Hi Everybody. Wow, is this interesting! My first stupid question of many is the ever increasing blocks number at the bottom of my wallet and the 8 connections What is all that? and why is the number always increasing and does it mean I'm connected to some network each time I pull up my wallet? (that has no bitcoin in it) Also I can't get any bitcoin from the faucet since it's down. bummer
I'll try to explain as best I can.
A new block is intended to be "mined" every 10 mins. on average - the block contains the record of transactions, so that's how transactions get processed. The blocks number at the bottom of the client is the latest block that has been downloaded to your client.
You can explore blocks here http://blockexplorer.com/
- maybe will help to understand whats going on.
the 8 connections is the number of connections your client has to the network.
The number is increasing because new blocks are being created by miners and your client is downloading them to you system.
Yes you are connecting to the network even though you have no coins.
too bad about the faucet.