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July 21, 2012, 10:35:04 PM
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I am looking for a USB drive wallet solution that doesn't rely on the download of the entire chain and I am able to insert usb drive, make payments, pull it out and go on my way quickly.

Electrum was a cool solution but lately their servers have not been up when I needed them to be.

Also I do NOT want a web wallet!

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July 21, 2012, 10:47:07 PM
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http://bitcoinarmory.com/

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July 21, 2012, 11:04:13 PM
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Does the program require the blockchain to be synced up before payments can be made?

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July 21, 2012, 11:19:04 PM
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Looking for something that does NOT require Bitcoind.

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July 21, 2012, 11:38:51 PM
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Hm, I thought that it had the ability to sync to a random node.  I guess not.  Sorry.  Smiley

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July 22, 2012, 01:35:23 AM
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Armory requires bitcoin-qt or bitcoind to run, I would use http://multibit.org/ since it is written in java, doesn't need the whole blockchain and has a wealth of functionality.

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July 22, 2012, 12:33:45 PM
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Armory requires bitcoin-qt or bitcoind to run, I would use http://multibit.org/ since it is written in java, doesn't need the whole blockchain and has a wealth of functionality.

BUT no encryption for wallet!

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July 22, 2012, 02:36:56 PM
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Armory requires bitcoin-qt or bitcoind to run, I would use http://multibit.org/ since it is written in java, doesn't need the whole blockchain and has a wealth of functionality.

BUT no encryption for wallet!

I have my USB drive encrypted so that is not a complete letdown.

Not a bad idea for the future though!

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July 22, 2012, 05:54:28 PM
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There is a 'how-to' for running multibit from a USB drive here:

http://multibit.org/help_runFromUSBDrive.html

Fair point on the wallet encryption.
It is coming - I have all the GUI work done and a proposed KDF/ encryption routine but there still a fair bit to do yet.

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July 22, 2012, 06:45:35 PM
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Armory requires bitcoin-qt or bitcoind to run, I would use http://multibit.org/ since it is written in java, doesn't need the whole blockchain and has a wealth of functionality.

BUT no encryption for wallet!

I have my USB drive encrypted so that is not a complete letdown.

Not a bad idea for the future though!

get portable truecrypt and encrypted the whole USB partition

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July 22, 2012, 07:00:55 PM
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PPC Macs are SOL for Multibit, because AFAIK, Apple doesn't support 10.6 or 10.7 on PPC. To use a bootable distro with Electrum or just about any secure client, you need Intel.

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July 22, 2012, 07:24:41 PM
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PPC Macs are SOL for Multibit, because AFAIK, Apple doesn't support 10.6 or 10.7 on PPC. To use a bootable distro with Electrum or just about any secure client, you need Intel.

It is veering a bit off topic, but Multibit needs Java 6 (or higher) to run which was never formally released for PPC.
According to this URL it sounds like it might be possible to get Java 7 running on PPC:
http://javaevangelist.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/openjdk-7-on-apple-g5-powerpc-on-mac-os.html?m=1

I have not tried it mind as I do not have the kit.

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July 22, 2012, 07:35:50 PM
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PPC Macs are SOL for Multibit, because AFAIK, Apple doesn't support 10.6 or 10.7 on PPC. To use a bootable distro with Electrum or just about any secure client, you need Intel.

It is veering a bit off topic, but Multibit needs Java 6 (or higher) to run which was never formally released for PPC.
According to this URL it sounds like it might be possible to get Java 7 running on PPC:
http://javaevangelist.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/openjdk-7-on-apple-g5-powerpc-on-mac-os.html?m=1

I have not tried it mind as I do not have the kit.

Any Mac under snow leopard doesn't have java 6

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July 22, 2012, 07:42:26 PM
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According to this URL it is on one of their updates:
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33087/apple-java-for-mac-os-x-10.6/

Java 6 was released Dec 2006 so anything relatively modern should have it (or a later version). 

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July 23, 2012, 12:08:31 AM
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According to this URL it is on one of their updates:
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33087/apple-java-for-mac-os-x-10.6/

Java 6 was released Dec 2006 so anything relatively modern should have it (or a later version). 

So far so good. Now if I could only figure out why my computer is locking up with the usb drive and why some software is not working and I will be good.

USB drive works fine on other computers. Sad

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July 23, 2012, 02:00:11 AM
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<G4 PPC Mac Mini, OSX 10.5. Pretty sure I can't upgrade it any higher, only upgrade from it to an Intel MM.

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