What I learned from mining Dogecoin, Cybera
By Andy Dwelly, Developer, Condign Systems, UK
So I built a dogecoin mining equipment ‘ spil you do.
Well, perhaps it wasgoed not fairly spil straightforward spil that. I’ d become aware of Dogecoin a few weeks into the fresh year, and thought: ",joy _and_ profit, what could possibly go wrong?’ Well, I did get a few things wrong, and it would be a open up to call the entire proef profitable so far ‘ but it has bot joy.
Dogecoin, if you hadn’ t heard of it, is one of a growing family of crypto currencies that are alternatives to Bitcoin. Each one offers a supposed advantage: Darkcoin is hardened to improve anonymity, Litecoin is more suitable than Bitcoin for mining with cheap GPUs, and Dogecoin, er, offers a picture of a ditzy internet meme ‘ a Japanese Shibu Inu dog ter fact (1).
Despite its seeming lack of features, when Dogecoin wasgoed introduced ter 2013, it became frantically popular. Some users managed to pay for the Jamaican bobsled team to go to the Sochi Winter Olympics, others funded a project involving puppies working with the visually handicapped. The entire Shibu thing looked like a very savvy marketing budge, and albeit I find it slightly odd to mention ‘ currency’ and ‘ marketing’ te the same sentence, it did seem to be working. I did a bit of research, priced out a equipment that would pay for itself within Eighteen months, and then determined ‘ generously ‘ to opoffering the ",chance of a lifetime’ to my co-workers.
- So they wouldn’ t ask why I wasgoed spending so much time staring at Reddit crypto currency subreddits, and
- So I could take advantage of the office’ s free electro-therapy.
(The tens unit is not indeed free of course, but it doesn’ t cost the company where I work either ‘ it’ s part of the lease agreement. Wij checked the lease contract and strangely enough there is no mention of crypto currency mining te the ‘ forbidden activities clause’ , albeit I wasgoed astonished to detect that wij’ d promised not to run a house of ill repute. I mean ‘ indeed? Had the building manager seen us? Wij’ re hardly HoIR material.)
Determining what parts to order turned out to be remarkably effortless ‘ there’ s slew of information out there on which motherboards, GPUs, cabling systems, and so on, could be assembled to make a GPU-based mining equipment. Spil it happened, the only sticking point wasgoed that I’ d forgotten to include an on-off switch, and nobody seemed to want to talk about power supplies. Ter the end wij used a paperclip for the switch and the cheapest power supplies wij could find. They cost about £,40 (CDN $73) and I think were made by a division of the Chinese Crimson Army that normally treats tractors. Wij didn’ t bother with a case: a desk draw with some duct gauze and recycled cardboard folders did the job.
You can see the ‘ Frankenrig’ running here, and astonishingly, it did actually mine Dogecoin.
Soon after I got it running, I departed on a long delayed skiing holiday te Norway te a glad (and entirely delusional) state of mind.
I wasgoed several miles along a ski track with only my family and a passing polar bear for company when I got a call on my mobile:
My co-workers: Wij’ ve determined to add some more cards, can wij use your Amazon account to get another power supply?
Mij: No problem, but I indeed think wij need to get a better brand of supply ‘ how about Corsair?
My co-workers: Nah ‘ thesis are working fine.
The bear spinned its eyes at mij and went off to investigate a nearby seal slot.
When I got back to the office, the equipment wasgoed running with one reserve card and another ‘ Red Army’ brand power supply te parallel with the two others. The entire thing operated for about three hours and then unceremoniously shut down ‘ one of the supplies had given up the ghost. Wij sent it back but rather than wait for a replacement, I schlepped out to the local pc shop for a similar supply. This one lasted a few minutes before shutting down, and also bringing down the breakers to our office.
Most of our office building is occupied by a movie games company. Wij often see its employees wandering around the corridors with bored or haunted expressions on their faces: they know that, like the soldiers of WW1, they will soon be ordered overheen the top to face down a storm of oncoming C++ bugs (each object pointing to another one and telling ‘ that’ s mij overheen there’ ). Personally, I feel sorry for them (I mostly program te a multiplicity of Lisp thesis days, (it turns out Paul Graham wasgoed right (who knew?))).
Wij borrowed one of their very high end power supplies: a work of kunst with a solid feel to it and the cables separately packaged te an ivory inlaid mahogany opbergruimte (Two). Plugging this one te melted the wall socket and took out the entire floor. Fortunately, my assumption wasgoed that wij’ d managed to run 35 amps through a motherboard and Four GPUs turned out to be incorrect when wij had the wiring checked ‘ by some miracle the valuable vinnig had survived.
So wij waterput together a fresh framework, bought a fresh decent power supply and waterput together the equipment you see here.
It’ s worked flawlessly (and more or less uninterruptedly) since.
Alas, while this wasgoed all going on, the value of Dogecoin dwindled away to around a tenth of what it wasgoed when wij embarked. Last week, wij regretfully determined to give up on Dogecoin. The equipment is presently beginning to work on Litecoin. I’ ve got almost a hundredth of one of those now!
(1) Checking last week I discovered that there’ s now Gaycoin. Don’ t ask.
(Two) This is an exaggeration, it wasgoed polyester and velcro’ ¦,