Is it possible to revive ‘Dead Coins’?

One of the interesting aspects of the whole Bitcoin or crypto coins is that there are a number of coins that are currently considered ‘dead. Dead as in the sense that the development team no longer seems to exist for the coin or the coin no longer trades anywhere. So while the coins may be dead at the moment, I wonder if it would be possible to start up trading in those coins and get them trading again.

From my experience and observations with the stock of various companies over the years I do think it might be possible to get a coin trading again and maybe some value to it. It seems the easiest solution would be to get it trading on any exchange and then convert the ‘dead’ coin into another more popular coin and solve the problem that way. The other path would be to develop some kind of standardized new blockchain for dead coins and convert dead coins into that and get them trading that way again. While it may not put it back to the old value, at least anyone that holds or held any of them would be able to trading in them again.

The other aspect is if anything can be done with abandoned or lost coins. Apparently, there are a number of coins in the various cryptos that the owners have either totally forget about or lost the keys, so these coins are, in a sense, dead. The last owner has completely forgotten about them or is no longer able to trade them, so the block chain is at an end. It seems it should be possible to try to get those back into circulation or maybe somehow send word to the chain and owner about the status. In some of my recent research Bitcoin has about 100 bytes that is like a comment field and that might be useable to somehow send word to the people with these inactive chains to get them back into circulation.

The last bit of research also talked about SHA-256 (I think that is it) which is the hash routine for the blockchains. One thing that did occur to me is that with enough computing power that it might be possible to have an index of all of the possible hashes, which would make the whole blockchain at risk. There was also some mention by various people that a quantum computer might be able to solve hashes much faster than the standard computers currently in use. From looking around a few months ago I think the largest quantum computer has 2048 Qubits, so it is limited in what it can do and only available at a large scale, like large corporation labs or government budgets would be needed. BUT, I expect as time goes on that the hardware will shrink, the Qubits will go up, and what it can do will far outpace what the standard computing can do for computations on a hash. I did run across one company that seemed to be selling time on a quantum computer, but expect it is still somewhat expensive and impractical, but should improve as time goes on.

NOTE: There are some people who think and talk about a Quantum computer being the path or what is needed to get to an AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) but I think they only think that because of the general path being taken with machine learning; where we basically throw millions of options at the computer so it can ‘learn’ what to do. In one of my prior posts I wrote that this ‘Big Data’ method seemed to be more of a way to try to brute force a solution to the problem instead of going about it the right way and figuring out how people think and learn. While I do expect this brute force Big Data method will get some results, I expect within a short period of time its limits will become obvious and never lead to a true AGI and without a real AGI, we will never get to an SAGI (Super Artificial General Intelligence; a group of AGIs are needed to build a SAGI).

Good Luck and Take Care,

Louis J. Desy Jr. – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Windows XP vs Windows 7 vs Windows 10 Migrations

Many people over the years agonize over how and when to migrate computers and/or versions of Windows. Within the past decade or so, the popular Windows operating systems on desktops are Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 10.

I myself, must confess that I have a primary laptop that is still a Windows XP system but have supplemented it with a Windows 7 desktop. My expectation is that when time permits I will migrate and consolidate everything to a new Windows 7 laptop or upgrade the current laptop to Windows 7.

While Windows 10 is the most recent operating system from Microsoft for desktops, I do not see a real need for it at this time since Windows 7 will do everything that I need, and has most of the problems all worked out of it from the years of updates and service packs available for it. There also seems to be a ‘problem’ with the consumer version of Windows 10 where it is setup to constantly send data back to Microsoft about what the machine is being used for plus all kinds of telemetry from your machine about what you are doing online in an effort to target the machine for better internet ads. As you can imagine, a number of people do not like their Windows 10 machine being slowed down for all this advertising.

The easy way to migrate versions of Microsoft operating systems is to prepare a new machine with the operating system you want to go to, and then use PCMover to migrate from the old system to the new system. If the existing system is going to be the computer with the new operating system, then you can installed a new hard drive with a clean install of the new operating system, and then connect the old drive with all of your data to the computer and migrate everything from the old drive to your computer with the new operating system. I have done this on several machines and it has worked very well with only a few minor problems. In one case I migrated a Windows XP computer to a new computer with Windows 7 and the migration fixed a lot of the operating system problems that the older Windows XP system had. Specifically, in that situation it looks like the machine had gotten ‘mangled’ with a virus at one point plus one of the prior migrations, before I started to support the machine, made some kind of strange Window 98 or Windows NT upgrade that had taken place since I saw directories for Windows NT on the drive C plus the Windows XP was not installed in the typical folder where it would be normally installed. There were also strange problems where when I tried to do a repair install of Windows XP that the installer did not see any existing installation to repair plus some of the icons in the control panel did not do anything; i.e. you would click on the icon and nothing would happen. When I migrated that system to a Windows 7 system, none of the operating system problem could migrate, only programs and data, so once everything was migrated everything worked fine except for two old 16 but programs. That problem was solved by downloading Windows XP mode for Windows 7 and running them from that.

While PCMover has a few unusual problems at times, and sometimes you have to redo a migration, I have always been able to work through the problems and been very happy with the end results.

Hopefully, any of you doing a migration will have things go as well as I have.

Good Luck and Take Care,

Louis J. Desy Jr.

Sunday, December 30, 2018