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June 22, 2011, 03:19:39 AM
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I made a guide for this that also includes screenshots and detailed instructions on running Ubuntu from a thumb drive including how to set up the thumb drive, showing hidden files and securing your wallet.dat! http://startbitcoin.com/how-to-create-a-secure-bitcoin-wallet/

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June 22, 2011, 06:46:41 AM
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I made a guide for this that also includes screenshots and detailed instructions on running Ubuntu from a thumb drive including how to set up the thumb drive, showing hidden files and securing your wallet.dat! http://startbitcoin.com/how-to-create-a-secure-bitcoin-wallet/

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done!
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June 22, 2011, 07:11:11 AM
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Due to hdd led activity when using Ubuntu LiveCD, I simply pulled the hard drive out of my laptop and then booted to successfully manage my bitcoin business.

Installation of bitcoin, p7zip and apg password generation software went smoothly, although Ubuntu started to complain about memory (4Gb) running out as the block sequence database was filled, although everything worked in the end Cheesy.

In my case, p7zip (available from Ubuntu software center) is used for making a password protected .7z-archive, e.g. 7z a -p archivename.7z wallet.dat to add the wallet to a password protected archive. This archive, and password, is now duplicated, fireproofed and stored separately close by and far away.

As for password generation, apg (
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sudo apt-get install apg
) is being used to generate a sufficiently random password of chosen length. Here I am using something like
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apg -s -a 1 -m 14
, where -s lets me randomly type on the keyboard before generating password, -a 1 means I want a non-pronounceable password and where -m 14 means I need a password containing 14 characters.

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June 22, 2011, 01:03:51 PM
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Useful stuff, thanks!
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June 22, 2011, 02:05:52 PM
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This is an extremely good idea. Also I love the humour in the post.
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June 22, 2011, 03:33:40 PM
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Thank you very much for putting this together.

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June 22, 2011, 03:35:35 PM
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I made a guide for this that also includes screenshots and detailed instructions on running Ubuntu from a thumb drive including how to set up the thumb drive, showing hidden files and securing your wallet.dat! http://startbitcoin.com/how-to-create-a-secure-bitcoin-wallet/

Hope you enjoy it and if you do please donate - 1HbdRpinMDQ2cgUWsKiMPDN2icC8rNpS1i

done!

Thanks very much! I'm glad you enjoyed my guide and hope others will check it out!
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June 22, 2011, 06:10:15 PM
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Very nice guide - helpful and amusing to read!  Smiley

Also, take it easy and be a cool guy woh doesn't afraid of anything.

You don't happen to hang around C&P of the EVE-online forums, do you?
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June 22, 2011, 08:19:25 PM
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You don't happen to hang around C&P of the EVE-online forums, do you?

I only know the meaning of one of those things, and I've never visited either. Guess it's just the hivemind popculture seeping in.

And why is thinkweis getting donations in my thread?  Cry So far, this whole HOWTO gained me a single donation of 0.001 btc. /DramaQueen
Maybe I should've added some screenshots, or pictures of cats Cheesy
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June 22, 2011, 08:38:04 PM
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I'd like to promote a tool which generates new key-pairs and gives you a plain-text file as well as PDF's with QR codes. Perfect for a savings account.

1. Run the tool
2. Print the papers and store them in your bank deposit box
3. Send money to it
4. Profit

Link to the tool, called paper-keys: https://github.com/bitcoin-labs/paper-keys

And DO NOT copy the papers in a copy machine since they tend to keep copies of all documents on an internal hard drive: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/19/eveningnews/main6412439.shtml
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June 22, 2011, 09:19:53 PM
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Thanks for the clear (and funny) explanation...
Will be linking to this post in my signature to create awareness.
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June 23, 2011, 12:59:37 AM
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Thanks! That was somewhat helpful but mostly just funny! Wink
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June 23, 2011, 01:43:05 AM
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You rally dont have to reboot your system if you use virtualbox boot the live CD from the VM. Thanks I might look into this.
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June 23, 2011, 02:37:11 AM
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Thank you very much for putting this together.
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June 23, 2011, 07:22:48 AM
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Useful info is useful. tyvm! Smiley
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June 23, 2011, 08:14:03 AM
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Thanks for the post, all my BTC are tied up in MtGox! Obviously it's not a bad idea to consider storing them elsewhere.
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June 23, 2011, 04:54:38 PM
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great guide. thanks for the tips.
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June 23, 2011, 05:46:00 PM
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am i missing the point and cant i just put the bitcoins on my usb stick and then keep my usb stick in my safe ?!?!
thus having no need for a e-wallet ?!?!
cheers dom
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June 23, 2011, 06:05:55 PM
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Questions:

1. Is it be possible to create a second partition on the USB drive in order to store any install files and such? I'm imagining that partition 0 has the bootable Ubuntu Live environment and partition 1 has bitcoin install file, truecrypt install file, etc. This is so that you do not need to redownload the install files every time you want to use the wallet.

2. Do I need to wait for the blockchain to download every time I want to send coins from my savings wallet? Or if a partitioning scheme like I mentioned in 1. above works, could I somehow keep the downloaded blockchain stored in another partition and only need to update it when I boot Ubuntu? If that is possible, how would I do that?

3. Let us say I boot Ubuntu from my USB drive, install bitcoin and such, then mount a truecrypt container with my savings wallet inside. Do I then copy the wallet.dat into ~/.bitcoin to use it, or should I make a link (using "mklink" as discussed above) to the file inside the mounted truecrypt container? (I don't actually know how links like that work, so this question might not even make sense.)

Thanks to anyone who can answer my questions. I know how to do the Ubuntu Live install and all that, but I want to make sure I know how to juggle all the other files and things I will need.
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June 23, 2011, 11:54:29 PM
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Interesting. Thanks for the info.  Smiley
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