The last time I tried something like this was when NameCoin was getting going and it took the best part of a week to download all the data and even then it didn’t work anyway because it was too buggy and I eventually gave it away. ZCash is the first time since then that I have been motivated to try something like mining again - mostly because of the ZCash philosophy and partly curiosity about running a node.
It has been a bit over 13 hours so far and I am a bit over half way with downloading blocks (ADSL2+ connection) but the Linux Fedora build went very smoothly (except for one error reported in the short tests - the longer testing was fine) and it has been an interesting exercise so far.
So from reading the mining forum it appears that I will be wasting my time trying to earn any coins with an 8-core CPU but maybe I should keep the node running anyway and get a bit more familiar with everything. I am interested in doing buying and selling etc from the command line and generally learning as much as I can about the system.
Eventually I am interested in selling building lots for people who want to put up houses in my “Life Extension Village”:
and I am thinking of selling these lots (or even the first house that is nearly finished) for crypto - has anyone here done anything with crypto and real-estate? Would it be fair to say most people here are interested in BOTH the ZCash philosophy AND earning some ZCash / making money?