Tradicionalni zanati i obrti danas se susreću s velikim izazovom kako pratiti napredak tehnologije i promjene u očekivanjima i navikama korisnika. Uz prisutnost na Facebooku, sve su veći zahtjevi za mogućnošću naručivanja online, no frizerski salon za muške Đuka je otišao još jedan korak dalje i među prvima uveo plaćanje bitcoinima.
Početkom godine startali smo s Facebook stranicom, online naručivanjem, a sada u svibnju s bitcoin plaćanjima. Cilj nam je kvalitetu, ljubaznost i individualan pristup prezentirati na ispravan način kako bi vanjski izgled predstavljao točno ono što kod nas dobivate. Sve smo tempirali za maksimalno prihvaćanje tehnologije kako kod naših radnika, tako kod naših vjernih mušterije koje nam ukazuju povjerenje i dolaze iz cijelog grada.
Procedura prelaska na novu metodu plaćanja nije bila komplicirana, no bilo je važno sve unaprijed razraditi i testirati. Za početak, najvažnije je razumjeti tehnologiju koja bitcoin čini revolucionarnim, smatraju u salonu Đuka. Srećom, puno korisnih informacija o toj temi možete naći i na Netokraciji.
Implementacija plaćanja bitcoinima može biti jednostavna koliko vi želite da je jednostavna ili komplicirana i skupa koliko vi to želite. Možete kupovati posebna računala, posebne tablete, koristiti posebne payment procesore koji uzimaju postotak, možete imati bankomat koji vam je ujedno i POS kasa, dok s druge strane možete zalijepiti naljepnice i zaobići sve navedeno i krenuti sutra prihvaćati plaćanja. (…) Čak ni pametni telefon nije potreban. Da adresu danas napišete na rub novinskog papira, na nju možete odmah primati plaćanja. Nema banke, nema posrednika, a sve to gotovo trenutno s jednog kraja svijeta na drugi.
“Otpor prema tehnologiji nije nova stvar”
Čini se da bi budućnost frizerskih, kozmetičkih i drugih salona mogla izgledati ovako: prvo ste na internetu pretražili ima li dobar salon u vašoj blizini, provjerili ste Facebook ili web stranicu i tamo rezervirali termin. Zatim u dogovoreno vrijeme stižete u salon i nakon usluge vadite mobitel i njime skenirate kod i plaćate uslugu. No, jesu li svi saloni (i svi korisnici) spremni prihvatiti ovakav način plaćanja?
Otpor prema novoj tehnologiji nije nova stvar. Ljudi nisu htjeli prihvatiti papirnate novce koji su bili zamjena za zlato u trezorima. Ljudi žive u svojim komfor zonama i izaći iz njih im je gotovo nemoguće.
Neka od pitanja koja bi mogla brinuti male poduzetnike su: gdje stoje bitcoini, kako se do njih dolazi, kako znam da neki bitcoin nije lažan? Evo kako na ta pitanja odgovaraju u frizerskom salonu Đuka:
Bitcoini ne putuju od vas k nama, već se na blockchain ledgeru mijenja iznos na koji sada polažem pravo, nakon što mi je mušterija pripisala to pravo ili “poslala” bitcoine. Bitcoini nastaju “rudarenjem” ili ulaganjem intenzivnog računalnog rada u rješavanje matematičkog problema, možemo to tako reći. Radi se o iznimno snažnim računalima. Sami to ne možete raditi, barem ne s osobnim računalom, a da je profitabilno.
Obična osoba do njih dolazi tako da pruža uslugu ili prodaje nešto u zamjenu, kupuje ih na burzi bitcoina gdje mijenja valutu poput eura za kriptovalutu bitcoin. A tko jamči za njih? Nitko ne jamči za njih, matematika jamči za njih.
Ethereum is in no way is trying to be Bitcoin 2.0. The concept is totally different. Same fundamental Blockchain but Bitcoin is really useless. It is only a Blockchain. It is a lot like Gold. Gold is relatively useless but we give it value because of the properties it has an an element. Gold has some practical application, like in electronics, but that is insignificant compared to the value of Gold as an element. Bitcoin is the same. It’s just a Blockchain with value due to the time and cost invested in it. Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin came from Bitcoin with this entirely new idea. He is a genius in my opinion. Ethereum is like Silver. Silver is considered a precious metal but it has so much more practical applications than Gold. When you mix Gold with other metals it becomes less valuable and less useful, but when you mix silver with other metals you get a wide range of chemicals and alloys that have real world useful applications. Ethereum is exactly like Silver. Ether is Silver. Developers add their mix of code (other metals) to create something new (a new alloy) and it becomes something useful. I’m a Principal Software Engineer/Senior Software Architect, and I plan to fully exploit this technology now. I am but one man. I’ve incorporated the company and I’m waiting for all my official papers. They should be here in no more than a week now. This is not easy as one man. I need a team, but I dont have the money to pay anyone. I don’t even know people who are willing o try to understand this technology. I have a plan fully laid out, but I need a team. I’ve been talking to Parity and I actually have a skype call with them on Thursday. I would need Parity. I need people, but the problem is that no one believes in Blockchain technology or has even heard of it. The Europeans, Russians and Asians are dominating the development right now (i.e Parity is German). It sucks. The US involvement is driven by huge corporations. The will monopolize the market soon. I hope to have a product ready before that so they can factor my contributions into their work. I can’t reveal much without an NDC. This is what the Lawyer is constantly saying. Not until the company is positioned better. The problem is speed. You have to be fast! Like I said, everyone outside the US is killing it. Speed is critical. I can use the Ethereum crowd funding later, but without a tangible product with proof of concept, I cannot do that yet. To create a tangible product takes time and resources. This is what I, as one man, with a job, cannot achieve alone. I’d leave my job anytime to do this fulltime but I can’t live without income and the money for the business is just not there. I don’t have enough and I’ve invested so much so far out of pocket. Investors won’t invest because 1. they don’t understand the technology, and 2. they won’t sign an NDC, and I will not talk to anyone without signing the NDC, even if they offered a million dollars. The NDC must be signed.
As from early April, i have started to mine Bytecoins on MinerGate.com. My rig is small one, mostly of some old computers, but I have 14 of them! I can make 500 H/s and that is around 1400 BCN per day. So for April I have mined 22-23 USD. Im withdrawing to Poloniex.com, where I’m converting BCN to BTC on price 0.00000035. I`m not hurry anywhere, so I can wait few days or weeks for that price, it depends. From time to time exchange goes mad, as it is while I’m writting this. BCN went to 0.00000065 per BTC. And that is super! I have only 1500 BCN on my account as I was mining XMR for a week, as Poloniex suspended Bytecoins last week on few hours, so I was afraid to lose everything and moved to XMR mining, that was more profitable at the moment. At the moment XMR is going down and BCN is going up, so yes I have lost few busks because of bad decision, but that’s just few bucks friends, yes. My first advise, if you planing to involve yourself in mining “crypto currencies” as a hobby, don’t follow daily news too much. Yes, of course you will follow news for currency you mining at the moment, but you really don’t need to know if it will fall or rise on exchange. You’ll have your own calculation and you will sell your currency for your price on exchange. Really. You only have to be armed with patience for that. At least one time in month, you’ll have your price there. I had a bad idea, BCN will disappear from exchange, when I was started mining, so I have sell 40k BCN for price of 0.00000015 BCN in end of April. And then I have realise, I don’t have to hurry, so second hand of 20k I sold on exchange for 0.00000033 and made same amount of BTC. So miners, please be patient.
I’m using Debian Jessie for almost all my computers. As I’m working in Windows enviroment, I’m using SSH to access to all this computers. Let me explain you how I’m preparing computers for mining. Ok, so you’ll need network install of newest Debian. It is easy. Just go to click on this link and you`ll download iso image of OS. You’ll need at least x64 cpu, 512MB of RAM, at least some kind of HDD and you are good to go. You can make an bootable devices from literally anything. I’m using CD and/or SD card reader. For burn iso image on CD, you can use Windows, right click on iso file and burn image, for USB/SD card bootable image, I will suggest you tool called “Rufus”. Use DDE, block by block making image for Linux. You need really just SSH server and tools (2 last options) when Debian asks you for what you need. When its finished, after grub installation, reboot and login as root. Installing minergate on Debian is just 3 lines, but before that you`ll need to edit and restart SSH server. So:
FROM: PermitRootLogin without-password TO: PermitRootLogin yes
Then press CTRL+O to save sshd_config and CRTL+X to exit utility.
To restart SSH server and
to see what is you current local IP address.
For installing miner use this:
dpkg -i deb-cli
minergate-cli -user youremail -bcn
Where BCN can be XMR as well or XMR+FCN if you want to mine Fantom coins.