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Issue #442: Offline transactions

Issue #442: Offline transactions

Mar 18, 2019
Marty's Ƀent

Issue #442: Offline transactions

A hot topic of conversation around this rag over the course of the last year has been alternatives to relaying transactions via the Internet like mesh networks, satellites, and Ham radios. If Bitcoin is to come close to the ideal level of decentralization it is imperative that we make it as robust as possible, which means increasing the number of ways by which users in different parts of the world with differing socioeconomic and political pressures can send and receive BTC.

Luckily for us, our boy grubles went ahead and put together a nice and concise guide on how to set yourself up to send off the grid transactions using a satellite receiver to interact with Blockstream's satellite, a goTenna mesh device, a cheap android device, a Trezor, and an Electrum server. Forgive Uncle Marty for his delayed relay on this one-month-old guide to cypherpunk greatness, this one slipped through the cracks. However, I'm a huge believer in the better late than never mantra, so I am very happy to share it with you freaks today. If you want to earn your "sending BTC like a true G" merit badge, this is the guide to follow.

As someone who lives in many ant farm-like apartment buildings (depending on what year it is) in one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, I find this type of setup to be daunting and cumbersome, but something I eventually would like to have as my go-to setup at some point in the future. If you're willing to eat the sunk cost of going through the trouble of acquiring all the necessary hardware and configuring the necessary software, you can set yourself up to survive and thrive in the event of some blackout or attempted ISP censorship. This is also just a great way to transact with BTC in a very private manner if that type of thing tickles your fancy.

Final thought...

The urge to ball grows stronger by the day.


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