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Do you know where your NFT is stored?

  NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens , have become the hottest thing in crypto this year. You may have heard in the news about a digital art piece from the artist Beeple selling as an NFT for $69 million, or how the NBA has partnered with a company called Top Shot to sell digital card packs to people. The short definition is that an NFT is a special crypto token that proves ownership of a digital asset. It usually lives on the Ethereum blockchain, although other blockchains also support NFTs, and unlike a traditional real world item, ownership can be proven with complete certainty since the entire transaction is public and stored on the blockchain ledger. So whoever paid those crazy prices for these early releases can be safe to know that their investment will live for as long as the blockchain does, even though it's debatable whether they would ever find a buyer to pay more than they did. But one question that many people aren't taking into account is where these files actually li

When should you automate your work?

Repetition is the key to success in life, whether we're talking about exercising, doing crossword puzzles or other types of professional work, doing the same thing multiple times builds muscle memory. There certainly is a benefit to repeating the same task, whether you're trying to actually build muscles, or in the case of intellectual challenges, if you're trying to learn or improve your mental capacity. But there are tasks that don't really bring any benefit, they just take time. Those are mostly when you spend a lot of time to do menial tasks, things that don't really bring you any benefit. Whether you're doing IT tasks by clicking through UIs, typing commands in your computer, filling numbers in a spreadsheet, writing a report, or classifying papers, these tasks don't tend to bring you any benefit. This is when you should think about automating your work. As someone with a tech background, automation is something I default to very quickly. The good thing

Using the Binance Smart Chain with Python

For most people, crypto is just a way to invest in a highly speculative asset. Bitcoin is seen as digital gold, as something you can buy, hold and sell at a higher price. But crypto currencies and blockchain technologies are used in many more applications, and creating innovative products on top of these networks starts with connecting to the network. Whether you're trying to create a digital wallet, interact with smart contracts, or build a completely new application, you need to use code and connect to the blockchain of your choice. In this post, we'll use Python and connect to the Binance Smart Chain. While there is a lot of crypto documentation out there for JavaScript, the amount is smaller for Python, so hopefully this post will give you a good place to start. Connecting to the chain First, you'll need to download the web3 library. You can use pip to install it on your system: pip install web3 Once installed, open up a Python interpreter and let's initialize the