Blood on the streets | bitcoin, btc, xbt, price

My thoughts on what happened with the bitcoin price this week. I had recently covered a blog post at bitlanders covered here on why I thought the price had gone up. Closing comments were that we can see a drop if and when the sell comes.

The Rise:

Bitcoin Price touched the highs of 2015 by hitting $500 plus at the same time major exchanges were hit by a DDOS attack followed by arbitrage opportunities which caused a bit of concern since the transaction volume of bitcoin took a jump. As such bitcoin transactions started getting delayed to from 3 to 6 hours. Major trading platforms in China saw volumes as large as 2000000 btc in 24 hours. I guess for a person who had just gotten into this it was very shocking and exciting time but as the experts will tell you this has always happened to bitcoin. I do advise all the new investors to weigh the pros and cons of btc first, as its not just about making money on the short term.

In the News:

Bitcoin price had received great news that kept the buy pressure up. One was by Bloomberg which advised to keep an eye on btc, which was later(2 days) followed by research by CNBC which stated that bitcoin will become the 6th largest reserve currency by default at current pace by the year 2030. This was seen by large as a very positive sign and the buying continued.

The Fall

The above aspects saw the rise all the way upto $500+ before the dumping began. The pull also must have created panic selling orders followed by bots going into sell mode as I mentioned in the blog and therefore saw a fall in price of btc to $360. While predicting the next wave is very difficult we are now seeing a more controlled rate around $380 to $404.

Where will the piece go next:

I am no expert at predicting prices however for traders I suggest sticking with intra-day trades rather then looking to make it big in overnight bull runs. Additionally articles are covered online at our main news site http://www.newsbtc.com and for all other news regarding litcoin dogecoin or bitcoin you can check out http://pk.newsbtc.com where we try to cover everything in Urdu plus cover Pakistan related news about bitcoin in Pakistan

What to expect

 

What to expect:
I plan to set this up as more of a help and tutorial to those new to bitcoin, litcoin, darkcoin. The posts to follow will be helpful for new miners on how to mine with cpu, gpu(graphic cards or video cards, amd based ones), asics and cloud mining. While I dont recommend mining with them but the idea is to teach people how to get started. Dont think of this as a get rich quick scheme. Mining takes a bit of effort, very powerfull hardware and some common sense. The idea here is to teach people what to expect.

 

Brief History:
Bitcoin as described by its maker (Satoshi Nakamoto) is a payment system based on open source standards that was presented to the world in 2008. Who is Satoshi Nakamoto no one knows there are many ideas who he might be but no one knows for sure who he/she is. Think of bitcoin as a torrent where bitcoin works peer to peer only. Meaning it can be transferred from me to third-party without any administrator with close to very little or no fees. To make this transaction possible different users have mining hardware running. This hardware can be in the form of a cpu, gpu, asic and cloudmining, heck there is even paper mining which you can do yourself it wont earn you anything but you will learn something(Will get into more details on each in later details). At this point I would like to inform you that there are only 21million bitcoins that can be mined from which about 61% have already been mined. At this point you can hop over to Bitcoin Wisdom to check out what current rates are for 1 bitcoin converted to usd. The idea presented by satoshi was to have a decentralized currency which can be termed as “Money without Boarders”. Today Paypal(For US Only), Dell, Expedia, Overstock are the big giants who have started accepting bitcoin, btc or xbt(xbt is being used by bloomberg as tracker on commodities market to give rates of bitcoin) other then these there are numerous other smaller companies accepting bitcoins. All mining hardware manufactures accept bitcoin, litecoin for payments. Bitcoin now works on a blockchain which is basically a public ledger of all transactions. The idea was to keep everything anonymous so a wallet and sha256 encryption was introduced. Hence when ever you talk about btc, xbtc and its mining it will be refereed to  as sha or sha256 hashing.

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The Wallet:
The wallet is basically where you store coins. Do remember if this wallet is stolen you have lost all your bitcoins permanently. Some people like online wallets some people like offline ones some like cold storage wallets which can be printed or engraved onto paper metal silver gold etc. You can pretty much google for different types of wallets for bitcoin and you will find alot. The best online and most trusted one is at blockchain. There are many android wallet available, you can just search blockchain or if you prefer another wallet search for bitcoin or bitcoin wallet on Google Play Store.

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How to Get bitcoins:
There are many websites that explain this. You can trade bitcoin for fiat(other printed currencies) through online exchanges such as Cryptsy or bittrex or btc-e just to name a few. Most of these sites support wiring money but if you prefer to use credit card which is an untrusted method since there can be chargebacks you can pay a little extra and use this blog to buy through credit card.

Other Sites to buy bitcoin from webbased atms:

Coinsafe
Bitcoinpk

 

Other interesting Coins:
The idea of bitcoins was really appreciated and it really took off around 2009 and 2013 respectively. There were many others who presented other ideas on coins which brought value. Coins like namecoin or nmc (a blockchain based domain of .bit and is not governed by any authority so you can host anything you want without any restrictions), primecoin or xpm(which uses its hashing power to produce prime numbers), korecoin, kore(a more recent coin with anonymous voip calling and later cheaper then skype calls), litcoin or ltc(A copy of bitcoin based on scrypt algorithm much faster transactions then btc, xbt ) and also darkcoin or drk (a truly untraceable coin also relatively new) based on x11 algorithm. Please take note there are about 400+ plus different types of coins some very unique some even arent open source I cant get into them all but these are the coins I personally like and therefore I have mentioned them here.

 

Going Forward:
This technology is still very immature at best there are things happening as we speak. Bloomberg has started carrying the symbol XBT to denote btc. Its being listed as a commodity in the US market. And should hit NASDAQ after December 2014. More and more companies as mentioned above in the brief history are starting to accept it. There are some negatives too like the Mt-Gox scandal, then a few hack attempts where people compromised pcs to mine for them. Bangladesh ban. Russian considering a Ban are at the center of btc and lets see where it takes us. but I for one believe that it is here to stay and it will be hard to ban people who you cant track and are dealing in this. My next post will get you started with mining we will proceed with cpu mining, followed by gpu, asic and round it up with cloud mining.