The Bitcoin website
and Original White Paper
written by Satoshi Nakamoto.
For introductory info on crypto, check out Binance Academy
and Jameson Lopp
The total number of Bitcoins that will ever exist is hard-coded into the
software at ~21 million BTC. These 21 million BTC are divisible down to 8
decimal places, providing for about 2.1 quadrillion transactable units of the
currency. The smallest unit, 0.00000001 BTC, is called a 'Satoshi'.
about cryptocurrencies and financial terms
and crypto lingo.
Andreas Antonopoulos on the JRE podcast [1
]; these are layman's
explanations of the invention of distributed ledger technology.
Arguments for why Bitcoin is historically the greatest advancement
Tuur Demeester at the 2013 Bitcoin conference
Andreas giving a talk
on Bitcoin's scalability qua the Lightning Network
An advanced video description of how Bitcoin works
under the hood.
More detailed descriptors
of how the Bitcoin ecosystem works.
Bitcoin's transaction and store-of-value superiority
- Best performing currency of 2013, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 20.
:: Wallets, Clients, Importance ::
1. BTC- Bitcoin
wallets and phone wallet
. Their official IRC
-> Download the Electrum
wallet instead if you don't want to sync 200+ GB.
2. ETH- Ethereum
wallets and their official forums
3. XMR- Monero
The "Golden Three" in cryptocurrency have shifted from being BTC, LTC, and XRP to
BTC, ETH, and XMR. The reasons for this are because Litecoin stopped being ASIC
resistant, which was its selling point, and Ripple is a shit-tier company (take it
from someone that was on the inside) that is aiding the enemy - fiat. Ethereum is
by far the most robust turing-complete cryptocurrency, and therefore development
platform, in the space. Monero/Zcash are the most robust private currencies to
date. You should never have to bother with any currency outside of the golden
three if you are just going to be day trading or scalping, not just because the
rest are irrelevant technologies, but because trading them artificially inflates
their volumes, making them look more viable as technologies than they really are.
Setting up your bitcoin wallet
After your wallet finishes syncronizing, make sure you encrypt it. Also make
sure you backup your wallet (private keys) and save a copy somewhere else.
You should consider getting a hardware wallet like Trezor
, or Keycard
store many coins, have built-in exchanges, and atomic swaps
is a webtool for generating, verifying, signing, and broadcasting
:: Blockchain Explorers ::
is the de facto BTC explorer but Oxt
has cool features too.
has over a hundred altcoins.
should have what CryptoID doesn't.
for Ethereum (and some of their statistical data
Ripple's official live explorer
(and some of their statistical data
Bitcoin's top 100
has customizable stats and visuals for BTC, BCH, and ETH.
:: Cold Storage and Vanity ::
How to make Paper Wallets and Cold Storage
, an address & private key generator for new wallets & cold storage.
, don't need to store the priv key if you remember your passphrase.
lets you generate a vanity address securely (on your desktop).
is easier to use (web generator), but not as secure.
:: Large + Established + Secure Exchange Markets ::
- Largest trade volume modulo swap contracts.
- Oldest exchange to offer derivatives contracts (on everything).
- Decentralized, P2P, truly fee-less exchange with every asset class.
- Decentralized, P2P, Tor-routed bitcoin exchange platform.
- For buying and selling BTC, ETH, and ZEC.
- American exchange market, owned by Coinbase
- American exchange for many altcoin pairings.
- Buy/Sell with people in your area using any kind of method.
- Buy/Sell over-the-counter on freenode's IRC network.
is a list of ~200 decentralized exchanges.
lists exchanges by 30-day volume.
Crypto exchange ranks from Exchange War
:: Ease and Efficiency Tools ::
, a BTC debit card like Xapo
, lets you use Bitcoin anywhere now.
, and ShapeShift
for swapping currencies.
allows for all kinds of merchant tools and alt-coin trades.
for calculating capital gains on all your cryptocurrency.
:: Miners and Mining ::
What To Mine
/Mine The Coin
are profitability calculators for most coins.
is the largest ASIC hardware manufacturer and distributor currently.
is Bitmain's miner pool and is one of the largest on the planet.
is Bitmain's hashpower-buying site.
calculators from BitcoinWisdom.