Understanding Unspent Transaction Outputs

The Crypto ELI8, or Explain Like I’m Eight, series is for anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of cryptocurrency. Each post is organized around a specific term, concept, question, or other topic related to crypto.

For more on what the series is and a full list of posts check out this series guide.

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Sorry to disappoint, but UTXOs don’t have anything to do with hugs n’ kisses in Utah. Rather, they’re the building blocks that ultimately make up your bitcoin balance. Although they can be confusing at first, it’s…

Understanding where your BTC are and how you access and transfer them

The Crypto ELI8, or Explain Like I’m Eight, series is for anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of cryptocurrency. Each post is organized around a specific term, concept, question, or other topic related to crypto.

For more on what the series is and a full list of posts check out this series guide.

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “wallet”? Most people think of a place to store their dollar bills, credit cards, and…

Understanding how the bitcoin network achieves consensus and security

The Crypto ELI8, or Explain Like I’m Eight, series is for anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of cryptocurrency. Each post is organized around a specific term, concept, question, or other topic related to crypto.

For more on what the series is and a full list of posts check out this series guide.

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Have you ever played with a sliding puzzle? You know, those ones where you have to slide pieces and rearrange them to make a certain image? If you haven’t (or even if you have and want…

Understanding what P2P networks are and the role they play in crypto

The Crypto ELI8, or Explain Like I’m Eight, series is for anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of cryptocurrency. Each post is organized around a specific term, concept, question, or other topic related to crypto.

For more on what the series is and a full list of posts check out this series guide.

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A peer is someone like you. For example, your classmates or teammates are your peers. Believe it or not, computers can have peers too! …

Understanding the mechanisms that help to make crypto networks secure

The Crypto ELI8, or Explain Like I’m Eight, series is for anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of cryptocurrency. Each post is organized around a specific term, concept, question, or other topic related to crypto.

For more on what the series is and a full list of posts check out this series guide.

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Sometimes when people talk about cryptocurrencies they use terms like hash and hash rate. Contrary to popular belief, these terms don’t have anything to do with breakfast. …

Understanding the similarities and differences between currency and money

The Crypto ELI8, or Explain Like I’m Eight, series is for anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of cryptocurrency. Each post is organized around a specific term, concept, question, or other topic related to crypto.

For more on what the series is and a full list of posts check out this series guide.

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What do you think a dollar bill is? Is it currency? Money? Both? Why do people say cryptocurrency and not cryptomoney?

The answers to these questions aren’t always straightforward. Although currency and money have a lot…

Understanding two of the most common types of money

The Crypto ELI8, or Explain Like I’m Eight, series is for anyone who wants to learn about the exciting world of cryptocurrency. Each post is organized around a specific term, concept, question, or other topic related to crypto.

For more on what the series is and a full list of posts check out this series guide.

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Money comes in many forms. Money is only valuable because people agree it is. What’s thought of as money in one place might not be valuable in another place. In this post, we’ll look at two…

Crypto in Language an Eight-Year-Old Can Understand

TL;DR

  • The Crypto ELI8 series aims to describe crypto concepts and topics with language an eight-year-old can understand
  • The series was born out of my desire to refine and solidify my own understanding of important crypto concepts and topics
  • Each post opens with an imaginary scenario, which is then used as a reference to describe the post’s topic
  • The full list of Crypto ELI8 posts and resources are included at the bottom of this guide

Where did the series come from?

Improve Programming Efficiency Using Open-Source Snippet Manager Lepton

This post was originally published 2-May 2020.

Do any of these pain points ring a bell?

  • I know I’ve written this code before but I can never remember the syntax
  • I’ve visited the same Stack Overflow page 10 times this week
  • What project did I use that code on? Where did I save that again?

Lepton, an open-source snippet manager powered by GitHub Gist, addresses these pain points and more!

As someone relatively new to coding, these pain points come up all the time for me. This wasn’t something I’d really considered when I started my coding path. I was…

A Basic Guide to Targeting Your Job Search Using Boolean Filters

The post was originally published 8-April 2020.

Overview

  • Intended audience: data scientists who are in the job market
  • Basic introduction to using boolean operators as a targeted strategy to finding data science jobs
  • Walkthrough of how to refine your job search terms on LinkedIn with a real-life example I’ve used

After reading this article you will:

  • Understand of how you can use boolean operators to make your job search more fruitful
  • Have a basic, actionable approach to searching for jobs on LinkedIn

Two important notes:

  • This article assumes you are familiar with boolean operator search. See here if you’re not or you need a refresher.
  • Boolean definitions in this post…

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