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Weekend Roundup (Apr 14, 2018)

EVERYTHING-SINCE-LAST-TIME-TILL-NOW EDITION

We told you we were going to do it. We’ll do it again too.

The chat grew to 9,750 Turtles this week! Join our chat! It’s been a long minute since the last update. So much has happened between now and three weeks ago, but luckily the mad scramble to a new algorithm has paid off and we are happily humming along at 8.51MH.

Our New Hashing Algorithm

I’ll link the article below, but to sum it up, we were alerted a few weeks ago to credible reports of ASIC miners being available for purchase. Sticking by our commitment to keeping mining ASIC-free and competitive, we pivoted to a new algorithm that you may be familiar with: Cryptonight Lite Variant 1

View at Medium.com

The transition is a two stage hashing algorithm change that is currently beginning phase two. Phase one gets us out of the way of ASIC for now, and incidentally NiceHash as well, for the moment. Phase two gets us a more suitable long term hashing algorithm to carry us into 2019.

TRTL-Stak, lol

During the transition to our stage 1 algorithm change, we were attacked repeatedly, which rushed the transition to the new algorithm. When we are making these changes, it requires the participation and cooperation of everyone else, which we almost didn’t have as a result of the attacks pushing the transition date ahead by 6 days.

Initially, we wanted to have at least the big two covered, XMR-stak and XMRig, which both voiced support for our algo change. The schedule moving forward made this difficult, as XMRig was the first to swap but most of our miners still preferring to use other software. We had to rush out an adapted version of xmr-stak that we affectionately called TRTL-stak.

As cool as it is having a miner named after us, when XMR-stak is released officially we will be retiring TRTL-stak in favor of the continuously supported XMR-stak. In the mean time, it is fine to use.

View at Medium.com

Bet your #MCM doesn’t have 5 GUI wallets

There’s a new tag in the chat now to summon a link to all of the graphical wallets currently available. Even with one or two of them currently retired, we still have 5 active GUI wallets currently, which just screams one thing… OPULENCE.

Download one of our wallets today, and put your hands on a piece of organic, fair-trade, handmade, bespoke, poverty-repellent software. Here’s a quick link to all of our GUI projects

#1 This wallet is written in Golang. Supports Win/Mac/Linux


View at Medium.com

#2 This wallet is written in c# with WinForms. Supports Win/Mac/Linux


View at Medium.com

#3 This wallet is written in Python w/ Glade. Supports Win/Mac/Linux

View at Medium.com

#4 This wallet is written in Javascript w/ Electron. Supports Win/Mac/Linux


View at Medium.com

#5 This wallet is written in C#. Compatible with Windows, Testing Only


View at Medium.com

  • The TurtleCoin Mining Pool Monitor — app has been re-released on Android now, so that the iOS and Android features will be in-sync moving forward. It has also undergone a few updates recently: — now supports the unified pools list JSON — the pools screen now has last block found time and estimated average block found time — the dashboard now lists the last pool payment timestamp Download the app today! — derp3xIOS — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turtlecoin-mining-pool-monitor/id1353746147?ls=1&mt=8
    Android — 
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lol.turtlecoin.poolwatcher&hl=en
  • TurtleNode.io — daemons are updated to v0.4.3 and are running like champs. TurtleCoind-ha project received a major update this week that helps with stability quite a bit. Also added a few new features in support of v0.4.3 of TurtleCoin. See https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoind-ha/releases for more information Most of my “spare” time this week was spent working on TurtleCoin itself. — Iburnmycd
    https://turtlenode.io
  • Wiki — is getting a lot of revamp this week, big thanks to zed, guacamole and sajo and everyone for all the contributions and work keeping our documentation up to date, accurate, thorough and easy to follow — bebop
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/wiki
    I’ve been making some big changes to the wiki. Changing the structure of files and adding newer guides on other topics. It’s been coming along nicely, excited to have it done and pushed to the wiki. It’s gonna be great :D” — Sajo
    “We have been updating the wiki to make it a one-stop-shop for all things TurtleCoin. I am hoping that if we can make the wiki as newbie friendly as possible, we can reduce the barriers of entry into our community. Come and give us a hand!”
    — holyguacamole
  • Simplewallet — Hopefully those of you who are using simplewallet have enjoyed the UI changes that 0.4.2 brought. There’s a few new features in 0.4.3
    The `— wallet-file` and `— password` args that some people were missing have been re-added, so you can start up your wallet straight away from a batch file or script. It also adds timestamps to list_transfers, so you can see how long you’ve been a part of this great community!
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin
  • 0.4.3 Fast Sync — “The ability to sync the daemon using a list of checkpoints rather than maintaining bootstrap snapshots was added. This enables fast initial syncing and spreads bandwidth usage across the network rather than a single blockchain download and should aid in faster recovery of daemons when problems arise.”— Ereptor
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin
  • New Algo — “Turtlecoin has officially moved from Cryptonight to Cryptonight Lite Variant 1. This was implemented via a collection of opportune if statements.” — Suml Noether
  • Nest GUI — The Nest wallet is getting featured on turtlecoin.lol as the main GUI wallet. Coming from the industrial and startup spaces, where I developed many apps, but for internal use or for cocky bosses who thought they had the next big idea but nobody wanted their product, it’s a nice change. With already hundreds of users and soon thousands, it feels great to develop something people want and use, and to help grow the TurtleCoin community. — Jon Nest Dev
Image result for turtle nest gui
TRTL Nest GUI
  • TRTL Wear Watch App — “trtl wear released this week, now you can see the time, date, weather and the vaule of a turtle coin all from your watch. Along with that I’ve been making some fresh exploration into getting android a turtle wallet, hopefully more on that soon.” — Seperot

turtle-wear
  • Winforms GUI — We’re actively working on the WinForms wallet, making continuous progress by resolving github issues, adding features, and keeping an eye on #help and #wallets for any issues that haven’t been reported yet. — JerMe404

Winforms GUI
  • Electron GUI — The newly introduced Electron GUI wallet, named WalletShell, has just entered the GUI wallet race. It’s main goal is to provide users with an intuitive and pretty looking interface. Future updates will include a revamped Transactions page and the ability to use a public node. — PermaDeath

Electron Wallet
  • Turtle Racing Alpha — tests have been running through the week and collecting/fixing bugs. Check out videos and follow on Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/turtleracingalpha/videos/all The next features being worked on is a turtle auction where you can buy and name your own turtle with max speed, acceleration, and endurance stats that effect the outcome of the races, and exacta and trifecta betting pools. — Ryan

Turtle Racing
  • RocksDB Upgrade — As Turtlecoin community was screaming to heavens “Oh Great Turtle, please pretty please, bless us with stable daemon!” two brave turtles with capabilities heard the prayers. Here we are now blessed with daemon stable more than EVUR! — YamiM0nster
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This Week In TurtleCoin (Mar 2/9, 2018 )

The chat grew to 8,467 Turtles this week!

“/V or even /^” — nnamon

Tonight’s Turtle Typhoon Event!! Free TRTL!! 
Mine the Storm!You are Invited to the Raindance Party!

TRTLv3nW7vX3WXx5CRprf1ifYcY26yYPiVK9E6ocN91DKpUmqADA17n9qcE9QBCgJriGZZcbHuwwKFC8RomYVPDZah8dBN32BbZ
  • From 8pmEST/1amGMT on Friday 9th March

Category5TV has offered to livestream the typhoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKaGchF4p5c

If you are mining TRTL and would like to donate to the rainbot during the Turtle Typhoon, change your wallet_address in your xmr-stak config to the raindance donation address: TRTLv3nW7vX3WXx5CRprf1ifYcY26yYPiVK9E6ocN91DKpUmqADA17n9qcE9QBCgJriGZZcbHuwwKFC8RomYVPDZah8dBN32BbZ

  • Guys at Coinlib just put trtl up: https://coinlib.io/coin/TRTL/TurtleCoin
  • TurtleCoin now has a YouTube channel for posting tutorials and howto’s for new uers! The guys in the #dev_marketing channel really are turning this into something cool looking, as always
    HTTPS://YOUTUBE.COM/TURTLECOIN SUBSCRIBE OR PERISH
  • Montcalm’s Pool- “Cool Mining Club is back in Cryptonote mining, opening a new Turtle pool at https://turtle.coolmining.club/ ,high end support/server for all miners, lot of experience from running a Monero pool during one year at early age of Cryptonote coins. Low fee (0.2%) and lot of good luck ! 🙂 Happy Mining eveyrone”
    https://turtle.coolmining.club/
  • TMAC25’s turtlecoin-walletd-rpc-php — “turtlecoin-walletd-rpc-php, is just a simple PHP wrapper for the TurtleCoin walletd JSON-RPC interface. Feel free to bang away at it and let me know where I’ve screwed up. I’ve been lurking around the discord for a while, and really just wanted to start trying to contribute. Love the community around TurtleCoin!”
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-walletd-rpc-php
  • EncryptedUnicorn’s One Click Miner —I’m pretty excited about this project, because it really legitimizes the project in a lot of new user’s eyes. This is a big step forward for the ease-of-entry for TurtleCoin. EU came out of nowhere with this one, which seems to be a theme around the TurtleCoin Discord chat, and something I’ve come to appreaciate about the community 🙂


A few days ago I had the idea of making some kind of (desktop) one click miner for Turtlecoin and I started to develop it myself and it has already progressed faster than I expected. It’s pretty much just a GUI for xmr-stak that selects best trtl pool to mine on (currently only considering the ping time) and starts xmr-stak in the background with the chosen settings. It also has a “mine to raindance” option ;)It’s far from being perfect or finished yet, but it already works as it’s supposed to. I’ve written it in C# for windows.” — EncryptedUnicorn
github: https://github.com/encryptedunicorn/turtlecoinOCM

  • fexra’s TurtleWallets— “TurtleWallet aims to close the gap between TRTL (TurtleCoin) and real world application. Our vision is to lower the barriers of entry for not only the average day-to-day user , but also app and game developers. We hope to achieve this by offering an easy-to-use web wallet, that comes with API support and advanced monitoring and insight reporting. These are just a few of the many features we are working on. If you would like to participate in the beta, follow @fexra on twitter or keep your eyes peeled on the TRTL reddit page.”


TurtleWallets has one vision: lower the barrier of entry for 1) average people, 2) app/game developers

Hence TurtleWallet will come with API support, and offer plugins for wordpress, magento and perhaps even libraries for langauges in the future

“I have a day job working on games, and am working on a turtle racing game at night, I hope to share more with you guys in a few weeks.” -Ryan, Turtle Racing Game
  • Ryan’s Turtle Racing — “Turtle Racing is a 3d game being developed in Unity that will be a livestreamed and let viewers place horse race style bets via chat commands. Players can enter and name their own turtle, and buy them cosmetic hats! It is mostly using open source assets and being developed in my spare time slowly but steadily. I am hoping to have a beta race in a few weeks!

Actually betting would be cool, it is being developed for pure fun not profit, I am planning to give a free daily reward of an in-game currency and have a special race once a week or so that the winner would get turtle coin as a prize, but I am up for other ideas or when I’m done someone can take the source code and make it into a gambling thing.” -Ryan

A WILD GIGATURTLE APPROACHES
  • GT3000’s TRTL Game — “Another week another milestone, with content complete, we have begun polishing the UI. Here’s another teaser image to keep you guys sated. Still no date on release but it won’t be too much longer now. Keep fighting the good fight against our ILLUMINATI overlords! Turtle Forever!” 
    Man I cant wait to see how this one turns out, Im dyin! — RockSteady
  • derp-derp-derp iOS pool tracker — “You might remember Adi G.’s pool monitor for Android being released a few weeks back. Well now an iOS version is available as well. The functionality is similar to the Android version, where you can put in your wallet address and the pool you’re mining on, and it gives you all of your stats right on your iPhone or iPad. TRTL Power!”
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turtlecoin-mining-pool-monitor/id1353746147?ls=1&mt=8
  • cvstn’s Riddle — “I made a series of riddles to give the folks in the TurtleCoin Discord something to scratch their heads over while hanging out. Each level in the riddle contains keys to a wallet with increasing TRTL rewards. It’s been a lot of fun watching the community tackle the weird questions in the riddle, even if certain questions are a little abstract. At the time of writing there is still over 1 Million TRTL waiting to be claimed by some clever person.” 
    https://github.com/cvstn/TurtleRiddle
  • CPUGuru’s Pool — “The Challenge Coin project (http://challengecoin.io/), whose mission is to ‘Give Back’, is utilizing mining as a means of social outreach and purpose for disabled, mobility impaired and shut-in Veterans.They have fired up an off-centered Turtle Pool called ‘Turtle Power’ at http://turtlepower.challengecoin.io/ where currently 24% of TRTLs mined by the pool are donated to the @TurtleBotRain address for raindances!The Challenge Coin project chose TurtleCoin as their debut cryptocurrency because of the community involvement and laid back atmosphere.”
    http://turtlepower.challengecoin.io/
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This Week In TurtleCoin (Feb 24 2018)

Better-late-than-never-edition!

It was another steady week here at TurtleCoin HQ, many rains were had, but no turtles were hurt in the ensuing floods!

Aditya’s TurtleCoin Pool Monitor

Let’s enjoy Reddit while it’s still a thing!

The /r/TRTL Subreddit is celebrating 1,200 subscribers!! Congratulations to our community team that is memeing our way to the top, around the clock! Subscribe now for all of your quality TurtleCoin content and discourse -> https://trtl.reddit.com

  • Decentralized Exchanges — Work continues on getting TurtleCoin added to a decentralized exchange, for the purposes of reliability and security. Remember, if your TRTL is on an exchange, you’re not in full control of it.
    The current integration effort is for a DEX called Bisq, which you may remember as BitSquare. The qualifications and requirements for being listed are few, but you have to code your own integration and then get it successfully merged as a pull request to the main software repository for the exchange, and the author explicitly states that you get one chance, and one chance only at this, or you’ll be blacklisted. Needless to say, we are measuring three times and cutting once!
    Bisq DEX — https://bisq.network
  • Fixing Stuck Transactions — Recently, we’ve noticed people sending transactions with a large amount of inputs, but only the network minimum fee, and they get stuck easily in the transaction pool, which can really suck! Fortunately, we’re working on making these types of sticky transactions less of an issue. ZedPea had a quote and some ideas in regard to a solution: “Would be cool if you could mentioned the transaction pool bugs being attempted to be fixedI guess just don’t worry folks who have stuck tx’s, we’re working on fixing it — if they want more info there’s an explanation here — https://github.com/ZedPea/turtlecoin/commit/18677cb69439e3bd5a51dd7f96475739dd8dfde1
    Thanks, Zed, I hope we’re able to help free the Turtles! — RockSteady

This one came attached to GT’s quote, and I’m just going to leave this filename how it is… (wrongneighborhoodmotherfucker.png)
  • TRTL Game Devs, UNITE! — Our game devs really lit a fire under things this week in the chat, and I can really see some steam building in that department! If you’re an aspiring game dev or asset designer, you should check them out in the chat! Bebop took a second to get with GT3000 for a quote on this week’s developments, “Work progresses on our untitled turtle game, we’ve finished the Minimum Viable Product, and have begun fleshing out the content. Our noses are on the grindstone to really get this out to people and we’ll have more information soon but here’s a teaser image to tide you over. Keep fighting the good fight against our ILLUMINATI overlords! Turtle Forever!” Nice! I can’t wait to play! Good job, you all!
  • Life’s Pool Tracker and Converter —“I’ve made an android app for pool tracking and converting TRTLs to other currencies. there is no github repo yet, it’s going to be opensource someday… it’s getting updates weekly, I’m currently working on notifications, so if your miner stops, you get notified, etcyou can test it out yourself” — LiFe[MGLolenstine] 
    Good job! I hope to see this one open sourced some day, so the community can learn from what you’ve made. — RockSteady
    Pool Tracker — https://labs.xda-developers.com/store/app/xyz.mglolenstine.trtlcalculatorandpooltracker
  • Derp’s Pool Watcher —“hoping to have an alpha of iOS pool watcher ready by Sunday or Monday night. steady she goes on my side” — derp-derp-derp, thanks for your hard work! We for sure need more of an iOS presence, and this could help.
  • Turtle Runner — Kinjo shared with us a preview of the Turtle Runner Game that’s being worked on. This one’s really cool, and takes me back to my early Atari beginnings, thanks! I can’t wait to lose hours of productive time playing this 🙂

Turtle Runner!

Turtle-Wallet, Python GUI Wallet for TurtleCoin (Image credit, CodIsAFish)
  • GUI Wallets — Just in case you weren’t aware, we have a few GUI wallets that are receiving regular updates and lots of love from our community contributors, and if you’re into graphical programs rather than command line, these are right up your alley!
    Turtle-wallet is our python GUI wallet; if you’re into Python or like tinkering, this is the one for you!
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet
    Xamarin-wallet is our windows GUI wallet; if you just want to unzip a folder and double click an icon to get started, this one is your best bet.
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/desktop-xamarin
  • Docs and Wiki — AC, Bebop, Zed, and a bunch of other industrious Turtles have been working hard on our documentation fragmentation issue lately. We have a lot of guides, but they’re all spread out, so these guys came together to bring you some cool documentation repos for users, devs, and operators. When they are done, these repos will merge, and become our knowledgebase. I hope some day we can be the most well-documented project out there, and these guys are pushing that vision forward every day!
    “docs repo has been consolidated with turtlecoin-wiki and closed. Documentation organization and cleanup is underway and we’ll have a nice, organized structure for documentation and guides together in the next couple of days” — Bebop
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-wiki
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/docs
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/wiki
  • Turtle-Coin.com —” has been updated with a new way to add your pools. Go to https://turtle-coin.com/request.php and enter the data. Requirements are not set in stone, and will change with the network. “— Watter from Turtle-Coin.com

Bebop’s shoutouts:

AC — invaluable work on documentation, dev site, etc.

fexra — working on a web wallet, support and testing for turtlecoin-walletd-rpc-js

Rybofy — ads

cpnCrunch — stickers

Note: As I’m writing this weeks update (Mar 2, 2018), I see that this article was here, almost-done and unpublished. My logic in posting it now is that I figured it was best to post this in it’s half written state rather than not at all, for historical purposes. Bebop and I were working to pull together quotes and mentions for this issue, but he thought I was posting it, and I thought he was posting it, and ultimately neither of us did it, and while everyone was all-hands-on-deck for a few important issues, this article had to be re-prioritized. If you submitted an update or a quote, please contact me personally and I’ll update this article. — RockSteadyI’m probably missing a few; it’s been a big week! If you’d like your project or update added, please shoot me a line! — RockSteady