Learning Bitcoin

This is my journey to learn all that I can about Bitcoin and related technologies:

  • 2022-10-01 – Playing a little with the Hexa wallet, I find it interesting and easy to use. Before recommending it to people, I need it to have reproducible builds. Because a few months ago I contributed this very same feature to Zeus and this app is also done with React-Native, I was thinking that this time I should be able to do it faster. That was the case. I little I+D (because install instructions weren’t so clear and because a specific version of NDK was needed), and that was it!
  • 2022-09-04 – I managed to catch one of the spots to get the first part of the Base58 course “Bitcoin protocol deep dive: transactions” by @niftynei. Yayy!
  • 2022-09-01 – Already at Riga for the Baltic HoneyBadger 2022 conference!
  • 2022-08-05 – I’ve started contributing to Lightning Polar, which seems like a very cool tool to develop and test LN applications, and Zeus, which is the wallet that I use to command my Raspiblitz node. In this last case, I’m trying to make reproducible builds a thing, which I consider a basic, because in Bitcoin, we don’t trust, we verify.
  • 2022-06-20 – I bought tickets to the Baltic Honeybadger 2022, the biggest European Bitcoin-only conference. I hope to see you there!
  • 2022-06-10 – I gave a talk about Bitcoin to the neighbors. They seemed to enjoy it and learned a lot.
  • 2022-06-9 – I got a BoltCard from CoinCorner. Cool stuff, but we must wait until they bring the PoS to Spain. Maybe something can be implemented in that open-source PoS from Arc…
  • 2022-06-7 – It’s been some weeks already experimenting with Raspiblitz and its apps. I got an LND node running, and I’m managing it using Zeus from my smartphone. I opened some Lightning channels and bought two inbound channels from Blocktank and ZeroFee. My node has routed 38 payments, or better, pieces of payments, and apparently I made 42 sats by routing those payments. Interesting.
  • 2022-05-18 – Chaincode Labs seminar finished. A great learning experience. They make you think about stuff that you won’t notice by just reading the MB book.
  • 2022-04-06 – After doing a rather easy exercise modifying a Bitcoin Core test, I just got accepted into the Chaincode Labs Bitcoin Protocol Development seminar. Yay!
  • 2022-03-26 – I installed BTCPay Server into my Citadel node to know how it works and try plugins to integrate it into my WordPress.
  • 2022-03-25 – I received an exercise to Chaincode Labs people to be able to enroll into the seminar. I sent it. Interesting how integration tests are done in Bitcon Core.
  • 2022-03-22 – I’ve been giving a look to the ActixWeb Rust framework. I may try to learn something and then use Bitcoin Dev Kit wich is also Rust.
  • 2022-03-18 – Almost finishing Mastering Bitcoin, so I’ve started giving a look to some sections of the Bitcoin Curriculum of Chaincode Labs for more updated/advanced stuff.
  • 2022-03-16 – I just listened “The Privacy Wars – Fighting the Disinformation War against Wasabi“. It seems to me that this privacy thing in the Bitcoin field is just starting, and that by now we cannot have private transactions on an easy way. I’m happy because I’ve been able to understand most of what they say here 🙂
  • 2022-03-14 – I just received the “Mastering Lightning” book. Wow, it’s big… 🙂
  • 2022-03-12 – Reading a four part article about Chain Analysis and Transaction Privacy: “Understanding Bitcoin Privacy with OXT“. Interesting.
  • 2022-03-11 – I have definitely quit my job to dedicate myself to learning Bitcoin full time.
  • 03-05-2022 – I reinstalled my node and this time I put Citadel. More up-to-date apps, plus Lightning wallet and more to come, it seems.
  • 2022-03-04 – I just applied to Chaincode Labs Online Bitcoin Seminar after asking for recommendations to a few bitcoiners.
  • 2022-02-22 – Attending the first BitDevs en Español (Bitcoin Developers in spanish). I’m glad I found them, because it seems I can learn a lot from this people on next sessions of the seminar, and we’re sharing interesting articles in Telegram.
  • 2022-02-13Learning Bitcoin with the small ones with @Mononautical’s Bitfeed in our own node. The big one also wants to look at mempool.space the whole day…
  • 2022-02-05 – I bought the book “Mastering Bitcoin“. A lot of bitcoiners recommended it and it’s a requirement to do the Chaincode Labs seminars.
  • 2021-09-09 – I bought an old Antminer S9i to generate non-KYC Bitcoin with renewable energy, and learn how to use it together with Braiins firmware.
  • 2021-06-15 – I installed an Umbrel node and pointed my BlueWallet to it.
  • 2020-12-28 – I bought “The Bitcoin Standard” book.
  • 2015 – I started my Bitcoin journey.