All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
The HDD manufacturer Western Digital has introduced the WD PiDrive, a 314GB 2.5-inch hard drive with USB interface dedicated to be used with Raspberry Pi mini computers. This is the perfect choice for users that want to use RPi as a dedicated node for a crypto currency such as Bitcoin that already has about 65 GB of data for its blockchain. Finding a large and reliable storage solution for Raspberry Pi has not been an easy tasks as USB flash drives and SD cards do tend to wear out much faster than HDD and SSD drives and thus users are having issues with data reliability. The WD PiDrive HDD for Raspberry Pi should easily solve the issues by providing large enough capacity for storing blockchain data as well as making sure your data will remain reliable for much longer time. The price is also affordable for such a solution, the WD PiDrive is currently being sold for $31.42 USD / 34.28 EURO, so while more expensive than a small SD flash drive or USB stick it is unmatched in terms of price compared to a large capacity SD or USB stick. We also like the naming of the device that is tied with the capacity it offers as well as the targeted platform, so it is all around PI.
ROKOS is a free Raspbian based OS with integrated Bitcoin support giving you the ability to start your own Full Bitcoin Node or Client in no time on a Raspberry Pi. You just need to download the OS image, write it on an SD card and boot it up on a RPi and you will be ready to run a Bitcoin full node or client in the graphical frontend you will see. Do note that you will need to have a Raspberry Pi B or Pi 2 along with 8gb SD card for the OS and an external device like a big US stick to store the Bitcoin blockchain on (128GB is a good choise). The ROKOS is currently available in only one Core version with support for Bitcoin, but the developers behind the project do plan to release ROKOS Flavours that will bring support for different altcoins as well. ROKOS is a good way for users that already have some unused RPi hardware and want to support the network by providing additional full nodes.
A little over a month ago Pi Supply, an online store selling Raspberry Pis and accessories for them among some other interesting products, announced that they have started accepting payments with Bitcoin. We have decided to check how will things go, so we made an order and paid with Bitcoins for it with the idea to share our experience with you after that. Well it is time to share that experience and it is not positive at all, about a month layer we still have not received our order paid with Bitcoins. We have not received any email from Pi Supply saying that they are out of stock or there will be a delay with shipping our order or about any kind of a problem. A few days ago we even tried contacting them to see what is going on since it was getting almost a month since we have made an order and paid for it with BTC… still no answer from the store.
So in short, we would not recommend to purchase anything at Pi Supply and pay with Bitcoins. Do your payments with PayPal and ask for your money back if you end up in a situation like us when you are not getting what you have ordered a month later. You can also pay with a Credit Card and do a Chargeback if you encounter a problem like this, but unfortunately there is not much you can do if you have paid for an order with Bitcoins like we did and you are not getting your ordered items and not getting a reply with an adequate reason. Unfortunately contacting the Bitcoin payment processor that Pi-Supply uses – BitPay and explaining the situation to them did not bring any positive results.