Free cash to do what you’re already doing.

A few years ago Microsoft converted their Bing Rewards program into what’s now called Microsoft Rewards. Although it’s taken me a while to become a convert, I’m close¬†to becoming a fan. At some later point I may or may not create a full write up on Microsoft Rewards but for now I’ll just explain the biggest reason why I’ve decided to give it another chance. It’s nearly free money.

30 days ago I switched my default search engine at work to Bing and I switched my default web browser at work to Edge. This is why it’s “nearly” free money. Bing is not my favorite search engine and while I’ve learned to really like Edge, it still has some disadvantages compared to Chrome or Firefox.

But, by making these 2 changes I’m able to generate a minimum 170 Rewards points per day. My average has been closer to 240 points a day, but I’m making a specific point not to put a lot of effort into my actions. I think if you were to grab every point possible every single day that average would be close to 300 points per day.

These points can be redeemed for various items but the one which has converted me is the $5 PayPal Payment which can be had for 6500 points. Some simple math shows that at a minimum that comes out to a whopping 13 cents per day… This is why I’m not concerned about getting every possible point every single day. The key for me is that for this to be worthwhile it absolutely has to be something which I was going to do anyway.

As it stands right now, I’ll be making a little more than one $5 PayPal redemption per month while following the programs terms of service to the letter.

Capturing Keystrokes and Mouse Clicks – TinyTask

I found myself repeating the same set of actions multiple times. One of the things computers are supposed to be good at is repetitive tasks so I decided to find a way to automate this process. I tried several programs but the majority of them had issues that I didn’t want to deal with either being overly complicated or trialware or buggy.

Then I stumbled across a program called TinyTask. It did everything I wanted and nothing that I didn’t. It was also simple to use.

I decided to host a version of the software here for a couple of reasons: I don’t trust download sites and I might want this program at school but most download sites are blocked there while my website is not.

tinytask.tar

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