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.
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:
AnarchyHolsters.bit before .com expires:
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:
AnarchyHolsters.bit after .com expires:
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.
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.
—THE BEASTLICK INTERNET POLICY COMMISSION outreach team.
…..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.
Neema Vedadi with the MeowBit cards he’s handing out at the Texas Bitcoin Conference:
update: One of the cards Tweeted in a photo by Brian Sovryn, one of the speakers at the Texas Bitcoin Conference: