[Review] CLAMs, You Probably Have Them Already

CLAMs, You Probably Have Them Already

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What are CLAMs?

CLAMs are a new kind of cryptocurrency, similar to Bitcoin (altcoin).

The CLAMclient is a free and open-source software program that you can run on Windows, Linux or OSX. The official CLAM code base is on GitHub.

CLAMs developers wanted to create a cryptocurrency with the widest initial distribution.

They sent CLAMs to all active users of the 3 most popular digital currencies. They took the Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin blockchains, found every address with a balance above dust, and sent each one of them 4.60545574 CLAMs. If you had Bitcoin, Litecoin or Dogecoin on May 12, 2014 then you probably have CLAMs waiting for you.

If you want to know more, you can consult the official website (http://clamclient.com/) and the official forum topic (http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=623147.0).

Alternatively, you can simply check your bitcoin, litecoin, dogecoin address at clamchecker.com, and check if you have any CLAMs with you.


How to dig up CLAMs?

If you had BTC, LTC or DOGE in May 2014 then import your wallet into the CLAMclient and dig up some CLAMs.

I will explain how to proceed on Windows 7 with Bitcoin Core wallet and Multibit Classic wallet.

1- First of all, empty your Bitcoin wallet: send all your Bitcoins to another wallet. The empty wallet you are going to import into the CLAMclient should be considered compromised and should never be used anymore.

2- Change your settings to display hidden files and folders.

3- Download the CLAMclient from the official website (http://clamclient.com/start/download/).

4- (Optional) To speed up the synchronization of the CLAMclient with the CLAM network, you can download the “bootstrap.dat” file (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=623147.msg9772191#msg9772191).

5- Install the CLAMclient.

6- Put the “bootstrap.dat” file in the data directory (directory of the CLAM wallet.dat). In my case, it is in “C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Clam\”.

7- Run the CLAMclient software.

8- Wait for the software to synchronize with the CLAM network. It will take a while, but the process is faster with the “bootstrap.dat” file. In this case, it will say “importing blocks” in the lower left corner while the “bootstrap.dat” file is imported.

9- Once the CLAMclient is synchronized with the network, you can claim your free distribution CLAMs.
Bitcoin Core wallet: click on “File”, then on “Import Wallet” and then select your empty Bitcoin wallet (Bitcoin “wallet.dat”). The Bitcoin “wallet.dat” file location information can be found here (https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Data_directory). In my case, it is in “C:\Users\YourUserName\Appdata\Roaming\Bitcoin\”. Type in your wallet password. Done!
Multibit Classic wallet: You will have to export the private keys, not password protected, from Multibit. Open Multibit Classic wallet. Click on “Tools” then on “Export Private Keys”. Type in your Multibit wallet password. Select “Do not password protect export file”. Click on “Export Private Keys”. It will generate a “multibit.key” file. In my case, it is in “C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\MultiBit\”. Place the “multibit.key” file in the same folder as clam-qt.exe (“C:\Program Files\Clam\”). Go to “console” in the CLAMclient and type “importwalletdump multibit.key”. Done!

What to do with your CLAMs?

1- You can keep them. Learn more here.
2- You can trade them on cryptocurrency exchange platforms (1.00 CLAM = 0.0048 BTC when I wrote this article).




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