Useful Resources and Referrals

Useful Resources and Referrals

    How could Cryptic Butter possibly provide you with everything you would ever need to be successful with everything you do?

Well, aside from pumping out my own fresh material, I can refer you to some resources that I strongly recommend you check out. This way, you can be sure you are never missing out on any of the resources you need.

Contents:

  • Software
  • Top Books
  • Blogging Resources
  • Resources for Software Developers
  • Cryptocurrency & Mining
  • Productivity Tools

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Software You Need

Grammarly

Grammarly

Ensure your spelling and grammar is on-point. This browser extension is exceptionally useful when writing on websites; for example, you could use it for sending mistake-free messages on social networks. While the free version is decent, you can get the premium version for much more useful features.

IPVanish

IPVanish

Ensure complete privacy online with this secure VPN with encryption. IPVanish retains no logs and doesn’t monitor your activity. Additionally, torrenting is accepted and the bandwidth and speed is superb for someone not wanting to sacrifice their browsing speed. Get it on desktop, mobile, and even on your router.

Dashlane

This is a useful, practical password manager. Download the application and install the browser extension for easy, secure password management of the many online accounts you have nowadays. Also, you can use it to take secure, private notes of important things. Never forget a password again.

NordVPN

Another brilliant VPN service for online privacy. NordVPN secures your traffic by encrypting it, preventing the bad man from snooping on your activities. Everyone should use a VPN, especially when using public Wifi. The affordable pricing gives no reason for you to be unsafe. You can even pay in Bitcoin for ultimate privacy and anonymity.

Books That Can Revolutionise Your Life

Soft Skills

Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual

This book is phenomenal. In fact, the author of the book, John Sonmez, is phenomenal. Although this book is oriented towards software developers, the majority of this book can be applicable to most people. John discusses invaluable skills that can help you, especially software developers, to excel in life and your career.

Complete Soft Dev Career Guide

The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide

Another great production by John Sonmez. This time, it applies solely to software developers. As you could probably guess from the title, this book guides you through the software development career. If that is the career for you, check out this book and hold it close.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

A book that everyone should read—no doubt about it. This book teaches you the communicational skills that can help you in every aspect of life. It could be making a sale, persuading people, attaining new relationships or enhancing existing ones. It’s not just the technical skills employers seek; you can’t easily get through life without the soft ones.

The Millionaire Fastlane

The Millionaire Fastlane

What differentiates the wealthy from the not so wealthy? M.J. DeMarco has the answer for you. In this book, he outlines the ways of wealth and the common illusion people fall under. Be inspired to transition your life from the ‘slow-lane’ to the ‘fast-lane’ of becoming a millionaire. For further reading see his other book Unscripted.

59 Seconds

59 Seconds

For those with a fascination for life, this book gives you a plethora of different tips regarding numerous areas of our everyday lives. The author and psychologist, Richard Wiseman, busts “self-help” myths backed by proper, scientific research.

Night School

Night School

Sadly, not many people understand the value of sleep or know much about the ways thereof. With Night School, you will learn how to have the best night’s sleep of your life, as well as many other fascinating, useful nuggets of information.

Maximum Achievement

Behold, personal development at its best. For anybody determined to improve their lives, this is an essential, must-read book; Brian Tracy discloses invaluable tips and tricks that will aid you in your path to success.

Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

Learn the money-management techniques that we all ought to employ. This is a superb book if you do not understand the financial successes of others.

Get Started With Blogging

InMotion Hosting

Cryptic Butter is hosted with InMotion; it offers high-quality services and customer support. If you’re a beginner wanting to start a blog, the WordPress hosting plan offers a streamlined experience as well as a free domain.

Jetpack

Jetpack

For me, a must-have WordPress plugin. It offers the best related post functionality, a CDN for your images, statistics, downtime monitoring, security features, email subscriptions and much more.

 

Patreon

Your spending fifteen hours every day pushing out quality blog posts, so why not get paid for your contributions? Allow your audience to contribute back to you. Patreon is an easy way to do this and set fundraising goals to help you keep on going.

 

Software Development

 

Pluralsight

The problem with software development is that technologies are always developing. Therefore, you can’t get by in your career without boosting your skills. Keep your skills sharp with Pluralsight courses since the returns on your investment will be worth it. Also, take a free Skill IQ test.

 

Visual Studio

In my opinion, this is without a doubt the best IDE. It supports a wide range of platforms and languages, has an extensive collection of available extensions, and it is rich with features. Moreover, one of these features is Intellisense—a remarkably convenient tool for writing code proficiently.

 

Cryptocurrency & Mining

 

Coinbase

Coinbase

The best place, in my opinion, to store, buy, and sell Bitcoin (and a few other cryptocurrencies). By signing up through my link, you can get $10 (£7) of free Bitcoin when you buy or sell at least $100 (£71) of any cryptocurrency.

 

LocalBitcoins

LocalBitcoins

This is another place to buy and sell Bitcoin. You can make transactions with other people with safety and protection, using various different payment methods.

 

NiceHash

NiceHash

I use NiceHash to sell hashing power for it’s more reliable, greater profitability. Moreover, you can make instant, no-fee payments to your Coinbase wallet from your NiceHash one. This is also a great place to buy hashing power without making big investments.
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Beware of the cryptocurrency scams! Check the legitimacy of cryptocurrency-related websites you come across at badbitcoin.org.

 

Productivity Tools

 

KanbanFlow

This is, by far, my favourite Kanban board for productivity. Keep track of your activities and make your life easier. Also, it is packed with features such as an immensely useful timer, many beautiful colours, task due dates, repeating tasks, subtasks, and more.

 

WorkFlowy

WorkFlowy

If you ever need a place to take all of your notes—in an organised fashion—WorkFlowy is for you. It is essentially a place to organise your brain: create a list, sublists, sub-sublists, and so on. Additionally, you can zoom on a sublist to focus on the important stuff.

 

MindMeister

MindMeister

Sometimes it is useful to have all your ideas in a visual form. In that case, you could create a feature-full mindmap. Interestingly, visualising information can be a great way to understand and retain it. So, why not get organised with your notes now?

 

Trello

Similarly to KanbanFlow, Trello allows you to create boards with those lovely cards. Although I do not think it is as well suited for your tasks, it is useful for creating easily re-arrangeable lists, with the items being able to move between columns.

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