The very basics for anyone who’s getting started with cryptocurrencies or would like to get involved with crypto software development.
Most articles in this section assume no previous experience with cryptocurrencies.
We try to cover a broad range of subjects, from mining to software development, using accessible language and no excessively technical terms.
ELI5: What is Tornado Cash?
Tornado Cash is a decentralized cryptocurrency tumbler. It is implemented as an Ethereum smart contract and can be used to mix cryptocurrency UTXO's, unlinking the on-chain relati...
ELI5 How to mine Litecoin
Litecoin has consistently been one of the most popular cryptocurrencies since its inception in 2011.
It was initially forked from the main Bitcoin source code by a developer ca...
ELI5 Dollar Reboot Composite
Market analyst Jim Rickards edits the Strategic Intelligence newsletter and, in 2017, he made several predictions about the financial markets in the coming years, specifically men...
ELI5 Coinmixer : What is a coin mixer?
A coin mixer, most popularly known as Bitcoin mixer, is a service which scrambles your cryptocurrency transactions so that the funds' origin becomes hard to trace. (Some also call...
ELI5 Provably Fair Games
What is a provably fair game?
The answer lies at the heart of a whole new industry which has been developed around the transparent, decentralized, nature of the blockchain.
ELI5 Bitcoin Puzzle Transactions
As the name implies, Bitcoin puzzle transactions are created as a challenge and not for the usual purpose of monetary transfer.
Puzzles can be published for several reasons, in...
Bitcoin: The mother of all cryptocurrencies
On January 12 2009, an individual or group using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, announced that the first Bitcoin transaction had taken place. Ten Bitcoins had been magically transferred between Satoshi and cryptography legend Hal Finney. It was the beginning of a revolution which, to this day, promises to change how humankind deals with money, finance […]
bitcoind.cpp – Commented Bitcoin source code
As mentioned in the Bitcoin-Qt commented source code post, there are several approaches one can take to step into the Bitcoin source in approximately the same order as it runs. For instance, tests are a great source of tiny example programs. Then there’s the ubiquitous Bitcoin-Qt client and, of course, bitcoind. All are good options […]
Introducing Coinrace – A new decentralized betting game for the blockchain
Update There has been no activity in the project’s Telegram group since inception. The project’s domain name has been placed for sale. For these reasons, we’ve moved this project to the Dead Coins section. Original Post A new decentralized betting game with the guts and code to take over the cryptokitties wave is out. Coinrace […]
Opinion: Bitcoin no longer a contrarian investment [February, 2018]
Early Bitcoin investors got used to the common sense that cryptocurrencies were an alternative to the mainstream financial system. True that Satoshi’s original vision, where each user could mine a bit of BTC per day as a reward for keeping their full node running, may have seemed like a revolutionary alternative to the mainstream financial […]
A process or system by which multiple parties are able to reach consensus. In the context of cryptocurrencies, it's the process which allows for everyone to agree on everyone else's money balance. E.g. Bitcoin employs Nakamoto consensus via PoW mining.
Proof of Stake
Proof of Stake is a consensus mechanism in which block verifiers prove their commitment to the network by staking their coins instead of by proving they performed some work (contrast with Proof of Work).
Staking is the process by which users delegate their Proof of Stake voting rights to a staking pool. The pool then verifies transactions on the users' behalf and, similarly to mining pools, share some of the profits back with the stakers.
Litecoin is a first generation cryptocurrency which was originally forked from the Bitcoin source code. It substituted Bitcoin's SHA256 hashing algorithm for Scrypt as an attempt to make ASIC mining impossible.
A PoW based mining method by which Litecoin transactions are verified and blocks get produced.
Cryptography and cryptocurrency based gaming.