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1  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [ALLCOIN] on: August 21, 2014, 03:37:34 PM
Folks...  sorry for the lack of activity.

I've had to deal with a series of real-life issues that has taken my attention away from the on-line world.

Last week my girlfriend's bike broke down, so I used my work van to pick her and the bike up from work.  That night someone smashed the window of my work van and stole all my tools that I use in my job for home theatre installation.  The next day my grandfather passed away.  On top of all that I had planned on taking some time off work for vacation around now, but that may have to change.

I'm still here, haven't abandoned y'all - just can't be as active as I'd like to be until I sort my life out a bit.

I had been keeping some volume going on bittrex, I'll get back to doing that as well.
2  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [TEK] TEKcoin sha256 PoS/Pow 40%+ SuperStake in 30+ days on: August 13, 2014, 09:14:19 PM
Block chain explorer and rich list is live:

http://tek.blockx.info/get/chain/TekCoin

Great tek explorer.  Anyone know where can I find the source code for this version of Abe?
3  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: [ANNOUNCE] Abe 0.7: Open Source Block Explorer Knockoff on: August 10, 2014, 11:32:12 AM
Can someone tell me what to edit to make Abe show extremely low difficulty? 

The coin is PoS only at this point and difficulty is often below 0.001 and shows as 0.0 which is not useful information.

4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [ALLCOIN] on: August 07, 2014, 03:46:03 AM
Shooting in the dark here without more detail, but did you download the blockchain that's posted in the OP?

I did not, I just grabbed the wallet. I will get it downloaded and see if that solves the issues, thanks!

We've hardforked the blockchain to keep it alive, and as a result it doesn't sync up past block 3 on it's own.  I've identified the reason this happens and I've found some code from another coin that did a similar hard fork.  We are working on getting the wallet back to 100% autonomous syncing, and then possibly integrating another future hard fork to return the specs close to the way they were originally.

Once we iron out the lingering bugs and release the next version it would be a good time to re-launch with a fresh thread to get people noticing that we're out of the woods.  I'll check to see what we can do about cryptocointalk - there might be a thread or something already.

at least having the blockchain there for download makes it nice and fast for people, is there a way to include it in the wallet zip? so it's just one download?

I'm up to 1400 TECH now... I'm hoping for a decent night of tips so I can buy another few K before price jumps, really not that many coins on the sell wall so I'm hope'n tonights a good night for me

Good suggestion!  Windows and Mac wallets are now both available on github in a package containing the blockchain, in addition to the original, seperate packages.

Out of curiosity, wouldn't a built in checkpoint be a proper solution?

I think a checkpoint will help where it gets stuck at block 5000 and you have to close and open the wallet to get it past that point, but it is a more basic check for valid blocks that is failing and will be solved by adding if statements to change the specifications as the chain does.
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [ALLCOIN] [C-CEX] on: August 05, 2014, 05:24:52 AM
I'd love to see a rich list for TECH Smiley would it include address' from the original wallet from pow? I wonder how many people got frustrated and tossed their wallet when the original dev ditched ? might be far less than 187k in circulation?

theres not really too much for sale on bittrex so I imagine most coins are in peoples personal wallets

only 90 more blocks till 6000, new wallet has been working great so far Cheesy


RPC Ace block explorer is not as good as Abe, but it does include a separate rich list generator.  It's not something your gonna want to host as a live list because it scans the whole blockchain via RPC, but it could work to generate a one time list, or could be set up as a periodically updated list.  I would still like to find some way to integrate one with Abe since all the data is stored in it's own database and doesn't rely on the wallet other than to update it with new blocks.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=686177.0

A rich list would include everything from the very beginning because the blockchain is intact, we haven't had to start over.  It will be interesting to see what rich addresses are staking and transacting vs sitting idle.
6  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [** 1.0.2 **] on: August 04, 2014, 05:05:18 PM
Any help or pointers in regards to the block explorer and rich list would be appreciated.  I put together the block explorer using the latest Abe source.  It does not include a rich list, but I'm willing to hack away at it if there is any info.
7  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: [ANNOUNCE] Abe 0.7: Open Source Block Explorer Knockoff on: August 04, 2014, 02:01:55 AM
can someone help me i am trying to set up an block explorer for VirtaCoin.
It is just to get started into this and i saw they didn't have one so i thought give it a go.
But the problem is i keep only seeing the genesis block and nothing more.
Can someone here maybe tell me if my configuration is wrong.
or other things i have to pay attention to
i pulled the head revision from github. also i tried doing it with 0.7.2. but that had no success at all.

abe.conf


Code:
dbtype MySQLdb
    connect-args {"user":"user","db":"dbname","passwd":"pass"}
    upgrade
    port 2900
        host 127.0.0.1
binary-type binary
datadir += [{
        "dirname": "/root/.virtacoin",
        "chain": "VirtaCoin",
        "address_version":"\u0000",
         "policy":"LtcScryptChain",
        "conf": "virtacoin.conf"
      }]

Abe/DataStore.py

 
Code:
  {"chain":"VirtaCoin","policy":"LtcScryptChain",
     "code3":"VTA", "address_version":"\x00", "magic":"\xbe\xd0\xc8\xd1"},


if someone can tell me if something is wrong please.

I had to do a lot to get it working properly, the cheap and easy fix to get it working once you get at as far as you have is this in Datastore.py

Code:
-                    if chain.block_header_hash(chain.serialize_block_header(
 -                            block)) != hash:
 -                        raise InvalidBlock('block hash mismatch')
 +                   # if chain.block_header_hash(chain.serialize_block_header(
 +                   #         block)) != hash:
 +                   #     raise InvalidBlock('block hash mismatch')
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [** 1.0.2 **] on: August 04, 2014, 12:06:44 AM
So I'm not alone. Mine came from edn247. 25 coins.

Thanks, dude, but I'm a bit perplexed Cheesy

It wasn't me!  Y'all missed this:

i just received 25 tech in my wallet??? where the hell did that come from?
I may have left you a tech cookie or two, tee hee.   
Seriously though its great to be staking the TECH with this great new team.

Thanks for the TECH rain Invest4al!
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][EKITA] -- X11-- [PoW+PoS][5000 block PoW] | 3 Exchanges on: August 03, 2014, 12:15:57 PM
You are trying to fix it the wrong way, or maybe the right way, depends what your intentions really are.
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [** 1.0.2 **] on: August 03, 2014, 05:40:11 AM
0 active connections..block 5544

any nodes?

addnode=206.116.116.186:57697
addnode=50.188.14.165:57697
addnode=116.49.126.165:57697
addnode=24.85.126.229:57697
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [** 1.0.2 **] on: August 01, 2014, 07:04:18 AM
lol wow now I feel bad for only putting in 25 tech, but I honestly don't have much to play with, my delivery job has been slow and I lost a pretty good size chunk of my crypto holdings in XAN. I'll deff add more when I can as we go. ha your pledge is 3x what I hold.

so the pledge address' will be different than the donation fund that evtrmm mentioned? I guess it is a really good idea if big donations/pledges aren't kept by just one person... I deff like your idea.

Don't feel bad!  I haven't donated anything to the development fund yet.  25 TECH should go a long way once it recovers.

Pledges are coins YOU hold and are just saying "I promise to keep these coins in my wallet and leave the wallet running as much as I can"

You don't have to send coins to anyone else to pledge them, it's just a way of publicly showing your commitment to the network.
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [** 1.0.2 **] on: August 01, 2014, 06:33:51 AM
i think i'm gonna buy some while they're cheap


I did!  

I am now officially as invested in this coin as the original dev was, as far as the premine goes.  I bought 3000 coins on Bittrex, and I'm gradually putting them in an address that I pledge to keep staked (like the original premine should have been), as of this posting there are 2400.  Since this is a community driven coin now and everyone involved either legit mined, earned or bought coins, it would be cool to have more pledges.  I'll be adding mine to the OP once I transfer all the coins to the address, and anyone else that wants to pledge a portion of their bag to stake, search for the address you put the coins in on the block explorer and post a short link like this:

3000 TECH http://techblocks.chainworks.info:2750/a/TKsCScQtVW

and I'll add you to the OP as an official supporter of the coin.  Anyone can check the integrity of a pledge with a simple click.

Probably best to put the coins you pledge in a separate incoming address so we aren't looking at your day to day activity as well as the stake.
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [PoW Re-Start] on: July 31, 2014, 03:17:41 PM
Another staking question.  Is it the total number of coins staked that helps the blockchain move or is it the number of wallets staking coins or a combination of both?

Hypothetically if I stake 10% of the total coins created would that cause a dramatic increase in the number of blocks that get generated?

It's sort of both.  You can think of coins being staked as hashing power on a network, right now with a low difficulty small chunks of coins are able to stake easily, so there would be no real advantage to stake a huge amount of coins in one block.  It makes more sense to break up the coins into smaller amounts (can be in the same wallet) so that they stake more often.  Once difficulty increases there's more of a reason to stake larger chunks of coins since they will solve the blocks quicker than small amounts, like big hash power.

If you want to see how the coins are stored, turn on coin control in the Display tab of the Options window and then go to the Send Coins tab and click on inputs, then in that window click on List mode.  This list shows you how the coins are actually stored as "chunks" in the wallet.  You can send coins to yourself to break up a big chunk or combine small chunks, but keep in mind that doing so resets the coin age, so you'll have to wait 12 blocks again to start staking.

[edit]

Checked the block explorer - looks like the PoS difficulty is starting to adjust!  We might be fine without PoW!
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [PoW Re-Start] on: July 31, 2014, 03:04:06 PM
I sent some coins from bittrex to one of my wallets.

Bittrex gave me this TXid:  822045cf749b02a06308c0e176e4034dd395ac9666f350153c682f55246b0d47  but the block explorer yields no results when I enter that TXid, and the coins have not showed up in my wallet.  Did we fork? Is Bittrex on the right fork?

I just received confirmation from Bittrex that they've updated their wallet about 5 hours ago.

did you search your address on the block explorer?  happened to me earlier that I couldn't find it, but magically showed up hours later.

checked block explorer again, not there.  I think I sent them before Bittrex did the upgrade.  Oh, well it was only 100 coins

Email Bittrex support.

The coins just showed up.  That was a test to see if things were working smoothly.  I was going to move more coins to stake but I'm a bit hesitant now.

My mistake was not checking https://www.bittrex.com/Status to see if they were on the same block as the block explorer.  They weren't when I withdrew, so that was the problem but as long as they are on the same block as the BE it should be safe to withdraw now.
15  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [PoW Re-Start] on: July 31, 2014, 03:00:29 PM
I sent some coins from bittrex to one of my wallets.

Bittrex gave me this TXid:  822045cf749b02a06308c0e176e4034dd395ac9666f350153c682f55246b0d47  but the block explorer yields no results when I enter that TXid, and the coins have not showed up in my wallet.  Did we fork? Is Bittrex on the right fork?

Same thing happened to me.   I sent a support ticket and it looks like they corrected the blockchain and re-sent my transaction because by morning it showed up in my wallet.
16  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [NEW DEVS!] on: July 31, 2014, 05:37:55 AM
NEW VERSION RELEASED!!!

https://github.com/techcoinproject/Techcoin/releases/tag/v1.0.2.0

Make sure you KEEP your existing blockchain or download a fresh copy because there seems to be a problem syncing from scratch.

UPDATE and STAKE!  Feel free to point your X13 miner at the wallet - it should be able to accept a PoW block, although none have been produced, new PoS blocks have been.

How do I point my miners at the wallet?

You'll need to make a Techcoin.conf (text) file in the ...\appdata\Techcoin directory with something like this:

Code:
server=1
port=57697
rpcport=57698
rpcuser=rpcusernamehere
rpcpassword=rpcpasswordhere
rpcallowip=127.0.0.1
addnode=tech.chainworks.info

And then depending on the mining software you're using you'll configure it to connect to the wallet, so for example if you're using the CPU miner it looks like this:

Code:
minerd -a x13 -o http://127.0.0.1:57698 -u rpcusernamehere -p rpcpasswordhere

You would change the username and password accordingly, but everything else stays the same.

This thread has the mining software if you need it: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=570744.0

The PoS blocks are flowing - I still don't see any PoW blocks but the network may still be majority PoS only and thus rejecting them, or the difficulty is way too high.
17  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [NEW DEVS!] on: July 30, 2014, 05:04:30 PM
NEW VERSION RELEASED!!!

https://github.com/techcoinproject/Techcoin/releases/tag/v1.0.2.0

Make sure you KEEP your existing blockchain or download a fresh copy because there seems to be a problem syncing from scratch.

UPDATE and STAKE!  Feel free to point your X13 miner at the wallet - it should be able to accept a PoW block, although none have been produced, new PoS blocks have been.
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [NEW DEVS!] on: July 30, 2014, 04:54:58 PM
tx for following up, this is precisely what I mean Smiley   I just gave it a run but still 'out of sync' still minutes later.   Should I add some nodes ? thanks again.

If you are on block 5085 and it says out of sync that is fine - no problem.  Next version will be partly fixing that problem (the GUI was very impatient waiting for a new block and declares that it's out of sync if it doesn't see a new block after an hour, even though it's not out of sync from the rest of the network's blockchain) along with a lot of changes to the code to allow the blocks to be produced regularly without creating more base currency.

The update is ready but since this will produce a hard fork we are trying to coordinate the publish with the exchanges' update so that everyone will be able to withdraw to the correct chain.  A good number of you will have coins staking right away when you update to this version because it reduces a lot of time that coins need to wait to re-stake.  After one more block of PoS the PoW phase 2 will begin and you can mine for network fees only like bitcoin will be eventually, although you won't have to mine because PoS will be running too.  I will also publish a new copy of the blockchain once we see PoW blocks to help with the fork.

[edit: no need to add nodes, we have DNS seeds built-in]

Cheers!

great stuff, thanks for putting in your time on this. so will we be able to continue mining for tx fees after block 6000 is complete? I think that would be a first for a pos coin wouldn't it?

The 1.0.2 code has the second PoW phase ending on block 6000.

The plan is to end at block 6000, the general thought is that without a healthy reward for mining and a decent amount of hashing power on the network there is a chance for a malicious attack on the network that doesn't exist if we eliminate PoW at some point, otherwise, yes it would be great to let it keep going indefinitely.
19  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [NEW DEVS!] on: July 30, 2014, 06:40:42 AM
tx for following up, this is precisely what I mean Smiley   I just gave it a run but still 'out of sync' still minutes later.   Should I add some nodes ? thanks again.

If you are on block 5085 and it says out of sync that is fine - no problem.  Next version will be partly fixing that problem (the GUI was very impatient waiting for a new block and declares that it's out of sync if it doesn't see a new block after an hour, even though it's not out of sync from the rest of the network's blockchain) along with a lot of changes to the code to allow the blocks to be produced regularly without creating more base currency.

The update is ready but since this will produce a hard fork we are trying to coordinate the publish with the exchanges' update so that everyone will be able to withdraw to the correct chain.  A good number of you will have coins staking right away when you update to this version because it reduces a lot of time that coins need to wait to re-stake.  After one more block of PoS the PoW phase 2 will begin and you can mine for network fees only like bitcoin will be eventually, although you won't have to mine because PoS will be running too.  I will also publish a new copy of the blockchain once we see PoW blocks to help with the fork.

[edit: no need to add nodes, we have DNS seeds built-in]

Cheers!
20  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Techcoin [TECH] [186,985 PoW coins 4% PoS] [BITTREX] [NEW DEVS!] on: July 30, 2014, 04:38:57 AM
love the positive momentum demonstrated here!  I'll contribute where I can for the future of this special coin. So i'm trying the latest wallet and it seems to get stuck syncing at block 85, is this unusual at the moment?

The whole network is stuck at block 5085, is that what you meant?  If you are having trouble with block 85, just download the blockchain from github and drop it in the Techcoin appdata folder, it should sync up then.

We are about to release a new version that will hard fork the blockchain and re-start proof of work mining to get it moving again.  By the time PoW stops at block 6000 the PoS mining should be moving the blockchain on their own.
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