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Interview w/ SoreGums from TRTL Core Team

A while back we used to do an interview series called Out Of The Shell. This was a series of interviews done by an actual journalist, Gigantomachia, who would pull aside members of the community for an article, and when it was over the person being interviewed would pick another member to be next. The series was great, but sometimes life gets in the way, and this interview with SoreGums sat on the shelf for a few months.

I never want good content to go to waste, and I’m sure you guys would love to read it, so here’s the interview with a member of our core team, SoreGums.

This will be the last “Out of the Shell”, but it is far from the last interview, enjoy!

How’d you first learn about TurtleCoin?

I first learned about it via the Kevin Rose podcast BlockZero: #003 – TurtleCoin – The next Dogecoin?.

What was it about the coin that drew you in. Why are you involved in TurtleCoin as opposed to the other coins out there?

I listened to that episode during the 1st week of Feb 2018, then joined Discord. For the first 48hrs checked out everything and sat in #help and assisted others finding their way. Poked around the dev channels and ended up with contributor access to the Meta repo to help with issues there and got a dev-role tag as well. This level/kind of openness in projects is uncommon. I was also involved in discussions and liked the atmosphere and am now here for good. Other projects in this field pretty much have an agenda, and the dev teams don’t encourage outside involvement. I don’t like writing code; I can, I’m not great at it (as measured by speed and regurgitating things from memory – like on a whiteboard). My skill set is figuring things out (know how to find what is needed, be it tools, utilities, platforms, etc. and then put them together) and providing a way forward. I also like writing documentation. I very much enjoy supporting teams rather than being the star or leader.

Also, TurtleCoin is very much a currency application which runs on the TRTL Network. This distinction is relatively new (June 2018), however, has been in the roadmap from the start, see the Karai milestone. The appeal here then for me is getting in amongst it at a level that requires a fundamental understanding of how this all works. Primarily a learning opportunity, I am a believer in continued learning/development is essential for avoiding depression and being “happy” (to put it in simple terms).

How long have you been interested in crypto?

First got into it April 2011, bought 3x AMD GPUs to start mining Bitcoin. It seemed like it would be a thing. Would have been great if I believed that with conviction, haha.

So you gave up early?

About HODL. Always been following. Been moving around a lot, electricity vs reward at the time etc. I’m a member of the “if only” club of 2017 (BTC price surge etc.). I traded in 40BTC for an Amazon gift card to buy eBooks etc. Still worth it, however, in hindsight, 40*20k is a large number, that would have been nice. Now, 7yrs later it’s visible traditional central banking will be impacted. Blockchain genie is free, an energy-efficient application of it will need to be figured out long-term though.

Have you been involved in any other crypto project before TurtleCoin?

Not like with TurtleCoin. On BitcoinTalk, I was pretty vocal in the Coino Coin project, which died due to the core dev team being two people and real life got in the way. It was also a fast block project, ran into problems with that and the size of the blockchain database. It is funny, Dash, Digibyte, Coino all started around the same time. The core idea of fast blocks and what that enables is why I am so interested in TurtleCoin.

I’m as involved in TurtleCoin as I am because of how the project works and the people attracted to this way of working. I’ve been able to engage in discussions and contribute some value, that is accepted. Then the reason this is a thing is that the project has a focus on the platform as a tool, rather than a way to get rich quick (funny how incentives dictate actions/behaviour). Which leads to the people, we seem to be evenly distributed across the globe teaming up as it were on common end-goal objectives. Everyone I’m actively involved with comes at the work via the collaborative, open, straightforward, humble, mindset.

You’ve mentioned being interested in fast block times a few times. What about fast block times interests you and what do they enable?

Everyday transactions, the only way any cryptocurrency is going to become “the way everyday transactions are conducted” is if they are instant or close enough. In Australia/New Zealand they have self-service checkouts at the supermarket, NZ has self-service petrol pumps, a financial transaction needs occur to complete the sale as it were. So fast block times matter, no one is going to adopt a new way that requires them to stand around for more than 5secs before they can go. Thus immediate responses from the network are essential (fundamentally there doesn’t need to be fast block times, however as a building block it is a logical place to work from/at). Bitcoin is getting instant transactions via technology like lighting network, which briefly means people between the purchaser and seller guarantee amounts are moving from purchaser to seller instead of the network directly (over-simplified, general idea).

So practically how all this works is like this. A transaction broadcast to the network is the equivalent of authorisation in the current visa/card networks. This authorisation is saying “these funds have been allocated FROM this account TO this other account”, allocated means on the way to the destination, (privacy coins, of which TurtleCoin is one, only the sender and receiver know the FROM and TO parties) and is instant. In the visa/card networks at this point the sale is, and everyone moves on, the purchaser has their items, and the seller is confident they’ll receive the funds/the transaction will settle (funds show up in the clear in their account, arrived at destination), eventually as guaranteed by legal contracts etc. In the blockchain world, this is a little bit tricky as there is no guarantee by anyone that these broadcasted transactions will ever be settled/confirmed.

Settlement in blockchain tech comes in the form of included transactions in blocks, fast block times mean these blocks, and thus transactions being confirmed happens fast. Each time a block is produced from when the transaction was first included in the blockchain is an additional confirmation that the funds moved from one account to another. For TurtleCoin the target time for block production is 30 seconds. This means within 20 minutes a seller can be confident they will have the funds (technically they have the funds within 30 seconds). Contrast this to the Visa/card networks the seller needs to be cautious because the funds could be taken back up 90 days or even more depending on the card network and agreements etc., for various reasons. It is challenging in the blockchain world for a purchaser to take back the amounts they have sent as the confirmations continue to accumulate, there is no authority to turn to mediate on their behalf.

That is a super long answer however it is not often explained in detail for everyday people to make the connection between block times and how Visa/card networks operate. TRTL Network has attracted a lot of regular people due to how the community and project members interact with each other, so perhaps someone will find the above details useful.

Having code that enables fast block times isn’t the only factor that would lead to actual real-world adoption of TurtleCoin. What do you think needs to happen beyond the code for this to take off?

Utility. It is the answer to all blockchain adoption. TurtleCoin has it as a premise, however, in practice, it is still in the infancy stages. Once the TRTL Network Spec is defined, it’ll allow anyone to write any code that speaks to all nodes in the network. Said another way, the current TurtleCoind daemon can be replaced by some system that works perfectly for the people writing the code, and they will be able to interact with the TRTL Network just fine.

As for specific things that could promote real-world adoption, supplement all transactions that happen via cash with TurtleCoin transactions. It is going to take business relationships of the community to make that happen. One thing that will help any of those conversations is the access to reliable APIs, so the barrier to entry is as low as possible. I am talking about web wallets or platforms that act like web wallets. Just so happens that one such platform is under development by Fexra (GitHub/Discord). Fexra is building out a web wallet platform that enables merchants to integrate with the TRTL Network without having run, own and operate independent infrastructure and at least in the beginning, and this is needed. As the TRTL Network project progresses and standard tools are developed and released under the “Turtle Pay” heading, being able to find TurtleCoin and then be offering it the next day as a way to exchange value, this is what encourages adoption: ease of use; security; etc.

What do you do IRL? Career? Student?

I’ve been in IT since leaving high school in 2002. My predominant occupation is taking care of my son; he’s 1yr old. So am blazing my path doing different things here and there, IT related.

What are you doing in Vietnam?

I’m supporting a tourism company to attract foreigners, via native English website. They are a successful Vietnamese domestic tourism company.

What’s your favorite pizza?

Italian, from Italy; a bit of sauce, some fresh cheese, something green. Loved visiting there a few years ago, missed it immediately when we crossed the border to France. French delis are amazing, eating out of a deli all the time while possible, would not be ideal.

Any particular projects or initiatives you’re working on right now where you’re seeking community input?

I’m an analyst and details focused type of person that can also zoom out to verify the big picture as well. As such infrastructure and breaking down how things work has me focused on developing the project Krang. It is a Blockchain Automation Testing Suite, which means standing up infrastructure automatically and running tests on it, measuring results and creating reports. Said in plain language, turning on multiple computers, installing all the needed software for the blockchain network to function and checking how things run and writing about/reporting on it.

Krang will work for TRTL Network first, then move onto other blockchain projects. There are a bunch of goals that get covered by the above being real. It means we can automatically test releases before pushing them out. We can check for regressions in performance or even benchmark to figure out where we could make performance improvements. It enables us to test the theoretical parts with ease. It allows us to test different network attack scenarios with ease and assist in developing mitigations.

It is considered a massive project regarding what it enables. There will be a fair amount of code created to package all the standard tools and even more documentation written to allow others to use Krang or further extend it. The actual work to be done though is standard practice in organisations that prefer measured/ correct results, rather than guesses.

So if the above appeals to you, ping me on Discord. One other fellow in Australia is also involved and enjoys working on the infrastructure puzzle.

Now that TurtleCoin has been listed with CoinMarketCap what do you think that increased exposure might mean for TRTL.

I think it mostly signals a validation of the work being done. The group of contributors to the project is expanding each week. For them to be seeing that the project is getting positive attention will help with the positive feedback loop. For the users of the network and future users, it is also a positive signal.

There is a dark side to CoinMarketCap in that their timing on information updates has been shown to be self-serving and would encourage people to seek alternative data points instead of relying solely on CMC. One such site is CoinGecko.com, since TurtleCoin’s inception, the project has climbed up the developer ranking there and now (2018-09) TRTL is ranked 26. Slow and steady is the TurtleCoin motto, we’re here for the long term. The openness of TurtleCoin in terms of accepting contributions is great and wide, the project might be viewed at first glance as being a bit of a lark with its meme coin start, however, it is serious about the technology and the utility it is seeking to enable.

One of the projects primary objectives is to educate anyone interested in blockchain technology, either as a user or as a developer. As such the more exposure we get the more people we’ll be able to impact and give people a real handle on what this technology is all about so they can feel empowered and be an active participant in this new world. Like how the internet has connected everybody on the planet, it was the realm of the nerds when it started, blockchain technology needs to have some of the nerd transformed and made accessible for everyone.

Also…When you’re not working or hanging out in the TurtleCoin discord, what do you like to do for fun?

Go to the movies, went to see Deadpool 2 the other week. The first one was best, the second was good fun and entertaining as well, it is based on a comic series though, and well, it’s a bit hard to “out original” the original.

Travelling, reading, learning, visiting family, going out for the day, playing chess with my wife are some other things.

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This Week In TurtleCoin (Oct 8, 2018)

Developer Community Updates

This week we had the extreme pleasure of being interviewed on Bitcoin Uncensored! Check out the interview! You’ll love it!

New Whitepaper! Proof of Synchronicity! Calling for participants!

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-labs/blob/master/Proof%20of%20Synchronicity.pdf

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-labs/issues/1

T.Scripta – Currently Reworking the UI and adding some new things! Check the current progress I’ve made. – Val

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-tscripta

WalletGreen / turtle-service rewrite – I’ve been spending the last few weeks rewriting the backend for turtle-service and zedwallet, called WalletGreen, from scratch.
The main motivation behind this is making the code much more readable, and extensible. This will allow us to more easily add new features, and possibly provide a richer API, so it’s easier to build a wallet, or other services which need to interact with transactions, such as payment gateways.
It’s also going to use a more portable file format, so it’s easier to open a wallet file in multiple different programming languages.
So far, I think I’ve got syncing transactions (both incoming and outgoing) working correctly. I’m now looking at implementing sending transactions. Once that’s done, there’s not actually that much left to do, aside from implementing a few methods to display the info we generate, such as the transactions we own.
As part of making the code easier to read, the past few days I’ve been migrating the codebase from C++11, to C++17. These are different standards of the C++ programming language, and support for a newer standard allows us to use all the cool new features available to make our code easier to read and write.
For any nerds out there, it’s also added support for GCC on OSX, and we now support a much wider array of compilers with our automated build suite. Hopefully this will make it easier to build TurtleCoin on less well known platforms that we don’t provide builds for.
Note that if you currently like to compile from source, you may need a newer version of your compiler to compile with these updates. The instructions on Github will be updated when this patch gets merged into development. -zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/compare/walletgreen-rewrite

WalletShell – With v0.3.3 release, WalletShell, the TRTL Gui Wallet has been declared stable and ready for public use to manage your TRTL assets.

Since its last introduction, WalletShell has fixes lots of known bugs & glitches,
performance & features enhancements works, and lots of new features, here are some of them:
– Address book, which can be looked-up when you send/transfer TRTL, help avoid mistakes on typing/pasting recipient address
– Fast transaction history listing/sorting/searching
– Keyboard only operation with help of keyboard shortcut & keyboard friendly inputs.
– Public node list, fetch daily from https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-nodes-json/blob/master/turtlecoin-nodes.json.
For node operator: You don’t need to worry that your node domain name starts with “z”, node list order will be randomized everytime user accessing node setting page, so each nodes has a relatively fair chance to be on top of the list.
– Desktop Notification for Incoming Transfer.
– Fusion tx to help you optimize your wallet inputs/outputs
– WalletShell now have new Night/Dark theme, and is sets as default, you can still easily switch to Light/Green mode if you prefer
– Realtime node & network status monitoring: it will let you know and pause the sync process whenever the node you’re trying to connect can’t be reach, or when your machine disconnected from network.
– Utility: PaymentID and Integrated Address generator is there when you need it.
– Many more…

For more complete feature lists, please visit the repo here:
https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-electron

Get latest release here:
https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-electron/releases

TLDR; WalletShell, as of now, is the most featured packed Desktop GUI Wallet for TurtleCoin – Labaylabay

Local Turtle Explorer – After the previous post, I have redesign the layout of this project. At this point, you can run the local turtle explorer on your windows PC by just double clicking it. The daemon is running in the mode that other users can connect; in the future I am planning to add an option to choose to start the daemon in different mode. I would like to encourage everyone to run the local explorer on your machine as it helps the turtle network grow. I am also planning to combine the trtl wallet with this project. If anyone is interested in collaborating on this project, feel free to contact me on discord. – Sabo (Revolutionary)
Turtle Simulator – Turtle Simulator is now out in alpha! (sorry mac users windows only at the moment!) Thank you to all the testers so far for your help. All ideas on how to make it a fun game are welcome, so come on down to the dev gaming channel and give me a shout! Thx to the community for this great opportunity! – Oiboo

Turtletor – This week I finally got around to updating the tor version of turtleturtle.org. I found a nifty docker image that I tweaked to host dark web sites from a docker container. Anyone who is interested can check out my github – crappyrules

https://github.com/crappyrules/turtletor

http://trtljx3ovmd7kjlc.onion/

TurtlePi – TurtlePi took a few steps forward the past few weeks. There is now a simple setup script included in the scripts folder of the TurtlePi repo on github that you can launch from your raspberry pi and it will automatically configure your pi with the latest TurtleCoin release and turtlecoind-ha. More work is in progress and I am hoping to have a base image ready for release here soon. – crappyrules

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlepi

TurtleEDU – We’re setting up TurtleEDU to help the community become more knowledgeable as users, and help people who want to know about dev stuff have an easy route to being a TRTL dev. Right now, in the chat if you type *student you get the student role and access to #edu-general and #edu-help channels. We’re teaching classes of real-world portable skills, but using TurtleCoin as the core example in each lesson, so the first thing you learn how to do when you become a developer is how to interact with our blockchain. Those users and devs who learned it here first will be our biggest recruiters and the biggest legitimizers of the project as they add their TRTL stuff to their resumes. The more we ingratiate ourselves to the young professionals who have ample time and thirst to learn, we will have no shortage of junior devs who are chomping at the bit to get the experience. Structuring this process as an at-your-own-pace online class seemed like a good way to achieve this.

Paper-Turtle – Paper Turtle is a printable paper wallet. It features a new frontend, and a better printing layout! This merges the two previous paper wallet ideas that were in place before. Thank you TurtleCoin community! – ChrisCrypto

https://github.com/turtlecoin/paper-turtle

Project Krang – This week was a mixed bag of things – Created a alpine docker container with just glibc, dumbinit and turtlecoind (brings the size down from 600MB to ~ 60MB. To increase performance, security and reduce noise. The dumbinit provides a better fail scenario that prevents zombie containers that don’t die, due to standard init resilience to death which is a problem for a container. – Got good with git, Cleaned up the repo, Started some new branches to do my work in, Did a squashed commit to combine all my commits into one before i do a Pull Request, and learning how to be a good git-izen. Thanks SoreGums for the pointers. – Tested Sajo’s TRTL-pycli out and submited an issue and a simple PR to correct a tiny issue. Thanks Sajo – Did a manual test run of the automation suite start up / teardown (phase 1 just a node on DO), which worked fine, THE NEXT STEPS are to complete krang.py with an TUI type interface and setup a docker container that it can live in and anyone with docker can launch quickly and easily with all pre-requisites in place. Slow and Steady but i am making progress now.

NOTE Looking forward to the Bitcoin Uncensored interview that is happening on the 3rd This week. I love the BU show and think that Chris DeRose would love to hear how us TRTL’s get down and dirty. I also setup a new Turtle Tank with an Eastern Short Neck Turtle… The sucker will outlive me most likely. See you all next week. – Slash-atello

https://github.com/4Reallive/krang/tree/Development

Check out Slash-atello on Bitcoin Uncensored talking about TurtleCoin Community and his story about joining the worlds most friendly street gang!

TurtleCoin Explorer – My re-imagining/expansion of the traditional block explorer has been up and running for about two weeks. Check it out at http://trtl.rocks. It uses a lot of newer technologies compared to the original block explorer, including Docker and Docker Compose, FeathersJS, GO, TimescaleDB/Postgres, Nuxt.js, Socket.IO, etc.

Sections that are mostly complete:

  • Stats Bar – The stats bar, located on the left side of the screen, gives you an up-to-date look at the network; data is updated every 30 seconds.
  • Nodes – The “Nodes” page allows you to see historical and live information for public nodes. The table provides current information and is updated every 30 seconds. The graph not only gives you the ability to look at historical information for as many nodes as you like (click on the checkbox next to the node name to add/remove them from the chart), but also allows you to compare different attributes (e.g. hashrate vs. difficulty) over a specified time period.
  • Pools – The “Pools” page does everything the “Nodes” page does but with pool data. In addition to the historical line graph and regularly updated table data, there are two pie charts which display current pool hashrates and miners. An additional feature is the ability to generate a mining config or command for a given pool. Clicking on the arrow, next to the pool you are interested in mining in, will open up a list of available ports for that particular pool. Chose a port which works for your mining rig and click the “Generate” button. In the config wizard, you first select the mining software you use and your OS, then enter the wallet address you want to mine to, and then verify the settings. Finally you are given a pool config and/or software command for that pool. You can copy the config or command to your clipboard, for easy copy/paste, by clicking on the “Copy” Button. While the functionality is complete, I need to add more mining software and their respective commands/configs. If you have the config/commands for software that isn’t on the list, or you have any config/commands additions/changes to add to the existing software please reach out!
  • My Pool Stats – The “My Pool Stats” page allows you to check your mining stats at all the pools we have in the database. Stats include your hashrates, recent payments, total amount paid, total hashes, and any remaining balance you have. You can either check once, by clicking the “Poll Once” button, or get updates every minute by clicking the “Poll Every Minute” button. By selecting the arrow, next to a pool name, you can see the most recent transaction data which includes the time of the transacton, the hash, and the amount. Additionally, you can also export the information for each pool. Simply select as many or all pools by clicking on the checkbox next to a pool name and press the download button. The payments data format still needs work, but all the information will be there.

Also, your wallet address is saved in a cookie whenever you enter it in either the pool config wizard or on the “My Pool Stats” page, making it easier to use the functionality on another page.

If you’re interested in helping out or learning more about the project check out the repo – Discord: andrew | trtl.rocks or Github: andrewnk

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-explorer-vue

http://trtl.rocks

turtlecoin-rpc-go – For those who don’t know about this project, It is an RPC wrapper written in Golang while I was learning about it.. At that time I just wanted it to work.. after working on python and js wrappers for a while I have thought that my wrapper can be improved in a lot of ways and could also have a standard initialisation as other wrappers. So here I am with updated code and slight error handling which will be improved in future for sure. I also will update the documentation to give examples for starters. – rashedmyt

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-rpc-go

Turtacus – a way for players to battle each other to the death! Players fight until only one remains standing and the winner is issued an amount of TurtleCoin in reward for their win! With every win, comes an entry onto the leaderboard and on Sundays, the top three on the leaderboard are paid 10,000 TurtleCoin, 6,500 TurtleCoin and 3,500 TurtleCoin respectively. To increase your odds of winning, you can buy potions and stat points. These have now been reduced in cost.

Potions are down from 150 TurtleCoin each to 25 TurtleCoin each.

Stat Points are down from 300 TurtleCoin each to 100 TurtleCoin each.

The single battle prize is directly linked to Turtacus’s balance. The more contributions he receives, the higher his prizes will become! – Rynem

https://www.github.com/rynemgar/gladiator-bot

TRTL-CLI-py – I fixed some error handling and added a new “nodes” feature! Use nodes or no and a table of all the nodes and URLs will appear. Check it out! – Sajo8#2953

https://github.com/turtlecoin/TRTL-CLI-py

Community Advertisements

TRTLCO.IN public node! Thanks to all the wonderful people in the community, i wanted a way to give back. That is exactly what the TRTLCO.IN public node is! Its a fast, reliable, and cheap public node to use. The fee will be 0.5 TRTL per transaction! WOWZA! Thats lower than the network fee! Start today by using the trtlco.in remote daemon. -ChrisCrypto

val.turtlenode.online ~ 25 TRTL Fee Daemon

Our predictable solo mining pool for TurtleCoin is off to the races, now minting ~20 blocks per day. And still no fees: ALL rewards go to miners! Join us: https://cryptonote.social/trtl

Be a true Turtle Hero! Sync your wallet with turtlenode.online – one of the finest public nodes available – make it your public node of choice today! A great node with a rubbish website! Visit turtlenode.online now! 😀

Turtle At Pool Party just got update to BETA 0.7! – Public Nodes (for remote wallets) and Block explorer got added on our site, check it out here today https://turtle.atpool.party/nodes

“Using turtlenode.online for my wallet synchronization and transactions has improved my life immeasurably” – Chrisdebo.

1/2 turtle fee node at http://turtlenode.co/

Community Bounties

Brand new TurtleCoin bounty presented by rogerrobers and slash-atello! Meme Bounty: New Concept – Meme Warfare Simulation
Simulation : TRTL is under attack and needs the TRTL army to represent.
Produce TRTL memes that establish TRTL as a force to be reckoned with and also demonstrate our defensive capabilities.
Post your best memes to the trtl subreddit and the one that garners the most upvotes by the end of the contest wins 750k TurtleCoin! Good luck 🙂

Community Shoutouts

Judderz – You want Turtle decals, come see me 🙂

Oseru/Hasagi – Amazing work by turtlenode.online for hosting a low tx fee node! Glad to use your node my man!

Oseru-Hasagi – Also a shoutout to Turtle?#3684 for his birthday! Expect a few shells sent your way on Monday. 😉

Moneymind420 – Give big shout out to Rocky steady !!! We love Turtles !!!

anon – zpalm’s voice gives me the tingles

Khem Boi – Shout out to all the forking projects including monkey tips, and shout out to all the new miners out there helping the network!

Freeman – riche en information, merci

Captain Jac0 – Arrrrrr to all Turtles!

RockSteady – Shoutout to Nuclearprime

greywolf³ – much thanks to Zpalmtree for the blog’s feature story on transaction inputs and fusion transactions

anon – i have a really big crush on zpalm

Val#1969 – Just made a cheap daemon! Heres the daemon Address: val.turtlenode.online:11898 It might not be the most stable thing out there but it works!

iburnmycd – Shoutout to Zpalmtree for working diligently to re-write WalletGreen. I’m looking forward to see what he comes up with.

iburnmycd – Shoutout to CrappyRules…. for starting work on the new TurtlePi project! Can’t wait to see what you put together.

Rogerrobers – Shout out to the shout outs! Love seeing our community involvement 🙂

greywolf³ – great idea from brianwentzloff about possible TurtleCon

Blackbeard – Arrrrr

greywolf³˜ – thanks Rocksteady for “Running A Public Node For Fun & Profit”; and thanks japakar and Zpalmtree for help in setting up and launching my public node

greywolf³˜ – thanks to morpheus and Crappyrules for hand-holding me through a linux driver install in my windoze-to-linux rig makeover

dsanon – shoutout to JerMe404 for his generous tipping! 😀

Gerry Mosha#7276 – A new cryptocurrency named Celestial will be released in the next week. Make sure to check out one of the first coins to be mineable only using a CPU. Check out our website to learn more: https://celestial.cash/.

And with that, this concludes our roundup. I didn’t want to end it without something to smile about, so here’s what I like to call “The Trials and Tribulations of TurtleMarine”

 

 

 

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Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (Sep 17, 2018)

Developer Updates

Krang
Krang

This week on Krang – I hit some walls with Rancher and decided to focus on a more traditional basic solution. This is a nice to have feature but can be included later. – Started on a simple python Script that will (Work in progress)

  1. Setup the Terraform pre-requisites for each provider on the client system (Complete)
  2. Initially Krang will support Digital Ocean and Linode (fexra’s request)
  3. Once checks and setup is complete Krang.py will be able to deploy a testnet onto the provisioned computer using a combination of ansible (config management) and docker (application) (Working on this week – 50% complete)
  4. Once done the TestNet can be destroyed (to be completed)
    NOTE: Initial release will focus on functionality, Flexibility (more providers with custom deployments) will be the focus after a working product is available.
    I will be working closely will Fexra this week as he is working on a Web Frontend to deploy, manage and monitor the TRTL stack. Seems like a great opportunity to TRTL power it up and add a frontend to Krang. I’m sure Fexra will include it in his Weekly update, right Uncle Rock! 🙂 -Slash-atello

https://github.com/4Reallive/krang

Turtle atpool.party Mining Pool

Pool Interview w/ Cision – The latest installment of the small pools series highlights Cision’s pool turtle.atpool.party which was one of our earliest pools. This series highlights smaller pools to help decentralize the hashrate to balance out mining power. – RockSteady

https://blog.turtlecoin.lol/archives/interview-w-cision-from-turtle-pool-party/

TurtleCoin v0.8.3 Released – This version is hopefully one of our most stable. Many improvements went into this release, and a lot of hard work went into it as well. This release lays the groundwork for a system that allows us to disconnect old clients from the network during fork upgrades to reduce the chances that legacy clients poison consensus. The fork at 800k was a little bit rocky at first, because we didn’t account for the mixin 7 transactions that would be in the mempool during the switch to mixin 3, which caused miners to be unable to create block 800,000. The solution was to custom-build a daemon that would only pump out empty blocks, and running that on a pool until we were sufficiently far away from block 800,000 where the legitimate block-producing, transaction-processing v0.8.3 could be used. Thanks for everyone’s time who stayed awake to watch the change and help us along. – RockSteady

http://latest.turtlecoin.lol

TRTL-CLI
TRTL-CLI

Turtle Network CLI – Turtle Network CLI is a command line interface extension that is meant to enable users to get updates on the turtle network without having to go to a website! New features have been added such as checking public nodes to see their status and URL, checking the transaction pool, and checking if your transaction has been confirmed. We are looking for more ideas on what should be added as well as user feedback in general. Pop in the discord and let us know what you think about our awesome and convenient program! – Xaz

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-network-cli

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WalletShell Resurrection – LabayLabay has taken the time to update MacroShock’s Electron Wallet for us. I tried it out, and it sure is smooth. I highly recommend you try it out, it’s really cool and works on most platforms. – labaylabay (description written by rock)

TRTL-CLI-PY
TRTL-CLI-PY

TRTL-CLI-PY – I rewrote mrrovot’s TRTL CLI in python, so that I could add my own changes to it. It does everything TRTL CLI does, and more! Thanks to zpalm for helping me optimize it a bit, and big shoutout to Xaz and mrrovot who wrote this tool in the first place! Check it out 😉 –Sajo8

https://github.com/sajo8/trtl-cli-py

Turtacus
Turtacus

Turtacus – Every Sunday, the tournament prize of 20,000 trtl is paid out and it was a painstaking process of getting the leaderboard, typing out the tip to each person and adding in how many wins they had. It took 10-15 mins each time, time which with my new job, has been increasingly hard to come by! So now we have a new auto payout function. If I type *payout, the tip 3 are automatically awarded their prize, with their wins listed. Upon completion of tips, the leaderboard is reset and the tournament starts again. Reducing the entire payout cycle to seconds! Ahhhh sweet AI automation! –Rynem 

https://www.github.com/rynemgar/gladiator-bot

T-Scripta
T-Scripta

T-Scripta – T-Scripta is a turtlecoin wallet made in C# .NET. If you are curious what T-Scripta means, it is short for Pond slider(Trachemys scripta). More to come to the wallet it currently has some issues here and there but nothing too major. – Val

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-tscripta

Shellnet – Shellnet has grown to 235 users and over 22K transactions!
The “latest transactions” panel is working again and now shows payment-IDs. Thanks to JerMe404, the webpage design has also improved significantly.
Join the shellnet discord to get the latest dev updates -dsanon
https://discord.gg/C2as5Yt

https://shellnet.pw

zedwallet – Only some small zedwallet updates this time – fixed a bug where auto saving wouldn’t occur whilst syncing, or when you ctrl+c out whilst syncing.
Hopefully it makes syncing a lot less frustrating if you’re having issues.

Also, there was another patch to make the node connection shut down a lot faster in the wallet – not a big thing but it should make shutting down a lot more responsive.

I meant to put this in a roundup a few weeks back, but zedwallet on Windows now has auto-complete support, to bring it up to par with Linux and Mac.
This works anywhere you have options of commands to pick, like the open menu, the main menu, and the ‘node not open’ menu. Saves you a tiny bit of time if you’re lazy 😉

Hopefully you’ve been liking the new menu system if you’re using 0.8.3 – note that you can type both the command names and the numbers, whatever takes the least effort 😀

Meanwhile, I’m working on something bigger which will take some time… stay tuned!

zpalm

Web Wallet – Busy applying changes to masari’s webwallet so it will work for Turtle. This includes, a project restructure to dotnet core (done), re-write of the background caching process to handle large chains (done), re-work of the client side crypto functions to work for TurtleCoin (done), re-brand for turtle and a few other minor things. Am currently working on some improvements to how mempool Tx’s are handled in the web wallet and am adding some additional info to be displayed if there are unconfirmed fusion transactions. -WhassupZA (Discord), Dave (GitHub)

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-webwallet-js/tree/development

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Nest – Version 0.34 of Nest, your GUI wallet, was released this week. It has been intensively tested, so you will not encounter the issues we had in 0.32. Please upgrade as it uses latest core 0.8.3, which is not compatible with previous versions. I think you will like the new address directory and wallet scan height features. If you are the maintainer of a fork of TurtleCoin, I made a guide to fork Nest for your coin. – Jon Nest

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-go/blob/master/docs/forking-nest.md

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtle-wallet-go

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FunkyPenguin
FunkyPenguin

Curious re whether my contented VPS resources were negatively impacting my pool’s luck, I migrated the pool to Google Kubernetes Engine (recipe forthcoming). 800Kpocalypse aside, the pool does _feel_ luckier on GKE, and I now hope to sleep (more) soundly at night, and work on more Geeky Cookbook recipes (https://geek-cookbook.funkypenguin.co.nz)
So, If you’re a geek who happens to like mining TRTL (among other geeky things), come and visit https://trtl.heigh-ho.funkypenguin.co.nz, or jump into the “kitchen” discord (it’s not all mining) at http://chat.funkypenguin.co.nz Re the pool features, it’s all the usual features, my fav feature is a discord community, followed by telegram/email notifications on blocks discovered etc. This makes mining a more shared, enjoyable activity 😉

https://geek-cookbook.funkypenguin.co.nz/

https://trtl.heigh-ho.funkypenguin.co.nz

http://chat.funkypenguin.co.nz

Community Shoutouts

Rogerrobers – Shout out to artolan

Cision – I want to thank GNU/iburnmycd™ that he havent blocked me yet and helping me to setup my public daemons 🙂

CaptainJac0 – Thank you to everyone who voted for me on https://www.rapdasa.org/design-competition/?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=6276

Judderz – You want Turtle decals, come see me 🙂

Oseru / Hasagi – Amazing work by turtlenode.online for hosting a low tx fee node! Glad to use your node my man!

Oseru / Hasagi – Also a shoutout to Turtle?#3684 for his birthday! Expect a few shells sent your way on Monday. 😉

Moneymind420 – Give big shout out to RockSteady !!! We love Turtles !!!

anon – zpalm’s voice gives me the tingles

Khem Boi – Shout out to all the forking projects including monkey tips, and shout out to all the new miners out there helping the network!

Freeman – riche en information, merci

Captain Jac0 – Arrrrrr to all Turtles

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Categories
Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (Sep 10, 2018)

Developer Updates

TURTLECOIN v.0.8.3 HAS BEEN RELEASED!!!

The fork happens in about 4-5 days at height 800,000 
This upgrade adds the ability for the network to drop old peers from the swarm when they have not upgraded after a fork. Old peers from the first and second fork are still running daemons and causing slowness and instability for other users. This fix will solve that issue going forward.

https://latest.turtlecoin.lol  <– Get your latest download here

Shell-ebrate the all new Turtle Simulator Game! Turtle Simulator is a full 3D Turtle game made in the Unreal Engine. Try to survive the wretched ocean and grow to be an old wise Turtle! I am happy to announce that development of “Turtle simulator” is well under way and I am aiming to have a closed alpha release in the upcoming weeks! !!!!! I am looking for testers !!!!! There will be a bounty for testers to help tweak the leveling system and make it a more balanced and fun game. If you are interested in helping balance the game mechanics, swimming constantly into walls or generally wreaking havoc to find bugs, please get in contact! Message me with you OS and system spec. Thanks! Discord : OIBOO – @ Me in the Dev-Gaming channel Email: TRTL.Simulator@gmail.com – Oiboo

 

Krang – Setting up a testlab at home using Rancher 2 and RancherOS to deploy automated TestNets been a slow week. More meaty update next week. – Slash-atello

https://github.com/4Reallive/krang

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TurtleCoin Local Block Explorer – This is a small python project I am working on; inspired by RockSteady. This is not the final result, and there are still many things needed to be done and improved. What this project does is just a simple block explorer that you can have it running on your PC. You can search blocks and transaction by hash while having the TurtleCoin node running on your machine, because it opens the TurtleCoin daemon on the PC and then retrieve data from it. In the future, this can be combined with TurtleCoin wallet. -Sabo (Revolutionary)

https://github.com/yumingchangsabodota/turtlecoinLocalBlockExplorer

My Sweet Turtle – This is my turtle (she havent name but from today she is ‘RockSteady’) Happy for a tip of the creator of turtle Coin – IlDuce

Note from Rock: Thanks man 😀 This is the highest compliment <3

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TurtleCoin Street Team is Here! Welcome to the TurtleCoin Street Team! Here is your chance to score some sweet Swag while shilling the good word of Turtle. Please see the Street Team Portal for more information. https://turtlestreet.team

Hi everyone, after a long weekend of work we finally got our TurtleCoin public nodes up and running, https://www.turtle-node.com/ – Right now we got 4 active nodes covering USA and Europe – We are looking to get at least one or two Asian nodes added later this month. We hope this will help the people that dont have the space or knowledge to run their own nodes for the wallets. -Cision

We just finished up the last updates on our blockexplorer over at https://turtle-block.com/ – it now runs on 6 daemons instead of 1 and got https enabled, we hope it will be a joy to use now. -Cision

Community Shoutouts

rogerrobers – Shout out to artolan

Cision – I want to thank GNU/iburnmycd™ that he havent blocked me yet and helping me to setup my public daemons 🙂

CaptainJac0 – Thank you to everyone who voted for me on https://www.rapdasa.org/design-competition/?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=6276

Judderz – You want Turtle decals, come see me 🙂

Rock – Thanks to everyone who submitted a roundup article this week! Thanks also to Jerme and others who contributed to developers this week, and everyone in the Tester Team for helping to prepare 0.8.3

 

 

Categories
Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (August 13, 2018)

We’ve got your Krang automation updates, we’ve got your Twitch tipping integration, we’ve got your algo updates, we’ve got your humble Masari devs, we’ve got it all today and today only, folks! No money down, no interest, any algorithm, you got a pen you drive it off the lot, in this late edition of the TRTL Roundup!

Also, what do you think of the new blog?

Developer Community Updates

Dawn of the Krang-I have settled into my new job and now have time to work on Krang (The Testnet Automation Suite from Dimension-X). The purpose of Krang is to allow the dev team to spin up and tear down environments quicker than Shredder goes through foot soldiers. See repo readme and issues for more details.
I have setup a repo in my lab that
1. Uses Terraform to deploy droplets
2. Generates a Dynamic Ansible Inventory (created from the terraform state file)
3. Leverages Ansible to deploy config management and docker/docker-compose applications to the freshly deployed servers.
4. Remotely summons the techno-drome to Earth (Classified – DM for more info)
This is still the beginning of the project and I am working with SoreGums to put it all together. I will be committing my work over the next week and getting a PR in, although there is a lot more to do. Shout out to me if you have bash scripting or python skills (or you want to learn) as I will be building a wrapper script in the near future and it’s been awhile since I played with my python (it’s pretty friendly if you want to learn code), unless there’s a better way @iburnmycd 🙂 . (Then off for two weeks in Japan, shout out if you live in Japan). Have a great week Turtles- Slash-atello

https://github.com/turtlecoin/krang

TwitchTurtle-Twitch Turtle is an Instant, Practically feeless, way to Donate. Setup is fast, and only takes thirty seconds! Integrates seamlessly with StreamLabs so you won’t miss a beat. TwitchTurtle uses the latest v0.7.0 build of Turtlecoin -Watter

https://twitchturtle.com

Gladiator Bot – Turtacus – As most people know, Turtacus allows players to conduct player versus player battles with each other in the colosseum. Recently, battles have come to a standstill and I’d like to figure out why. What can be done to get people using Turtacus again? For two weeks running, third place on the weekly tournament has ended with 3 wins taking the prize. Let me remind everyone that every Sunday the leaderboard prizes are paid out at:
1st place – 10,000trtl
2nd place – 6,500trtl
3rd place – 3,500trtl

-Caesar Rynem
GitHub.com/rynemgar/gladiator-bot

Masari Helps Turtle! – Earlier this week, I was referred to Masari dev Gnock’s cool client-side web wallet by F0sching in the chat. I was very impressed with what I saw when I tried out MasariWallet.com and was very happy to see Gnock was very friendly and happy to collaborate. He’s got a cool web wallet that keeps all of the private stuff happening on the user side rather than on the web server, which is a big plus-one for user security. Over the coming weeks, we will be updating you guys on our porting of the Masari Web Wallet for TurtleCoin users, as well as helping Gnock knock out some of the items on the todo list! Stay tuned, and please feel free to pitch in and lend a hand to make this web wallet even more awesome! -Rock

https://www.masariwallet.com

https://github.com/masari-project/masari-webwallet/issues

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Join us (Mine2Gether) for our next Blockchain Bingo, Tuesday August 14 @ 5 PM GMT. Everyone is welcome! 50k TRTL prizes and more! It is FREE to play! Hope to see you There!
Join the #bingo channel in the Mine2Gether discord https://discord.gg/yy5rJwX
Blockchain bingo is for community fun, open to everyone, and completely free to play. It is a variation and similar to traditional bingo. Each player’s card contains 24 unique numbers between 0 and 49, in 5 rows of 5 numbers, and the centre square is free.
Numbers are drawn based on the block heights of matured blocks (not ‘pending’) on our Turtle pool (orphan blocks do not count). https://trtl.mine2gether.com/#bingo The last two digits of each matured block height are the number, for example block height 600015 will be number 15.
Numbers above 50 will start at 0 again, for example block height 600050 would be the number 0, and height 600065 would be 15, and so on.. These numbers are used to fill the corresponding numbers on each players card. This continues until a player fills their card in the pattern that was designated at the beginning of the game.
When a player matches the pattern and calls ‘!bingo bingo’ they win the game, and the game is over.


Turtle Pool up and ready for the race against the hare! https://turtle.smartcoinpool.com

We are now coming up on our 3rd snail race, quite an exciting time we live in! As of the first two races, our very own mark ruffalo is undefeated at choosing the winning snail. Will the streak continue or will another be victorious? Find out on this week’s instalment of snail racing!
As always you may find the race videos on youtube.com/seanrulez11yo and the race spreadsheet posted on the trtl subreddit 🙂 enjoy!

Dear miners, We invite you to try mining at Funky Penguin’s Friendly Mining Pool! We’re at https://trtl.heigh-ho.funkypenguin.co.nz Why mine with us?
* Detailed statistics
* Email/Telegram notifications
* Friendly, helpful admin/community
* Mine directly to exchanges
* xmr-node-proxy support
* Fixed difficulty support
* Minimum payout 1000 TRTL (2 min interval)
* Funky Fee : 0.0987654321%
* We won’t steal your bananas! 🍌

Regards, – Funky Penguin (https://trtl.heigh-ho.funkypenguin.co.nz)

Community Shoutouts

Slash-atello-Shouts to Fexra, SoreGums and iburnmycd for being kick ass people to work with. Look Forward to creating TRTL tech together.

Slash-atello-BearyBullish for being the ultimate Hypeman and almost getting his emoticons on the ATHX channel… so close. Also RogerRobers is strong in the emote game, can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Slash-atello-This gets me a Turtle label on discord,,, right? Shout out to whoever manages that side of things. You rule!! Yeah that should do it….

Slash-atello-Shout’s to the Funkiest Penguin for running the luckiest pool in the southern Hemisphere. and Bencey for the bot magic on Funky’s Geek Kitchen. Check it out people. https://discord.gg/tbeStpu So much Docker to learn,,,, much wow

greywolf#9207-Poike Stompers Crypto-Coffee keeps the atmosphere lively, took his time in exile with dignity and humility, plus kicked Japakar’s ass for me in the colosseum.

afdi-happy to be in turtlecoin community

KryptoKreep-Lots of respect & love for the whole TRTL team for all the hard work they are putting if for us!

./Brad-Big hope and mining on my two favorite projet Trtl and Nimiq for 2019/2020 keep the going boys !

Rogerrobers-Shout out to rocksteady for spicing up the discord roles with new colors 😀

CaptainJac0-Hi To everyone.

Anon-Shoutout to all turtle devs and engaged people! Thank you very very much for your effort and congratulations for the newest release. Thank you for everything. If I could hug you I would do it all the time. Thank you <3

L33-Big shoutout to DiscoTim and Catgirl from mine2gether. They are awesome and good souls. cheers =)

rock-big thanks to gnock and MSR community for the warm welcome

rock-Thanks to jerme for the kickass job he’s doing with forkmaps.com

Fork Watch! (new)

Ok! So with all the new networks forking TurtleCoin using our Quick And Easy Forking Guide, I thought it would be a great thing to do to start all forks off on the right foot and list them here, and for the ones who have cool new ideas, we can spice it up with a feature article showing off your changes. Let me know what you guys think; does this help a network start off right or will this be a comedy column of this week’s hottest shitcoins?