Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers!
A nice inspiring thing to realize is that everyone is different and that is a good thing. Our community is made stronger by the great diversity it contains – we have many active Nxters in the US, Europe, China, Korea, Russia, and many other places the world over. A unique result of this diversity is that Nxter needs to reach many people across a vast array of mindsets and cultures, which is a challenge for us, but we embrace it. Diversity yields strength; do not always surround yourself with the same people, the same routines, the same work day after day or you will “wither” like a flower, in more ways than one. Embrace differences between people, in cultures, even in blockchains.
For the platforms we cover, last week was (as usual) eventful – we can challenge you to follow in the footsteps of MrV777 – set up a solar-powered Raspberry Pi Ardor node, a new Binance Proof-of-Concept was released by Patoshi, the Triffic ICO has begun, Dominium was reviewed, there’s a new puzzle for you puzzle geeks or bounty hunters, a new potential Ardor clone, and much more.
Thank you for embracing us as we take you on a journey through the busy week that was.
- Three New Developers
- A Reminder of Lior’s Presentation in Korea
- WEBIT.festival in Sofia, Bulgaria
- New Ardor Chinese Website
- Nxter’s Puzzle – SOLVED – plus a new One
BUSINESSES ON ARDOR
- Support your Tokens
- OKEx Ardor video
- CoinPulse – You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS
- Bithumb – Let your Voice be Heard
- CryptalDash – Request for your Favorite Coin to be Listed
- Walletnxt.com – Third-Party Wallet
- Ardor Charity Development Opportunity
- Binance – Dexathon, Proof of Concept DEMO
IN THE MEDIA
- MrV at Medium – Solar Powered Ardor Blockchain Node
- Agefi – L’outil de Comptabilité EZYcount Veut se Financer Grâce à la Blockchain
- Lior Yaffe at Medium – Crypto Investment Strategy
- Techworm – Jelurida Has The Experience to Change Smart Contracts Forever
This week’s newsletter is put together by apenzl, Jose, James, and rubenbc.
Let us get busy.
Three New Developers
Last week Jelurida announced, quite stealthily, that they have added 3 more devs – a good sign of their determination to continue building a product that can help many people and businesses.
#Ardor Lightweight Contracts feature is not yet on testnet, soon it will be. We can now load contracts from cloud data Jar files, contract manager utility developed for simple contract deployment and update. Three new devs joined our team, development is moving forward rapidly.
— Lior Yaffe (@lioryaffe) July 1, 2018
A Reminder of Lior’s Presentation in Korea
This video covers Lior’s productive presentation in South Korea from weeks ago. The video is long, over 100 mins, but the timestamps below allow you to skip to the parts about Lightweight Contracts.
“We can split the blockchain network into sub-nets each responsible for its own child chains. Then like the Visa network does today, we can scale globally.”
Quality does suck a little but…
1:07:50 – Intro to Transaction Vouchers
1:14:24 – Intro to Lightweight Contracts
WEBIT.FESTIVAL in Sofia
Also last week Jelurida was present in Bulgaria.
From the pictures below we can tell that they were a popular booth.
— Jelurida (@Jelurida) June 26, 2018
New Ardor Chinese Website
Chinese community member, Zhang, is developing an Ardor Chinese-language website.
Nxter’s Puzzle – SOLVED – plus a new One!
Last week Nxter created a crossword puzzle whose solution was the secret passphrase of an Ardor account with 100 IGNIS and 50 NXT tokens on the Nxt blockchain. Congratulations to the winner who solved the crossword and emptied the account!
— madfox (@madfox1234) June 30, 2018
This week: Korean mood
Madfox ‘The Puzzler’ writes:
Good morning! This weeks puzzle’s ready! This is true Korean mood.
I set the amount of reward – 100 IGNIS. All clues are Korea-related.
New York times, Guardian and now Nxter – all of them have weekly crosswords ))) – But Nxter pays crypto 🙂
Click the image to open and print the puzzle.
Embrace our differences – educate yourself about Korean culture, as you hunt the bounty. All the words in the puzzle are part of the passphrase for account ARDOR-UTHV-KLBP-U82K-HHP3U.
BUSINESSES ON ARDOR
Triffic ICO has begun!
The long-awaited and much anticipated Triffic ICO has begun!
GPS Tokens are priced at just $̶0̶.̶2̶0̶ $0.12 each – that’s a 40% saving on the regular ICO price. Visit http://triffic.world now to take part in our pre-ICO week one.
We accept payment in BTC, ETH, ARDR, IGNIS and NXT – and if you purchase with Ardor, you will be entitled to a further 10% GPS Token bonus, whilst paying with Ignis or Nxt will get you a 5% bonus.
Public Sale Supply: 100,000,000 GPS Tokens / Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 GPS Token
Dominium – Reviewed + KYC/AML Tutorial
— Dominium (@Dominium_me) June 27, 2018
Long-time contributor of our community, segfaultsteve, wrote a review of Dominium. After reading his opinion below, you can check out the short 9 minuted tutorial video on how to pass “Clearance Level 1” on the Dominium website. We, at Nxter, are excited about this well-thought-out and very real project.
EZYcount has issued their Ignis asset. If you are interested in buying this asset from the Ardor Asset DEX, then bookmark Asset ID 14004020396567362190, the issuing account is ARDOR-W3PP-PSMZ-A2DE-2VKQ9. 20 million of these “EZYTaal” assets have been issued, with no sell orders yet.
— EZYcount Suisse (@EZYcountsuisse) June 26, 2018
As ALWAYS when you deal with decentralized trading, make sure you know what you do. As opposed to many centralized exchanges the Nxt and Ignis Asset Exchanges have never been hacked, the DEX has worked solidly since 2014. This does NOT mean, however, that there have not been scam attempts and victims of scams on the Asset Exchange – no surprise. Read our tutorial on how to trade on the Asset Exchange, and learn how to avoid falling for scams or end up buying the wrong asset.
Janus – Status Update
If you are curious or frustrated about the lack of word from the Janus team about the status of their move into a new headquarters and JNSHash mining, then consume the release below.
Hello, Jns Community, this post serves as an update of the different phases initially delineated to start JNSHash mining.
1. Building owner stated May 1st we could move in and begin setup. This is based on his construction team finishing the framing and drywall of the facility and installation of the first 400 amps electric.
Status : DONE. INITIAL DATE WAS POSTPONED 1.5 MONTH
2. Once that is ready we can begin getting the building filled with all the equipment. It requires several people to get this setup and we have all the parts but need to create a new rack system that will take some time even after may 1st. (need to hang drop outlets, set up the network, cards, rigs, etc…)
Status: IN PROGRESS…
3. Then a major change to the system and payouts is required via an exchange system. Hashpower exchange versus our methods from last year announced.
We have a developer working on that now and if everything goes as planned then the exchange for hashpower and the mining rigs should coincide when ready.
Status: BEING DEVELOPED
More on this plus revised documents will be released.
Janus asset ID on the ARDOR platform: 4348103880042995903.
Support your Tokens
NXT and ARDR recently got voted into the OKEx exchange.
Now OKEx released a great promotional video about Ardor:
— OKEx (@OKEx_) July 2, 2018
Nice one, but we can do more! You can share this video!
Opportunities to demonstrate support for ARDR / IGNIS and NXT:
You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS here:
Let your voice be heard:
CryptalDash – Request for your Favorite Coin to be Listed
Walletnxt.com – Third-Party Wallet Developed by Zhang
Reopen ACTN, thanks for ACTN supports
Ardor Charity Development Opportunity
This article describes the process of CryptoMed wanting to create a blockchain that supports charity development. How Ardor was chosen and the aims of the project. A very interesting and inspiring must-read for all with a heart! No BS!
If you’re a developer interested in helping me build a blockchain on the $ARDOR network that is designed to help charities and non-profits, shoot me a DM.
This is non-paid and none of us will be making money. If you want to get rich, leave.
If you want to help mankind, DM me
— CryptoMed (@CryptoMedicated) June 26, 2018
The author wrote:
Because Ardor’s representatives reached out to me (on an unrelated matter) to educate me about their blockchain technology. I noted that, for such a well-composed and formulated project, it seemed like they were relatively obscure in comparison to other projects in the space.
I was going to leave the conversation at that and just continue on living my life. But then I thought…ARDOR gives me the opportunity to build a blockchain, not just a token. Which is what I need for what I’m doing.
Also, the innovation of child and parent chains is what allows for this to be more feasibly implemented with transparency, which is key.
Binance – Dexathon, Proof of Concept DEMO by XCUBICLE
Last May we wrote about an unofficial Binance “Dexathon”, where Patoshi presented a Binance DEX demo using a modified Ardor client. Below is a video of Patoshi demoing how a Binance chain might work with Ardor, running on a Raspberry Pi for good measure!
Finalizing my Binance Ardor Dex Submission. I want to go over it with someone. anyone… if anyone has ears to listen.
You can send it over to me
Not the best, but its just a quick overview of the POC of how a binance chain might work with Ardor. I have to submit the reskinned ardor code so they see i actually did something i think and a bunch of other content I’m sending to them. I’ll submit when i wake up in the morning.. its 2:30am here.
Cyronium, a new Ardor Clone?
Is it a clone of Ardor? Is it a Nxt clone? The white paper does not distinguish very well between Nxt and Ardor, which sets off red flags because they are two different platforms. Indonesian based Cyronium wants to be a gold-backed blockchain token with three child chains. Elizabeth, the director of the ANG, tried reaching out.
What do we know about this? http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3830389
It seems to be a clone… I will try to make contact.
It seems they do not distinguish between NXT and Ardor.
They wrote, in their Press Release:
A crypto asset backed by real gold reserves, combining the disruptive potential of cryptocurrencies with the lasting value of precious metals. This cryptocurrency, Cyronium will open its initial coin offering (ICO) for institutional and private investors on July 27th 2018.
Cyronium’s founder, Mardigu Wowiek Prasantyo, seems to be some celebrity in Indonesia. A serial entrepreneur, a former hypnotherapist with a specialty in terrorism, writer, business adviser, founding father of Rumah Yatin – an org running 90 orphanages, a bossman, and self-proclaimed trillionaire with various companies in the field of oil and gas, he seems well connected and a visionary brand. With Cyronium, Mardigu WP aims to end poverty in undeveloped countries.
Reading (and understanding) the Cyronium white paper and FAQ is not easy, as they seem to have been translated into English by machines. What I get is that they plan to clone Nxt and use it to build their own “Ardor”-like platform. Sometimes they talk about sidechains, other times Child Chains. However, the token they sell in their ICO is an asset token issued on the Ardor platform (as a placeholder token I assume), and it will trade on one exchange only, namely santara.co.id.
Their “child chains” will be Tree, Volko, and Koinako.
Each of them will have backed up physical assets from real businesses. For Tree coin, the physical asset is the specific crops planted within the business ecosystem managed by Cyronium. For Volko, the assets is the business owned by Small- Medium Enterprises, managed by the Cyronium team. For Koinako, it is rented accommodation. The profit of physical asset raised by the particular coin will be distributed to the investors, based on the number of coins that they have.
It does sound like a permissioned Ardor child chain setup with three controlled profit-sharing assets issued by Cyronium would do the trick if you ask me. That way they do not have to airdrop 10% gold-backed tokens, they would get expert support and free security updates from Jelurida’s core development team and they would not have to bootstrap their own clone, be it of Nxt or Ardor (Ardor would be overkill, IMHO). We will follow this and look forward to the clarity Elizabeth’s research brings to the table.
Apollo (APL) Update
The community does not seem to be sold on the validity of Apollo, a coin based on NXT. Last week a Jelurida core dev looked into the source code and he was not impressed. The head Nxter editor stumbled onto the following video that tries to hype the Apollo project at the expense of Ardor. The video creator does not come off as being credible or unbiased. Much misinformation out there.
So, according to this YouTuber, “Victor of Apollo is a branding expert”. That’s great. But for some reason he keeps dissing Ardor, saying it’s just a simple update of Nxt (???), nothing special, a bad idea, and importantly: very bad marketed. Watching the CMC charts of Ardor and Nxt, he then concludes that he is quite sure “Apollo can achieve what the other project [Ardor] was trying to”…. I get the impression that either he has NO idea about what the Ardor platform is – or he is deliberately trolling it to better shill APL.
It looks like his idea is to push Apollo as an equal competitor to Ardor by ignoring what Ardor is but using the fact that Ardor was built from Nxt – which Apollo cloned. Funny. And wow. Why not focus on the privacy features they want to implement in Nxt? The “ligthning fast” Hermes protocol they want to make?
“Oh, but don’t listen to me; it’s your choice – buy the APL coin and you will be rich very soon – or miss out”, it goes on. Maybe he is right, Apollo will show better shilling skills than Jelurida with their nummerous gold-lettered pre-announcements of future partnerships on social media, and a merchandise store as the first milestone on their roadmap. It’s just that this is blockchain business, and until you get your code straight, it’s very serious business! Because it’s about real people, real money and lives, not just doing what it takes to sell a cool app in the appstore. I sincerely hope the Apollo team is fully aware of that.
The video is from a 3rd party videoblogger, for official Apollo info, please visit:
APL coin was airdropped to NXT holders (snapshot taken on January 14th) and may turn out to be the next grand evolution of blockchain privacy and compression – or not. To login to the Apollo wallet you need to use the same private key (passphrase) that you use to log in to your Nxt wallet, so please take into consideration the info given here about how to move your clone coins to a new address in a safe way.
IN THE MEDIA
MrV at Medium – Solar Powered Ardor Blockchain Node
The developer, MrV777, published a great article, where he assembles and programs a Raspberry Pi, details how to install an Ardor node and begin forging – on a machine powered by the nuclear fusion energy of the Sun. All the hardware specs and instructions included. Talk about cool and green.
For years I’ve been hearing about the solar powered NXT node and have been meaning to build my own for Ardor. So I finally got around to it and wanted to share my experience.
- Raspberry Pi B
- Solar panels
- USB cable
- SD card
For our use it is better to get the Raspberry Pi3 B instead of the B+. We don’t need the extra bandwidth of 5.8ghz wireless or the extra CPU speed. Also, it’s cheaper and more energy efficient.
So for my setup, these are the parts I went with:
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Motherboard – $39
- TuffGear 15W Dual USB Solar Charger & Portable Charger RAVPower 16750mAh Power Bank – $60
- UCTRONICS 3.5 Inch SPI TFT LCD Display Kit with Touch Screen, Touch Pen, Case, 16GB SD card Preinstalled Raspbian – $30
- Total: $129
Power usage and solar panels
So here are the solar panels and batteries that I ended up trying through this project:
- dodocool 12W Solar Charger Foldable with 10000 mAh Dual USB Port Power Bank – $22
- ALLPOWERS 15W Solar Panel Charger with 6000mAh Battery, 3 USB Output – $35
- TuffGear 15W Dual USB Solar Charger & Portable Charger RAVPower 16750mAh Power Bank – $60
Agefi – L’outil de Comptabilité EZYcount Veut se Financer Grâce à la Blockchain
EZYcount received nice coverage in this French newspaper. The snippet below shows the featured photo of the creator, Vivien, and the article. A digital link is also included.
Nice mention of Ardor on page 5 of today’s l’AGEFI (in relation to EZYcount)
Lior Yaffe at Medium – Crypto Investment Strategy
Lior wrote frankly about the state of NXT regarding the IGNIS Airdrop, if you invested at the peak you have since lost 93% of your value! The key to crypto, in his opinion, is to HODL! Unless your job is being a day trader on the NYSE, do not delude yourself into thinking that you can make longterm profits on trading crypto. Lior knows this well and offers words of advice and caution to potential investors.
In a previous article I published more than 4 months ago, I explained why I think the crypto market won’t suffer from a tulip mania, dot.com or housing type crash where many investments suffered losses of 97% or more over a very short period of time.
For some investments, I was wrong. For example, folks who bought NXT during the markets peak in December lost around 93% on their investment even when factoring in the IGNIS airdrop they received. But if you look at the overall crypto market the total market cap is somewhat lower than in February, but not significantly.
Even with regards to NXT itself, people who bought NXT during 2016 and held, still made a profit and also received Ardor and some Ignis for free.
Techworm – Jelurida Has The Experience to Change Smart Contracts Forever
This article describes the flexibility and scalability of Ardor – mentioning how Jelurida improved upon Smart Contracts with the upcoming implementation of Lightweight Contracts, enabling an even smoother, more automated process to writing and deploying conditioned contracts on the Ardor blockchain.
The author wrote:
Another interesting innovation Jelurida has been exploring is the Oracle Contract. Another contract type that is only run by select, applicable nodes, Oracle contracts allow external information to be collected by an outside source and registered on the blockchain. In other words, data that is not built into the blockchain can interact with or even produce data that is on the blockchain.
Oracle contracts have existed for a few years, but with the birth of Lightweight contracts and the node-based execution properties of Ardor, Jelurida is giving Oracles an ideal platform to easily communicate from external resources and record those communications on the blockchain.
In short, Ardor’s already flexible and scalable functionality has been improved upon even more by the implementation of lightweight contracts, enabling an even smoother, more automated, and in their own words, “elegant” means of blockchain application building.
TradingView – Ardor VS Bitcoin Reached The Support by trader HiTech
Weekly NXT/ARDR/IGNIS Price Evolution
The following graphic shows the NXT / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the ARDR / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the IGNIS / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
And that is the news of last week! Embrace change, accept differences and continue to grow and learn!
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Managed the development and implementation of Nxt's visual brand in 2014, with web design bureau Ideenfrische.
Issued the NXTP asset in 2014, a profit sharing asset given to early contributors to Nxter.org that helped turn the site into a magazine, publishing news and articles in several languages, and running faucets, contests and social media campaigns for Nxt. ESMA based a report on Nxter.org's coverage of the Nxt AE in 2015.
Arthur is still one of the driving forces behind Nxter.org. He compiled the acclaimed book about Nxt 'SNAPSHOT', which got published in early 2017.
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