Thank you, this was a tremendous help. Perhaps we can have a regularly updated compressed blockchain available in the downloads area. I think once a week would be fine. This would be a great benefit to new users. I would be happy to compress and upload it myself if needed. I certainly have the bandwidth to do so. I also like the idea of putting a link into the wallet to download the latest one as another poster noted. Synchronizing the chain is extremely slow. I am aware that its slow on other coins as well, but any extra help on getting it done faster would be appreciated by many.