Just looked at Monero, going to mine on an i7 machine, running OSX. I got the command line tools from the official monero website, I started up the daemon and it's nearly synced, I've got the wallet setup too. So questions are:
1) I will actually manage to mine some coins on a system like that or do I have to use a pool?
2) Do people actually use the official command line miner or do I have to use some optimised variant?
3) Is there a guide on joining a pool?