This is an opinion editor by Anthony Feliciano, a Bitcoin event organizer and Bitcoin Magazine contributor.
A few years ago, I had a problem when my apartment went out of power and my RaspiBlitz went offline. It was the start of a new project, namely “how do I prevent this from happening again?” I won’t go into the technical setup in this article as I wrote an article with detailed instructions on how to try this yourself.
Let’s be #reckless with this more fun Lightning Node article. I mean, if we’re not going to call ourselves Bitcoiners and be #reckless about tools, apps, and hardware, then what do we do? The premise here was that I was being posted to California on business. Now, if you run an LN node at home, you’ll run into power outages, internet outages, hardware freezes, and anything else you might encounter while protecting a node – but you’re at home so you know how to fix everything and get back to it. normal with minimal downtime. What if you are on the road for a long time and this happens? I hope there is someone at home who can fix it for you or at least guide them. If you don’t, will you leave your node offline for “x” days? I guess that’s sort of being #reckless. What did I do, you ask? Of course, I took it with me when I left. The term mobile banking has been around for several decades due to the development of protocols, infrastructure and hardware that make everything possible. So I thought what if I could show my Raspiblitz node as mobile banking 2.0.
Let’s be #reckless now
I drove over 1,000 miles from Denver, Colorado to El Segundo, California.
I gathered the family, got my LN node, and off we went. Here is a photo as we left it. My car was full of family, kids, dogs and my node. I needed to find a good enough spot, it wouldn’t be too squashed. I kept it under the seat for almost the entire time – a good test to see how long the battery will last in this unit. I’ve never fully tested battery life before.
This next picture is somewhere in Utah. I don’t remember where it was but it was noon and lunch time. My battery was still alive and node synced. I know I lost connection in parts of the Rocky Mountains but when the cellular connection was restored the node synced.
The other photo I show is the RaspiBlitz menu screen showing my node connected and in sync. **Note** I only took one photo of the menu as it doesn’t need to be shown multiple times.
Our next stop would be Las Vegas for the night. Some time after I left Utah and went to Las Vegas the battery finally died and my node went offline. I was a bit #reckless because I was driving and forgot to check the battery and let it die. I estimate the battery life to be around eight hours. I didn’t check in full time but it was a good part of the first leg of the trip. When we got to Las Vegas I recharged and resynced the backup battery. Once I got a good enough charge, I took it out for another photo.
It was the night of the 2022 NFL draft in Las Vegas.
“With the first pick of the 2022 NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars pick RaspiBlitz!” *The crowd is going crazy!*
The next day we went to California. The battery pack held the knot all the way to the hotel, about five hours for us. I didn’t take the knot with me when I was on the road when California was our home for a week. Sometimes I did, sometimes I left it at the hotel. As you can imagine, the node will sync only when it receives my mobile hotspot connection. So, on days I didn’t take it with me, I turned it off at the hotel and when I got back I turned it back on and resynced.
Could I try configuring the node to connect to hotel WiFi? Probably, if I edited the WiFi file. I would need a screen to see the assigned IP address to connect. This is a downside of being headless (no screen) without a connection to your own devices.
Next up was a photo shoot at the Surfside Brewery. As you can see I’m chilling at the bar with me. Yes totally #reckless. Understood. A few days later, this would be the same place where I normally hold one of my Cryptobeerkings events in Denver – but why not take everything mobile and spread Bitcoin with such events in a completely different state and in a completely different situation? A group of new Bitcoiners I should meet?
The week was coming to an end and we had to make the return trip, a rather similar two-day journey. This is Utah, St. It was the last photo I took of the hotel in George.
To sum it all up, it was a successful #reckless journey. We drove over 2200 miles with two kids, two Siberian Huskies, and my LN node. This way all my node got rid of interference there and back. I bet a lot of people who see the photos and read the stories have gone into total squirrel mode. Understood. That was the purpose of this journey and article. I wanted to document Bitcoin’s journey to being #reckless while continuing to demonstrate its capabilities so others don’t have to. I wanted to show you all the tools that great Bitcoin developers have worked on for years, actually implemented in real-world use cases. As a community, we’ve moved from Bitcoin Twitter, users who can’t code or develop, to be able to apply these tools in real-world situations and come up with excuses to be #reckless and succeed! This is a testament to this community.
That being said, my setup wasn’t perfect. I’m sure there are better cases or products out there that will make the whole setup better. Yes – but that’s what I had at the time. Maybe some hardware and/or developers will read this and come up with a better solution, hopefully someone will do it, because it’s just for the benefit of us as a community. If you’re wondering, I used the Zeus app as my mobile app. I was able to connect to my node via a Tor address. I even tested out payments from it in the days leading up to the Cryptobeerkings event at Surfside Brewery.
I hope you’re inspired to find fun ways to be “wow” and/or #reckless. So is this mobile banking 2.0? Bitcoin mobile banking? Well, we’ll work on the terminology later. Enjoy your friends. #Reckless.
This is a guest post by Anthony Feliciano. The opinions expressed are their own and are not their own and BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.