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Privacy first steps

An extensive post detailing a recommendation of the order of steps I would take if starting from scratch in my privacy journey today.

December 21, 2021 · 18 min · Seth For Privacy

Dispelling CTV FUD

It happens with every proposal made for improving Bitcoin. First, the technical developers and researchers weigh in with strong and legitimate concerns, they hash out the details, and the proposal slowly improves over time. But at some point some of these concerns make their way onto social media and quickly become parroted FUD for those who don’t like the concept of a proposal. That same effect has happened with covenants on Bitcoin, so I’ve taken the time to collect, rebut, and give resources for each of the most common FUD points against CTV-based covenants I’ve seen in the space....

December 19, 2023 · 5 min · Seth For Privacy

Taproot Didn't Cause Inscriptions or Tokens on Bitcoin

Note: This was originally posted on X and has been re-posted/reformatted for posterity here. I’ve seen the view that “Taproot caused/enabled arbitrary data storage on Bitcoin” commonly mentioned across Twitter, and it’s one that can be extremely harmful. Many in the space would love to further ossify (prevent change) in Bitcoin and use inscriptions/tokens “spam” as the reason for doing so, but I’d argue that that would be the worst possible outcome from this situation....

December 18, 2023 · 6 min · Seth For Privacy

Run your own Bitcoin pool

In this guide I will lay out the detailed steps for how you can get started running your own Bitcoin mining pool.

December 12, 2023 · 11 min · Seth For Privacy

Why I Focus on Bitcoin

I’m not a Bitcoin maximalist. I’m not a Monero maximalist. I’m a freedom maximalist. How I got here I’ve talked about it at length on multiple podcasts, but I came into Bitcoin late in 2017 with purely financial motivations. I saw a way to make some extra $$ on Bitcoin, and rapidly fell down the trap of buying into many different cryptocurrencies purely for profit. When that phase blew up in the bear market of 2018, I thankfully stumbled across the Monero project and community purely by accident through a desire to mine Monero....

March 12, 2023 · 10 min · Seth For Privacy

Building Monero's Circular Economy via Privacy Tools

In this blog post form of a presentation, we dive into what circular and parallel economies are, why they’re important, and what tools are being paired with Monero to enable them.

June 25, 2022 · 9 min · Seth For Privacy

Proposed Bitcoin Privacy Improvements

Ragnar Lifthrasir asked for a list of Bitcoin proposals and ideas to improve privacy that either are still a work in progress, were abandoned or never implemented, or failed to make an impact, and so here is my attempt at just that. This will by no means be an exhaustive list, and I could use any help I can get keeping it up to date or finding historical proposals that have fallen out of favor....

May 31, 2022 · 17 min · Seth For Privacy

Accepting Monero via BTCPay Server

I’ve spun up a BTCPay Server instance for my own use and built a guide out of the process, so hopefully this will aid others wanting to accept Monero at their stores, for donations, or any other use-case get up and rolling with BTCPay Server!

May 26, 2022 · 13 min · Seth For Privacy

Privacy-preserving Statistics Using Plausible

Introduction As this blog and my podcast, Opt Out, grow and reach a larger audience, having a way to gauge what topics are of interest to site visitors, what blog posts catch people’s attention, and what resources they find the most useful that I link to is becoming a more and more useful tool to enable me to improve the content I create over time. Traditionally, this is done via invasive tracking scripts and cookies that harvest your data, track you across sites, and attempt to link your visits to the site over time using your IP address or a long-lasting cookie....

February 23, 2022 · 7 min · Seth For Privacy

Verifying and installing CalyxOS from Linux

Introduction I recently got a new Pixel and had to go through the process of flashing it again, so I wanted to take the chance to make a companion/alternative guide to the official CalyxOS docs with some videos of the process to help guide you through it. Note that this guide assumes the following: You already have a supported device Ensure the Pixel you buy is not a Verizon phone: How to identify a Verizon phone You are running Linux (this guide is specifically done on Pop_OS!...

February 1, 2022 · 3 min · Seth For Privacy