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CaseyHeinzism
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June 15, 2011, 03:59:03 AM
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I am sure this exists already..
But computers sometimes crash and burn up to easily..
or tend to be lightning strike prone every so often like me and mine are...
So, what are your thoughts on a flash drive back up wallet, some program..
That also may exist not only to back up your bitcoins but allow you to go to anothers house or store and spend them at their place, in a computer just for bitcoin transactions?

Does anyone have or do a system like this?
Or the pros and cons of running a bitcoin program totally from a flashdrive...
Maybe people have mining programs from flash drives too to save their computers resources..
- Casey
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June 15, 2011, 04:00:00 AM
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I believe the way the wallet.dat file works, as long as you back it up consistently, you can take it and use it from other clients..

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June 15, 2011, 04:04:14 AM
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i just keep mine RSA 1024'd and shred the non-encrypted copy.
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June 15, 2011, 04:15:48 AM
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I think you are looking for a portable bitcoin client.  Yes, bitcoin can be made portable so that it boots from and stores it's wallet.dat file only upon a thumbdrive.  It's not straight forward, however, but only requires that you know how to write a simple batch file to start bitcoin with the -datadir= flag to point back at the thumbdrive itself.  It's also wise to encrypt the drive with a program such as truecrypt.

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June 15, 2011, 06:24:59 AM
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I was actually searching for something similar to what you're talking about. Found this post: http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=5194.0 Mostly details on encryption w/ truecrypt (awesome program btw).

I would think bitcoin clients would offer a great benefit to users by offering this as a feature. Encrypt/Decrypt your wallet, choose what encryption method you would like, set secret key etc.....I guess it would end up looking just like TrueCrypt's interface  Grin
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June 15, 2011, 01:29:36 PM
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I was actually searching for something similar to what you're talking about. Found this post: http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=5194.0 Mostly details on encryption w/ truecrypt (awesome program btw).

I would think bitcoin clients would offer a great benefit to users by offering this as a feature. Encrypt/Decrypt your wallet, choose what encryption method you would like, set secret key etc.....I guess it would end up looking just like TrueCrypt's interface  Grin


Native encryption of the wallet.dat file is on the to-do list.

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

- Carroll Quigley, CFR member, mentor to Bill Clinton, from 'Tragedy And Hope'
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June 21, 2011, 01:47:07 AM
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I am sure this exists already..
But computers sometimes crash and burn up to easily..
or tend to be lightning strike prone every so often like me and mine are...
So, what are your thoughts on a flash drive back up wallet, some program..
That also may exist not only to back up your bitcoins but allow you to go to anothers house or store and spend them at their place, in a computer just for bitcoin transactions?

Does anyone have or do a system like this?
Or the pros and cons of running a bitcoin program totally from a flashdrive...
Maybe people have mining programs from flash drives too to save their computers resources..
- Casey

Does this help?
I just updated to version 1.2 today ^^
http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=18870

Best of luck bro, it surely saved me hours of whining (after spending a few hours just compiling that right, lol)

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