[Ads-l] cold - inactive, offline

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 29 15:28:35 EDT 2017

That part was not clear, thank you. The sort of cold storage such as used for lemons is a likely etymon for this cryptocurrency meaning, and it seems likely to be a coetymon along with “cold” as derived from the opposite of “hot” (electrically wired, connected to the internet).

I just sent out another e-mail about wallets that expands on this a little, but to your question, my e-mail was intended to be about “cold” not “cold storage”. I see that I failed to provide other examples, however. 

In addition to “cold storage”, other collocations for the second meaning include cold computer, cold wallet, cold device, cold USB (one Google hit), and perhaps “cold card”.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 29 May 2017, at 11:55, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Is this about _cold_ or about _cold storage_?
> FWIW, certain articles of winter clothing - furs, for example - were/are?
> kept, literally, in "cold storage" in refrigerated warehouses over the
> course of long periods of warm weather, e.g. from late spring to early
> fall, when there was no use for them.
> "Cold storage" has also long been in use in commercial agriculture.
> Report - Page 503
> https://books.google.com/books?id=X7q2AAAAIAAJ
> 1881 - ‎Snippet view
> In one room we found three thousand five hundred boxes of lemons, which
> have been stored for next summer's use. This fruit has been in _cold
> storage_ from two to six weeks ...
> The above-cited use of "cold storage" appears to be an extension of the
> kinds of uses of "cold storage" cited here.
> On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 2:47 AM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> 1. TechTarget (http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/definition/cold-storage
>> <http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/definition/cold-storage>) defines
>> “cold storage” as: a computer system or mode of operation designed for the
>> retention of inactive data.
>> The idea seems be something like when you’re actively using files, you
>> want to access them quickly such as with a fast hard drive, but for
>> archived information, you can use a storage means that is slower and saves
>> you money.
>> Merriam-Webster (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cold%20storage
>> <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cold%20storage>) gives a
>> definition that may be the origin of this:
>> a condition of being held or continued without being acted on
>> Example sentence:
>> the president's domestic programs had been in cold storage while he
>> attended to a string of international crises
>> 2. In the world of alt coinage (Bitcoin and the like), “cold” means
>> something like “offline for security purposes.”
>> https://www.reddit.com/r/BitcoinMarkets/comments/
>> 1zl9g6/bitfinex_how_safe_is_it/ <https://www.reddit.com/r/
>> BitcoinMarkets/comments/1zl9g6/bitfinex_how_safe_is_it/>:
>> Please read our security section. We use cold wallets to store our
>> customers Bitcoins and keep always a very small portion on the hot wallet
>> (less than a month of profit).
>> https://www.weusecoins.com/bitcoin-cold-storage-guide/ <
>> https://www.weusecoins.com/bitcoin-cold-storage-guide/>
>> Bitcoin cold storage is achieved when Bitcoin private keys are created and
>> stored in a secure offline environment. Cold storage is important for
>> anyone with bitcoin holdings. Online computers are vulnerable to hackers
>> and should not be used to store a significant amount of bitcoins.
>> Paper wallets were the most popular form of cold storage before hardware
>> wallets and offline software wallets hit the market.
>> Benjamin Barrett
>> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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