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Why you should check your drawers this Black Friday

Black Friday Week is happening and as we know this is the best time to get the very best deals for items that we have been coveting all year but couldn’t quite afford - Especially, true after the trauma that the Pandemic has caused, especially to many peoples finances.

Whilst we may be making saving over this period this also creates a surplus of older unwanted items. Especially, when it comes to tech items which is why I was delighted when I came across giffgaffs ‘Check your drawers’ campaign.



The campaign is all about checking your drawers (No, not in that but thank you for asking!) you know the one, the tech drawer that lives in everyone’s home which is full of old devices, chargers, batteries and most usually..phones. The thing about these phones is that whilst we may not use these phones any more, they can actually get a fabulous second life being recycled and given to someone who will really treasure it. It will also prevent it from ending up in a landfill which as we all know, the planet needs us all to pitch in a bit when it comes to waste.

Even better? When you recycle your phone, not only are you being kinder to the planet but also your pocket as giffgaff will happily buy the phone off you. 

Thanks, giffgaff! 

They will then give it a little revamp and clean making sure that it is in tip-top shape. If it’s beyond repair they will recycle it making sure that it is reused elsewhere and doesn’t end up as another item added to an e-waste pile. If you’re curious about the journey a refurbished phone takes, check out their ‘What is a refurbished phone’ animated page. It’s super snazzy.

If you really want to be generous then it gets even better! If your phone can be refurbished, giffgaff will give you the option to donate the value of it to charity. You can choose whether to make a donation of 10%, 25%, 50%, or 100%. This money will then go to the Neighbourly Foundation to fund grassroots-causes that support local communities. I feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it!



giffgaff also have some amazing sim only deals so if you’re seeking to break away from a contract and gain more flexibility in your phone package, check them out!

So, are you going to check your drawers this Black Friday? If so let me know below or via my social channels as you know I love to carry on the conversation.


Elyse

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You have OPQ in your wallet, but what do you do to get OPCT?

On October 25th the Opacity team deployed their token swap page on their website. As of now, only 287 addresses have the new token in their wallets. Of the 12,558 holders of the old token and the fact that the swap will be ending on January 1st, 2021 it's important to get them swapped if you have them in your wallet. More info on the swap can be found on the Opacity website

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I have covered Opacity in the past. Briefly put, the developers are planning for it to be a decentralized storage platform with no user logins, passwords or emails associated to your account. Currently, Opacity is essentially an encrypted cloud storage platform and is running as expected, although, without the decentralized part (It uses Amazon as a backend, which is clearly a centralized body). 

Opacity payment plans. As of writing this, one OPQ (Which is now OPCT, after the swap) is equal to $0.006 on Kucoin and Mercatox. 2 years of storage for $0.01 is kind of a steal.

With the introduction out of the way, I'll get back to the token swap. If you held your tokens on one of the exchanges, both Kucoin and Mercatox participated in the swap, your tokens will automatically be changed to the new ones. The old ones are burned, as they are no longer required, and dumping them on the market is a shitty move, so they are removed after swapping. 

If you have your tokens on another wallet, such as a Ledger or in MyEtherWallet, you'll need to manually swap them through the website. In order to successfully complete the swap, you'll need to connect to the website using a web3 compatible wallet. I used Metamask to connect to the site and then connected my Ledger to Metamask in order to start the swap.

Connecting Ledger to Metamask or Trezor

If you have either a Ledger or Trezor hardware wallet, connecting it to Metamask is pretty straight forward. You'll need to make sure that your firmware and Ethereum app on the device is up-to-date otherwise, you'll run into problems. 

1. Open the Metamask plugin on your browser and log in.

2. Click on the big circle, with all the fancy colours inside it, and select Connect Hardware Wallet.



3. Depending on which wallet you have, select the appropriate one. Make sure that your device is plugged in first, before trying this. Click Connect when you are ready.


4. Select the account you want to interact with (The one that holds the OPQ token) and you're done!

Performing the swap

Now that your device is connected to Metamask, you can head back to the swap website. As soon as it loads, Metamask will popup and try to connect to the website. You need to approve this before you can carry on. Once Metamask is connected to the website, you are almost done. It should be noted that you will require a small amount of Ethereum in your wallet to pay gas fees, it shouldn't be any more than $5 for the whole process. 

Once you are ready, click on the Approve button. Metamask will pop up again requiring you to confirm the approval. You'll also need to approve this transaction on your device, also. (This usually involves pressing buttons on the device itself - just follow the instructions on the display). This step is required to allow the contract access to your OPQ tokens, giving it the ability to swap and then burn the redundant tokens.

After a short wait, the approval should be finished and a big green tick will be displayed beside the button. The Swap button will also be highlighted and is ready to be pressed. 

Just as before you need to approve the swap, this is exactly the same as the approval step. So just do as you did before. I'd like to stress, though, that you should have a look at the gas prices and total price of any transaction that you are carrying out this way. Always be aware of how much you are spending and if something seems off, do not confirm it.

Assuming all went well, your old OPQ tokens should now be gone and replaced with the new OPCT token. The swap ratio is 1:1, so you'll receive an equal amount of the new one. 

Connor & Elyse

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Shop Local UK | Cosy Christmas Wishlist

Happy November everyone! 

How are you holding up during the local lockdowns? Hoping everyone is safe and my door is always open if anyone needs to vent. 

We're based in Fife so haven't been hit as badly as Edinburgh and Dundee however, it hasn't come without its worries, difficulties and stress which I know everyone is feeling right now. With Christmas coming up it's been yet another worry as England and many companies go into further lockdown for four-weeks. I've had nightmares about not having anything for the boys or hairy boy so realise that buying local is a better option especially, right now. 

I've literally done a heck-ton of online shopping trying to find amazing products for my loved ones from sellers based in the UK. Here is a compilation of some of my absolute favourites right now - the wishlist conveys a cosy Christmas appeal don't you think?

My Cosy Christmas wishlist can be found over on Etsy if you wanted to check out any of the below items in more depth. 

The first item that started this wishlist was the Brooklyn Nine-Nine 'I am Ecstatic' card at the bottom from LoveFromCo - I absolutely adore this TV show and Captain Raymond Holt's dry sense of humour, it's absolutely amazing! You cannot read this card without saying it in his voice.

The perfect Christmas Day for us is spending it indoors with family, we don't go out, however, we always get dressed up and make an effort just to spend time together, the Vintage Paisley Dress would be ideal to wear during the festive season, I really love it, it's so unique. That being said I do like a bit of tartan, naturally being Scottish I have a bit of a penchant for tartan which is why you'll see not one, but two tartan items listen on this wishlist - the Red Fraser Tartan cowl is the epitome of Scottish winter fashion and I could imagine myself wearing this on Boxing Day and into 2021 and, the Christmas plaid headband which will go with everything and keep your hair out of your face while you dance crazily around the living room with your family. 

We eat rubbish during the day, well mostly I do in all honesty, it's been a long tradition that I eat chocolate for breakfast - the calories do not count on Christmas Day so I 100% would be all over these letterbox Brownies. As a child, I'd get up before my parents did and I always received a box of Ferrero Rocher, so I'd eat those at six in the morning, it always stuck with me throughout the year. Together we will both spend time cooking dinner while lighting candles in the house such as the Advent Calendar Candle or really any of the candles by Kindred Fires or popping some soy melts into the burner, such as the Cosy Nights soy melts, laughing at terrible TV and no doubt hairy boy will be testing out some new games on the PC this year as he always does. 

For us, the festive season is just incredibly relaxed and chill and while 2020 can be described as anything but, I'm hoping that Christmas will feel like a turning point for everyone. We have all come this far and we're going strong so I'm sure we can reach the end of this CV race. Community is the best gift we can all take from this I feel. 

Etsy has compiled their own Christmas wishlists, literally for every need. I recommend this candles wishlists - candles are a great option for everyone at Christmas or, for a ton of budget-friendly ideas this is the ideal one to check out - gifts under £30 wishlist. Sometimes the smallest gifts are the best gifts, that's why I love the I'm on the naughty list' pencils. Small, low-cost, funny but absolutely usable. 

But, whatever you do this festive season, please stay safe and look after yourself and we will all hope that things change into 2021. 

Elyse

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