Requesting advice / expertise for running a local node

gam3rpwn
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Requesting advice / expertise for running a local node

Edit: I didn't even realize I posted! I posted it mid sentence... Here's what I wanted to write:

I finally decided to give running a node a try, and I'm in need of guidance. I installed the monero Gui (advanced) on my windows laptop (SSD, 16gbRAM) and I'm currently syncing since 3 hours ago. I want to help the network and maintain my privacy instead of trusting another node, and I'd love to learn more to one day soon have a Bitcoin node and a monero node, I don't know if it can be done on the same hardware. I use mysterium dVPN for all things crypto, so one question is does that affect running a node? And then in general any advice and help for a beginner would be so helpful. I'm no expert, so just treat me like a fool this way nothing goes over my head. Thank you all!