I will be focusing more on bit coins since it is my new found interest. If you havnt heard of bitcoins I recommend you check it out. Its very interesting http://bitcoin.org/ .
The forums are a great way to get started, everyone in there seems to be very friendly and helpful.
One of the most interesting things that I have come to find out is that bit coins are stronger than any governmental currency. Even after it has had a few hiccups with their market declining from 1BTC=$24 all the way down to $3USD it is steadily back on the climb.