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1  Economy / Scam Accusations / Beware private messages containing URLs, they may be phishing scams on: November 19, 2013, 03:03:45 AM
I just received the following private message from user MikaelAngelo:

Be careful where you mine and exchange bitcoins for money. Most mining pools are a scam, bitcoin exchanges too(they will hold your money for months), look in the scammers section and see for yourself

The link text appears to go to but in fact directs to this page (do not click without reading first):

This page is skinned to look like the login screen and is an obvious attempt to scrape passwords.

2  Economy / Services / Need a good quality VPS provider on: November 06, 2013, 04:14:02 AM
I've been hosting with for a while now and they've traditionally been quite good, but recently their uptime has not left me feeling particularly good about continuing to use their service. I need a new VPS provider and preferably one that accepts Bitcoin. Price is an issue, but this time around I refuse to let it be the main issue - I'm looking for quality here, as close to 100% uptime as I can get and customer service that's actually functional. Recommendations?
3  Bitcoin / Hardware / BFL Announces 600GH/s 28nm PCIe Mining Card on: August 17, 2013, 08:19:31 PM
It's call the "Monarch"
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Casascius' Physical Bitcoins Cracked at Defcon on: August 04, 2013, 06:06:55 PM
I just happened to be at Defcon yesterday when Stits and Datagram managed to peel the holo foil off of a Casascius coin and replace it with basically no real damage. They think with a little refinement of technique they could pull it off with no visible damage at all. Caldwell is in talks with them trying to improve security, but for now you should all be weary of second-hand Casascius coins.
5  Bitcoin / Mining / ASICMiner Erupter unboxing/review video on: June 08, 2013, 03:20:38 AM
The guys over at ASICMiner were kind enough to send me a couple of their fancy new USB miners to play with - here's the result.

YouTube video:

Accompanying blog post (with pictures):

I'm waiting on a couple pieces of new equipment to arrive next week, then I'll be shooting a teardown video, which basically just means I'm going to take off the heat spreader given that the other side of the PCB is already exposed...
6  Bitcoin / Project Development / Looking for WordPress plugin (or someone to write one) on: May 23, 2013, 03:15:32 AM
After Adam B Levine's lovely talk at Bitcoin 2013 I was discussing some ideas with him on taking the concept beyond YouTube and an idea came about that I love but frankly do not have the time to build from scratch so I'm hoping there's either already something like it that I can modify or that someone out there has already put in the time to learn how to write wordpress plugins that I can just beg or hire or whatever.

The basis of the idea is this: Individual Bitcoin donation/tip addresses for each piece of content with user feedback and back-end tracking. I'm thinking something like on each post but instead of configuring, copying and pasting each and every time simply have a plugin add an address field to each post. Additionally, I'd like the ability to view internal reports from within WordPress, maybe even a dashboard widget on aggregated donations and top-performing content, maybe even the ability to publicly post a "top content" page or select a featured/sticky post automatically based on some kind of donation criteria.

Really, though, those are all nice extras I wouldn't mind having, simply the ability to paste in an address is the baseline requirement and if someone knows of another plugin with similar functionality that I could just modify that will do for now.

On the other hand, if someone wants to write me up a quote for full functionality or if others like the idea and want to start a bounty with me, I wouldn't be opposed to the idea either. Regardless of how we get to the final result, though, I intend to open source whatever I get so the community can make full use of it.
7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Are VMs adequate for cold/cool wallets? on: May 03, 2013, 07:29:50 PM
Specifically the sort of mid-security cool wallet that clients like Armory offer. I already have split-secret paper wallets for the "savings account" but I need something more accessible for more regular mid-grade purchases. I know a thing or two about a thing or two and would secure the VM holding private keys quite well - TrueCrypt full volume encryption on the guest OS and the virtual disk stored on a hardware-encrypted external USB that would only ever be plugged in when in use. No network adapters on the VM and so on. The only missing piece is I don't know enough about VMs from a security standpoint to know what new security vulnerabilities might be introduced - I'm not sure how much access the host PC has to the VM's RAM, for example, or if there is any way to limit that sort of vulnerability.

8  Economy / Service Discussion / My coins just got stolen from on: April 27, 2013, 03:22:37 AM
Two passwords, each unique to the site and a yubikey. Only device attached to the account was my cellphone - which was in my pocket while I was driving to work as this heist occurred.

I think I'm going to vomit...
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / I do a geeky podcast with a friend, finally talked him into a Bitcoin episode on: April 26, 2013, 05:40:10 PM

Update: YouTube, in their infinite wisdom, mis-identified the intro/outro music and threatened me with a copyright violation. I've taken down the video and put up a new copy without the in/out music, sorry it wasn't available for so long.
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin G+ Hangout - Dave from CIMS is going and bringing the BFL ASIC. Join me? on: April 21, 2013, 03:59:25 PM
Hey everyone, I'm going to a G+ Hangout this morning, 9AM Pacific - sorry for the short notice!

We'll be spending about an hour talking about Bitcoin and I'm bringing my brand new Butterfly Labs Jalapeno ASIC miner for show & tell. Care to join us?
11  Bitcoin / Hardware / BFL's Jalapeno exists - I have one in my hand and just uploaded a video on: April 20, 2013, 11:34:06 PM
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin's Image Problem. on: April 20, 2013, 12:14:21 PM
Insomnia + IRC = Blog post I'll probably find a dozen spelling and grammar errors in tomorrow morning. Hopefully it's still worth reading.
13  Bitcoin / Mining / BFL releases actual specs. ACTUAL SPECS! on: September 30, 2012, 07:05:10 AM
14  Bitcoin / Meetups / Any Vegas Bitcoiners? on: September 28, 2012, 01:43:06 AM
I've talked to TuxAvant and met CryptoCommodity, but I've got a couple things in very early "thought experiment" phases that I'd like to get rolling here in Vegas and I wanted to know who my local Bitcoiners are?

I know we had a regular meetup going a while back that I somehow never got out to - since it's on the opposite side of town - but it seems to have disappeared. Anything still going on in Vegas?
15  Bitcoin / Mining / First look at BFL's ASIC hardware (PCB & enclosure renders) on: September 25, 2012, 06:10:22 PM
16  Economy / Service Discussion / So I got an interview with Sonny Vleisides from BFL... on: September 23, 2012, 06:45:49 PM
After all the mud-slinging that's been going around, I thought it would be good to have a chat with the elusive Sonny Vleisides so I spent a bit trying to get in touch with him and much to my surprise he responded and gave me an excellent interview.
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Today's XKCD on: September 19, 2012, 03:04:54 PM
If you scroll waaaaaay to the left:

18  Other / Off-topic / Bitcoin mining - not actual mining... on: September 16, 2012, 09:00:04 PM
Just got the weirdest pingback ever on my blog. Apparently this guy doesn't realize that Bitcoin mining isn't a thing that requires a backhoe and dynamite...

It's obviously a very spammy post to a very spammy blog, but it's kind of funny seeing Bitcoin mining next to a bunch of shots of front-loaders and heavy equipment.
19  Economy / Services / Selling ad space on on: September 14, 2012, 07:17:13 PM
I've resisted advertising on my blog for long enough and I've always said if I ever broke 50,000 hits in a 30 day span I'd reconsider. My dashboard widget says 50,045 pageviews for the last 30 days right now so I suppose it's time.

I'm initially offering two 125x125 ad slots via Operation Fabulous:

Slot 1 (top)
Slot 2

Both slots are located near the top center of the page - prime real estate.

These are brand new listings so opfab doesn't have any stats for my site left but I'll gladly give potential advertisers whatever information they need beyond the pageview count listed above.
20  Economy / Service Discussion / Followup Interview About BitInstant's Bitcoin MasterCard on: August 31, 2012, 10:18:41 PM
Follow-up interview:
Original, for those who missed it:
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