How a total n00b mined $700 in bitcoins

We take a Butterfly Labs Bitcoin miner, plug it in, and make it (virtually) rain.

30 June 2013  | Lee Hutchison |

There is a whirring, whining presence in my dining room. I notice it every time I walk through. Every day, it sucks down about one full kilowatt-hour of electricity. In a year, it will consume almost $100 worth of juice—and that’s on top of the $274 it costs to buy the box in the first place. Oh, and it’s hot, too. If I moved it into my office and could stand the noise, I could keep a cup of coffee comfortably warm on top of the thing. Why on earth would anyone want such a disagreeable little machine in their home?

The short answer: every day, that machine magically generates something like $20 in bitcoins.

The BFL miner: A video intro

Allow me to introduce you to the Butterfly Labs 5GH/s “Jalapeño” Bitcoin miner.


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