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It all started on a late Tuesday afternoon, it was cold, dark, and beginning to rain. I was traveling home from my lackluster day job wondering what else life could present to make things more interesting. The year was 2009, it was October, and at the time $1.00 USD could buy you 1,309.03 BTC. Any versed bitcoin fanatic should be able to tell you that the first block in the bitcoin blockchain was mined on January 3rd, 2009 and from that moment forward — life for those of us who were in the know, would definitely become “more interesting.”
That very same day I found myself browsing around online looking for something completely unrelated to Bitcoin. At the time I had to quickly teach myself how to resolve entry level IT problems while I was working at one of my early jobs. I don’t quite remember how it came up as its been 9 years since this happened, but I found my way onto a forum page hosted by the P2P foundation. As any stalwart veteran in the blockchain space will tell you — this is where Satoshi Nakamoto first introduced his idea of a new open source P2P e-cash system, Bitcoin. Upon reading through this thread, I found myself immediately immersed in a sea of Firefox tabs going deeper, and deeper — eventually running out of memory on my piece of shit Dell laptop which was rocking a whole 2 gigs of ram (couldn’t afford anything better and frankly I was just happy to have a computer.)
As many of you, I’m sure, have experienced — I may as well had done a line of cocaine; I was addicted. What was an evening of debauchery, inevitably evolved into an obsession. I would share what I had discovered with all my friends and ...
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