Bitcoin has actually died in the past, twice. The first time Bitcoin actually died was in 2010 due to an inflation bug in the software that enabled anyone to create an infinite amount of bitcoin. Bitcoin was resurrected by node operators before the developers even patched the code, as they…


On November 3, 2020, the IRS seized 69,370 bitcoin worth over $1 billion.

The United States Attorney’s Office (Northern District of California) has filed a civil complaint for forfeiture and I expect the United States to prevail in court.

Past seizures of bitcoin were auctioned off by the U.S. …


Send and receive payments

Enabling payments in your software is often a business necessity

Common consumer web application use cases include:

  1. Receiving SaaS revenue
  2. Payments between marketplace participants, including escrow
  3. In-app purchases for premium features

Until now, the only choice for developers has been integrating proprietary, trusted, centralized, third-party digital credit systems like PayPal…


Install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015

This is needed to avoid a bug with the Node Launcher’s UI library (Qt / PySide2)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48145

Install OpenSSL

Python’s package manager (pip) does not work on Windows without OpenSSL installed

Go to https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

Download the latest Win64 EXE, currently Win64 OpenSSL v1.1.1b

Open the .exe and install OpenSSL with all of…


If you’re a command line wizard and love BTC/LN, you’ve probably already used bitcoin-cli and lncli

These two utilities allow you to issue commands to your bitcoin and lightning nodes

The Node Launcher now has direct access to these commands, so you don’t have to open a terminal window and…


Go to https://lightningpowerusers.com/home/

Enter your pubkey if we are already connected, or your pubkey@host:port if we are not already connected

Select how much inbound capacity you would like to request. If you have already opened a channel in our direction, we will reciprocate for free for 3 days.

If you…


This starter pack is for Bitcoiners who want to run a reliable Lightning routing node from home. You could set up your routing node on someone else’s cloud server, but that wouldn’t be very self-sovereign!

This starter pack is not for Bitcoiners who just want to send and receive payments…


The Node Launcher can sometimes experience issues which are difficult to diagnose. Here’s how to get more information on macOS.

Open up Applications/Utilities/Terminal

A command line interface will appear


My favorite part about writing software is hearing positive feedback from users. The concept of the Node Launcher is uncontroversial: help users run a full Bitcoin node and a Lightning node on their desktop or laptop, without using the command line. All of the constructive criticism has been related to bugs (most of them fixed) or desired improvements (forthcoming!).

I’ve gathered here a list of my favorite tweets so far…


Every satoshi you save on shaving is another satoshi you can HODL, think about it!

Inspired by Brian Lockhart

$15 Safety Razor Double Edge

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ISBUZYY/

$5 Razor Blades

Pierre Rochard

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