Super Bitcoin Crash Course with Conrad Barski

Many thanks to those who attended and enjoyed our holiday party at the Holiday Club. Though, I wasn't able to attend, I understand copious amounts of libations were imbibed and some pretty nice consumables consumed (courtesy of the Holiday Club). Thanks to all the participating meetup groups!

Are you curious, confused or excited about bitcoin? This virtual currency has become a mainstream phenomenon in the news this past year leaving some ready to invest and others just confused or skeptical. Will bitcoin become a viable way to do commerce on the internet? We are fortunate to have a bitcoin expert in our midst! 

Conrad Barski, M.D., author of several books and currently working on a bitcoin book (http://befuddled.org) will tell you everything you need to know about this exciting new technology, featuring his own cartoons! Learn what makes bitcoins so cool and how they work. Also, for the more technically minded folks, we're going to cover bitcoin programming 101. Prepare for an action-packed hour and a half of bitcoin geekery!

Join us Tuesday, January 14 for a fun-filled way to start the year. This session is appropriate for all who are interested. Conrad's development skills may hold special interest for those in the development realm.

In the mean time, have a wonderful holiday season and my sincere wishes for the happiest of new years!

Steve Starr
Organizer, Chicago Web Professionals


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  • James

    I wish it covered mining earlier in the talk- I had to leave 10 minutes before the scheduled end and the was just getting to it. I'm guessing it went well over the 1.5 hours. What I saw was informative, but didn't really cover what I was there for.

    January 14, 2014

    • Jonathan F.

      That wasn't my takeaway. If you want to mine, it may be worth it if you invest in the right hardware. Your odds aren't as good as they would have been in 2010, though. (and mining is all about odds). Conrad did say that mining on "a few extra computers laying around" would cost more in electricity than what one stands to gain in bitcoin.

      January 16, 2014

    • James

      I have a server already sitting idle that I wanted to experiment with- it's also a very low draw mac mini server, so I'm not worried about electric costs. Nothing about bitcoin is closed by design, so I don't have any idea where Jeff go that impression. Lots of folks do it as a hobby. There are few people that have invested in large servers and bandwidth for the purpose of making it a business, but I just want to play with it and get a some while I still can, before they're all tapped out. As it gets more popular, there will be more transactions that need to be verified and blocks to process. I'm curious who's going to do the validation process once the limit is hit and all these coins are floating around since there will no longer be the incentive created by the mining process.

      January 16, 2014

  • Bill H.

    If anyone is interested, there is an article on Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining in this weeks Business Week online: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-09/bitcoin-mining-chips-gear-computing-groups-competition-heats-up

    January 16, 2014

  • george s.

    Dived in too deep (encryption & theory) right at the start. Never really covered all the basics, which should have been the starting point for a course called Bitcoin 101.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Bill H.

    Quite informative - much more to it than I knew.

    January 15, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Conrad is clearly informed on the ways bitcoin solves encryption problems and remains a decentralized digital currency. Fascinating talk!

    January 15, 2014

  • Tim P.

    Work came up, now you've got a free spot!

    January 14, 2014

  • Susan

    Can't be at 2 places at once. Sorry have to miss.

    January 13, 2014

  • Jeffrey H.

    I couldn't work this into my budget, so I must let this one pass. Sad to miss it.

    January 13, 2014

  • Jeffrey H.

    If I do not make it past the wait list re "Super Bitcoin Crash Course", that's okay. I like the idea that it seems to be near a Purple Line L stop (Main?), which would make me less reliant on lifts.

    January 10, 2014

    • Jeffrey H.

      I may still miss it yet due to the consequences of my job search. If you're on the waiting list, keep the faith!

      January 11, 2014

    • Jeffrey H.

      I couldn't work this into my budget, so I must let this one pass. Sad to miss it.

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody using PowToon?

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I just joined this group. I'm a marketing/PR specialist and copywriter focused on the Architecture, Design, and Construction industries. I'd like to know how to be more efficient when working with web designers and developers to create a new site. Also, I have some questions about tools and techniques for image-heavy sites. Looking forward to attending this group's upcoming events.

    December 5, 2013

    • Bob W.

      Steve, what about Dec 10, is it a go or is it cancelled? It is still listed on the website.

      December 8, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Bob, our holiday party was our meetup for December. Just updated the website, so plan on January!

      December 8, 2013

  • Beaux

    What is the refund policy?

    November 11, 2013

    • Steve S.

      The fee for programs is $2 at the door. So if you show up for a program and there's no program, you get a freebie. :-) No advance pay for this group.

      November 11, 2013

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