OK, first of all- I am brand new to this. Totally new. Please forgive any rookie errors, ok?
So, with that out of the way. I would like some bitcoins. I have installed 'Bitcoin', have set it to 'generate coins', and have connected through a socks4 proxy to a pool website, bitcoinpool.com
Is this all I need to do to start mining? Nothing has happened yet, I have 1 connection and an ever growing number of blocks (79000 at the moment). When will I see some bitcoins being credited to my wallet? How many blocks/connections do I need? All the sites I've seen about it so far haven't exactly explained this process in simple language, so any support would be very much appreciated.
I am using a Macbook Pro, if that helps- 2.4GHz processor, Intel Core 2 Duo and 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3 of memory.
So- any tips for a newbie?
Many thanks in advance,