BitcoinFiles: An awesome way to share digital content via BSV

The introduction of cryptocurrency and blockchain has spawned an entirely new way to do business. The power of blockchain technology is seemingly endless, with a myriad of potential applications and solutions that are able to revolutionize how companies operate and share information. Even beyond that, though, there are everyday practical solutions for individuals, as well, and one of the most noticeable is BitcoinFiles. It has proven to be an amazing way to store and share data and is made possible because of the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain.

BitcoinFiles lets anyone store and share virtually any type of content—images, files, documents—right on the blockchain. This means that, even 100 years from now, that same data will be right there, ready to be viewed to anyone who has access. No data loss, no data corruption, no possible way for the information to be changed.

Once on the site, uploading the information is a piece of cake. Select the type of file—image, text, HTML, JavaScript, etc.—and then upload it. Uploading requires a link to a MoneyButton BSV wallet, but this is simply to ensure the integrity of the data. After that, record the hash code and you’re all done.

Any type of data can be uploaded and stored, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t procedures in place to ensure the data is legitimate and legal. BitcoinFiles records IP addresses and the BSV community has already shown what happens when someone tries to store illegal content.

It isn’t even necessary to visit the website in order to upload information. The minds behind the project have created an application that allows the functionality to be integrated into other platforms, such as a website, so that data can be uploaded to and stored on the BSV blockchain from anywhere. With the virtually unlimited scaling possibilities of BSV, this means that even the most robust websites could be completely built and maintained right on the blockchain.

It took the public about 15 years to get used to the idea of email after it was invented. It has only taken about two for blockchain’s potential to begin to be realized. Applications like BitcoinFiles are helping to facilitate the next wave of innovative solutions and it’s amazing to try to envision where we’ll be even as soon as five years from now.

A successful first Bitcoin project: ImmortalSV review

As the Bitcoin blockchain was designed to be immutable, saving information for the world to forever look back upon, using it to archive important data is a natural use case. While naturally that works for digital money, as Bitcoin SV (BSV) has scaled massively and also become the data carrier of the world, it also works great for things like websites, best evidenced by ImmortalSV.com.

Much like how archive.org and it’s WayBackMachine helps archive the internet, ImmortalSV offers the same service to anyone looking to do the same on the blockchain. The service is pretty simple to use: simply enter a website address, and the site will take a screenshot for you to archive. Using a Money Button wallet, just pay for your screenshot to be recorded on the blockchain, and the site provides a bico.media address for you to see that it worked.

We tested the site and found it worked flawlessly for what it’s intended to do. Using the website for the top movie in the world at the time, Joker, we paid $0.08 in BSV, and an image of the site was quickly written to a transaction and saved on the blockchain.

A successful first Bitcoin project: ImmortalSV review

There are some important differences from how archive.org’s service that have to be taken into account. The site doesn’t proactively seek out websites to record to the blockchain; it only saves those that users wish to save. That could be both a pro and a con, in that it may miss out on quality content that should be saved to the blockchain, but it’s also more efficient, in that it won’t save a bunch of junk there either. It also doesn’t save the code of a website like archive.org does, only taking a screenshot instead.

But the business model is very different from archive.org as well. ImmortalSV requires users to pay their own way to make the service work, while archive.org requires donations from the public to provide an ad free service.

We reached out to the site’s creator, Twitter user @Synfonaut, to ask him more about the site and what his motivation in creating it was. “The inspiration behind ImmortalSV was to build something quickly so that I could learn BSV development,” he replied. “I wanted to build a useful tool, and the ability to store snapshots of websites on the blockchain seemed like a good fit.”

If you’re hoping for ImmortalSV to become a more feature filled site, Synfonaut cautioned that he thinks you should look to another service. “There aren’t any more major plans for ImmortalSV,” he noted. “I had some future ideas for more archiving, but etched has done a fantastic job providing this.”

But if you’re impressed with Synfonaut’s ingenuity and first attempt at a Bitcoin app, he’s got more coming. “Shortly after ImmortalSV, I launched Open Directory and since then have been working on a major update that helps content creators monetize their work—I should have a big announcement soon!”

Betting on hitting it big in the lottery: Peergame review

Peergame has quickly become one of the most popular and fun pass-times on the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain. Players have been buying up thousands of tickets in the hopes of winning thousands of dollars. But what is all the fuss about, exactly?

When you visit Peergame.com, the first thing you see is a fair description of the site, “Play games with no hassles.” And as you’ll see, that’s a truthful summary of what the site offers. It has games, they are easy to play, and there’s nothing to distract from the fun. And as the site promises, it has no need for registration, instantly pays out, and is provably fair.

The site currently offers three games: Lottery, Turtle Race and the latest addition, the Ladder game. Jumping into each is simple enough, as you can chose them from the home page or from a drop down at the top of the screen at any time.

Diving into the Lottery, perhaps their most popular option, you’re immediately taken to a Play page, where the current jackpot prize is prominently featured at the top. Buying tickets is easy enough, with a toggle for how many tickets you could want to buy, a QR code, the ability to copy the address, or a money button as payment options. At press time, tickets were 0.007 BSV each, or $0.59. At the bottom, you can see what the current Jackpot Block is, and how many blocks until it’s reached.

On the right side the screen, you can see how many tickets have been bought for the current draw, previous jackpots, and search TxIDs to see if your bet might have won. Clicking on block hashes or TxIDs opens up Whatsonchain to view the action on the blockchain.

As we’ve previously noted, first place has a 1/65536 chance of being paid out gets the lucky winner 85% of the jackpot. But if you don’t manage to snag that big prize, second place carries an equally impressive 15% of the jackpot. If first place doesn’t pay out, the jackpot is carried forward to the next game. The biggest jackpot ever paid out was 110.745 BSV, $13,000 at the time.

What happens if you win? The money gets paid back to the wallet it was sent from. Easy!

Lottery games run once or twice a day, so if you want a little more immediate action, that’s where the Turtle race and Ladder game come into play. The Turtle race allows players to bet on a three turtle race every two minutes, with the winner taking home 2.94x their bet. The minimum bet is 0.02 BSV ($1.67), and the maximum is 1 BSV. When the 2 minute timer hits zero, the yellow, red and blue turtles race to their respective buoys.

The ladder game, the newest addition to the site, works nearly the same, but works a bit more like a simple game of Plinko, with a snake making its way down a ladder to either the red or blue goal. Bets pay out at 1.96x the wager, with a minimum of 0.05 BSV and maximum of 1.2 BSV for wagers.

If you’re ever lost on the site, documentation is easy to find too. Game rules and documentation to their fairness can be accessed at the top of every page. If you want to see the latest news from the Peergame team, prominent Contact links, and Twitter and Telegram information, can be found at the bottom of the page.

What’s the site missing? Well, compared to other BSV games like Phun.io, it could use some community features like chat. But to be fair, that would detract from the “games with no hassles” mantra of the site, and there is always some Peergame discussion going on at Twetch, so it’s not lacking for community.

All in all, Peergame sets out to do exactly what it promises. It offers BSV games that work, let users win a bit of money, and with no distractions. Based on their recent success, and the growth they are continuing to show, it’s worth betting they’ll continue to be a big part of BSVs future.

WhatsOnChain review: The crypto block explorer all others strive to be

Most people don’t realize everything that is going on behind the scenes when they send or receive a cryptocurrency transaction. Just like with any financial transaction, there are intricate steps that have to be followed exactly to ensure there aren’t any glitches in the process. Unlike other financial transactions, though, crypto users can actually see the process for themselves, as well as take a look at all other transactions and mining activity, through a block explorer.

There are a number of explorers out there already, but Bitcoin SV (BSV) has its own and it isn’t like the others. WhatsOnChain was the very first BSV block explorer and its beauty is in its ability to provide more succinct data in an easy-to-use package that is worthy of global attention.

Using WhatsOnChain is simple – all you have to have is a piece of information, such as a transaction ID or a crypto wallet address, to get all the details of when and who mined the data related to that transaction. Pop it into the search bar and receive a response almost immediately – in less than a second. It also gives a great representation of who is mining what blocks and how large those blocks are.

One of the things that makes WhatsOnChain so fascinating is the quickness with which the platform was put together. It literally came alive over a weekend after Bitcoin was revived as BSV in 2018. It was initially intended as just a way to check out where transactions stood in the processing stage, but has since morphed into a much more useful tool that has endless possibilities for both front-end users and back-end developers.

WhatsOnChain also makes it possible for the BSV community to watch what’s happening on the network, even if they’re away from the Internet. By teaming up with the If This Then That (IFTTT) platform, I was able to set up text message alerts to know when a new block is mined and when a new block size record was achieved. Those same alerts can also be configured to be delivered through email for additional flexibility.

Having access to a robust block explorer may not seem important to some casual users, but it is definitely a must-have tool for blockchain developers. Without a doubt, WhatsOnChain gets the job done in spectacular fashion and I now turn to it on a daily basis.

Crashing in on a big Bitcoin win: Phun.io review

While Bitcoin SV (BSV) is a fast and cheap way to make micropayments for users and businesses alike, it can also be a lot of fun, too. Phun.io, “The First Bitcoin SV Crash Game,” has been proving that for quite some time now, letting users bet a bit of Bitcoin on a fast and fun game.

If you’re unfamiliar with a crash game, the concept is pretty easy to understand. You bet a few bits, and then compete against the house and other players in a virtual game of chicken. As a multiplier increases, players have to decide how high they will let it get before they cash out. Randomly though, the game will crash, causing any player who hasn’t cashed out to lose their bet. Whoever lasts longest without crashing also gets a bonus.

While playing conservatively and cashing out early every time for small profits might seem like the safe bet, the house guarantees their 0.5% edge with a 1 in 101 chance that the game will crash instantly, paying out none of the active players.

What that leaves you with is a fun but tense game where you want to hang in there for the best multiplier you can get, but without crashing so often that you kill your profits.

The site is provably fair, as their well-documented website proves, so you know the odds of a crash are just as they say, with everything recorded on the blockchain.

If you don’t have any BSV, this is also a great way to make some. The site offers a little bit of free BSV every hour from a faucet to get players started, or to keep playing if they bust. Every few hours, a moderator will also gift BSV to active players as well to encourage them to play on.

It’s also a great place to meet other members of the BSV community. A multi-language chat, with filters to select language, always has players chatting away and encouraging each other. At the time of publication, there were a couple of dozen players in the English chat, keeping the fun going into the late hours of the night.

You don’t have to worry too much about breaking the bank either. Bets are capped at a maximum 0.025 BSV, keeping things fairly low stakes and manageable.

For what it is, there’s really not much bad to say about Phun.io. It’s a fun little gambling site where you can make some friends, place some bets, and maybe win a bunch of BSV.

Using Bitcoin to save your valuable content: Bico.Media review

Bitcoin SV (BSV), through its unlimited blockchain scaling, is set to be the data ledger of the future. With larger block sizes and an increased OP_RETURN limit, BSV isn’t just the fastest and cheapest cryptocurrency in the world, it’s also a great way to permanently save the most valuable data to an immutable ledger. Bico.Media is a great way to leverage this capability, by quickly and easily writing files to the blockchain.

If you’re unfamiliar with how to use Bico.Media, the site provides all of its documentation up front. If you’re just trying to write a simple file to the blockchain, you can do so with add.bico.media. If you want to view your file on the blockchain, just visti bico.media/[TXID], where [TXID] is the transaction ID where your file can be located, helpfully provided after you’ve made your upload. If the file isn’t one that can natively be viewed in a browser, just add the file extension at the end, like .doc for example.

We tested the site using several files and ran into very few problems. Uploading pictures (both .jpegs and .pngs) and word documents was fast and only cost pennies using Money Button. Accessing them was equally fast, with the images presenting in the browser, and the word document downloading as any file would from the internet.

For more advanced Bitcoin and developmental users, bico.media offers a wide range of support for BSV protocols, like B://, C://, D://, JSON, Mustache, and more. With the right set of skills and code, users can and have created dynamics files, working with data stored to the BSV blockchain. One ambitious developer created a working version of Microsoft’s Windows XP on chain using bico.media.

Is this for everybody? Not really. Content creators who want to save their data and creations will find value in writing to the blockchain, and developers can create truly amazing things if they understand how. But this is not a service that appears ready for wider adoption. Even at the cost of pennies per picture, the ease of use and cost of traditional cloud services will still prove much more attractive and understandable to the non-tech savvy. As easy as bico.media is to use, the average consumer won’t want to be saving hundreds or thousands of TXIDs to then later access their content.

But if you’re a business owner, or a decision maker in a large enterprise, or a developer, this could have great value for you. Instead of using third party services to host your data, where it could go down at any time, uploading your company’s content, or your project, to the immutable BSV blockchain, where the distributed ledger guarantees it will always be available, could prove to be a killer service. You just need someone on the team who knows how to do it right.

Easy file and text sharing on the Bitcoin blockchain: Bitpaste review

Out of the many real-world developments being seen on Bitcoin SV (BSV), BitPaste is the latest to receive the spotlight. As with any new application (does anyone remember what apps looked like when Windows was first launched?), BitPaste is still in its infancy and has room to improve, but it is already more robust than similar apps, making a function used every day by millions even easier. It is now possible to share files or text with anyone, anywhere with the BSV blockchain.

In accessing the BitPaste website, users have the choice of sending text, code or even a file. A range of formatting options are possible, including the ability to insert HTML codes and graphics, quotations, bullet points and much more. Sending a file is as simple as dragging it to the platform. From there, the user only has to save the file and then send the location to share it. 

Once the file is saved and the address created, users can send the hash to whomever they want. The recipient can take the address to the website, insert it into the search field and view the results.  It took all of three seconds for me to create this file. Just copy the link, go to BitPaste.app, paste it and see the results. 

When the file is saved, a little bit of BSV has to be paid, which is, of course, understandable. However, it’s only less than $0.01, making it a fair deal. By monetizing the sharing process, it helps to reduce the amount of clutter and FUD that could otherwise be introduced.

As with anything done on the blockchain, the file will remain in place and intact, unable to be changed by anyone. If you want to check back ten years from now, that address should still show the same results. This is one of the reasons blockchain technology really shines. It allows information to be stored and shared on a permanent basis, with no possible chance the information can be altered.

Streamanity review: The perfect escape from YouTube Armageddon

Video content creators haven’t always had many options for their platforms. The most obvious one has been YouTube for the longest time, but it’s a fickle master, with changing algorithms and monetization through advertisers, who may decide they don’t like your content at a moment’s notice. Streamanity is the answer to this problem, with content that derives its financial incentives directly from the audience, and rewards its content creators in Bitcoin SV (BSV).

But to be a potential YouTube killer, Streamanity has to do a few things right. It has to stream high quality videos consistently and provide a platform that works, attract content creators that audiences will love, and then attract the audiences that can reward those content creators. Does Streamanity do that?

First off, videos on Streamanity work flawlessly. When you click a video, it loads very quickly with no buffering. That’s important; audiences aren’t going to want to stick around if they have to suffer a lot of buffering.

Otherwise, the platform has many of the creature comforts we’ve come to expect of a video site in 2019. Users can search for specific videos, check out what the latest releases are, check back on their history and browse their subscriptions. And in a win over YouTube, users can also check out clips, curated shorter videos; an idea that likely came from Twitch. There’s even a dark mode.

The only real fault of the platform I can note is the search feature. When searching for a video, you’ll get a drop down of results. That works, but it’s inferior to the search options YouTube can offer, due to their big brother Google being on board. It would be nice to have the ability to sort the search results and apply filters.

Now, how does Streamanity do at attracting content creators? That’s where the choice to monetize with BSV really shines. All videos are tagged with a price, ranging from $0.05 to an unlimited maximum. When a user views a video, the content creator will be paid based on how long they watched, with Streamanity getting a 20% cut. In the example the list in their help section, a $2.00 video watched 1000 times will net the content creator $1600. If Streamanity can gather even a fraction of YouTube’s audience, creators could start getting very rich, very quickly.

And jumping back to the clips feature; that benefits content creators as well. Using an example from the most recently posted clips, rather than watch Reina Nakamoto’s nearly 2 hour interview with Dr. Craig Wright for $3.00, you can watch a 5 minute clip focusing on a specific topic for $0.13. Reina gets paid either way, but the audience can jump to the content they want to see.

So that makes for a great revenue model for content creators, but what about audiences? I was all ready to deposit some BSV and get to watching content, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Streamanity gifts new users with $1.00 to start. That was plenty to start watching dance videos, educational BSV content, and even meditation videos.

Additionally, content creators, or big fans of them, can boost a video to really grow their audience. This feature allows anyone to pay for a video to be free for whatever the balance of the boost is, and features it on the boosted page. For new audiences looking for great content, this is a cool way to catch their eyes.

Streamanity incentives users too, in that if you share a video and it goes viral, the link you share will net you 10% of all the profit that video receives from your referral. For those who aren’t so great at making videos, but have the social following to make a video blow up, this is an outstanding feature.

The criticism I have, as far as attracting audiences go, is that the platform has very little content outside of Bitcoin and blockchain discussion. While there are the music and dance videos I mentioned, they are rare. This should be as easy as attracting more diverse content creators, which I hope they do. There’s no reason not to try the platform, after all, as uploading new content is free, and that $1.00 promo gets you started in a great way.

At the end of the day, Streamanity has everything you could ask for from a video platform. The videos play great, there’s economic incentive for creators, and it makes it as easy as possible for new users to get started. Having that combination is rare, even in 2019. That makes Streamanity a great way for BSV fans to earn and use their Bitcoin, and enjoy great content as they do.

Simple Cash review: Easily introducing your friends to Bitcoin

Do you have a friend or family member that you need to send money to, and you happen to have some Bitcoin SV (BSV) available in your Money Button? Simply Cash, the easy to use BSV wallet, makes it so incredibly easy to introduce someone to the Bitcoin ecosystem and get them set up with their first wallet.

Not too long ago, introducing someone to the digital currency could be a bit confusing. Really, the only way to go about it was to convince them to download a janky looking wallet, teaching them how QR codes or addresses worked, and hoping they didn’t mess something up, sending money into an unrecoverable void.

While interfaces have gotten much better, and several BSV wallets have made the experience much simpler with additions like Paymail and HandCash handles, Simple Cash might have come up with the most user friendly introduction.

Thanks to their Send BSV via URL feature, Simply Cash lets you set up either a single use website to send BSV to a friend, or multiple gift cards you can share with anyone. To do so, simply visit simplecash.live, provide an optional name and description, and swipe the Money Button to load up the new URL with BSV. You’ll then get a URL address you can send to the recipient, who can then scan a QR code to receive the funds.

What if they don’t have a wallet, you ask? That’s where the folks at Simple Cash are ahead of the game. Every URL created through the feature not only presents the QR code, but also provides an easy to follow five step process to download Simple Wallet and receive the funds. That makes introducing a Bitcoin newcomer to the BSV ecosystem incredibly easy.

Just because the app goes by the name Simple Cash doesn’t mean the team behind it aren’t working on some really cool, more complicated tools though. The wallet has multiple recovery techniques, making it an easy proposition for newcomers to keep their funds safe and recoverable. They’ve also added support for offline signing, effectively making it possible to create cold wallets with Simple Cash.

If you are looking to evangelize BSV to some of your less tech savvy friends, there’s not too many better options than giving Simple Cash a try.