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Bitseed Weekly Broadcast, Issue #16

Welcome to Issue #16 of the Weekly Broadcast, a weekly newsletter published by the Bitseed team to share important news for Bitcoin full node operators. We cover the latest in Bitcoin development, full node news, community events, and experimental projects that node operators may find of interest. If you have any news tips or insights you’d like us to share in a future edition of the Weekly Broadcast, send us a message and we’ll credit you if your submission is published. Here’s the latest:

Blocks are full!

Due to Bitcoin’s growing popularity, blocks are now consistently full, causing the blockchain to grow in size at a faster pace than it has in the past. As a result, Bitseed hard drives are filling up faster than they have before. This has led our new Bitseed 1TB HDD and 2TB HDD editions to become our best-selling variations yet. We are now offering a trade-in deal for all Bitseed customers who want a bigger hard drive. The following table shows how much extra will have to be paid in addition to the trade-in to get a model with a larger hard drive:

V1 120GB + $50 $70 $120 $150
V2 250GB or 320GB + $70 $120 $150
V2 1TB + $50 $100
To find out what size your hard drive is, you can:
  • Check the original invoice for your Bitseed order
  • SSH into the device, then run the following command and look at the value for /dev/sda1

    df -h

  • Open the Bitseed web UI and click on the Device Status tab in the menu.

You can send us a message through our contact form if you would like to trade in your Bitseed for a model with a larger hard drive. Please include the serial number printed on the bottom of your Bitseed, the size of your current hard drive, and the size hard drive that you would like to upgrade to, and we will send you an invoice for the new order.


SegNet 4 released

Bitcoin Core developer and Ciphrex CEO Eric Lombrozo recently posted on the bitcoin-dev mailing list announcing SegNet 4, the fourth test network for the Segregated Witness soft-fork.He is encouraging Bitcoin Core users to run SegNet 4 nodes to help with testing. The new SegNet includes support for Check Sequence Verify (CSV), a feature that enables “routable bi-directional payment channels” aka Lightning Network transactions. You can read more about Segregated Witness and the capabilities of SegNet 4 in the posts linked below.


Decentralized Web Summit

Bitseed co-founder John Light is helping the Internet Archive organize the Decentralized Web Summit on June 8th in San Francisco. This event is “bringing together a diverse group of Web architects, activists, engineers, archivists, scholars, journalists, and other stakeholders to explore the technology required to build a Decentralized Web.” If you are interested in the Decentralized Web and want to meet and collaborate with the people who are helping to build it, you definitely want to be at the Decentralized Web Summit!


That’s it for today’s Weekly Broadcast! Subscribe to the Bitseed mailing list to get notified when we publish next week’s Broadcast, along with other important Bitseed announcements.