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How is your passive income from Crypto going in 2020? So far I have made around $11k plus from approximately 13 or so sources. Details below.
I remember in 2017 there were epic stories of people making fortunes from free crypto-giveaways – for example, the nano faucet gave people fantastic wealth if they held on all year. Then there were things like the various bitcoin forks – great if you cashed in. Now in 2020 there seems to be another uptrend in terms of the ability to get “free crypto” – in various ways. Overtime this can build up to quite a lot. This year I have:
Coinbase earn – I’ve done almost all of these and have had a few referrals. I think I earned maybe $200 or so all up, cashed in BTC, and that BTC is probably around $400
Reddit moons – I have earned 3100 moons, sold for roughly $220
Uniswap – My free 400 tokens are still held, so they are worth maybe $1200
Binance Coin – lots of staking and lottery compensation payments here – for example, I recently sold my Flamingo, Venus and Alpha tokens – maybe $30;
Hex – Yes I know it’s a scam, but I think I bit have a decent little payout in a month when my 90% locked tokens open (won’t say how much as that will reveal my BTC wallet holdings);
Swissborg – A fun little “guess the bitcoin app” that has $50 worth of tokens in it now;
Brave Browser – I’ve earned like $20 from that this year (insert: “Its not much but its honest work gif”);
Uniswap Pools etc – Hard to calculate this one but I’m earning some really great fees and Uni from pooling WBTC and WETH – about 0.5% return a week. Was also previously staking Uni / ETH - I made $1000 in fees but mostly gobbled up by impermanent loss.
Honeyswap – Every 48 hours, I log-in to get free honey from the faucet – around $40 or so;
Survey – I did a phone survey for a local project and got given $100 of free tokens;
Livepeer – No idea what this is but I sold two airdrops for around $20;
Nexus Mutual – Probably the king here. Invested $1200 worth. Received a 58% dividend on the first day of staking (say $700) which I reinvested. That $700 is now $8000 or something ridiculous (and itself earning rewards), plus another 13 NXM (So another $416 on top).
And then lots of rats and mice rewards from things like staking Celsius, staking Tezos referral rewards etc. I even have 3000 of that damn Pi coin thing but don’t know where that is going.
And to top it off a free ledger nano for participation in a private group on FB
(EDIT: I forgot to mention I am currently winning a "pick four" crypto competition that I entered in January where you pick four cryptos and the winner takes the pot. I picked BTC, FTX, SNX and CEL - so that might be another $200 to add to my collection!)
So in all, that is an entire bitcoin just for doing a bunch of crazy stuff. Who said it was difficult to join the 21 million club? So for some people that might be considered a decent pay package for a full time job! What other opportunities do you guys have where you have passive income coming from crypto? Am I missing any obvious ones here?
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Updated list of Global Beermoney opportunities (+180!) - June 2020
Updated list of Global Beermoney opportunities (+180!) - June 2020
The current, and now previous, Beermoney Global list started nearly 5 years ago. It’s been updated and has grown over all that time, but it also became a hassle to keep current. It was time to build a new list from scratch based on my experience in the Beermoney world over all these years and all the contributions all of you have been making in this sub. The lists consist of opportunities that are available in at least one country that is not the US. This means there are sites which only work in Canada or the UK. There’s sites which are open to the whole world, but this does not mean everyone can really earn something on it. It’s all still very demographic and therefore location dependent. This list should give you a starting point to try out and find what works for you. I’m not using everything myself as I prefer to focus on a few, so not all are tested by me. They are found in this sub, other subreddits and other resources where people claim to have success. I’ve chosen the format of a simple table with the bare minimum of information to keep things clean. It includes a link, how you earn, personal payment proof if available and sign-up bonus codes if applicable. Some of these bonuses are also one-time use codes specifically made for this sub! For the ones I don’t have payment proof (yet) feel free to provide some as a comment or via modmail so others know it’s legit. I am working on detailed instructions for each method that I personally use which will include things like cashout minimum, cashout options, tips & tricks,... For now I’ve split things up based on the type of earning like passive or mobile. Because of this there’s sometimes an overlap as some are both passive and on mobile or both earning crypto and a GPT (Get Paid To) website. The lists are obviously not complete so I invite you to keep posting new ones in the sub, as a comment to this post, or in modmail. Especially if you have sites or apps which work for one single specific country I can start building a list, just like I did for The Netherlands and Belgium. If you recognize things which are in fact scams or not worth it let me know as well.
Get Paid To (Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, clicking links, play games, searching)
For The Netherlands there are a few very good options next to a bunch of ‘spaarprogramma’s. There ‘spaarprogramma’s are all the same where you receive and click a bunch of e-mails, advertisements, banners,... I advise you to create a separate e-mail address or use a good filter in your inbox as you will be spammed to death. I believe they can be a nice piece of beermoney but they take quite the effort.
The payouts are small but over time they add up to a good chunk, enough to challenge those who still believe that “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” The crypto industry has created many opportunities for individuals to realize their dreams of financial freedom, but it’s worth pointing out that, whatever you find out there, if it looks too good to be true probably is.
A faucet is usually a website or app that offers the user a small amount of crypto in exchange for performing a task. Most of the time the task required is completing a simple captcha, but it can also be watching an ad or playing minigames. A faucet makes money via the ads on its platform, and shares some of the revenue with its users in the form of cryptocurrency. There is a timer, however, you can’t reclaim money from the faucet every minute, and also a minimum withdrawal requirement, meaning that you will only be able to reclaim the free Ethereum to your wallet after a certain amount. Ethereum faucets won’t offer a huge flow of value but patiently, drop by drop, you can earn a sizable amount.
Put simply airdrops are giveaways, the definition of free money. So why would someone do something like that? Let’s imagine a new crypto project is looking to launch their own token and fund their operations through an initial coin offering (ICO) or another fund raising mechanism. One good way projects use to get the word out there and build a community is to giveaway a portion of their tokens in an airdrop. It is important to note that airdrops won’t earn you Ethereum directly. The good news is that the majority of tokens use the Ethereum blockchain (ERC-20) and can be kept in your ETH wallet and easily sold for some free Ethereum once listed on exchanges. There are various platforms out there where one can track the latest airdrops.
Bounty campaigns are a tool used by new crypto projects to help them get some initial traction and online buzz. The participants are required to do simple tasks such as leaving a like, comment, or sharing social media posts from a certain crypto project. The most used social media platforms are Facebook, Telegram, and Twitter and the rewards are proportional to how big of a following you have on these platforms. Other common tasks include translation work, creating your own blog post and/or video content, and signature campaigns on the Bitcointalk forum, where most recent bounties appear. Once the bounty campaign comes to a halt, the newly minted tokens are distributed throughout the participants of the bounty campaign. As most new tokens are ERC20 tokens, they can easily be exchanged for some free Ethereum once listed on exchanges
Work for Ethereum
Yes, I know what you are thinking. Is it free Ethereum if we still have to work for it? No, but the upside is that it can pay way better than the other alternatives listed. The diversity of jobs offered is the same as other freelancing platforms with the difference that the jobs are paid in cryptocurrency, in this case ether. If you have some skills in design, writing, or coding (just to name a few) it might be wise to take a look at cryptogrind or XBTFreelancer. Reaching out to crypto businesses directly may also do the trick, as some are always looking for talent to help them out. Even if most don’t reply or turn you down, companies are now more than ever seeking talent in the crypto and blockchain space, so keep trying.
Referral Links for Crypto Exchanges
This one is good for those out there with friends that are also crypto savvy. Various exchanges offer affiliate programs where you get paid out for inviting your friends and colleagues onto their platform. Exchanges like Coinbase offer a one time payment when a new person joins their platform while others like Cryptmixer, for example, gives its members an impressive 50% of the revenue from the new clients they bring in. You can also use their exchange to swap the Bitcoin you receive to Ether, making it a great way to earn ETH.
The Bottom Line
Some methods involve a lot of work, others don’t require much of anything. Some you need to already own Ethereum, while others allow you to start from zero (although the payout is considerably smaller). Crypto has made value accessible to anyone with an internet connection, so choose the one method that best fits your needs and skills and you will be carving out your own space in the cryptosphere, starting with some free Ethereum.
Building an Ethereum Mining Rig (13 GPU) - 4th part
Third update to the guide "Building a Mining Rig for Ethereum". The absolute first guide to building a RX Vega 64 8gb 13 GPU Mining Rig. Reading this guide to building a 13 GPU Ethereum mining rig requires adequate knowledge of building and running an Ethereum Mining Rig. We therefore recommend a previous view of our Guide to build a Mining Rig and related updates. Let's immediately list the hardware used: - Asus Mining Master X370 mainboard - Core i5 Coffee Lake CPU - 480 or 500GB SSD - 32Gb Ram - 13 GPU RX Vega 64 8Gb - 3 x 1000W power supplies - 1 1200W power supply - 8Gb USB stick In this guide we will obviously not explain how to mount the hardware of a Rig. The only notes we wish to underline are the following: - the 1200W power supply must be the primary one on which to connect 4 GPUs and the video output for the monitor - all the risers, as well as obviously the GPUs, must be powered through the 8-pole connections of the power supplies. We strongly advise against the use of 6-pole ports. Therefore, have the appropriate number of cables available for all connections. Risers can also be powered in pairs. - the model of the video card used is the Asus Rog Strixx Gaming RX Vega 64 8Gb The operating system is Windows 10 updated to the latest version available. The tool for creating installation media is available at the following link https://www.microsoft.com/it-it/software-download/windows10 to be able to use the USB key as a launcher for installing Windows 10 . With the Asus Mining Master, the GPU risers can be connected directly to the motherboard via the USB cable, thus making one of the small components of the riser kits unusable. After making all the connections on the motherboard, check that all GPUs are highlighted in green when the PC starts up. If not, move the USB cable on the motherboard one position. It may take at least 2 or 3 attempts. Ethereum mining with 13 GPUs Having solved this possible small inconvenience, let's proceed with the installation of the AMD Adrenaline 2020 drivers, always updated to the latest version, relating to the RX Vega Series. If you want to proceed with more caution, the advice is to disconnect all the GPUs (remembering the locations of the USB cables) except one before installing the drivers. The mining will be carried out on the Ethermine pool, our favorite, using the Claymore 15 software. Once the download is complete, you will have to unzip the folder on the desktop and open the start.bat file contained in the Claymore folder using Notepad. The procedure is the usual one: delete the content and copy-paste the following command string: start config.dll -epool eu1.ethermine.org:14444 -ewal "your ETH wallet address" -epsw x -worker "worker" EthDcrMiner64.exe Where EthDcrMiner64.exe is the executable, -epool indicates the pool to mine and its port, -ewal is the wallet address and -epsw is the password that we leave blank (X). In place of "your wallet address" you will have to put your Ethererum wallet and instead of worker you will enter an identification number in case you plan to build more RIGs (such as RIG1, RIG2, etc ...). At the following link, many other useful commands for your Rig: https://github.com/Claymore-Dual/Claymore-Dual-Miner Try to run mining and check that the system is stable. In the Payouts section, after a few minutes of mining, you can decide the minimum amount of Ether to be sent to your wallet by simply entering the IP address of the RIG. We performed the mining directly on the Ethereum address of the Exodus wallet. Coinbase is not supported. Overclocking with OverdriveNTool Let's proceed now with the download of OverdrivenTool at the following link: https://forums.guru3d.com/threads/overdriventool-tool-for-amd-gpus.416116/ For those unfamiliar with it, we recommend reading our software guide. For those who do not intend to experiment or do not completely trust their software experience, at the following link you can view the settings on the parameters of the GPUs and the RAM of the GPUs - and other small tricks - to obtain the best possible performance without forcing the cards too much. video. On our Youtube channel (subscribe numerous !!!) you will now be able to see the video relating to the start of mining and the one concerning the stabilization phase. To better cool the Rig we have also installed fans for the extraction of heat as caution is never too much. Moreover, there is also an aesthetic gain. Conclusions on the guide to build a 13 gpu ethereum mining rig. Finally, we conclude this guide by reporting what everyone was waiting for (we do not say how long we had to wait before obtaining this result) the video link complhttps: //www.youtube.com/watch? V = k53XZn3zc9I & t = 61seto del Rig e del Mining . We remain available for any advice, both on pools, on yield and on consumption. Feel free to contact us in case you run into any problems where our guide to Building a 13 GPU Ethereum Mining Rig has not been completely helpful. See you soon. 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With all the divide between BTC and BCH, I was hesitant to pick a side. But, I finally took the plunge. Bought some BCH.
I'll try to keep this short. In the past few years my interest for cryptocurrency has peaked. Found myself on the verge of making purchase orders on coinbase and talking myself down. From family members of mine (two of my cousins who were very into IT) to friends that used the Silk Road, I was surrounded by people throwing around a new word: Bitcoin. I started reading into it and was intrigued by the notion of having full control of my money. I'm not a rich man or a seasoned investor, but someone who works hard for their money and has gotten tired of the limits, fees, and guidelines set by bankers which don't play by their own rules. Due to life events, uncertainty and mostly lack of knowledge, It took me YEARS of back and forth to finally take the plunge. When I was finally ready, BTC was about to fork, and I watched BCH come to be. I lurked for a bit on Reddit and then in September, finally created my account. I bought some BTC back in mid 2017, about five years after I had initially heard of Bitcoin. By the time I made my first purchase, I was also interested in Ethereum, being essentially a platform on which to build, and Monero - which struck me as the obvious solution for people transacting on the dark web. Admittedly at first I only bought BTC to mostly buy Alts because I didn't think 5K was necessarily a good "buy in" price. I mean, some guy paid 10K BTC for a couple of pizzas and I'd be some chump to buy my first fraction at 5K! (Laughing at my mentality then) I ended up trading most of that BTC into different Alts (and I'm still way green btw) for two main reasons. I felt like the Alts I picked are good holds, but I was also torn between choosing BTC or BCH. The more I read, the more I became convinced that BTC was no longer the same BTC that had interested me for years. After spending time in both subs and lurking in both I feel that it's obvious that one sub censors anything that doesn't echo their ideology, is ridden with memes and shit posts while in the other there are actually healthy debates, ideas on how to increase adoption and promoting use instead of just speculation. I tell you all this just to say that I finally made my first BCH purchase and after all this time feel silly that I waited so long. Its not much, but I will be continuing to DCA like I did with all of my ETH and accumulate and spend when I can. I set up my BCH wallet from Bitcoin.com, used the faucet to make sure I had set it up correctly and made my first BCH coinbase purchase. Now I'm just waiting to get it so I can transfer some to my mobile wallet (to spend) and the rest to my Nano. Cheers!
125 students and 45 teams submitted pitches for round 1 of the MIT Bitcoin Project's BitComp bitcoin startup competition...
Bitcoin is getting close to "crossing the chasm" to the early majority. I know this because it has already grabbed the attention of tens and maybe even hundreds of thousands of college students, that ideal target market that has bridged the gap between the visionaries and early majority during every other major tech revolution since the explosion of the internet itself. The tech world inside of the college bubble tends to predict where the wider world will be in five years' time. If that trend persists, then bitcoin is poised for stunning levels of success in the coming years. An enthusiastic early majority base deserves a tailored, well-branded, thorough bitcoin news and education resource, which is why I'm thrilled that the first ever "Campus Bit" (finally) went out to the student members of the College Cryptocurrency Network yesterday. [If you would like to get the daily "Campus Bit", you may sign-up here: http://eepurl.com/XyfHb] And the timing couldn't have been much better. In April, two MIT students founded the MIT Bitcoin Project, a year-long initiative in which the organizers plan to coordinate student competitions, hack-a-thons and academic studies to coincide with a half million dollar bitcoin airdrop to the university's 4,500 undergraduate students this fall. Last month, Coinbase decided to do a student bitcoin giveaway of its own in response. The company gave away $200,000 worth of bitcoin to 20,000 new student users in just two weeks. These type of bitcoin "faucets" aren't new: Roger Ver and other evangelists (including yours truly) have gained notoriety for their willingness to give people free bitcoin to try out the digital currency for themselves. Of course, there is a big difference between giving away bitcoin, and making people earn it, which is what makes the early interest in the MIT Bitcoin Project's summer-long BitComp so impressive. The three round $15,000 competition kicked off this week with 45 teams of 125 students submitting 250 word elevator pitches for their bitcoin business ideas. The submissions come in the wake of three recent technical workshops - two developer nights where representatives from Chain.com and Coinbase visited to educate dozens of students on how to build applications with their respective APIs, and the MIT Bitcoin Expo, which hosted nearly 400 student attendees. MIT Bitcoin Project co-founder Jeremy Rubin put it best in a note to me: "Now the question is whether our growth is linear or exponential." History says it may be the latter. http://two-bit-idiot.tumblr.com/post/89779931939/as-bitcoin-heats-up-at-mit-ccn-has-plans-to-replicate
Thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin from someone who participates in much of the ecosystem [and tipping thread ;) ]
Hey guys, So this is something I've been looking at for a while now, and kind of seeing some things die and other things be born. Some things are getting easier, and other things getting more difficult. I want to take this time to outline the last few months and how my sentiment is reflected towards the market. I have to say, the market generally matches how my "emotions" playout towards the ecosystem as a whole. I'll outline just a few short things on both the bearish and the bullish sides of my sentiment, even if things don't effect the overall sentiment much (at least according to most traders and people) I'd like to point them out because I view them as notable. Some of the not so good things that have been happening:
Home Mining/Trading/Altcoins: Not too long ago mining was still fun for the home miner with nothing but a GPU. I'm talking a mere couple months. The altcoin section of bitcointalk is/was by far the most active. People didn't care if the coins were in fact pump and dumps or not, but people would bet on their horses and either flourish (like some of my friends did with Mazacoin) or, if got in at the wrong time, was utterly decimated. Darkcoin was a small revival of that hype, but now the market caps of these altcoins and "pump and dump" coins, have all been figured out by the community, and too many of us have been burned to support any alt coin much anymore. I still hold some, but I often ask myself why I even bother? I left 1 BTC worth of alts in cryptsy months ago, and now its a a mere fraction of that, as you could imagine. This sounds like a good thing, but those same months ago, I had a couple friends mining with GPU's and figuring the whole crypto world out. Now they maybe have $100 worth of bitcoins for shits, but they are most certainly not going to go out and buy any Antminer S3's or other similar relatively cheap miner. Gamer nerds are quite simply, priced out now for the most part.
Gambling World: The gambling world (up until a couple days ago, but I'll get to that later) didn't have much development or innovation, and user growth was probably (after the Just-Dice incident in particular) in a negative spiral. It seems that if you've followed the BTC gambling scene for a while, you've seen sites come and go (much like altcoins), and for those of us that don't check the forums and reddit everyday, a lot of consumers or newbies could have been burned hard by some of this.
"Good news" brings the price down: This seems to be counter-intuitive to most, but to some of us bitcoiners who trade/forecast/follow the markets a little closer, and not only that, are familiar with trading other assets as well, definitely get skid-dish of this apparent ecosystem flourishing without a quickly growing community to back it up. (Sure our reddit subscriber count is going through the roof, but how about our active users? You look at the trading volume, transaction volume, or real user growth etc. it just seems like it isn't growing that fast (But this isn't that bad, and there are things all of us can do to help that, I'll get to that below, DON'T WORRY, this isn't a whiney, complainy bear thread).
Waning enthusiasm for the broader ecosystem: It seems people are almost numb to all the good news, and the bad news just sends us into a panic. Granted, the amount of bad news since Gox/China has been pretty damn minuscule other than bigger ecosystem and development problems. The amount of sites I involve myself in the cryptosphere has been cut into a fifth or less of what I used to do. Think coindesk, The bitcoingroup talks (which seem to have dropped off a bit in popularity, no offense but it was a little corny, but I still liked it <3), I still listen to Lets Talk Bitcoin, but probably not as much as I used to, and I think a lot of the die hard bitcoiners feel similar. I mean, in a given morning it could be: 2-3 altcoin pools/sites/subreddits, cryptsy, coindesk,reddit, bitcointalk forum, ischinaawake.com, btc-e for trollbox hilarity, and many others. Now? Probably this subreddit, and the mining section of bitcointalk. I rarely check the price anymore, maybe once a day, but I'm never hoping for moon, I just want stability while we all work to get out our products and projects and things that we feel could make a difference, not only in the bitcoin world, but the rest of it too. There was an IRC channel where people would talk about cryptostalks and all the next ones and this that and the other, now I wonder if anyone even actually uses that site for anything anymore. Maybe people were scared off by regulation and Fincen? Who knows....
Anyway, in many respects it feels like a lot of the bitcoin ecosystem is dying, and maybe we should all panic, cry, and shit our pants, but a few things haven't been going badly, and in fact, I'm looking optimistic that the next time a surge of new users enters the market for whatever reason, there will be a much more developed and kind ecosystem to take part of. No one is going to be touting the next 5 second confirmation coin, no more of the ubiquitous "investment" opportunities that await the uninitiated. Other than my love for bitcoin in general, this is what makes me not panic sell, and what keeps me optimistic about the bitcoin future:
The Local community has returned to where I live, in a big way: Bitcoin meetups were getting mixed turnouts, so much so that the two organizers just decided to stop having them altogether. I felt slightly guilty of this, because it was a lot of different kinds of folks coming for a lot of different kind of reasons, which is totally fine, but there never was a comfortable intermingling of all involved. Not everyone became friends after, and many of the first timers weren't hellbent on coming to the next one. However, we just had our last bitcoin meetup and there was over FIFTY people there. This was insane. Not only that, a member from the bitcoin foundation, several local startups, and businesses were there giving presentations. I got shithammered drunk and even exchanged a number while I was there. And get this, I was sitting at a table with two girls? And spoiler alert: They weren't the only two girls there. Woah. This is the bitcoin future!
Merchant adoption: is at a rabid dog pace, and Bitpay, Coinbase, and others are doing amazing. Most yC startups could only dream of getting this far. It seems to never end, and although people don't care as much, its still awesome. Like, I felt there was more hype when Jimmy Wales talked about accepting BTC, than when he actually did, granted its a weird not obvious way to donate, BUT, we are almost desensitized to merchant adoption now because its so rampant. Newegg, Dell, 5200 businesses on coinmap (ok, I lied earlier, I still totally check coinmap). But yeah, Merchant acceptance all day long. Oh, and Lyft on Gyft.... mmm life savingly awesome!
Remittances is becoming a reality: All the time we are seeing services targeting Mexico, Argentina, The Philippines and other countries trying to get things done over there just a little cheaper than Western Union. Granted some are a little more built out than others, but 37coins, and other services similar really excite me, and hold a lot of promise for an application bitcoin can really accel at. Everyone remembers Andreas Antonopoulos planting that seed in our heads a while back, and business sees it too. It's happening, but this shit doesn't happen overnight, however, we have our work cut out for us. We still have a "chicken and egg problem" when it comes to user adoption. Thats where we, the bitcoin community, needs to step in.
Some of the Dark parts of the eco-system are alive and well again: OpenBazaar (its coming), SR2, yeah its still a thing... PD3, came out over the weekend, PvPing with faucet money, was a fun time killer just to see how things are going... Nothing I want to focus on too heavily, but we all know Gambling is a great app for bitcoin, and we (the community) pioneered provably fair gambling. The best part is, the people in the space know who is honest and uses it.
Mining isn't yet extinct for the home miner and the hashrate is GROWING: I know I said that it kinda is above, but I am an at home miner with some S3's scattered about. I do fine, and am well on my way to ROI. I watch the hashrate grow everyday, and that tells me that bullish sentiment sure as hell exists on the long term. I mean, if you are willing to invest in specialized hardware to the tune of millions of dollars, you are in it for the long haul. This market is too illiquid to "cash out" of for the bigger players, so we know they are all hodling. A lot of the ASIC manufacturers are hodling as well, including Bitmain. So maybe the price is taking a dive, but the hashrate hasn't seen negative growth in a LONG LONG time Jan '13 it seems.
User Growth IS Happening: 2 million Blockchain wallets anyone? New wallets and services coming out all the time. Kryptokit, Hive, Mycelium trader, etc. etc. Maybe it isn't happening as fast as we would like, but it is happening. But this isn't like pokemon, you can't just see it on the TV and start catching your bitcoin. For the uninitiated, this shit is CONFUSING. We need to help out. And we need to casually give bitcoin, tipping in other sub-reddits as opposed to gold, helping friends get setup. Just YESTERDAY, someone asked me about coinbase and how to buy it, and I set them up with coinbase, told them about 2FA, and gave them the tools they need to fish. The past couple weeks I've actually gotten a couple people into bitcoin, which is the first time in a couple months, so for whatever reason, interest seems to be picking up again, which is cool.
I first learned of Bitcoin in 2010, installed the client and got my first bitcoin from The Bitcoin Faucet. Thank you Gavin, I assume it was your property. I fell down the rabbit hole after reading Satoshi's paper (read it about 10 times so far. It gets better each time). I enabled bitcoind's mining feature on my home CPU (and possibly my work machine) and managed to solo mine a block. At the time, they were worth about $0.50 ea. A few months later, and zero blocks found, I compiled some code that allowed me to mine using my nVidia GPU. Still no blocks. Welcome slush pool! Bitcoins were flowing again (about 1/week). At this point, I figured I could make some money at this (price ~$1.00), so I spent $170 on an ATI GPU (about 10 times faster than the nVidia). Difficulty was increasing, people were building huge GPU rigs - I wasn't one of them. I bought a few coins through MtGox and a few more with paypal. But for the most part, I was happy getting about 1BTC/week on my ATI card. I wasn't ready to spend my "real" money just yet. I "invested" some assets on GLBSE and put it into a mining company called BITBOND. Was feeling pretty good until GLBSE was shut down and lost 50% of what I invested. I guess Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BST) was a bad idea. But, hey we're just playing around with digital tokens. No worries, I could afford to lose it - maybe $200 worth at the time. Live and learn. Bitcoin velocity started to increase with Eric's Satoshi Dice and Charlie's BitInstant. Up to $28... Have to buy more. Crash! Back to $2.00 and bailed. Lost another $200.00. In 2012, I made some paper wallets and gifted all my family members some BTC for x-mas. They were worth about $13/BTC. I still keep an eye on the accounts with watch only addresses on Blockchain.info. Paper wallets were created with Diceware and Amir's sx/libbitcoin, pen and paper. GPU mining was puttering out, so I spent $300 on a BFL 5GHz ASIC with paypal. I received mine in July of 2013, mined 2 BTC over two weeks, then sold it for $350 on ebay. The mined coins were worth about $300, so I doubled my money. The difficulty increases went lunar, and that BFL miner never mined another full bitcoin. Sorry e-bay buyer. My mining days were over and Coinbase came online. Since then, I've been lazily buying $50/week using Coinbase's recurring buy feature. All the way up to $1200 and all the way back down to $170. I've been here before. Each time though, I have more coins than I had before - and that's all that matters to me. Bitcoin's not made me rich. I'm not driving a Ferrari with BITCOIN plates... yet. I'm only in as much as I can afford to lose. It's been a fun ride. To all the people and companies mentioned, and to all of you building the future, Thank You.
I opened a coinbase account on a lark, and am interested in starting to accumulate bitcoin as a safety net, but have very little money. Is there anything I can do besides faucets that would build up a nest egg of bitcoin? I work all day and faucets are impossible to keep up with in order to even get a pay out. I don't have that kind of patience- any ideas to get me started?
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