Canadian Cryptocurrency Onramps & Offramps

By onramps & offramps, we mean venues/forums/companies that allow us to transfer in fiat/dollars for conversion to cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin/BTC, and Ethereum/ETH), and conversely allowing the swap/exchange of cryptocurrencies to fiat/dollars along with withdrawal.

This post/page focuses on Canadian cryptocurrency onramps & offramps, because our government’s regulatory entities are so out-of-touch with digital currencies & assets – Canada, and especially the province of Ontario, have some of the highest-friction and most restrictive regulations of any developed nation – as of this writing, residents of Ontario, Canada cannot use Binance & FTX.

Currently, these options are in no particular order:

None of the statements herein are provided as financial advice, and are not to be taken as such. Always DYOR (Do Your Own Research), and consider consulting a financial advisor/professional (a real one, not one of the fake advisors that scammers are fraudulently pushing everywhere they can spam).

Please leave us a comment below if we missed any note-worthy options.

Restart VirtualBox Guest Additions inside a Linux VM

tl;dr the command-line solution to run inside your Linux VM:

sudo pkill -fx "/usr/bin/VBoxClient --clipboard" && /usr/bin/VBoxClient --clipboard

Background / Details / Synopsis

Now and again, copy & paste functionality can break between a Microsoft Windows host and its Linux guest VM (Virtual Machine) when using Oracle’s VirtualBox.

Symptoms include not only the inability to paste text, but also application freezes/lockups. For example, we found that Google Chrome on Windows became unresponsive for ~1 minute, when trying to paste text that was copied from our Linux VM, but would return to normal after.

A solution that works for us is to restart the VirtualBox Guest Additions inside the Linux VM, discussed here: How to restart Guest Additions?

Migrating to virtual machines from bare-metal

We have been utilizing VirtualBox for many years, and are huge fans of the capabilities, flexibility, and versatility that it brings to our clients as well as our own operations.

We’ve had nothing but success when migrating bare-metal Microsoft Windows environments to VirtualBox virtual machines, and thought it would be nice to share some of our notes and experiences.

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