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  1. I'm beginning to hate Ebay selling.

    This is the second time I sell an item on Ebay, and the first time an incident like this happens. I have re-listed the same item twice, and the same thing happened. There is nothing physically or technically wrong with the netbook, I just want to get rid of it and its proving to be extremely difficult and frustrating.

    Craigslist. Cash in hand, no shipping costs, no eBay fees, etc.

  2. Ok, I'm looking for a cheap netbook that's open-source friendly preferably one that comes with a wifi chipset that plays nice with modern BSD distributions (I'm looking at FreeBSD or OpenBSD). I don't need excessive storage, a lot of ram, or anything like that. Oh, and long battery life would be nice too. Anyone here have any suggestions?

    Edit: I'm also open to a cheap USB wifi adapter as well if needed to go along with the cheap netbook.

  3. Eeesh. That'll just become overwhelming to a newb in my opinion. Install something straight forward and simple like the popular Ubuntu or Debian. Get that up & running & dick around for a bit. Once that's accomplished, you can go to a more thorough process of installing/setting up gent/arch

    my .02

    Ehh, I started off with Ubuntu. I found it a lot like Windows, which is what I was trying to get away from and I went back to Windows for a year or so until a friend suggested I try Arch. I liked Arch, being able to configure every bit of the system as you go (even though it probably took me a good 5 fresh installs before I got Xorg running), and once I discovered tiling window managers it was game over. I honestly don't understand the appeal of Ubuntu.

  4. To tile windows you must use a tiling window manager that is designed to do so. xmonad and awesome are the two most popular tiling window managers that I know of but I'm really loving how easy it is to configure subtle.

  5. So I finally moved back to linux -- damn I missed tiling window managers and virtual desktops! -- and am excited to show off my desktop once again :D Sorry I had to blur so much out, but you should still be able to get a good feel for my setup :)

    Laptop [ Arch Linux x64 :: subtle wm :: urxvt ]



    Edit: And here is my boring old Win7 machine.

    Desktop [ Win7 x64 :: Rainmeter ]



  6. At the moment, very few because of its current volatility. Mostly stores with online services such as hosting, etc. but there are some sites that sell physical goods such as electronics. Full list can be found on the wiki.

  7. To ensure the validity of bitcoin transactions. The miners use their computing power to solve (bruteforce) complex cryptographic problems that allow for the validity of the bitcoin transactions to be verified so users can't send coins that don't exist.

  8. I think it's silly how people learn about bitcoin and think "I can make my own free money" because it currently costs more to mine bitcoins then the mined coins would be worth, and I am extremely skeptical that the value of bitcoins will ever increase enough to offset that loss.

    Err, no it doesn't. Low end minig rig that can output 600MH/s is ~$500. You can make $15-20 per day mining with the current value of bitcoins. Even with electricity costs, you're still making money. And in any case, mining isn't the reason I'm into bitcoin. I like that no one central authority has power over it.

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    "Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer currency. Peer-to-peer means that no central authority issues new money or tracks transactions. These tasks are managed collectively by the network."

    • Bitcoin is the first digital currency that is completely distributed. The network is made up of users like yourself so no bank or payment processor is required between you and whoever you're trading with. This decentralization is the basis for Bitcoin's security and freedom.
    • Your Bitcoins can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. Anybody can start mining, buying, selling or accepting Bitcoins regardless of their location.
    • If you have Bitcoins, you can send them to anyone else with a Bitcoin address. There are no limits, no special rules to follow or forms to fill out. More complex types of transactions can be built on top of Bitcoin as well, but sometimes you just want to send money from A to B without worrying about limits and policies.
    • Currently you can send Bitcoin transactions for free. However, a fee on the order of 1 bitcent will eventually be necessary for your transaction to be processed more quickly. Miners compete on fees, which ensures that they will always stay low in the long run.
    • You don't have to be a criminal to wake up one day and find your account has been frozen. Rules vary from place to place, but in most jurisdictions accounts may be frozen by credit card collection agencies, by a spouse filing for divorce, by mistake or for terms of service violations. In contrast, Bitcoins are like cash - seizing them requires access to your private keys, which could be placed on a USB stick, thereby enjoying the full legal and practical protections of physical property.

    One BTC is currently worth ~$19. More info can be found at bitcoin.org

    As I am a big believer in Big Brother and don't overly enjoy the govt being in my business, I think bitcoins are great and hope that soon more retailers will start accepting them. In fact, the first physical incarnation of bitcoins have been released, although it seems they may be able to be counterfeited somewhat easily. So, I was wondering if anyone here has been keeping up with the bitcoin trend, uses them, or mines them? I'm about to buy a Radeon HD 5850 so that I can begin mining bitcoins.

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