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Should I replace my thermal paste?

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How often should you replace your thermal paste

Lets start out with what thermal paste or thermal grease is first. Thermal Paste is used to create a very heat conductive seal to somewhere heat is generated to somewhere heat is dissipated. Your CPU has a heat sink on it and this heat sink is removing the heat from the CPU. The thermal paste helps to move the heat into the heat sink efficiently and effectively. Thermal paste is used on graphics cards, CPUs, ASIC miners and just about anywhere a computing chip is used.

 

So how often should you replace it? It depends. For a CPU you should really replace it every 1-2 years. Thermal paste dries up and the heat isn’t transferred as effectively than with new thermal paste. For GPUs you may be able to make it to 2-3 years before you should look into replacing the thermal paste. For ASIC miners, you may want to change your thermal paste yearly.

 

How difficult is it?

Replacing thermal paste on a CPU is very straight forward. You remove the heat sink, clean off the thermal paste then re-assemble. The same goes for GPUs. For ASIC miners it may be a little more complicated but many youtube videos, such as this one can be found to guide you along.

 

How much do I need?

Not much. A small dab is plenty for CPUs, GPUs and ASIC miners. 29g is plenty to change the paste on your GPU, CPU and ASIC miners and if you cant remember the last time, if ever, you replaced your thermal paste $4.99 for enough to replace your thermal paste on your CPU GPU and ASICs isn’t bad for peace of mind that your equipment is working as efficiently as possible. This can translate into better hashrates!. Speaking of hashrate, use code hashrate for 5% of this syringe of 29g of thermal paste.

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The Basic Attention Token and the Brave Browser

The Brave Browser and the death of Ads

I am not someone who embraces change. I have been using Google’s Chrome browser since it became popular. It saves my passwords locally, it supports all kinds of plugins and it works good enough. Until recently, I was fine with chrome and fine with ads, I never really noticed them anyway and rarely do I pay them any mind. I heard of the Basic Attention Token and the Brave browser through coinbase. They’re doing a program where you can earn a few BAT tokens by watching some videos and taking a short quiz. The informational videos are available for all to see, whether or not you get invited to take the quiz in exchange for the BAT tokens, and after watching the videos, I have completely switched all my browsers to brave.

 

The brave browser blocks all ads by default and you can enable or disable this feature. It also stops tracking and it gives you a nice little summary of how many ads have been blocked and trackers stopped whenever you open a new tab and its easy to import your saved chrome passwords and bookmarks into brave. The brave browser is supposed to be more than just an ad blocker and this is where the BAT tokens come into play. BAT stands for Basic Attention Token and the premise is simple, pay people for their attention to ads that they agree to see instead of bombarding them with ads they will likely ignore anyway.

 

So how will creators be able to monetize their content? Each user who gets the brave browser right now will receive about 40 BAT to contribute to their favorite creators. The browser automatically sends these tips to the publishers based on how much time you spend browsing their content. This feature can also be disabled and you can manually send the creator a tip of your choosing in BAT. The Brave team also state that when the completely optional BAT ads are added into the Brave browser, the viewer and content publisher will receive a portion of the advertisers funds in the way of smart contracts.

 

By downloading and trying the brave browser at this link, you can help support cryptocrop.net and get your 40 BAT tokens to send to your favorite publishers. cryptocrop.net is a verified Brave publisher. Get the brave browser and your 40 free BAT tokens here.

What do you guys think of the Basic Attention Token and the Brave browser? Let me know in the comments below.

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What happened to Cryptopia

Lets all press F for Cryptopia

Well, in short: they got hacked. And boy did they get it bad. With rumors swirling of an exit scam, no one is quite sure what to expect. All we do know is that a “significant” amount was stolen and the exchange has been shut into maintenance mode for the time being. Sources have come out saying that even after Cryptopia handed over the exchange to the New Zealand police, the hackers have continued to take assets from Cryptopia. Popular exchange Binance has claimed that it has frozen some of the assets the hackers stole, as they reportedly transferred it and attempting to sell it on Binance.

 

With little information being released officially, its safe to say speculation on the Cryptopia hack will continue until the CEO lets us know whats going on.

What do you think? Do you still have assets locked on the Cryptopia exchange?

Until then, I guess we are stuck with other exchanges. Take a look here at my top four.

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Bitcoin cold storage. What it is and how to get it.

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What is bitcoin cold storage?

Bitcoin cold storage is a safe way to store the private keys used for sending and receiving bitcoins and other cryptocurrency. Bitcoin cold storage is a way of storing those private keys offline, preventing any access to the device that holds the keys unless the user is physically holding it. The private key is like, well, a key to the users wallet and gaining access to it allows the user to gain access to all funds, present and future, of a bitcoin wallet. By holding these keys offline, it prevents the ability of a hacker to ever be able to steal the private keys from the internet, as bitcoin cold storage devices are not connected.

Where can I find a bitcoin cold storage device?

Bitcoin cold storage comes in many different forms. You can even store your bitcoin offline for free by using a paper wallet. You can find many trustworthy websites that will help you make a paper wallet for free but remember that if you used an online service to make the private keys then someone else may be able to find them. Just remember if you lose the device or the paper, your bitcoins are gone forever. You can find the bitcoin cold storage devices on Amazon by clicking here.