Field Reports

Ground-level reports covering acquiring and using Bitcoins for exchanges.

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Eating Right, Paying Right

I believe the most significant barrier to widespread Bitcoin adoption is not based on issues surrounding availability, it is not based on the quality of exchan...
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Going gonzo at the Bitcoin 2013 conference in San Jose

Amid the vendors, fellow enthusiasts, Winkelvii and serious lack of women, I walked around the Bitcoin 2013 conference the way I used to walk starry-eyed around Disneyland—running everywhere and only stopping for breath to wait for my parents to catch up.  Playing the role of the parent was my good-natured girlfriend, Natalie, who took everything in stride and put up with myself and fellow bitcoin lunatics for days. She was one of the less than 10 females who bought tickets, and if a conference's nerd factor were measured by it's male-centricity, then Bitcoin 2013 conference wins the blue ribbon.
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“No Country for Old Miners” – Tales of Earlier Days of Bitcoin Mining

“Turn spare processing power and electricity into money!” That’s the pitch that sold Bitcoin to the miners in the early days. And even though it was still being broadcast when I joined the party in May of 2011, it was already obsolete. By that time, faster and more efficient Bitcoin mining, done by graphics cards [GPUs], was in full force, and the new pitch was “Pay off your sweet new AMD video card by mining Bitcoins!” And now that pitch is also but a passing memory.
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Buying Video Games with Bitcoin

Indy games are some of the most creative and innovative games out there, and one way to try a bunch of new ones is the Humble Indie Bundle. Humble Indie Bundle...
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I Sold Bitcoins While Eating Chicken

Yesterday my friend Tom decided to teach me how to sell bitcoins, and directed me to make an account at Localbitcoins.com. Localbitcoins is a service that allow...