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June 26, 2012, 10:15:12 PM
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I first heard of it when I friend of mine said(jokingly) that he could get anyone assassinated for 6BTC on silk road. I asked what it was and he said that it was an online currency that nobody uses. I googled Bitcoin..I have not slept since.
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June 26, 2012, 10:28:39 PM
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A computer magazine in late spring 2011 advertising to make money by running your computer. I thought this is one way to justify all the money spent on computers for the past 5 years ;-)

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June 26, 2012, 10:55:56 PM
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Some dude refer me to the site on some forum about open source gaming. I dismiss it as an agorist currency that can't possibly work.

That was after the first slashdot coverage. Then I eventually become convinced that it was useful. I was there before the bitcoin price reach 1 dollars.  Grin

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June 26, 2012, 11:09:24 PM
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I listened to it being talked about on Free Talk Live as much as 2 years ago. Wish I'd been convinced of how good it was when I first heard of it....

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June 26, 2012, 11:21:28 PM
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Security Now podcast in early 2011.  Wish I had been keeping up weekly.  I listened to it in April 2011, but I think it was dated January 2011!  Those extra 3 months would've made me a lot of money!

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June 26, 2012, 11:22:14 PM
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I saw it being discussed on a certain imageboard during the first bubble in 2011.
Didn't actually look into it until after the bubble later in the year.

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June 26, 2012, 11:47:19 PM
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ARS Technica article: http://arstechnica.com/

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June 26, 2012, 11:58:08 PM
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I was researching ATI's 7970 just before it was released at the beginning of the year. I think it was in the forums of HardOCP that someone said "I wonder how many bitcoins it could mine" or some such thing.

"bitcoins?" I said to myself. "what's a bitcoin?"
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June 27, 2012, 12:06:12 AM
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Slashdot post http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/07/11/1747245/bitcoin-releases-version-03 in 2010 when cpu mining was the way it was done haha.  I remember you could only buy socks back then and maybe some web hosting.     Had my good old Intel E6800 and a pair of nvidia 7950 GT's in SLI on my old Striker II board just cranking away.   What change in 2 years.


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June 27, 2012, 12:22:34 AM
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Drunk one night in late 2010 or early 2011 I stumbled across it on the net and had a cursory glance, deciding in my wisdom at the time it had to be a scam, I woe that night now. Then I saw it at $10 going up and greed got a hold of me but with some reading on btc I decided that my greed was justified in buying into such a top idea.
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June 27, 2012, 12:26:37 AM
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I think I read some article about it on aljazeera.com. For sure I learned about it in June 2011, JUST after the crash and before the Gox hack.
At least I know about it now (and am thankful for it!) Wink
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June 27, 2012, 12:58:03 AM
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I heard via slashdot in July 2010. I hear talk about the first and second slashdotting, but I'm not sure when those two events occurred. All I know is that about a week or two after I started CPU mining, my laptop couldn't keep up with the big boys. But before that, I did ok. I freakishly generated (to repeat myself for the hundredth time) 4 blocks on my laptop in one night.

When the mining got tough, I stopped and forgot about it all for nearlt year. Nearly lost my roughly 500 Bitcoins to a hard drive failure, but thanks to time machine, I inadvertently got it back....and ignored it some more. Then I heard about it again (I think on slashdot...could that be the second slashdotting?). I launched my long ignored client and found all my coins. Worked out well. Thank you Apple!

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June 27, 2012, 01:12:21 AM
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June 27, 2012, 01:35:47 AM
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hackernews!  Grin
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June 27, 2012, 03:25:31 PM
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From the story that gawker media/ gizmodo.com posted about SR which lead to the bubble.

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June 27, 2012, 03:31:11 PM
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I first heard about Bitcoin from this article:
  http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source/open-source-innovation-the-cutting-edge-582?page=0,2

How often do you get the chance to work on a potentially world-changing project?
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June 27, 2012, 06:21:42 PM
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I first heard about Bitcoin in one of the LinuxActionShow episodes on youtube in March/April 2011, but didn't pay any attention.
The name sounded like yet another game of some sort.

It clicked much later in July 2011 when I read an article with profound title "BitCoin: ingenious scam or money of the future?"
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.3dnews.ru%2Foffsyanka%2F613761%2F

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June 27, 2012, 07:07:41 PM
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Heh, I have dreamed about such a currency in 2008/2009 and talking to my friends about to my friends making them bored to death, but I heard about bitcoin in 2011 in some article about some big amount of bitcoin stolen, and then I thought This is it! I'm thinking about it all the time and asking myself should I buy more bitcoins now and if not how much I will regret it in the future!
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June 27, 2012, 08:06:00 PM
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An article about bitcoin showed up in 2010 on meneame, spanish version of reddit, and i looked into it, downloaded the client but didn't bother with it more. In June 2011 i've stumbled on it again, and this time I got the "gold fever" like all the other miners out there.

This project is really giving me an opportunity to make good use my resources. It cost me almost a year but now i understand that time is money.

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June 28, 2012, 12:18:34 AM
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I first heard about bitcoin here:

  http://identi.ca/notice/61926764

on Monday, 10-Jan-2011.

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