Jim Blasko, a crypto enthusiast, says he has found the official oldest known uploaded copy of Satoshi’s Bitcoin code, which was originally uploaded in August 2009. In a Facebook post on October 7, Blasko said he found code dating back prior to the earliest days Satoshi went public with Bitcoin.
The crypto enthusiast claims to have found the code via “some browser hacking” on the open-source software development platform SourceForge, where the digital gold was registered in November 2008. Blasko said it took Satoshi six months to mine 1 million coins as block 20,000 wouldn’t come until July 22, 2009. He highlighted that the upload was thought to have been lost for at least 10 years. But after some research, Blasko went to SourceForge and found the lost Bitcoin v0.1 raw data and files.
The raw code and files were assumed to be gone as they had been scraped from the SourceForge search engine for some reason. But Blasko went with his work and was able to find the original code. Satoshi’s personal notations, as per the two SourceForge links shared by Blasko, included remarks on why Bitcoin used base-58 instead of the standard base-64 encoding and questioned what to do about errors in the future.
Genesis Block, the first Bitcoin block, was mined on January 3, 2009, after Satoshi came up with the cryptocurrency’s white paper in 2008. It should be noted that Satoshi’s identity continues to be speculated about. The pseudonymous creator is remembered with papers, statues, non-fungible tokens and memes.