Today I wanted to try out the Bancor wallet to convert some EOS to ETH. If you're not familiar with how Bancor works, the latest video from EOS Weekly has you covered:
I tweeted recently with how easy it is to get an EOS account via the Bancor wallet:
The messenger and SMS integrations seem to be working just fine now. You can also get an EOS account via the newly launched Sense app, which I tweeted about here.
So back to Bancor... the reason for this post is the continued realization of just now difficult most cryptocurrencies are to use. I went to convert EOS to ETH so I could send it along to Coinbase and convert to USD (Coinbase doesn't yet support EOS). I was excited to use the Bancor convert system, but got an error about not having enough gas for the ETH side of things. No problem, I understand how this works. Now I just need to get some ETH. I had to go back to my speadsheet and hunt around for where I have some ETH stored. Next I had to get my Ledger Nano S out of its secure location, find my USB dongle, start up Ledger Manager, and transfer some ETH around. I figured I'd put some on my Edge wallet to avoid having to go to my hardware wallet in the future, but the Ledger Manager wouldn't accept the QR code from Edge and instead gave an error along the lines of "Couldn't scan this QR code: auto verification not available at this address."
How are normal people supposed to figure this stuff out?
It was at this point that I was really wishing the FIO Protocol already existed and was implemented in every major wallet and exchange. If you're not familiar with FIO, check out my post from a couple months ago. I'm joining Dapix as their part-time CTO pending their Series A raise. I've been advising with them in the mean time, and I'm really excited about the potential.
FIO would have made requesting an Etherum address from my Edge Wallet super simple. Instead, I used the AirDrop feature on my Mac to share the address that way. Once I had it in Edge, I transferred it over to my Bancor wallet and did the conversion. As you can see here, it worked out well:
Needing to deal with crazy confusing wallet addresses and gas fees and such reminds me once again how nice DPoS blockchains like Steem and EOS are. We have something really special in that users can simply send and receive cryptocurrency using simple named addresses without having to concern themselves with gas for fees. Things are getting better!
Since setting up my Act 20 business here in Puerto Rico, I've been working on different ways to convert cryptocurrency to fiat to cover payroll and living expenses. I've been setting up corporate accounts connected to my business checking account for this purpose. One that I'm quite interested in is Carbon Money integrated with the Lynx wallet. I started with a $100 transfer, and it worked quite nicely, getting all the way through to my bank account within just a couple days.
I've got another larger transfer in the works now to test it out again.
I realize there's a long way to go to make cryptocurrency easy to use for every day people, but we're getting there and larger companies and governments are getting interested. I had a call today with someone from a company with 11M users interested in exploring blockchain technology. Last night I had a meeting with the digital transformation group organized by the Puerto Rican government and their blockchain advisory board interested in learning about eosDAC technology (you can see the slides I created the night before here).
Exciting things are happening. The future will involve blockchains and secure, transparent, decentralization.
Luke Stokes is a father, husband, programmer, STEEM witness, DAC launcher, and voluntaryist who wants to help create a world we all want to live in. Learn about cryptocurrency at UnderstandingBlockchainFreedom.com