Haven't sold a single satoshi since January.
A few months back, I had asked about hardware and power requirements for running a node and what would be the best configuration to setup. Finally I took the advice of the community and have setup my 8 year old laptop as a Bitcoin full node. It has pentium dual core processor and 4Gb ddr3 ram. Also, a non functional keyboard, mouse, dvd drive and the battery is dead. Was going to throw it out but now its running the full node for a couple of months on linux and is very stable with port forwarding enabled as well. Now I am planning to run a lightning full node on it as well and would like your suggestions on the same. What is the simplest way to get a lightning node running on ubuntu linux?
Backstory: I bought bitcoin back in early 2016. Not a lot, I didn’t have a lot of money, but it became a lot over the course of the next year and a half. Along the way, I would periodically tell my dad about how my bitcoin was doing. He had a vague notion of what it was, but didn’t know anyone else who had some and got really curious. In October of last year I visited my dad (we live in different states) and he had me show him how to buy bitcoin. I explained the risks: that bitcoin was a new technology and there was a good chance it would crash and a small chance that he would lose all of his investment . He said he knew and had been doing some of his own research, and so I set him up on an exchange and he bought some bitcoin. Well we all know what happened a few months later in January and what the story has been since. I have been worried that he was angry at me for talking about, and helping him buy something that had crashed so spectacularly. Well yesterday I finally got a call from him. Surprisingly he wasn’t mad at all. He was calling to tell me that bitcoin had dropped below 4,000 and that he had just bought some more. He wanted to make sure I didn’t miss my chance. Got to hand it to him, he’s got guts.
When asked once if he thought Amazon would ever adopt Bitcoin as a payment method for its business, Adreas Antonopoulos responded that he had no idea and didn’t really care, but then he said, “Why don’t you adopt it? Why don’t you build something?” I heard that a long while ago now and it always sorta stuck with me, but I’m not a developer. I don’t know code (ok, it’s on my to-do list), so I felt I really couldn’t build something. I always thought, besides telling people about Bitcoin (and watching their eyes glaze over as I’d talk about such things like L2 projects), what can I really do? Telling people is actually really good for adoption, but a topic for another day…
My wife and I own and operate a small tea business, mainly online. I had built the website for our business and always wanted to be able to accept Bitcoin as payment but struggled to figure out how without paying more than I wanted for a service. I watched with excitement as many reported their new developments on Bitcoin, but I lacked the skills to code something from scratch for myself, so I put the whole thing on the back burner.
It was actually some crypto Reddit users that were using a fairly simple method of running an online business utilizing a simple method of crypto-integration, and it showed me that I had been over-thinking it. It didn’t need to be fancy or ingenious, just presentable and functional. Maybe down the road I’ll find myself running a Lightning node or something, but for now we kept it really simple. We’re all trying help in our own ways toward development and/or adoption, so this was my own small attempt.
So I’m happy to say that we have joined the growing list of merchants willing and eager to accept Bitcoin as payment! Our company website is www.inistea.com (the link to the crypto payments page is under the homepage banner). It sorta operates like an old mail-order catalog, so the phrase “crude yet effective” is appropriate here. But it gets the job done and beats not doing anything, in my opinion. Obviously you’ll see that we decided to accept other things than Bitcoin -out of business prudence. We’re also offering a 20% discount to further provide incentive for people to try it out.
In addition to furthering the adoption of Bitcoin to our customers, our business is currently set up to raise money for a different sort of adoption… The adoption of a child to our family from the Philippines. I think we sometimes get lost in why we all believe crypto is a worthwhile thing. We get lost in the price and the markets and forget that we’re trying to improve the world in a certain way. Sure there are the get-rich-quick folks around, but for those of us who truly love the tech… Why all the passion if we didn’t actually believe it was going to help people in a myriad of ways? Well, just maybe here’s one more way crypto might help lives, perhaps in a more unexpected way.