Loose change found in a backup

Loose change found in a backup
JISHOU, HUNAN — You know that nice feeling you get when you reach into a pocket and find a $20 bill you’d forgotten all about? Imagine it happening while you’re rooting around a computer backup file. 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 ...

Now accepting Bitcoin, Litecoin donations

JISHOU, HUNAN — A growing number of merchants, including most recently TigerDirect, are now taking Bitcoin payments. So, now so am I. If you look in the right hand sidebar, you’ll see two little widgets: one for Bitcoin (the gold-colored one) and one for Litecoin (the silver-colored one). Clicking on either one will reveal my public wallet address and QR code, which you can use to send donations to help support this site. Any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted. The widget comes courtesy of Coinwidget. You can visit their site to get your own widget. I’ve still got a wait-and-see attitude toward Bitcoin and the many crypto-currencies it has inspired. Its value against the dollar and euro has settled down around $800/€600 these last few weeks, so it seems to heading toward some kind of stability. In addition, several online merchants, including TigerDirect and Overstock.com, are now accepting Bitcoins as a payment option. ATMs in Hong Kong and elsewhere are doing a brisk business, and the Chinese continue to buy Bitcoins at a phenomenal rate. You visit fiatleak.com to see a realtime graphic showing the flow of Bitcoins into major national markets. Most of the flow ...
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