Back in 2014, I was working full-time as a teacher in a sixth form college in Surrey. I’d had enough by that point, and I spent that summer holiday writing a book outlining my strategy towards early retirement, taking as a model the early retirement extreme model by Jacob Lund-Fisker

I was 41 at the time and was pretty obsessed with the idea of being able to retire at age 52 at the latest, maybe not that extreme by true ERE standards, but manageable given my relatively late start.

I remember vividly the first day of that summer holiday because…


MetaMask is an intuitive, user-friendly online digital wallet for managing, transferring, and receiving ETH and ERC-20 tokens.

It is a web browser extension which bridges your browser to the Ethereum blockchain, allowing you to fully interact with Ethereum without running a full node.

You can install MetaMask on Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Brave Browsers, although it isn’t available for the less functional Edge Browser.

MetaMask is one of the top wallet DApps, currently ranked 41st of the the wallet DApps on State of the DApps although based on my experience of using it over the last 18 months I personally…


Steem Monsters is a decentralised collectible trading card game built on the Steem blockchain, similar in concept to Magic the Gathering or Hearthstone, but because it’s based on blockchain technology, players can own and trade their cards without the role of any centralised authority,

It’s evolving all the time, is great fun to play and enjoys a lot support from one of the most active, friendly and dedicated communities on Steem.

The current market cap of Steem Monsters is $1.2 million, which is broadly level with November 2018. There are currently 1.6K …


The Crypterium wallet is a secure, user friendly mobile app which allows you to receive, store, send and track digital assets. It is available both for Apple and Android devices and syncs seamlessly across both. The wallet supports four currencies — BTC, LTC, ETH and CRPT, and the free entry level version gives you four wallets, one of each, more if you pay for the higher level subscription service.

The app allows you to make transfers between crypto wallets very easily and transfer speeds for all the currencies I tested are rapid: LTC, ETH and CRPT were all received in…

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