Wednesday, December 4, 2019

BDN Content Update – Freelance Financial Writer in Los Angeles

Hello, BDN Content blog readers! Thanks for being here.

This will be one of those periodic short posts where I inform the blogosphere about my adventures in the freelance writing/content marketing world.

As a freelance financial writer in Los Angeles, I find it important to take stock of where things are at with my freelance writing business. I've made it a point to begin blogging more regularly during the past quarter or so (new posts every Wednesday). 

And moving into next year, I intend to provide quarterly press releases and blog updates. I've issued a few press releases in the past – you can find them here on The next one will come at the end of December.

New Freelance Writing Endeavors

In September, I became a contributor to Seeking Alpha, one of the top financial blogging platforms. Seeking Alpha editors have strict editorial guidelines that aim to help readers make better, more informed investing decisions.  

Most recently, I became a freelance financial writer for a fully-remote company called Codeless. The details are confidential because I signed an NDA, but I will be writing in-depth SEO articles about financial concepts. Codeless seems like a great writing agency with high-quality standards and practices., another agency I’ve been working for, has similar qualities. I’m focusing on finance-related content there as well.  

I’ve also been writing for a company called HatchIt Solutions. Most of those articles have had to do with the legal cannabis and hemp industries. I've had some previous experience writing on related subjects, but never knew how much there was to learn about hemp!  

A few weeks ago, I published a piece here about Decenternet. That was my first piece for them and my first blockchain-related piece in a while.  

In 2018, I was mainly a freelance blockchain writer in Los Angeles. In 2019 and going into 2020, I find myself being more of a freelance financial writer in Los Angeles.

Social Media

BDN Content social media has also been doing well. Instagram and Twitter have gained hundreds of new followers and seen tons of reach and engagement. And just a few months ago, my LinkedIn network grew to over 500 connections!
Follow me on social media through the following links:

Freelance Financial Writer in Los Angeles

This year got off to a slower start, but it looks like 2020 will be much different. 

My availability is becoming limited, so if you're interested in contracting my services, head over to my portfolio website and fill out the contact form as soon as possible! 

I'm thankful to all of my clients and colleagues who have helped me get to where I am today. 

On a note unrelated to being a freelance finance writer in Los Angeles, my next book, The Spells of Secret Societies, will be coming out soon. Don’t miss it! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

8 Tips for Choosing the Right Crypto Trading Laptop

[This week we have a special guest post on the BDN Content blog courtesy of! This article looks at some recommended factors to consider when choosing the right crypto trading laptop.]
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People hold cryptocurrencies for different reasons today.

For some, it is a means of exchange with which they can anonymously and seamlessly make payments for goods and services over the web. For others, it is a speculative asset that they hold in hopes of a pump in price after which they dispose of the coins they have.

There is, however, a third group that trades cryptos.

If you are a day trader too, your choice of hardware can make all the difference. That is why we have put this piece up today – to help you find the right crypto trading laptop.

How Important Is the Hardware on Your Crypto Trading Laptop?

Trading requires a unique skill set and mindset to happen – every trader worth their salt knows this. From the knowledge of fundamental and technical analysis to the mastery of emotions, a trader is always on his or her toes.

However, all of that will not count for much if the trader does not have the right tools to digitally express their skills.

Combing through the news feeds from a couple of weeks ago, a recent launch from HP caught my eyes.

To many, this is just another flagship computer from a globally-known brand, but it was so much more than that to me. In fact, it stood out as a laptop that held much promise for not only crypto traders but enthusiasts too.


Choosing Your Hardware Well

Whether you will be going with the HP Spectre x360 13 or any other pick, ensure these requirements are met.

1 Brand Recognition

This is the first thing I consider when making a crypto trading laptop purchase.

Brands that have been in the market for longer tend to have established a reputation of service and product efficiency, so I know what I’m working with. While I am not against giving the new guys a chance, I would rather stick with what I know to work than what I think would be a great idea too.

Of course, this is one of those things that will come down to personal preference. However, think of the ease of repair and servicing you would get with a known brand over the hassles and hoops you would have to jump for a relatively unknown company’s product.

2 Size

The majority of crypto traders are digital nomads. Thus, they need the freedom to move from one location to the other without feeling weighed down by the mass or sheer size of their units.

At 13 inches, this laptop is just the right size – not too small, neither too big – to be shuffled around with you. In fact, HP shaved off about 13% size of the last unit in this line-up to make this current device. In other words, you are promised an even smaller unit with more powerful configurations.

To buttress the whole point, the small size doesn’t steal screen real estate from you. Seeing as the bezels are cut to be as minimal as can be, you don’t have to worry about getting your charts and candlesticks all cramped up.

3 Disk Type

Even if not for trading, I have always been conscious of the kind of disk drive that’s on my laptop.

There was a time when Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) were the in-thing. They did serve their purposes, but their physical form came with its own limitations.
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For one, they are slow – much slower when compared to the Solid-State Drives (SSDs) – and that is something I would not settle for in this time and age. Knowing how important every minute can be to entering or exiting a trade position, you want something that gives you all the speed you can get.

Likewise, SSDs are at a lesser risk of crashing than their HDD counterparts, making SSDs the better choice for a crypto trading laptop.

On the off-chance that you like to save a lot of files on your devices too, SSD doesn’t have to be the dealbreaker here. After all, the HP Spectre x360 13 comes with up to 1TB SSD.

4 Graphics

Speaking of charts, candlesticks, and patterns, you need as much clarity as you can get to read them very well. That’s just what you get with a laptop that can achieve as much as 1000 nits of brightness on a 4K OLED screen, all the while featuring an Iris technology display.

All that doesn’t sound like English, so here’s the translation: the screen can get really bright, and the visuals are about as clear as the things you see with your eye.

5 Battery

Battery life is a very important aspect of any laptop, smartphone or other battery-powered gadgets. When trading crypto, the volatility of the market means you don’t ever want to be caught out with a flat battery when you should be entering a position, exiting it, modifying your stance or being on the ground to make winning analyses.

In short, every hour you lose being outside the market can lose you money.
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While you should always plan for a backup power source in case your mains fail, you should also be able to trust your laptop to keep going. With as much as 22 hours of battery backup on the HP Spectre x360 13, you are guaranteed close to a day of constant usage without having to reach for the power cable.

6 CPU and GPU

Crypto-based apps and platforms are usually graphics intensive. They will task your computers and systems as much as they can, but you won’t notice any lags at all if you are prepared for it.

Honestly, a 4GB RAM CPU will get you through most, if not all, of the trading platforms we have around today. However, that is not the ideal situation, and you would not exactly be future-proofing your trading process. Thus, I recommend starting with 8GB of RAM.

Unless you intend to do mild to heavy gaming on the same laptop, I don’t recommend having a dedicated graphics card. If that unit will be your entertainment console too, though, you should not trade that dedicated graphics card for anything.

7 Online Protection
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Cryptocurrency scams are growing by the day
, and they are happening in numerous ways.

For some, it’s the High Yield Investment Programs (HYIPs) promising insane returns only to cart investors’ monies way. For others, it is the hackers always snooping around for sensitive wallet details so they can illegally access and wipe out funds.

The biggest downside to all of this is that cryptos are decentralized, so you would not even know where your money went.

That said, this is the biggest reason why the HP Spectre x360 13 caught my attention.

Apparently, HP shared the spotlight with ExpressVPN when developing this unit. This partnership means that the laptop comes with system integration of ExpressVPN Windows software aimed at improved user protection.

Thus, you are covered against the dangers of public Wi-Fi networks (remember that coffee shop network you love), insulated against all of data monitoring and tracking, and can keep yourself from being deanonymized over the internet.

If that is not something crypto enthusiasts and traders need to look into, I don’t know what is.

8 User Privacy
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Beyond online protection, user privacy is also important when dealing with such sensitive assets as those held on a crypto trading laptop. A unit like the HP Spectre x360 13 comes with:

  • Microphone mute button – which kills the mic unit on the laptop so hackers can’t listen to what you are saying. Considering the fact that many users have labeled ad agencies being guilty of this, it is not surprising that hackers can use it to their own ends too.
  • Webcam kill switch – designed as a physical button that takes the webcam out of the computer’s electrical components until you need it again. This makes access to the webcam, either onsite or remotely, impossible till the switch is toggled off. That helps put the numerous fears about webcam spying and snooping in check.
  • Secure view – a feature that allows you to dim the screen’s brightness such that anyone looking over your shoulder doesn’t see what’s on your screen. Functionally, this is a great way to execute your trades, check your wallets, login and access sensitive data without the fear of being watched.

Crypto Trading Laptop Conclusion

Doesn’t sound like a bad choice anymore, does it?

Those are my honest thoughts about the latest introduction by HP which shows how much the company is working towards bettering user privacy and security. If you have any other choice laptop for trading, do let me know about it in the comments. Don’t forget to tell why you love that pick so much too.

What do you think? Would you consider the HP Spectre x360 13 for your crypto trading laptop?

*Legal Disclaimer*: This article does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any product or security. I am not a financial advisor or an electronics expert and this article shall not be taken as advice on what computing equipment you should purchase or what cryptocurrencies, assets, or securities you should buy, sell, or trade. I do not know the details of your specific financial situation, therefore I am not in a position to give you advice on what purchases or investments you should make. Consumers and traders must conduct their own research in order to conclude for themselves what products and investments are best suited to their needs. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

DAppstore Creator Decenternet’s Spyce Token to be Listed on BW Exchange November 22nd

By Brian D Nibley   Nov 13, 2019

4 Min Read

[This article originally appeared on Blockchain.News:

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Decenternet, the creator of the dAppstore, has announced the launch of its token called “Spyce.” Spyce is scheduled for listing on the  BW exchange beginning November 22nd, 2019.

Here we’ll give you a quick overview of Decenternet , the dAppstore, the Osiris browser, and the Spyce token. Spyce is likely to be an excellent crypto investment, as it amounts to placing a call option on the coming decentralized internet.

Decenternet – Web 3.0
The goal of Decenternet is to create a decentralized internet.

To this end, several working products are already in place, including a new web browser designed for the new internet, a decentralized application store, and a wallet with an accompanying token. All three have been integrated into a single platform.

Osiris Browser

A decentralized internet needs a browser unlike any other.
The Web 3.0 Osiris browser is the first-ever net-neutral browser that allows users to participate in the decentralized internet and all it has to offer. Osiris protects your private data, blocks ads, prevents censorship and works at least three times faster than the average browser.
Future upgrades to the Osiris browser include things like borderless payments, paying users through the open-source Liberty Ads Network, VPN-like features without the VPN, and more.
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Perhaps the most magnificent accomplishment of the Osiris browser is its integration with a marketplace for decentralized applications (dApps), also known as the dAppstore.


One of the primary problems keeping crypto from achieving mainstream adoption is usability. Most interfaces for interacting with cryptocurrency and related technologies are not user-friendly for the average person.

Most people don’t know how to cope with a browser extension like MetaMask or an address that looks like this:


For decentralized applications, the dAppstore solves this problem. Rather than configuring and engaging some strange and unfamiliar program, users can engage the dAppstore directly from within the Osiris browser. There’s no need to deal with multiple plug-ins or wallets – everything can be taken care of from within the browser. All users need to do is first sign up for the dAppstore and create a web-based wallet.

Decenternet believes this will be a major catalyst for helping dApps go mainstream. Of course, accompanying this adoption will be the Spyce token and the Spyce wallet.

Spyce Wallet

The Spyce wallet is the wallet that users need to participate in the dAppstore.
The Spyce wallet is also integrated into the Osiris browser. The wallet is web-based and will be linked to popular tokens like EOS, ERC, TRON and more.

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DApp games like Crypto Kitties, Bit Empire, Crypto Space Commander, Zombie Battle Ground and more have already garnered huge interest and seen large amounts of cryptocurrency change hands. This is only the beginning.

DApp's can be used to create all kinds of new and revolutionary platforms. Just a few include things like decentralized exchanges, prediction markets, and decentralized art marketplaces that put artists in charge of selling their work and make forgeries impossible.

The dAppstore will generate demand for Spyce

All things considered, Spyce has a bright future. The age of decentralization is upon us and it requires a new conceptualization of the internet itself – in a word, Decenternet.

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The decentralized internet will spawn its own economy, a freer and more equitable one for all. Central to the economics of this non-centralized world wide web will be the Spyce token, which users will need to use to participate.

There are billions of internet users, and most of them won’t object to a faster and freer experience that lets them use decentralized applications with ease. This might even bring new users online who never would have been able to participate before. The demand for Spyce will be strong as a result.

Starting November 22nd, Spyce will be available for trading on the BW exchange.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be an early adopter of the decentralized web!

*Legal Disclaimer*: I am not a financial advisor and this article shall not be taken as financial advice. I do not have all relevant background details or facts relating to your specific financial situation, thus I am not in a position to give you financial advice. All investments involve risk of loss of capital. The content of this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation to buy, sell, or trade any token, coin, currency, security, or other financial assets. I do not hold any investments in Spyce or Decenternet. 

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