At this point I got fascinated by BitCoin, though and I wanted to learn more about it, again (since last time I checked it was around 3 years ago). I added the BitCoin PPA to my new Ubuntu machine, and installed the BitCoin client. So far so good. I’m now trying to figure out how to buy the actual coins. A quick DuckDuckGo search reveals that I can exchange them with locals with cash. Interesting, but I’ll pass. The other option is to buy online via market exchanges like BitExchange. The problem is that I don’t care about anonymity, I need just to go to a site, put coins in a virtual shopping cart, checkout with a credit card … can’t find a way to do it.
I bit the bullet and I signed up for MtGox, one of the largest market exchange for BitCoin. It works like a stock trade market: you place your offer to buy BitCoins for a price and other members of the market decide whether to sell you or not for that price. In order to operate you need to add funds to your account. How? No credit card option, lots of ways to send cash and bank transfer to Japan or Europe … or use Dwolla, which requires another account. Dwolla sounds interesting too but at this point I give up. I’ll give BitCoin another shot some other time.