The Bitcoin and Litecoin craze is slowing down. Now is a good time to take a look at alternative virtual currencies such as Megacoin, Opensourcecoin or similar coins. In this guide, I will take a look at how you can mine Megacoin without a pool.

First Things First

The thing with the coins out there is that you need to hold them long enough. Try not to lose interest too early like so many before. Sure, all coins out there are a gamble, that’s why it’s good to have convictions, but you also need to be smart about timing. Let’s do a quick recap:

The main coins adopted by thousands of businesses: Bitcoin: Rose from $50 in summer 2013 to over $1000 in November 2013 Litecoin: Rose from $4 in summer 2013 to over $40 in November 2013 The alt coins:NMC, PPC and similar coins also quadrupled! However, no businesses use those coins and they have no real value other than speculative value, which is fine for now, but in the long run they may get dumped or will be replaced, that’s why many miners cash out every week to avoid the high volatility, this depends on YOUR strategy (longterm vs short-term)

China, China, China ..

As of this week, things are slowing down. China is the main driver (no, it’s not the US who’s pushing prices that high. After careful observing the prices for some time, it’s very obvious that China is dictating prices – who would’ve thought? Check out Mt.Gox and OkCoin regularly for your own observations)Alright, now it’s very obvious there is demand out there, but there’s also some downside now. People are beginning to cash out. We saw LTC drop from a $50 high to $26 in a matter of hours only to go back to $40. This can happen any time with any coin. Sure, over the long run you may benefit (especially being invested in BTC and LTC), but you may want to consider realizing some profits after a 400% gain (stock investors would be happy with 50%!). It’s real money after all, you will only regret the loss once it’s gone. Be as pessimistic as possible at all times, it will help you to avoid optimism and euphoria which will lead to big losses. Yes, in the long run we all see prices going up, but there will be peaks and lows, don’t buy high and sell low.

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble: 7970 / USB Mining

To do some serious damage, you need a good video card – you could get two cheap 7970 for starters or if you want to go hardcore do some research on ASICs. There are also a bunch of cool USB miner for very little money. Get some on eBay, you can get some really amazing hash rates for VERY little money (like 40 bucks! very good profitability) but the key is to experiment with different setups and do a lot of research on profitability first. Also ask your local geeks for advice if you’re not sure what equipment is good. I will not share more advice on this matter to avoid giving bad advice. Also, if you can find a place at work or school to get free electricity or if you can deduct your electricity from your taxes (consider starting a company) you may want to do that too.

Pre-Reqisites: Megacoin, Minerd

1. Step Download Megacoin 2. Step Download Minerd / CPUMinerInstall both. Do NOT install on a SSD and make backups to avoid nasty surprises – shit happens, I’ve been there, it can get ugly very quickly.

Megacoin.Conf

1. Step Open the Windows explorer2. Step Go to C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataRoamingMegacoin3. Step Right-click => New Text File4. Step Enter megacoin.conf and ht Enter5. Step Copy and paste this, replace username123 with a name OF YOUR choice and a random password. Yes, enter anything you like here, Megacoin will use those setting to start your local Megacoin mining server
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404 Error

If you see a 404 error, it’s very likely you forgot to restart Megacoin after saving the megacoin.conf OR you entered invalid username:password data – verify that you use the correct data twice

Let’s Talk

Found my guide inspiring and want to do some networking? Let’s connect. You can ask me questions any time, just don’t expect immediate answers, please allow 72 hours and more for a proper answerPro-Tip: Megacoin has a built-in miner. For some reason if you start minerd and the Megacoin miner you can get higher hash rates than using a single mining tool. This obviously depends on your configuration, do some research on tweaking minerd and you may get higher rates Pro-Tip 2: If you don’t want to invest into ASIC’s (very expensive, high risk) you may want to consider simply buying some coins from a trading platform such as cryptsy and be done with it. However, the profitability on mining some alt coins if frigging amazing right now.


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Surprisingly, there’s still time to make money with this. Things are getting more difficult every day, but there are golden opportunities – we certainly live in interesting times – at least for geeks, that is! Good to be a geek, more power to you!