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Question: What is your favorite Bitcoin project in September 2012?
cbitcoin - 7 (17.1%)
OpenPay - 8 (19.5%)
MultiBit - 7 (17.1%)
Open Transactions - 10 (24.4%)
BlockViewer - 9 (22%)
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September 11, 2012, 07:22:03 PM
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Dear fellow bitcoiners,

it is time for us to leave all the ponzi drama behind and move our attention to something productive. Where are the digital gold nuggets in the mud of this forum? Let's wash them out with some publicity.

Projects need to be public, nonprofit and open for everyone to join.
Subprojects are ok (e.g. coincontrol for the classic client  Wink).

Please post your candidate for BPM November 2012 now. Voting will start 1st of November and go on for one week.

Not sure yet when the next vote will start.

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Former / potential future nominees:


cbitcoin - A Bitcoin Library In The C Programming Language
cbitcoin is a bitcoin library written in standard C99. It is currently in alpha-stage and should only be used experimentally. The purpose of the library is to make it easier for developers to create bitcoin applications and the library should be versatile enough to be used in many bitcoin projects. It is not a client library, rather it provides the basic building blocks of the bitcoin protocol.

The features includes:
Bitcoin message structures including serailisation and deserialisation functions.
A bitcoin script interpreter.
Functions for building and verifying merkle trees.
Basic functions which can be used in various validation models (full nodes, pruning nodes, SPV nodes or whatever).
Asynchronous networking code whcih provides a simple interface to the bitcoin network for sending and receiving messages.
A network address manager
Automatic bitcoin handshakes, automatic peer discovery, automatic pings.
Base-58 bitcoin address encoding.
Simple reference counting memory management.
Doxygen documentation and well-documented source code.
Purely standard C99 with weakly linked function prototypes for cryptography, PRNG and network dependencies.
Implementations of the dependencies using libevent and openssl.

http://cbitcoin.com/
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=80521.0


OpenPay
OpenPay is a new EMV compatible payment network that rides on top of the bitcoin network, and uses bitcoins as a currency agnostic interchange medium. The end result of OpenPay is that you will be able to spend your bitcoins at any merchant that is able to accept Visa or Mastercard.
For the consumer, OpenPay means you will be able to use an EMV chip & pin smartcard, an NFC capable device such as your smartphone (there will even be a magstripe card option for those of us still in the dark ages) to spend your bitcoins at your local merchant.
For merchants, OpenPay means you will be able to accept payment in your choice of currency (BTC, Local, or other), with no network fees* or fear of charge-backs.  
OpenPay is completely de-centralized, the Open Payment Alliance is a volunteer organization tasked solely with the development of the OpenPay reference implementation and standard. OpenPay's design and reference implementation are completely open, and will be released under the terms of the GPL.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92055.0


MultiBit
MultiBit is a secure, lightweight, international Bitcoin wallet for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Its primary focus is being fast and easy to use, even for people with no technical knowledge. It has a YouTube channel to help you learn the software, and includes helpful features such as an exchange rate ticker. MultiBit supports many languages such as German, Spanish and Greek.
MultiBit synchronizes with the network much faster than Bitcoin-Qt and should be ready for you to use within a few minutes. This is a good choice for non technical users who want an easy to use experience, especially if you use a Mac.
MultiBit is free and open source

http://multibit.org/


BlockViewer
The bitcoin block chain is a virtual accounting ledger which is passed around, appended, and agreed upon by people who are sending numbers to each other.
Blockviewer.com not only attempts to visualize this growing document of debits and credits, but it also attempts to derive more useful and revealing information about it by constructing an ownership network.
It is scraping user's signatures from these forums.  If you have a bitcoin address in your signature, your ownership node will be identified. This means that your single signature address can identify potentially thousands of other addresses owned by you (and addresses that might be redeemed by you in the future).

http://blockviewer.com
https://github.com/thallium205/BitcoinVisualizer


Armory
Armory is an open-source, python-based, wallet-managment platform for the Bitcoin network. It runs on top of Bitcoin-QT and brings a suite of high-power features to the average user, including easy offline wallets and an intuitive interface for managing and spending money from the offline system.

http://bitcoinarmory.com



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Open Transactions

Open-Transactions is a solid, easy-to-use, Financial Crypto and Digital Cash LIBRARY, including a working SERVER, API, CLI, and TEST-GUI.
Open-Transactions allows users to issue and manipulate digital assets. Users may create pseudonyms (public keys), issue currencies, and create asset accounts. Users can transfer digital assets securely between accounts (even a server cannot change balances or forge transactions.) Users can also operate "cash-only" (without accounts) for maximum anonymity.
Open-Transactions supports a range of financial instruments, such as cheques, vouchers, and untraceable digital cash. These are all analogous to the same financial instruments that we all use at normal banks today.
Open-Transactions also implements higher-level, contract-based transactions such as payment plans and markets with trades. The markets on Open-Transactions support market orders, limit orders, fill-or-kill orders, day orders, stop orders, and stop limits, just like trading on a real market. OT also supports basket currencies.
All of this is accomplished in such a way that all parties are able to prove, at all times, which transactions have cleared and which instruments are authorized, without having to store their entire transaction history, but instead by merely keeping the last signed receipt.
More featueres: Smart Contracts (scriptable clauses.), Client-side scripting, with full access to the OT Client API.

https://github.com/FellowTraveler/Open-Transactions

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September 11, 2012, 07:23:51 PM
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Am I allowed to nominate my own project?  Tongue

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September 11, 2012, 07:25:22 PM
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I would like to nominate Ponzi scams. They are public, clearly non profit (for investors) and usually open for everyone.
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September 11, 2012, 07:32:30 PM
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Am I allowed to nominate my own project?  Tongue

sure, but I go first Cheesy


cbitcoin - A Bitcoin Library In The C Programming Language

cbitcoin is a bitcoin library in development that will use nothing but the standard C library. The aim for this project is to create a simple, portable and powerful library for bitcoin in C. The library should be easy to use but provide many configurable features. Using only standard C, the library should be small, efficient and portable. The library will be low-level such that it will provide a basic abstraction on the bitcoin protocol that enables programmers to make a diverse range of bitcoin applications. The library is not intended to become a simple client interface. cbitcoin may become useful for projects involving embedded devices.

https://github.com/MatthewLM/cbitcoin

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=80521.0

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September 12, 2012, 07:22:20 AM
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Are the rules too strict? Projects need to be public, nonprofit and open for everyone to join.

blockviewer for example is a nice project, too. https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=103609.0


Other projects that come to mind:

http://code.google.com/p/bitcoinspinner/
http://code.google.com/p/bccapi/
http://code.google.com/p/bitcoin-wallet/
armory
electrum
multibit

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September 12, 2012, 08:03:23 AM
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BlockViewer.com

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September 12, 2012, 08:08:26 AM
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Nice idea Smiley

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September 12, 2012, 08:53:51 AM
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Good idea to promote the positive work being done.

I wonder if monthly would be too often - would people suffer 'Poll Fatigue' ?
Anyhow that is a minor point and can be adjusted as required.



Edit: I would like to nominate the OpenPay project. The lead dev is Isis and he does not post much (as I suspect he is busy actually building stuff).

In essence OpenPay is a bridge between the world of credit cards/ debit cards and the Bitcoin network. If he can pull off all the internals and get everything working it would mean (in Europe) that you could issue your own debit cards and run the BTC payment software on your phone or home PC. You could use the debit card in any shop and the payment is automagically converted to a BTC payment.

The main threads on it are:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92055.0

and

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=105791.0

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September 12, 2012, 12:56:15 PM
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Good idea to promote the positive work being done.

I wonder if monthly would be too often - would people suffer 'Poll Fatigue' ?
Anyhow that is a minor point and can be adjusted as required.
we can still go down to bimonthly should there not be enough projects or voters. But time goes fast in Bitcoinland.

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Edit: I would like to nominate the OpenPay project. The lead dev is Isis and he does not post much (as I suspect he is busy actually building stuff).

In essence OpenPay is a bridge between the world of credit cards/ debit cards and the Bitcoin network. If he can pull off all the internals and get everything working it would mean (in Europe) that you could issue your own debit cards and run the BTC payment software on your phone or home PC. You could use the debit card in any shop and the payment is automagically converted to a BTC payment.

The main threads on it are:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=92055.0

and

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=105791.0

competition for bitInstant? sounds good!

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September 12, 2012, 01:27:05 PM
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I nominate Bitinstant's paycard:

http://codinginmysleep.com/6-8-weeks-until-bitcoin-debitcredit-card-says-bitinstant/

I know,  this project was discussed this month a lot - FOR A REASON! It'll make it so much easier to use bitcoins in daily live purchases, lower the entry barrier for a broader public and help bring bitcoin to mainstream adoption.

Let's Vote Instantly!
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I nominate Bitinstant's paycard:

http://codinginmysleep.com/6-8-weeks-until-bitcoin-debitcredit-card-says-bitinstant/

I know,  this project was discussed this month a lot - FOR A REASON! It'll make it so much easier to use bitcoins in daily live purchases, lower the entry barrier for a broader public and help bring bitcoin to mainstream adoption.

Let's Vote Instantly!

LOL, let's then nominate all vapourware projects... Remember, these guys have not delivered anything yet!

There already are anonymous visa/mastercards, which you can use pretty easily with bitcoin...

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I nominate Bitinstant's paycard:

http://codinginmysleep.com/6-8-weeks-until-bitcoin-debitcredit-card-says-bitinstant/

I know,  this project was discussed this month a lot - FOR A REASON! It'll make it so much easier to use bitcoins in daily live purchases, lower the entry barrier for a broader public and help bring bitcoin to mainstream adoption.

Let's Vote Instantly!

LOL, let's then nominate all vapourware projects... Remember, these guys have not delivered anything yet!

There already are anonymous visa/mastercards, which you can use pretty easily with bitcoin...

yeah at mad conditions

Also how many projects are mere vapour ware to this date? Some that come to mind:
- ASICs
- Ellet
- Bitcoin card (or whatever that other physical wallet was called)
- kronos.io
- decentralized exchanges
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I nominate Bitinstant's paycard:

http://codinginmysleep.com/6-8-weeks-until-bitcoin-debitcredit-card-says-bitinstant/

I know,  this project was discussed this month a lot - FOR A REASON! It'll make it so much easier to use bitcoins in daily live purchases, lower the entry barrier for a broader public and help bring bitcoin to mainstream adoption.
Currently commercial projects are not allowed. Should that be changed? Second category?


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September 12, 2012, 09:52:09 PM
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Thanks for the nomination for OpenPay.  OpenPay isn't in a state right now where I feel it's worthy of the honor of nomination yet, so I'm doubly honored.

Personally I think MultiBit is a much better candidate for project of the month.  It's the best wallet going, hands down.

As for the comment about BitInstant vs OpenPay being in competition.  I don't see there being any real competition.  OpenPay is an attempt to create a whole new payment network similar to MasterCard or Visa using existing tech, to take your bitcoins from cyberspace to meatspace.  BitInstant appears to be attempting to become a card issuer for the MasterCard network.  I think there is far more room for co-operation than competition.  There is a natural symbiosis here.

I do agree that the nominations should include commercial as well as non-commercial projects, but that's up to the OP. Wink

Interested in OpenPay?
https://github.com/openpay
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September 12, 2012, 11:01:40 PM
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Open Transactions

https://github.com/FellowTraveler/Open-Transactions
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September 12, 2012, 11:13:25 PM
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Christ they are all so good.

I love multibit and promote it to everyone i speak to but for nomination it is a tie between

OpenTransactions and OpenPay.

I cant keep my head away from thinking these two projects together are the answer to all life's problems...
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Christ they are all so good.

I love multibit and promote it to everyone i speak to but for nomination it is a tie between

OpenTransactions and OpenPay.

I cant keep my head away from thinking these two projects together are the answer to all life's problems...

I'd second a nomination on OpenTransactions as well.  Even though it's not what we need for OpenPay, it's still a great project with lots of potential.

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As far as I understand Open Transactions is not directly Bitcoin related?


Nominee #3: MultiBit
MultiBit is a secure, lightweight, international Bitcoin wallet for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Its primary focus is being fast and easy to use, even for people with no technical knowledge. It has a YouTube channel to help you learn the software, and includes helpful features such as an exchange rate ticker. MultiBit supports many languages such as German, Spanish and Greek.
MultiBit synchronizes with the network much faster than Bitcoin-Qt and should be ready for you to use within a few minutes. This is a good choice for non technical users who want an easy to use experience, especially if you use a Mac.
MultiBit is free and open source

http://multibit.org/

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September 13, 2012, 07:58:02 AM
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When bitinstant credit card comes to life, I want to be able to vote for it, as it truly will be the project of the month for Bitcoin.

By the way why commercial project aren't allowed?


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