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April 21, 2013, 07:23:47 PM
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I've been developing a comprehensive introductory course on the Bitcoin for mainstream consumers and I'd like to include a lecture on the history of the Bitcoin in the course. Do you guys have a suggestion for authoritative resources on the history of the Bitcoin? If not, then lets build one. Start posting major events in the History of the Bitcoin

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There are several different types of Bitcoin clients. Hybrid server-assisted clients like Electrum get a lot of their network information from centralized servers, but they also check the server's results using blockchain header data. This is perhaps somewhat more secure than either server-assisted clients or header-only clients.
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April 21, 2013, 11:30:36 PM
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There are at least 100 good stories. Probably 1000. Here are some events at random (kids screaming): Satoshi's cypher punk release post. Hal Finney's receiving the first transaction (which he wrote about here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=155054.0). MyBitcoins.com. 10kBTC pizza. Knightsmb making people crap their pants with his screen shot. Zhou tong. Pirate. Glbse. BitBills.com. Mike Caldwell Casascius coins, including the typo. The slashdottings. June 2011. There are so so many more.

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April 21, 2013, 11:32:44 PM
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The more nefarious side of Bitcoin history.
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April 22, 2013, 12:00:49 AM
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Hi Charles,
Just to let you know that the history of Bitcoin has precursors, so if you wish to include mention of it, it could be an avenue of study for those who want deeper insight.
I have noticed distinct differences between the left-brain logical thinkers, who delve on the more immediate, and the right-brained theorist who come from other disciplines and backgrounds. Usually the hardcore group wants to know what it is, what it can do for me, how to best use/develop it, and disregard the other, less pragmatic types.
The right-brained theorists are valid and often prescient in their pronouncements of trends but carry little credence on direction or development. 
Check out early postings by Hal or Satoshi and the rogue beginnings of cryptocurrency. If you need links or short explainers, there are many here to help.

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April 22, 2013, 12:03:13 AM
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Thanks. My hope is to record the collective knowledge of this community and put it in video format. We can't afford to lose our history.

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April 22, 2013, 12:44:36 AM
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I was thinking on similar lines last night. especially... the very early history and the core of earliest adopters.
http://blockchain.info/charts/n-unique-addresses?timespan=all&showDataPoints=false&daysAverageString=1&show_header=true&scale=0&address=
as this chart shows, until ~ july 2010 there were very few unique bitcoin addresses. The small group of developers who were the entire bitcoin economy until then would most definitely have some interesting stories; I am sure most of them are here, and I couldn't blame them if they opted to remain anons, still, if you really want to understand a system, you should go back to its genesis and early steps.
I also like the analysis of how the very notion of virtual currency comes from video games. And how MtGoX was originally a trading center for "magic, the game" cards. Brilliant! Its got a bit of "life imitating art" thing to it. The dilettante is often the purest of creators, for they create from the love of their craft alone!


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April 22, 2013, 01:28:31 AM
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Knightsmb making people crap their pants with his screen shot.

I was hoping if you could explain this? I never heard of such a thing before.
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April 22, 2013, 01:30:58 AM
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Can anyone make an introduction for me to some of the older members? I'd like to interview them about the history of the Bitcoin.

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April 22, 2013, 01:34:45 AM
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Knightsmb making people crap their pants with his screen shot.

I was hoping if you could explain this? I never heard of such a thing before.
The screenshot of the drop from $28 to $0.01 after the MtGOX hack.

Not to be outdone by the Cosby Caper hack of bitcointalk.
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April 22, 2013, 01:35:36 AM
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Can anyone make an introduction for me to some of the older members? I'd like to interview them about the history of the Bitcoin.

There is no "the Bitcoin", it is simply Bitcoin. When used to refer to the blockchain, protocol or underlying technology it is referred to as Bitcoin (upper case 'B'). When referring to the value of the currency then it is referred to as bitcoin or bitcoins (lower case 'b') like one would refer to dollars with a lower case 'd'.

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April 22, 2013, 01:38:49 AM
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Can anyone make an introduction for me to some of the older members? I'd like to interview them about the history of the Bitcoin.

There is no "the Bitcoin", it is simply Bitcoin. When used to refer to the blockchain, protocol or underlying technology it is referred to as Bitcoin (upper case 'B'). When referring to the value of the currency then it is referred to as bitcoin or bitcoins (lower case 'b') like one would refer to dollars with a lower case 'd'.

I'll introduce you to Elwar! Usually whatever is rising/falling is due directly to Elwar!
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April 22, 2013, 01:44:39 AM
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Can anyone make an introduction for me to some of the older members? I'd like to interview them about the history of the Bitcoin.

I have the research paper from Nakamoto sitting on my desktop though you can download it here: http://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
There are other crypto currencies that are branching off from BTC. A new paper that I am reading is based on zerocoin which addresses the anonymity issues that bitcoin fails to deliver.

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April 22, 2013, 01:57:02 AM
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I read satoshi's paper a few years back when the bitcoin was a very small project. I initially didn't think it was special at all. Then I thought about it and invested during the 4 dollar btc days. Everyone said I was nuts

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April 22, 2013, 02:42:41 AM
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I read satoshi's paper a few years back when the bitcoin was a very small project. I initially didn't think it was special at all. Then I thought about it and invested during the 4 dollar btc days. Everyone said I was nuts
Tell me about it; even my colleagues think its ludicrous and don't take it seriously.

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April 22, 2013, 03:15:30 AM
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https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=564.msg5607#msg5607

Knightmb. 370kBTC.

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April 22, 2013, 04:51:21 PM
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Can anyone make an introduction for me to some of the older members? I'd like to interview them about the history of the Bitcoin.

There is no "the Bitcoin", it is simply Bitcoin. When used to refer to the blockchain, protocol or underlying technology it is referred to as Bitcoin (upper case 'B'). When referring to the value of the currency then it is referred to as bitcoin or bitcoins (lower case 'b') like one would refer to dollars with a lower case 'd'.

We do speak of _the_ Dollar though...For example, one would never say, I'm writing about the history of Dollar Smiley But I agree, we often rephrase things to avoid placing a "the" before Bitcoin ("I'm writing about Bitcoin history," for example).  And we do use Bitcoin to mean something very different from bitcoin or bitcoins. 

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April 22, 2013, 05:08:30 PM
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How about the history of the Bitcoin Open Sourced Project. I decided the Bitcoin was a shorter title, but apparently the semantics police have come crawling early this morning Smiley

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Wow, that old thread was a blast to read.
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April 25, 2013, 01:32:39 PM
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The MNW bet deserves a mention.

I think we should have a child board dedicated to preserving our history.  Anyone feel the same?

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April 25, 2013, 04:42:53 PM
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The history is rich and interesting, fortunately much of it is preserved.  Check out this March 2009 snapshot of bitcoin.org http://web.archive.org/web/20090303195936/http://bitcoin.org/

(Yes, that is satoshi's email address at the bottom)

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