Hello Dtubers and Steemians! Two months ago if you would asked me what is gridcoin? I would say I don’t have a clue, because I had never heard of gridcoin until I saw @trumpman had on his profile steemit page that he was a Gridcoin Enthusiast. “What the hell is Gridcoin Enthusiast?” I said to myself. So, I did my own research and immediately fell in love with the idea of using your computation power for scientific research, rather than wasteful hashing that proof of work is used for bitcoin and other altcoins. Even though I had heard of the major cryptocurrencies I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of gridcoin. Therefore, I think gridcoin really needs more “advertisement “ and so I decided to make a cat video to advertise gridcoin, after all cat videos rule the internet! Lol
Link to the second promotional video: https://steemit.com/beyondbitcoin/@rcebike/w46jxvu0
So if you are watching this cat video and have never heard of gridcoin and I have sparked your interest in gridcoin then I have accomplished my job.
I hope you enjoyed the fun video! But, I also wanted to say that as an utter newbie to gridcoin, after only two months of crunching BOINC projects for gridcoin on the grcpool.com site I have already made it into the top 100 accounts with the highest Magnitude. How did I achieve this? Well, this would not be possible without the amazing community behind gridcoin and wanted to say thank you! and shoutout to the following people who have helped me along the way (sorry if I have missed anyone):
@dutch for his great guide for gridcoin noobs:
@vortac for his 8 part series on GPU cards and in particular this post:
and this one:
@bgb for running the grcpool.com site. If you are new to gridcoin and don’t plan on purchasing gridcoins to start, then I recommend that you join the grcpool.
Steemit is a great platform for learning about gridcoin but I have also learned a lot by hanging out on discord channel and reddit (see links below).
There are so many helpful people on steemit and the gridcoin discord channel that I want to thank:
@ragnarokdel and @MacGeyer on discord for help making trades to get GRC (gridcoin) in my wallet.
@delta1512 for running the wallet bot (yes you can get free gridcoins!)
@barton26 for discord help and numerous post on steemit
@personthingman2 for discord help
@jringo for updates, stats, news, polls, CBR etc.
@sc-steemit updates and news about gridcoin
@noah-blaker for help on wallet setup
@parejan for help with understanding RAC
@flodner for mentioning SPARC coin
@theissen for explaining Magnitue
@tomasbrod for help on gridcoin wallet staking
@neuralminer on steemit and discord help with beacon and CPID (not needed if you are using grcpool)
@goatman BOINC help and recommending the grcpool rather than going solo
@peppernrino for the Hangouts (haven’t been on one but watched some of the videos). Not sure if my cat video can compete with your shirtless body! Lol.
@nethlek on discord for help with staking
@gunde for help with understanding incoming staking transactions
As you can see the community is willing to answer questions and help each other. So let’s make more people aware of gridcoin!
Join Gridcoin Research+BOINC and Change the World
BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, pronounced /bɔɪŋk/ – rhymes with "oink") is a distributed work platform that has been around since 2002 (16years now) and rewards all participants with a score. BOINC consists of over 500,000+ active users and many more computers. It is a popular platform for researchers to do large amounts of distributed work. The infrastructure is already in place, and no payment is required. Doing distributed work is purely voluntary, where users can attach any project of their choosing.
Gridcoin Research is a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) cryptocurrency that rewards Proof-of-Research (PoR) for BOINC computation based on the BOINC RAC (Recent Average Credit) score. Some requirements are for projects to be listed on the platform but are relatively easy to comply. There are currently ~20+ Projects included that the network rewards work done by users.
Gridcoin is an amazing project with an amazing community!
White Paper: https://gridcoin.us/assets/img/whitepaper.pdf
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Also recently a redditor Matrix166 has compiled many of the guides on the internet at one site and this can be helpful for new people: