Earlier this year, I wrote an article about mining Bitcoin on any PC and also shared the details of a cryptocurrency mining PC I built in 2018. In mining a little Bitcoin of my own, I developed a much deeper understanding of how cryptocurrencies and the blockchain work (and made over $1,600 in the process).
What if you want to graduate to the next level, though, and build your own basic cryptocurrency mining PC using modern parts in 2021? I decided to find out, so I enlisted the help of my friend Adam, a computer engineer at a security company…
I’ve been writing a lot about cryptocurrency mining recently. I’m not a professional miner — I’m a journalist and experimenter. But you don’t have to be a professional to make a little cryptocurrency. You can mine small amounts of Bitcoin on any PC, or even use the heat generated from a crypto mining rig to heat a chicken coop.
Some of these projects can turn out to be more profitable than even I had originally intended. While writing about how to build a cryptocurrency mining rig recently, I logged into an old Nicehash account to check some mining statistics. I…
When I published a piece in Debugger earlier this year about mining bitcoin using any PC, tons of people were excited to follow my instructions and grab a tiny chunk of crypto coins for themselves. But as much as readers enjoyed mining bitcoin on their existing PCs, I heard from many of you who wanted to learn more about how mining works.
Specifically, they wanted to know exactly how I built my dedicated mining computer (crypto people call mining computers “rigs”). And they wanted a breakdown of how much profit my rig actually earns, taking into account today’s bitcoin prices…
Four long years ago, I introduced a project to ridicule and exploit our ex-president’s irresponsible use of social media.
[Trump] really likes to use Twitter. He uses it to express strong opinions about all sorts of things. Occasionally, those opinions are targeted at publicly traded companies. You see where this is going.
Little did I know that a whole new level of irresponsibility would eventually get him suspended from the platform and bring about the end of the industrious Trump2Cash bot.
Though the company doesn’t often acknowledge it, for the last three years, Nvidia’s business has been inextricably linked to the unpredictable price of bitcoin. That’s because bitcoin miners realized that Nvidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) were perfect for the mathematical calculations required to mine cryptocurrency and quickly started buying out whatever stock they could.
When bitcoin boomed in 2017, Nvidia’s consumer and datacenter GPU business did too. When 2017’s crypto bubble burst, Nvidia was left holding the bag (or the GPUs, as it were). In 2018, Nvidia reported that a shrinking demand for cryptocurrency mining GPUs left the company with…
Cryptocurrencies have been on a wild ride over the last few years. The price of Bitcoin, a popular cryptocurrency, surged from a low of around $4,000 in March of 2020 to over $40,000 in early January (it’s since fallen dramatically). We’ve seen stories of Bitcoin millionaires and Bitcoin Maseratis as well as Bitcoin drug lords and average people who have lost fortunes trading the virtual coins.
If you spend time on Instagram in our post-pandemic world, you’re probably experiencing some gardening FOMO. Maybe your biggest lockdown goal was “pwn Candy Crush” or, if you’re like me, “limit your toddler’s screen time to a scant five hours per day.” Now that we’re months into the pandemic, though, your friends who channeled their early quarantine angst into planting seeds are likely starting to reap the benefits in terms of fresh herbs and handfuls of juicy, Insta-friendly heirloom tomatoes.
If you’re more comfortable with wires and while loops than bugs and compost, don’t despair. Gardening has become increasingly tech-enabled…