Are Burner Desktops the Future?

TL;DR: I love Burner_Machine.

Over the last month I’ve launched the Burner_Machine for a few trial runs for research projects. My main concern prior to launching a cloud based burner is the type of applications that would be pre-loaded on the machine.

The set up process is super easy and requires no technical skills. Navigate to burnermachine and select the type of machine you want to launch. burnermachine provides the option between Windows or Linux.

Choose your location.

burnermachine enables payment in Ethereum, Burner Token, USDT, USDC, PAX, and DAI.

Next send less than $2.00 USD to burnermachine.

Within 10 seconds we are go for launch. LET’S GOOO!

While the burnermachine indicates loading the machine typically takes 3-5 minutes, my experience is closer to about 7-12 minutes. With burnermachine being a blockchain based configuration, the setup likely requires a certain amount of confirmations before the desktop launches.

If you are not a patient person, there is a “minigame” within the browser to pass the time!

The game is actually addicting causing me to forget about the time…

Alas…my cloud based burner desktop is ready to roll.

My linux machine is pre-loaded with my favorite applications and two of my favorite desktop wallets (MyCrypto and Electrum). The burnermachine team did a great job focusing of privacy specific applications to minimize your online footprint (Signal/Tor).

A quick check on my IP address via whoer.net reveals Amazon as the ISP and a Washington DC based location as I selected at the beginning.

The Economics?

It is certainly cheaper if you need to use Virtual Machines (VM) on the reg for research to go the free route via virtual box or purchase a VMware license. For the same cost of a VMware license, burnermachine would provide around 400 hours of use.

With that said, I don’t think burnermachine is intended to replace VM environments and should be viewed as a tool to quickly launch a cloud base machine from any computer with an internet connection.

Why Use burnermachine?

I can think of several use cases with one being that you may not always travel with your machine that runs VMs or has access to all the tools you need to do research. In this situation, it makes sense to pay a minimal amount of crypto for a blockchain configured burnermachine that self terminates.

Another feature that I really like is the capability to also use remote desktop protocol (RDP) or secure shell protocol (SSH) of your choice to connect to your burnermachine.

I tested the RDP feature and had no issue quickly connecting. Once connected my initial instance terminated and I was accessing my machine again via RDP.

Give burnermachine a test run. It’s a great tool to add to the research tool belt.