Hai folks! Today we’re taking a closer look at two items I’ve been playing with recently, namely Namecoin and Raspbian.
Everything will start making sense at 1:56 …
On our last Namecoin adventure we learned how to leverage the system for the purposes of registering and browsing ‘.bit’ domains like wikileaks.bit. To do so we needed to install Namecoin-QT on our workstation and maintain a complete copy of the blockchain there, costing us a fair bit in time and disk space.
Ever since I began building my presence in the decentralization industry I’ve found myself giving many an impromptu Bitcoin 101 lecture – usually about two or three questions into the Pandora’s Box that is “So, what do you do?”
While I do enjoy bouncing my explanations off of various friends and colleagues; honing my pitch and presentation with each delivery, I can’t help but think it might be a little easier for everyone involved if I wrote it all out like I were answering a question on r/explainlikeimfive that I could reference and refer to.
Namecoin is a public blockchain that enables its participants to register and resolve ‘.bit’ domains independent of the existing, ICANN regulated DNS infrastructure. Its decentralized and pseudonymous nature lends well to both political dissidents and geeks alike who are just looking for a little more redundancy and immutability in their complex series of tubes.
When I first began collecting SHA256 (and later Scrypt) ASICs in 2013 these cute little chunks of silicon fit in the palm of your hand and you could run fifty of ’em on about as much electricity as a 100 watt light bulb.
As time has gone by hashrates and mining difficulty have skyrocketed while we’ve watched heatsinks sprout; surrounding our smaller and more efficient chips in protective aluminum cocoons. My desk quickly became crowded with USB hubs, cables, fans; and before I knew it I was in serious need of a dedicated spot for my fledgling datacenter to call home as it lay scattered in pieces around the house.
Cursing. Scrypta hasn’t been developed in 3 years and doesn’t boot on the latest Pi hardware. Re-formatting microSD cards and cursing some more as this beautiful mess of cables and expensive space heaters begins taking shape in my new office:
While less visible than the monster AntMiner S5 in the foreground, Raspberry Pi‘s are multiplying at an alarming rate in that jungle of wires; threatening to overrun the place.