OK, I thought, I have time on my hands, why not try this bitcoin mining thing and make a few bucks. I went on over to big bitcoin forum and started reading one of the guides. I soon came to a grinding halt. The stuff in the Getting Started guide is so technical it made my hair curl. It looks like I need to buy a ton of hardware and spend a lot of quality time with the tech info.
So, a couple of basic questions before I decide anything. In one thread people are talking about their video cards, whether they’re powerful enough, whether they have something called OpenCL or Cuda support. (Yes, I read that as OpenGL at first but it definitely seems to be OpenCL.)
What, in the name of all that’s holy, has a video card to do with Bitcoin mining? And one other comment gave me pause which I’d like to check out with you guys. One poster said, “Never mine on a laptop. Not worth it.” Is that true? What would I need besides this weird Gridseed box, which I assumed hooked up to the laptop?
I have a sinking feeling I’m out of my depth here but I’d appreciate any thoughts.