MeowBit FAQ:

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Q. What is MeowBit?
A. MeowBit is Free Software for Windows that allows you to effortlessly view Dot-Bit websites. It works on your entire system: ALL browsers, plus e-mail, instant messenger, FTP, everything on your computer. MeowBit is TRUSTLESS, i.e., you don’t have to trust a third party to ensure you are going to the desired site. That’s a good thing.

Q. What is Dot-Bit?
A. Dot-Bit (.bit) is a new top-level domain that, unlike Dot-Com, Dot-Net, Dot-UK, etc., is NOT controlled by any government or corporation. Dot-Bit works on the blockchain of Namecoin.
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Free Talk Live and Free Keene now have dot-bit mirror sites!

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Free Talk Live, the preeminent syndicated liberty radio show, has added a dot-bit mirror, so you can still access the site in case some cranky government control freak ever seizes their domain.

Ian Freeman of Free Talk Live’s site Free Keene also has a dot-bit mirror. FTL tech guru Michael Hampton set these up.

Get the Namecoin wallet and MeowBit dot-bit viewing software, free, here. A list of sites (many of them liberty sites) with dot-bit mirrors is here. Info on how to start your own dot-bit mirror to keep your sites drone-proof (ICANN proof, actually) is here.

A proxy for viewing dot-bit sites without installing software is here. That’s NOT drone proof, but is a fun kind of “training wheels for dot-bit.”

http://freetalklive.bit mirror of Free Talk Live radio show.
http://freekeene.bit mirror of Ian Freeman from Free Talk Live’s blog, Free Keene.

(Both sites work now in dot-bit. However, in the event of an ICANN take down, both sites will be fully configured to have everything work seamlessly via dot-bit.)

–Michael W. Dean

What is Namecoin? – video

 

Very well done animated intro to Namecoin. I helped write the text. Video is done by the very smart Michael J.

Surfing dot-bit without installing MeowBit

There’s a proxy now so you can view dot bit sites without installing anything.
http://bit.no.com/

you gotta leave the http://
part in.

Read the “About” (which I wrote) on that site for more info on why it’s still good to install MeowBit.

Here’s a list of dot-bit sites;
http://meowbit.com/list-of-working-dot-bit-websites/

MeowBit version 0.5.5204.40235 is out now!

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New better version HERE. Fixes previous problem with not resolving .bit with improper JSON. Also:

Pre-Windows 8 local nameserver function now restores DNS to use DHCP if the IP Address is obtained via DHCP
* Setup installs and starts dotBitNs service: More reliable then previous ‘self-install’ method.
* Setup installs Start menu icon
* Fixed System.Net.Http and other .Net framework version compatibility problems
* Automatic configuration of namecoin.config file is less intrusive; preserves comments.
* Namecoin config manager will search running processes to see if a custom data path is configured. <- Thanks Ian Freeman
* Task tray toggle (double click) now works to show window when hidden via minimize
* Settings window: Added some persistent settings:
* Minimize To Tray
* Minimize On Close
* Start Minimized
* Start On Login
* Moved Version info to new tab in settings window
* Remove StartUp shortcut from installer, it was being configured for all users, but new config option is per user.
* In order to have MeowBit autostart, the user will have to explicitly set that in Settings window.
* Start menu folder with Uninstall shortcut.
* dotBitNs Service will now try to detect running Namecoin client and find authorization information from config file
* Any configuration information that is found by the service is now saved so that it can connect to Namecoin client without the need for MeowBit monitor to be running.
* Dot-Bit specification implemented: Empty sub-domain name (“”) may be used to configure the domain. Entries specified here have lower precedence.

There is now a one-click installer for the Namecoin wallet

The MeowBit project (THE BEASTLICK INTERNET POLICY COMMISSION outreach team) has added an installer for the Namecoin wallet.

One of the main suggestions we’ve received on the MeowBit project is people wanting a one-click install for the Namecoin wallet. Many people do not understanding which file to click to install the Namecoin Wallet.

So Derrick Slopey of THE BEASTLICK INTERNET POLICY COMMISSION Outreach Team has created a one-click install.

You can get it here:
http://meowbit.com/install/NMC/WalletInstaller.zip

Source code is here:
https://github.com/Derrick-/namecoin_setup

It’s the same wallet from Namecoin.info, but with the installer (and nothing else) added. The binaries that are installed are taken right from the zip at namecoin.info. The installer just puts them in the right palace, sets some convenient registry entries, and creates some shortcuts. It also includes the Namecoin license file and readme.

Feedback welcome. We hope the Namecoin.info team will vet this and adopt and host this as an official option along with to the current download which lacks an installer, and is not easy for the tech un-savvy to use.

In service to liberty,
THE BEASTLICK INTERNET POLICY COMMISSION Outreach Team
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MeowBit, now for XP as well as Windows 7 and 8. View Dot-Bit (Namecoin) domains system wide!

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Whee! We now cover all common Windows versions: Windows 7, Windows 8, and XP.

NOTE: THERE IS A SEPARATE INSTALL FOR XP. It is HERE.

If you’re on Windows 7/8, you go HERE.

The MeowBit for XP is a hard fork. We will do tech support for it on our forum, but will not be updating it as often as we update the Windows 7/8 version. We just did a lot of work making an XP version due to user requests. We’ve tested it and it works well on our end.

INSTALLING THE XP VERSION: You will still need the updated Namecoin wallet, and should read the install info for the main version of MeowBit, HERE. It’s mostly the same info, except for this:

Special Information for Meow Bit for Windows XP
IMPORTANT: MeowBit requires upgrades for the .Net Framework which is not included in this installer.

Most people probably won’t need the update. If you’ve updated Windows XP in the last year, MeowBit should work fine out of the box.

If MeowBit crashes shortly after start-up, it is because these updates are not installed on your system.

The preferred method of obtaining these updates is to use Windows Update on your start menu and Install all Optional Updates for .Net 4.0
Alternatively, the Update 4.0.3 for Microsoft .NET Framework 4, available here:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29053
contains the updates needed to run MeowBit on Windows XP.

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Source code for XP version is here.

MeowBit – Now with Update Alerts Over the Blockchain – a new feature for software

As of the latest version of MeowBit (v 0.4.5186.41847, get the latest version HERE), version update notifications are delivered over the blockchain.

(Initial suggestion for this function was posted by Derrick on Namecoin Wiki, here.)

Delivering update notifications over the blockchain is more secure than conventional methods, and as far as we know, it is a first. (Gavin Andresen of the Bitcoin Foundation, Satoshi Nakamoto and theymos each have an alert key to deliver emergency notifications over the blockchain, but it’s only for emergencies and rarely, if ever, used.)

The next version will have an alert balloon, and an MD5 hash. This version, as a proof of concept, has red light/green light indicators. To access these, click the kitty cat icon on the desktop to open the MeowBit Monitor, and click on Settings in the lower left corner of the Monitor window.

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If you don’t have the Namecoin wallet open or updated (or if you’re not online), you’ll get “Unknown” under “Newest Version”:

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If your wallet is up to date, but your version of MeowBit is not, you’ll get one or two red lights under “Newest Version”:

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If your wallet is up to date, and your version of MeowBit the latest, you’ll get two green lights under “Newest Version”:

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You may have to close and open the window in this version if an update happens while you have the window open.

Derrick explains:

The p/ spec is here: https://wiki.namecoin.info/index.php?title=Product

There’re some other too on this page: https://wiki.namecoin.info/index.php?title=Category:NEP
The p/ spec probably needs a little work to be more generic, but I whipped it together kind of quickly for publishing version information of MeowBit. In MeowBit on the Version tab of the settings window, it lets you know what the latest version is via the blockchain, and it your version is older it presents a download link. Future work includes automatic downloads of new versions from publishes sources, and verifying the MD5 hash of the files.

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Source code on GitHub, here.

Other changes in latest version of MeowBit, and version history:

## Version History:
* v0.4.5186.41847 : March 14, 2014
* Settings window with logging (dis/en)ablement, available from tool tray context menu
* Open Log Folder, Latest Log File, or Copy Log contents buttons
* Sounds to verify log copy
* Bug Fix: Resolution fail on unexpected domain info format.
* Internal structural improvements of domain resolution
* Fixed repeating Logging dis/enabled messages
* Added README.md (this file)
* Typo in log output “Determining”… Thanks MWD.
* Query product info from blockchain using query api.
* Setting page displays current version, and latest version from blockchain
* Version info on Settings page offers link to download page if out of date.
* Extended default timeout for Namecoin client API calls to 5 seconds
* System status interval extended to 6 seconds (RpcConnectorTimeout * 1.2)

* v0.3.5179.694 : March 7, 2014
* Better windows management via tray icon
* Add help sub menu with website links
* Fix crashed caused by duplicate config keys
* Unmapped sub-domains default to their parent.

* v0.2.0.0 : March 4, 2014
* Initial Release

–Michael W. Dean and Derrick Slopey, THE BEASTLICK INTERNET POLICY COMMISSION outreach team.

 

HOW DOES MeowBit work?

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We’ve had a lot of questions on this. The basics of it are pretty simple actually:

MeowBit relies on the NameCoin wallet resolve .bit domain names. A simple local DNS-bridge against the local blockchain data.

Under Windows 7 the DNS servers are replaced (and stored) when the system is enabled. On Window 8 the DNScache function allows for specific TLDs to be resolved by specified name servers, so the functionality is a lot cleaner.

The goal is ease of use for the end user, to be able to resolve .bit domains without having to trust a third party.

Proof of how MeowBit and Dot-Bit domains would keep you drone proof in an ICANN takedown

So, I’ve been working with Derrick on MeowBit, and I know in theory that a dot-bit mirror would keep you accessible if some alphabet-soup 3-letter government agency stole your .com, .net, etc. domain name. But I wanted to try it for real.

I have a domain name, AnarchyHolsters.com that I registered a year ago for Neema. He was going to start a holster company. Then he got too busy being a daddy and told me to let it expire.

So I put a .bit mirror up a few weeks before it expired. Here are both the dot-com and dot-bit working two weeks ago:

AnarchyHolsters.com before .com expires:

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AnarchyHolsters.bit before .com expires:

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And here they are both after the .com registration expired. This is what would happen if they were seized by ICANN (except the dot-com would probably have a logo with a bald eagle on it saying why it was important for your safety that it was seized):

AnarchyHolsters.com after .com expires:

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AnarchyHolsters.bit after .com expires:

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The .bit IS STILL VIEWABLE. So get MeowBit, get a .bit domain name and set it up to mirror your .com, and rock your freedom no matter what comes along.

And if they took your SERVER, you could upload to a new server, send an update to the blockchain (cost: seven cents) and within 40 minutes anyone worldwide with MeowBit could access the new site.

Better version of MeowBit out now. v 0.3.5179.694

Howdy kitties!

We’ve been listening to your feedback and doing a lot of beta testing on our own, on many computers. Derrick worked his butt off tonight making an updated version. It works better, and also logs better…that will help us help you if you need help.

(NOTE to users: if you’d installed a previous version, uninstall the old version first. Click on desktop kitty to open MeowBit monitor. Stop Service. Go into system tray. Right-click on kitty, exit MeowBit. Go to Windows Start / Control Panel, Programs and Features / click MeowBit to uninstall. Then you can install new version.)

(Updates from previous version: fixes www./no www. issue. Fixes bug that made some people unable to install. Also has better logging to help us help you.)

(Note to developers: 3/6/14 11:08 PM Wyoming time: the source code on our source page is the last version, Derrick had to go to sleep. We will update the source link tomorrow evening, and put on GitHub with our third roll out.)

New version is at the same download link as the old one, on the Install page, HERE.

If you have questions or issues, please post them on our forum, HERE.

Thank you,

THE BEASTLICK INTERNET POLICY COMMISSION outreach team.

Download and print 4-up MeowBit cards to hand out

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…..at conventions, parties, anywhere you wanna be hip and happenin’!

Talk radio superstar Neema Vedadi of the Freedom Feens will be handing these out today and tomorrow at the Texas Bitcoin Conference. Everyone who’s anyone will be there. I’m not hip enough to be there, so I’ll be handing these out at the Casper, Wyoming east-side WalMart.

Print some of these up on light card stock (light colors make it even nicer!), cut them in four, and carry them with you. If you go anywhere hipper than the Casper, Wyoming east-side WalMart, hand them out to the beautiful people please!

Get the PDF HERE. MeowBit 4-up cards

Thank you for your service.

–MWD

Neema Vedadi with the MeowBit cards he’s handing out at the Texas Bitcoin Conference:

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update: One of the cards Tweeted in a photo by Brian Sovryn, one of the speakers at the Texas Bitcoin Conference:

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How To Configure Your Linux Web Server To Serve Non-WordPress Dot-Bit Web Sites Properly

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By Frank Bieser, Big Head Press.com / BigHeadPress.bit

THE PROBLEM
Now that you have your .bit domain registered and updated with your web sites IP address, you need to reconfigure and re-start your web service, so it will recognize the new .bit name.

If you’re on WordPress, that can be done from the WordPress install. We have code and directions for doing that here.

THE SOLUTION
For non-WordPress sites, below is the info from the Web server end to make things link and work perfectly:

These steps should work for any flavor of GNU/Linux running one of the Apache web server variants.  If it supports name-based virtual-hosting, the VirtualHost, serverName, and ServerAlias items will be there (and they are the only ones we care about). If you are running a website on AWS, good chances you are running it on an Ubuntu GNU/Linux instance with apache2, which is what I will use in my examples….

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The Inside Scoop on How MWD Went from FreeSpeechMe to MeowBit in One Week

Episode is HERE.

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Michael W. Dean is interviewed for an hour by Derrick J. Freeman on the Angel Clark show on LRN.fm. Michael spills the beans on what happened to make him go in one week from screaming FreeSpeechMe! at the top of his lungs to anyone who would listen to him screaming MeowBit! at the top of of his lungs to anyone who would listen.

They also discuss childhood motivations that lead to being a liberty activist.

Steps for getting up and running with MeowBit and Dot-Bit, IN ORDER

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A lot of people ask me all this every day. So instead of typing it over and over, I figured I’d make one post and send people here. Consider this a sort of site map for the most critical tutorials on this site.

Here are my recommended steps, in order, for getting up and running. From viewing Dot-Bit websites to having your own Dot-Bit website.

1.Download and install The Namecoin Wallet and MeowBit for Windows, and install them:

MeowBit Installation Page.

Read the whole thing please, especially the part about downloading the wallet blockchain for five hours the first time before telling us “IT DOESN’T WORK!” lol.

After five hours of letting the Namecoin Wallet update (with your computer on!), confirm that you can search the Dot-Bit web by trying several of the sites listed on this List of working Dot-Bit websites.

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