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This Week in TurtleCoin (November 27, 2019)

This week we tightened up our turkey gravy recipes as well as our core software while we reflected on how thankful we are to have such a talented community. Read on to find out more!

Developer Updates

This is a place where anybody in our community can submit a post about the TRTL project they’re working on. It’s a great way to attract helpers for your project and show people what to keep an eye out for. We encourage you to show works in progress as well as finished products, as we’re happy to see them all and it shows that we’re an active community.

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Have you ever had a calculator on your belt clip? Of course not, because you haven’t won a crypto hackathon yet. Where’s the next crypto hackathon, you say? Well buddy, we’ve got you covered.

TurtleCoin Crypto Hackathon 2019

We have 15 Million TRTL looking for a new home, and have 24 teams so far who’ve signed up for the TurtleCoin Crypto Hackathon 2019 (Signups open until December 1), and so far of those 24, 9 have left their details to be contacted during the hackathon for an article about their projects. That’s a great turnout, and a surprisingly even balance between devs and non-devs.

https://crypto-hackathon.com/

We are excited to thank the following teams for their participation: ZenTurtles, Why Canti Think of a Team Name, Hero’s in a Half Shell, MobileTortile, Lord_Enzo, that turtle, Kurdîstan, Born without a shell, Spanner Pouch, Hashterisk, AMC, JS TRTLz, TeamXenth, hebeblock, E Squad, Kick Ass Turts, Psychotic Silverfish, MXZ, Save the Turtles, eyegenvalue, termek, Oiboo Games, Double-O-Seven, ninja

Raw blocks syncing

This week I’ve been working on adding raw block syncing to wallets. So far I’ve just added it to zedwallet and wallet-api. Currently, when syncing wallets, the daemon collects blocks and transactions from the database, deserializes it, and dumps it out to JSON. The wallet then parses that JSON and processes the blocks.

With this patch, the daemon instead returns the unparsed, raw blocks from the database as JSON. We then perform the deserialization in our wallet, and then process the blocks.

The advantage of this is two-fold. The first one is that generally wallets are waiting on the daemon to supply more data, rather than busy processing blocks. This new RPC call is a lot faster to complete than the current one, and so when the daemon is serving lots of wallets, it means that the wallets will spend less time waiting to retrieve data, and more time processing blocks, which means faster sync times.

The second advantage is that the raw blocks are much more compact than the full block data in JSON, so data usage will be decreased.

The next step is to add this feature to the JS backend so TonChan and Proton can benefit from it.

Zpalm

TonChan v1.0.2

Small TonChan release going out today. It fixes a bug where you were unable to sync past a particularly huge block.

Also fixes a bug with node swapping when you changed screens before the node swap completed.

Finally, it fixes QR codes not populating the amount to send correctly in some scenarios.

As always, you can view the full set of changes on GitHub: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-mobile-wallet/compare/v1.0.1…v1.0.2

Zpalm

Moving Up!

It’s always good to be recognized! These are the people who gained new roles in the community this week!

Service Operator – Miner.rocks, zhang

Reporter – Khorosho!

Tester – rollinghavoc

Good First Issues

Good First Issues are tickets that are marked as ‘easy wins’ for new developers. If you want to be a TurtleCoin Developer, these are great tasks to start with!

Rig Of The Week

Do you have a TRTL mining rig you want to show off? Tell us about it!

Anton – Simple raspberry pi mining cluster 2.4KH/s

Bounty Watch!

This is an easy way to make a few TRTL!

50,000 “Make a TurtleCoin Christmas Themed Logo! This will be used for the discord server icon. The deadline is the 30th November, 11:59pm GMT.

To see more details, and the entries so far, check out the pinned message in the #bounties channel in discord.” zpalm

Free Advertising

This is a spot to spam anything TurtleCoin related that you would like to advertise, it’s free to put an ad in the roundup.

  • Hello. My name is Kevin, owner of SpookyPool.nl. My goal with SpookyPool is to create a great community with fun people and having a nice chat about crypto and other stuff. Having TurtleCoin in my pool since a while ago has been fun. Learned alot of new things and meet alot of new people. I would like to ask u to join the community of SpookyPool by mining TurtleCoin or some other currency! http://trtl.spookypool.nl
  • Please support the muxdux turtlecoin mining pool – Active Discord with great people, very low pool and tx fees, great hardware infrastructure https://trtl.muxdux.com

Shoutouts & Thanks

This is the place to mention someone in the community who has done something nice or deserves recognition.

  • Japakar pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
  • Japakar Thanks all to the community as always! You guys are great!
  • Turtley McTurtleton McDrizzle Hi there!
  • japakar.com You guys are awesome! Vury nice. She is my sister.
  • rock thankful that we spent this year together

and one last thing..

Earlier today, the question was asked in the Discord chat what everyone was thankful for this year. We said we’d publish them on the roundup, so here they are, in no specific order.

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This Week In TurtleCoin (June 17, 2019)

From the Teacup Files https://blog.turtlecoin.lol/archives/the-teacup-files/

Developer Updates

In this issue we all post shocked pikachu emojis when people forget to upgrade their software for the fork

To update your core: latest.turtlecoin.lol

The countdown until upgrade: https://explorer.turtlecoin.lol/

The Teacup Files

Teacup has returned with a bountiful harvest of memes! Check them out here https://blog.turtlecoin.lol/archives/the-teacup-files/

Rotate Discord Server Invite Backgrounds

Discord’s new Nitro Boost stuff allows for Discord owners to choose custom background images when people use the invite links. However it means people have to manually click buttons in the Discord app.

So please head over to https://support.discordapp.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360047859252-Add-API-endpoint-for-server-invite-background and upvote this post to encourage the Discord developers to expose this feature in the Official API. SoreGums

https://support.discordapp.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360047859252-Add-API-endpoint-for-server-invite-background

TurtleCoin Github Bot

I’ve been looking into supporting multiple people making an issue at once with the Github bot; it doesn’t seem like it’ll be too hard to add, and it’ll be a nice little perk. If you don’t know what the Github bot is, I recommend you check it out! It lets you easily create a Github issue on any turtlecoin repo w/out an acc; type !tag issue in the #bots channel to learn more

Sajo8

turtlecoin-crypto

As mentioned last week, I’ve been working on combining the different versions of this repo together. Good news! It’s done.

This repo now builds the following:

1) A c++ static library (Windows, Linux, OSX)
2) A shared library via DLL (Windows) that can be linked against in any number of languages (C# anyone? — @canti, I see you)
3) Node.js native addon module (same as the NPM package before)
4) Native Javascript implementation (slow, very slow, but it works)
5) WASM module for browser use (much, much, much faster than the Native JS in browser)

All of the builds support the core crypto used not only in wallet functions (creating keys, finding our outputs, generating ring signatures, etc) but they also contain all of the hash functions available in core, including Chukwa (Argon2id with our parameters). The WASM module makes it very easy to bring the crypto methods used in TurtleCoin to the browser which will make client-side web wallets faster than ever*. In addition, if someone wanted to build a web miner based on the package they can do so.

Spoiler alert: Someone is building a client-side web wallet built on this using wallet-backend-js.

iburnmycd

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-crypto

turtlecoin-utils

Using the updates to the turtlecoin-crypto library, I’ve performed a few updates on the development branch of turtlecoin-utils. Most notably, the utils package now smart loads the crypto module. If we can load the Node native addon module, that’s always our first choice. If we’re in browser, then we try to load the WASM first. Lastly, if all else fails, we fall back to the native Javascript implementation. This also has the added benefit of cleaning up a bit of the code that revolves around the crypto in the library.

In addition, due to the exposure of all of the crypto functions in the library now, we’re able to check that the ring signatures that are generated via the library are checked to be valid upon creation thereby reducing the chance of generating an invalid transaction via the library.

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve added a webpack configuration to the project that ties everything up into a nice bundle for inclusion for browser use. Browser use did you say? You betcha. This webpack has been deployed as part of the TurtleCoin Explorer and is used for the tools page (playing with wallet addresses & keys) and the transaction checker. It’s going to make that top secret client-side web wallet shine.”

iburnmycd

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-utils

CS-TurtleCoin

Over the last week, I have done a lot on the CS-TurtleCoin/CantiLib project. I pushed some major updates, including a full rewrite of the main repo, which features improvements across the board. As I have been fairly silent with the project lately, I’m going to give a quick run-down of what it is and what I have gotten done thus far.

CantiLib is a multi-purpose C# library with many useful tools for a blockchain environment, including a standalone P2P client system, a configurable REST API server, logging utilities, database functionality, cryptography, byte-level serialization, and CryptoNote protocol handling. CS-TurtleCoin is an effort to tie these tools together to create a fully operational TurtleCoin node, coded from the ground up in a C#.

As of the time of writing this, I have P2P connectivity, API handling, CryptoNote deserialization, peer discovery and handshaking, some database functionality, the start of a blockchain cache, and a number of other utilities and functions in place. Lately, my focus has been on refining peer discovery between nodes, porting cryptographic functions from the core code to C#, connecting TurtleCoin-Crypto to the library, adding more functionality and ease of use to the API server, and have also begun work on the sync process and blockchain caching. More to come soon!

canti

https://www.github.com/turtlecoin/cs-turtlecoin

wallet-api-go

wallet-api-go

This project aims to provide a wrapper for making wallet-api requests with Go. All of the wallet-api responses are marshaled into an appropriate type. You no longer have to manually convert from map[string]interface{}!

If there’s any bugs in the codebase, feel free to leave an issue on GitHub. 😀

dsanon

https://github.com/anonanonymous/wallet-api-go https://godoc.org/github.com/anonanonymous/wallet-api-go

TurtleCoin Chukwa Cuvée Testnet available

As everything is in full swing to get ready for the Argon2id-based new TurtleCoin algo called chukwa, we needed to spin up a local testnet.

This allows us to benchmark, test and optimize our different boards, and see how the trtlrig works compared to the native TurtleCoin miner.

We made our test environment available. If you want to see how your harware will do on the new algo, and try out how it feels living on the cutting-edge technology, build your trtlrig from the add_chuwka branch available in the TurtleCoin github, and point your xmrig miner using the following parameters:

-o publicnode.ydns.eu:3420
-a chukwa
-u your TRTL address

Please note no web front-end available, and no TurtleTestCoin pay-outs. This environment is for benchmark tests only.

@OléCuvée

34 hot singles in your area are waiting to upgrade your wallet format

Wallet format upgrading

A few people have requested that there be a utility to upgrade a wallet from the WalletGreen format (zedwallet, turtle-service), to the WalletBackend format (zedwallet-beta, wallet-api).

I’ve been working on this for the past few days, and think I am close to completion. Got a few bugs with transfer amounts being incorrect, but hopefully it won’t be a sticking point.

I’m considering adding an automatic upgrade, so you can transparently open an old format wallet and have it upgraded without any user interaction. One downside is that we have to generate the key image for each input when we upgrade the format, which is pretty slow for a large wallet – this can take around 10-20 seconds on my ~8000 transaction wallet.

Of course, this will only have to be done once, so the delay could be worth it.
Hopefully this will make it easier for services to migrate to wallet-api, along with new GUI’s/CLI’s using the new backend.

Zpalm

Rig Of The Week

Each week we like to highlight a person who has sent in pics and descriptions of their TRTL mining rigs. This week is ZenMaster Mr Lahaye’s turn! Ironically, it was his idea to start this column about rig of the week so maybe he had this planned all along! hmmm!

RigRX560 by ZenMaster (MrLahaye)

6 x Msi Aero rx560 4GB with fan upgraded to Artic Accelero Mono plus
1 x CPU Intel G3900 2.8Ghz
1 x 8 gig DDR4 stick of memory
1 x Msi z270-a pro Motherboard
1 x Corsair 850 Watts powersupply
1 x SSD Sandisk 16 GB with HiveOS
1 x Veddha 6 Gpu mining rig Frame as pictured no fans

  • Around 20 Kh/s
  • This rig consumes around 350 Watts taken at wall.
  • I got this complete rig for 600$ CAN on Ebay. Check Ebay auctions often and snipe last minute deals. I can usually get one or two deals like this every month.

I’ve already described myself in a previous roundup : https://blog.turtlecoin.lol/archives/this-week-in-turtlecoin-may-7-2019/

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Buy With TRTL

These are things that were pinned this week in the #merchandise section of TRTL Network Discord chat.turtlecoin.lol

selling asus dual gtx 1060 for 1.25M TRTL shipped (OBO) – Extrahash on discord
ASUS X370 CROSSHAIR VI EXTREME (full package) – 2M TRTL shipping within EU on quote – Elkim on discord
I have brand new, still sealed GPU risers for sale in TRTL. 25k trtl each, 5 for 100k. opened this one to take a pic. Bulk quantities are available. Small amounts can be shipped for around 80k trtl in a flat rate padded envelope within the US. – extrahash on Discord
I have two clusters of RPis. 3 B+. Four in each cluster. 120 watt charging power supply. 2 each 5 port switching hubs. SD cards pre-programmed with Ubuntu and XMrig miner. All set to mine. Just connect to a router or range extender. Edit the config.json file with your wallet address. Good to go! If anybody wants this as a whole, make me an offer. I do not want to part this out. Comes with all 1 ft and 18″ CAT 5e cables. Anyone interested? – radarlarry

Good First Issues

Trying to get your developer role in Discord? Want to be part of the dev team? Here are some ‘Good First Issues’ so you guys can have some low hanging fruit to get you started! Beginners, enjoy!

Shoutouts

grey’s pi3b cluster of doooom
  • iburnmycd Shoutout to @shelly for a successful grand opening of Buckland Arts where some of her artwork is featured.
  • JAPAKAR KING OF THE OZARK Once again, shoutout to a great community! This place is unique and awesome!
  • greywolf thanks much to DatsunPatrol for the Optimizing-RPi-TurtleCoin-Mining guide, and to Olé Cuvée (aka LeoCuvée) for the encouragement and oversight, as i put together a 4-raspi3b+ mini-tower mining TurtleCoin
  • rock shout to zpalm for helping with my golang homework, thanks to dsanon for the wallet-api-go work, thanks to japakar, greywold, mufalito and others for tips this week, and thanks to the community for again being awesome, and thanks to teacup for the memes 😀