I'm new to the forum's and new to bitcoins. I've done a good amount of research about the system over the last few days, and finally downloaded and installed the software last night. The program says I've got 8 connections and 120k blocks so far (I assume these are the "community blocks").
I was wondering if there's anything I need to do with the software to optimize my mining? Are there any settings or anything I need to adjust? or is it as simple as running the program and forgetting about it? Also, where will I see the progress of the block that i'm actually downloading, or will that become clear to me once I download all the community blocks?
Thanks for the help and I hope my questions make sense, this is all new to me.