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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / New Product / Service RSS on: July 28, 2011, 01:32:17 PM

Is there one?

Apart from general bitcoin news, I'd like to keep track of every single new thing that's available for sale for bitcoins... and um... rss is what I use.

Does anyone know of anyone doing this?
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bittrust API on: July 12, 2011, 12:29:35 PM
Anyone seen this? bittrust.org

I read an article somewhere describing it as a fait-accompli, but it looks as dodgy as fuck to me.

3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Client UX : alternative way to invest in Bitcoin? on: July 11, 2011, 01:25:13 AM
So recently I stumbled into this thing where it looked as though payments were incredibly slow to happen... because I didn't realise that your transaction doesn't show up until you've downloaded the entire blockchain.


If I open up the client, I'm presented with bits of information like "k/hash" and "blocks" and whatnot. There's a load of new concepts that I need to learn - and I'm a techie, and I find them hard-going. They are absolutely not going to find a lot of traction with any of the civilians I know.


So... not wanting to tread on the toes of the people who are designing the current interface - the bitcoin client is really not up to speed on the User-Experience front.

I'm aware that this software is supposedly in Beta - but it's doing what? $300M transactions a year? That's a little too much weight-of-responsibility to maintain the beta-moniker, in my opinion. What this software looks like to me is the user-interfaces that VOIP services used before Skype turned up with something that they'd spent UX TLC on, and wiped the field.

So I was thinking that if we want an uptick in people using BTC, then it might be good to get a company that specialises in UX to do something. Somebody like Clearleft.com, who will actually do focus-group testing etc.

Now this ain't going to come cheap - but if we treat it like a kickstarter.com project (or even AS a kickstarter.com project) then we could possibly raise a fairly healthy sum. I'd be happy to put $100 into it - as an investment because I think that if we do this, BTC will increase in value.

And I don't think it would hurt on the marketing front to have someone with experience and expertise in UX to look at the language we're using to describe this either.

So what do you reckon?



4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin slow to download the block chain? on: July 07, 2011, 10:27:42 PM
Someone paid me some bitcoins yesterday - if I look in Bitcoin-explorer the transaction is there... though for reasons I don't understand, there actually appears to be two transactions

http://blockexplorer.com/address/1B6TPhjmRWNHwDxtjax5WTy4RyPWCeVY3q

but it hasn't turned up in my bitcoin client.

So I leave it overnight... still not there.


In the same time, HSBC have completed a transaction.

So um... am I missing something here - because as far as I can see, bitcoin is really slow.


Out of curiosity, why are there two transactions for 1B6TPhjmRWNHwDxtjax5WTy4RyPWCeVY3q ?
5  Economy / Marketplace / Lovely New Golden Mean Caliper Cases : Art/Maths Gadgets on: June 19, 2011, 03:27:35 AM

Woo... finally got the Rimu boxes from the local wood-working people. Gorgeous etc:




All the way from New Zealand, made from local native (sustainably logged etc) timber. http://www.goldenmeancalipers.com/

I've started selling the calipers themselves in sets as well... seems to be the most popular option... these be they:




So... there you go. Actual, physical things available for bitcoins.

I've set up a rate-tracking thing... so the bitcoin price is whatever the day's rate is.


and... um...

Golden Mean Calipers are gadgets for measuring the golden-ratio... a mathematical ratio that turns up in art and architecture a lot... popular with the Ancient Greeks, and Renaissance artists. Allegedly also used in the new Twitter site design.

(http://mashable.com/2010/09/29/new-twitter-golden-ratio/)





Nick
6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The Ultimate Newbie Question on: May 31, 2011, 04:14:08 AM
I've just set search-word tracking on my http://goldenmeancalipers.com - and the majority of people who visit, do so looking for ways to buy bitcoins.

And today I had a customer turn up... wants to buy using bitcoins, but doesn't know how to get bitcoins... and sad to say, I couldn't give a cogent answer.

If you're from the EU and have a bank-account, it's easy. You ring up your bank, ask for your IBAN and BIC numbers... then transfer straight to Mtgox. If you're in the UK you can transfer straight from your bank-account to Britcoins.com

So what about the US?

As far as I can see, it involves some convoluted route through Dwolla, Liberty Reserve etc... or "befriending someone" on a forum. Is there really no way of going straight from a bank account?

--

This one question seems to be foremost in people's minds... once that they've accepted that they're never going to understand how bitcoins work, and that this doesn't actually matter.

Would be good to have a single page somewhere... in big friendly letters. How Do I Buy Them?







So um... how?
7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Newbie Merchant. Part #2 on: February 02, 2011, 04:55:11 AM

Hello all,


Further to the last thing I posted which was all about simple-explanations for new merchants etc...

... I've finally got it together to add bitcoin paybility to my site

I've made links to bitcoins down the bottom of the main page

http://www.goldenmeancalipers.com/

and made an explanation page here

http://www.goldenmeancalipers.com/bitcoins


So what do you reckon? Have I got this more or less right / made any frightful cockups etc?

As far as i can tell there isn't a paypal-like payment gateway that doesn't involve "an account" on a centralised server (eg: mybitcoins) - so there's no way of making the transaction without downloading the client...

... so all I've done is published the account-number I'll be using, and said "get in touch via email so I can do the rest".

Is this um... right?


--

ps: how do I add the things I'm selling to The trade-page List-Of-Things-Buyable via bitcoins?


pps: Thank you for the images that I purloined from the "logo" thread on this forum.





8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / B'jasus : caning your core. Your dual/quad/oct etc on: January 29, 2011, 01:09:54 PM
Can you not be inventing a client that doesn't  run your machine so hot it's going to burn the house down?

Just a thought like. I've got this on ONE core, and I went out and left it on by mistake. Come back and the sofa on the other side of the room is scorched.

c'mon - this level of CPU caning is taking the piss

Skype nicks your bandwidth (I think) but it doesn't make the fans on your laptop scream.

9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Newbie Merchant Guide on: January 24, 2011, 06:39:55 AM
Is there one?


I manufacture/sell physical things - and would like to exchange them for bitcoins.


But (an aside)...

Skype wasn't the first to do VOIP, it was just the first that normal people could understand.

I've yet to see a user-guide, FAQ (etc etc) that hasn't left me more confused than when I started. Talk of "blocks and chains and CPU-cycles" is a total show-stopper for most of the human population.

So what I'm looking for is something that non-geek people will understand, and be simple enough to have confidence in.

--

A couple of things I'm not sure about myself:


1) do you need to be running the p2p client to make a payment?

I ran the client myself for about 4 days - it absolutely kill my CPU... basically made my computer unusable, and for that I received the grand total of zero bitcoins. If this is normal, and I'm to be honest with other people (and I am) then I'll have to tell them that running the client in exchange for bitcoins is a waste of time. You'll make more money collecting tin cans in the street.

2) what is simplest, most streamlined way of buying bitcoins? - preferably via some method that doesn't seem like gambling on a bullion exchange?


--

I'm quite keen on seeing bitcoin proliferate - and would like to use my own site as a case-study / how-to guide for others... to create something a little closer to the Skype experience that I've yet to see.







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