I’ve been dabbling in cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, since 2013. At the beginning, I was pretty much at sea, and in any event it was hard to see which of the several cryptocoins back then would really catch on.
Then, as now, I had small caches of Bitcoin and Litecoin on my computer. But I also had even smaller amounts of two other lesser known tokens, Namecoin and Peercoin. Neither of these seemed to be catching on, so over time I just forgot about them.
Day before yesterday, a friend asked me if I could send her some photos I took in 2015. This required me to hunt through my backup drive for the pics. After I found the photos and emailed them, I decided to poke around my backups a little more.
Scrolling through the list of program files, I came across Namecoin and Peercoin wallets. Hey, I asked myself, I wonder if there’s any money still in those wallets? Really, I had no idea.
To make a long story short (since the technical details are kinda boring), I still had a scotch over 3 NMC (Namecoin) worth about $2.50 and a bit more than 10 PPC (Peercoin) worth about $8. Not quite the same as finding President Jackson in my hip pocket but still a pleasant surprise.
Except for one tiny problem.
The Peercoin wallet is locked and encrypted with a passphrase that naturally I have completely forgotten after three years. Whoops!
And if I wrote it down in a notebook, it was probably in one that I chucked out last summer while cleaning house.
I was able to close out the Namecoin wallet, but that $8 is smirking at me. So close and yet so far. I’ll keep trying, but I figure that $8 will remain a set of 0’s and 1’s forever out of my grasp.
Moral of the story: Hard drive backups are a necessity. So are paper backups of organic memory. Write that one down for later reference.
Hey, buddy can you spare a dime?
We accept Bitcoin and PayPal. Thx
Also published on Medium.