureKey handles that for you.

I've actually been using this product for a bit and have been surprised at how easy it has been to use. It essentially eliminates the need to carry around any other kind of USB stick as well, since it also includes a gigabyte of storage space. To put that amount of storage into perspective, it is equivalent to about 200 songs, or perhaps two hours of TV shows or movies.

Great night for a ride?

This summer, my hometown has been experiencing miserable weather. Relatively speaking, of cousre. Which is really too bad, since winter already brings with it 6 months of meteorological misery.

So I was excited when I could take advantage of the reprieve of yesterday evening by enjoying a bike ride. And enjoy it I did: a short 12 kilometre jaunt westwards, and about 2-3k on the return until I flatted.

I thought it was the broken windshield glass strewn about a bike path (not sure how it got there) but it turns out to be a staple that I must have picked up a bit earlier.

Needless to say, I did not much enjoy the 10k walk home, pushing my bike. It would have been much worse had I not had the comedic stylings of Gervais, Merchant, and Karl Pilkington on my ipod to keep me company.

Lesson: If there is one, it is that you should always have some wrenches and a patch kit with you.

Aug 22, 2009

Best web hosting

I've been running this blog on blogger for some time, but with my various blogs and other projects, I'm always on the look out for deals on web hosting. Features that are important to me include database support, like MySQL, and the ability to access a UNIX style shell account.

Shopping around often involves reading a lot of fine print, when ideally all the information about the various services would be collected in one place. There are a few sites out there that attempt this, but none are of such quality as you find with Web Hosting Geeks. This web hosting reviews and ratings service collects information into such categories as 'Best Unix Hosting' and 'Best PHP Hosting'.

What I find most informative, though, is the site's blog, which goes beyond the details of web hosting, and delves into such topics as search engine optimization and the sort which are the lifeblood of anyone who strives to make money online. On top of finding some pretty decent deals on web hosting, I've spent a good deal of time reading this blog. The most interesting topic recently was a discussion of security measures one should take to protect their site in light of recent hacking incidents.

Overall, if you're interested in web hosting, make sure to check out this site.

Aug 19, 2009

Politics

I don't often have much to say of politics. It's there, and it's important, but the level of discourse on the subject is typically so low that it is hardly worth breaching it.

However, I just wanted to draw everyone's attention to the following website: Just Visiting. This is a site from Canada's Conservative Party with the sole purpose of sustaining a personal attack against Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. Is there any value to this whatsoever?

I think not.

Aug 17, 2009

Rapidshare search

Downloading is a fact of life for those of us who spend a significant portion of time online each time day. With the increases in bandwidth and speeds across the board in recent years, the actual time spent downloading files, whether it's the latest music video, or some vital application, have been reduced.

What has begun to occupy a more significant share is the amount of time it takes to locate the file you need.

Rapidshare has always been an excellent for hosting and downloading files online. Free and premium service options each have their own benefits.

But a new feature is what I'm really excited about. Rapid4me - Rapidshare Search Engine really helps a person to narrow down their search to exactly the files they need. It is functional, well-designed, and most importantly of all, it works. In the short time it has been around, its popularity has exploded.

To find the files you need, I suggest giving rapid4me a try.

May 12, 2009

NHL playoff dilemma

So, Vancouver lost out to Chicago in the 2nd round of the playoffs. These were my two favourite teams coming in, so it would make sense for me to throw my support, such as it is, behind the Blackhawks. But I invested a lot of emotion into the Canucks these past few weeks, in it may take a few games for me to be able to see the 'Hawks as my favourites.

Then again, a quick scan of the alternatives (Wings/Ducks? Barf. Pens/Caps? Hell, no. Bruins/Canes? I guess I could get behind one of these, but hardly worth caring about) and perhaps I'll be ready for the Blackhawks bandwagon for the start of Round 3.
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