Ethereum is making waves in the crypto industry of late as a novel, visionary and well supported player in blockchain technology.
People who have some GPU based mining hardware, like myself, may be smart to mine some ETH because it is profitable to do so now or to hold against future value increase. Those who are developing an application that rides on the Ethereum blockchain may also need to run a node.
Setting up the hardware to run a node or to mine ETH is relatively simple, however there is a bottle neck for those of us with slower processors or less than stellar internet connections: syncing the blockchain data contained in the chain data file.
It took me several days and moving my main desktop server to access a faster internet connection to finally get up to the current block. Throughout the process I kept wishing there was a way to just download the chain data file instead of having GETH process it in real time from network peers on the ETH system.
If you too are having difficulty getting your node synced with the network a fairly current version of the chaindata file is available for download here.
Simply download the file and use the IMPORT command to install.
Note; when I messed up my conversion/update process on June 22nd this file let me restart the upgrade and allow it to finish successfully.
A 64 Gb bootable USB or SATA device preloaded with Ubuntu 14.04, Geth, CPP-Ethereum and Etherminer so you can mine with your GPU graphics card in your current machine. Just plug it in, reboot your machine, open a terminal window (ctrl+alt+t), create a new account(geth account new), start geth (geth) and let it sync with the last few days of Ethereum activity, then START MINING!