Monday, March 21, 2022

3 Easy Ways to Join CyberArmy against Russian Aggression

Russian government is closing the country with the heavy information blocking curtain. Many sites and social networks are blocked, and the government voice becomes the only voice in the Russian heads. For many, that was always the case, regardless of the free flow of the alternative information sources. What we can do – deliver them truth they do not want to hear, deliver them forcefully to their messengers and email addresses. May be, just may be, one of these messages will raise their doubt for the lies they are being fed.


1. PravdaMail (https://pravdamail.com/)

The Estonian tech community has created a service that lets you email random Russian email addresses to tell them what is happening in the war in Ukraine – as many Russians only get their information from the Russian propaganda channels and don’t believe there even is a war going on in Ukraine.

The website calls on people to send pre-written emails to random Russians about the war in Ukraine, saying that “[m]any in Russia continue to support dictator [Vladimir] Putin because they only know the ‘facts’ from state propaganda.”

“Use this site to let them know what’s really going on. We’ve collected more than a million Russian email addresses just for that.”

The website says five to ten emails at a time works best.

“If you don’t like the email, we’ve pre-written for you, just click on the ‘Choose a different text’ button and a new one will be suggested.”

On the website, there’s a FAQ, “Is it legal?” The answer to that: “It’s an order of magnitude more legal than invading another country.”

There have been reports in the media that when Ukrainians in Ukraine try to tell their relatives of friends in Russia – even in Moscow – that there is a real war going on, the Ukrainian cities are being bombarded to the oblivion and thousands of civilians are being murdered, then the people in Russia refuse to believe it.

Russia has also outlawed speaking against the war and people who spread “fake news” – i.e. speak against the Russian official narrative – can face a prison sentence for up to 15 years.

2. 1920.in (https://1920.in/)

New Polish service Squad303 gives you a tool that allows you to send text messages from your phones directly to randomly selected Russians. Let them know the truth. Squad303 pulls from a database containing more than 20 million cellphone numbers.

  1. Go to 1920.in.
  2. Wait while Cloudflare passes you through anti -DDOS (distributed denial of service) protection. This is necessary since Russian hackers may try to flood the website with traffic, making it inaccessible.
  3. Enter the number you see at the top of your screen into your texting app. (Note: this is easier if you’ve enabled text on your computer, in which case you can simple click to copy the phone number and paste it in your computer’s messaging app.)
  4. Click the Copy Text button to copy the already-translated-into-Russian message you’re going to send. Open a new browser window, navigate to translate.google.com, and paste it in. Read the English translation and ensure you’re in agreement with the message. (This is optional, but I always would like to know what I’m going to send someone.)
  5. Now, if you’re on your laptop, paste the Russian-language message into your messaging app, and hit Send. If you’re not, use AirDrop (on iPhone/Mac) or Android Nearby Share on Android (here’s how) to send the message to your phone. (You could also email it.)
  6. Rinse and repeat.

3. Mail2Ru (https://mail2ru.org)

Another spam website set up to reach millions of Russians. A Norwegian computer expert has created a website enabling anyone to send an email about the war in Ukraine to up to 150 Russian email addresses at a time, so that Russian people have a chance to hear the truth their government is hiding.

Disclaimer: I have not validated these services performance yet. Please provide your feedback and recommendations on the most efficient usage practices and BKM (best known methods).

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Wanderlog – Free App - Travel Itinerary & Road Trip Planner

 

We all hope that soon the mobility restrictions will be over, and we start travel again. Here is the free and smart utility, which will help you to make a good travel plan, keeping all arrangements in one place, and sharing it with fellow travelers, as needed.

 


Wanderlog is the easiest-to-use, completely free travel app for planning every kind of trip, including road trips and group travel! Create a trip itinerary, organize flight and hotel reservations, view places to visit on a map, and collaborate with friends. After your vacation, share a travel guide or trip story to inspire other travelers.

- See flights, hotels, and attractions in one place (like TripIt and Tripcase)

- View plans on a travel map & map your route (like Roadtrippers)

- Planning a road trip? Add unlimited stops for free, optimize your route (new!), view times & distances between places, and export places to Google Maps

- Planning group travel? Invite friends and collaborate in real-time just (like Google Docs)

- Automatically import reservations by forwarding emails or connecting your Gmail

- Add things to do from top guides with 1 click (like Tripadvisor and Google Trips/Google Travel)

- Access your trip plans anywhere -- even offline

- Available on all mobile and desktop devices, so everyone can plan together

Tired of using clunky spreadsheets and apps to plan your travel? Join thousands of other travellers, download our trip planning app, and have fun dreaming up your next trip! After your trip, pay it forward and share your tips and reviews in a travel guide. Or check out the Wanderlog website at https://wanderlog.com.

 

Google Play Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wanderlog.android&hl=en_US&gl=US

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Apple Link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wanderlog-road-trip-planner/id1476732439

Rating: 4.9 out of 5

Sunday, March 14, 2021

RobinhHood – Start trading with Zero-Cost Trades and Free Stocks

If you are thinking about investments in stock market and/or cryptocurrency, that is an easy to get in service to consider.

Robinhood is a free-trading Web Service and application, letting investors trade stocks, options, exchange-traded funds and cryptocurrency without paying commissions or fees.

In its early stages, Robinhood stood out as one of the only brokers offering free trades. But with many big-name online brokers eliminating trading commissions and fees, Robinhood has had to find other ways to stand out, which in 2021 includes a new recurring investments feature. That said, it's still a solid choice, and currently it's one of the few brokers that gives investors the opportunity to trade cryptocurrency.

Robinhood offers both web and mobile trading, but the platforms are purposely bare bones, and some investors may find the range of tradable securities and account options lacking.

Like some other brokers, including Interactive Brokers and Charles Schwab, Robinhood has introduced fractional shares. That means you can pay as little as $1 for a portion of a share, even if that share's full price is in the hundreds of dollars. This feature makes it much easier to build a diversified portfolio — you're able to buy many more companies, even if you don't have a lot of money to invest.

Fractional trading pairs perfectly with Robinhood’s newest feature: recurring investments. All you have to do is set a schedule (weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc.) and a dollar amount, and Robinhood will automatically invest the amount you want, when you want. While this isn’t an uncommon feature among brokers, using it alongside fractional shares is a standout benefit. When recurring investments are based on buying by-the-share (versus a dollar amount), you’ll inevitably end up with uninvested cash, but Robinhood has solved this problem.

Fractional shares have also given the company the opportunity to offer a dividend reinvestment program (known as a DRIP), which it didn’t previously. This is a very valuable strategy for building wealth over time, much like recurring investments. By offering the fractional shares/recurring investments/DRIP package, it seems Robinhood is working to stay competitive with the major brokers now that free trades are commonplace.

If there is one highlight with Robinhood's research, it is the Robinhood Snacks newsletter and podcast. The Robinhood Snacks editorial team summarizes the market each day in an easy-to-understand, digestible format.

And… free shares. When you open your account, you get one, randomly selected share for free, to let you feel the heat of being investor. Then, you can get more free shares, if you refer this trading opportunity to friends. Once your friend signs up with your referral link, and links their bank account, you’ll both get a free stock.

My referral link for new account registration: https://join.robinhood.com/michaep-a04d2a



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