Because of the recent Ether price increase, a lot of crypto enthusiasts are evaluating Ethereum mining. Because of the expected rise in the blockchain's use and Ether's price, you can run the miner as a windows service. You may also make a local testnet, to develop Ethereum applications. Because of "gas" needed to run any blockchain apps, a local tesnet, is not a bad idea, as the local difficulty is small and the miner can create the coins, you need for "gas".
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