I sent my own desktop wallet some Bitcoin from my mtGox account. It's been over 8 hours and I haven't seen anything. NBD, but it does add an element of excitement that isn't there with my normal bank account
So, a couple questions:
How would my bitcoin client know that the address it manages got paid, say, a month ago? Are all transactions going to be stored indefinitely out there in the ether?
How possible is it that a set of transactions could get 'lost'?
Since it's all distributed, the transactions have to find some way of getting to me from the origin nodes. Is there a routing mechanism that will guarantee that 'eventually' I'll get my payment?