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June 12, 2013, 02:52:15 AM
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June 20, 2013, 03:15:38 AM
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My thoughts on this, in no particular order.

1) It looks good.  I love that there's still active development of new mining technology.

2) Be sure to test for stability when doing odd things like repeatedly starting and stopping, or loading and exiting the program.  I'm currently using another GUI-based miner, and each time I stop mining, it causes a crash in the GPU driver.

3) Consider adding support for CPUs and nVidia cards.  Yes, I know they're far less efficient than AMD hardware.  Still, people do have them and use them.

4) I love that you're integrating ASIC support in there.  It's not just BFL, but also ASICMINER and Avalon-based ASICs that are entering the market now.  More will probably show up sooner or later.  I think if you can integrate support for those three platforms that are actually available now (or about to be), that should give you a solid foothold for the future.

5) Add support for solo mining. I consider solo mining to be a bit like buying a lottery ticket.  It's a (very) low chance of getting a big payoff, for a relatively small cost. (The debate of whether solo mining is a good idea is never-ending and doesn't belong in this thread.  I'm just saying, give users of your program the option.)

6) Will WinMiner be tied exclusively to the Dominatrix mining engine? Or will you support configurable miners?

7) Future consideration: consider adding remote stats viewing and configuration by integrating a small Web server into your app, or supporting some kind of external monitoring API.

8) Future consideration: consider allowing multiple miners on standalone but networked PCs to work together and effectively form a virtual pool, shared just by the PCs that you allow to join it.

9) Wishful thinking: Port it to Linux and make it work on a Raspberry Pi.  Grin

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June 20, 2013, 04:48:08 AM
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Open Source that shit. Anyone who downloads a program from a random forum handle who signed up a week ago with only 10 posts deserves to have their wallet stolen.

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June 20, 2013, 04:52:26 AM
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From the screenshots it looks good. Unfortunately I dont download any files from this forum.

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June 20, 2013, 04:54:09 AM
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It looks nice, but there's no way I'll use an unknown binary.

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June 20, 2013, 06:58:40 AM
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It looks like a mixture of Guiminer and CGminer or BFGminer. MPTS and MPDS sound like good strategies, I'm not so sure about the Found Block Strategy. I will give it a try when it's available.

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June 22, 2013, 01:26:09 AM
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Thanks for sharing your background and taking the time to make a program. Looking forward to seeing how things turn out.
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June 25, 2013, 06:28:17 AM
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Hello.
I had worked in intel Spain in the 1999-2000. I tested Celeron and Pentium III in Slot I  in different motherboard and chipset LX and BX.
If you need a beta tester, I can do it with different GPU in Spain.
It is a very good job.
Have a nice day.
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June 26, 2013, 12:32:56 AM
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I hope to have more talented people like yourself developing for the coin mining community.

Might want to think of the option to mine scrypt based coin currency like the litecoin or fastcoin.
But that might be a lot of trouble, If you can in maybe further down the line.

Love to have the all in one program option. Grin

Two questions:

From your time working at AMD, how aware is the company that some people use there hardware to Mine bitcoins?

Do you think that the company might released a device like ASIC Miner Card to put into your computer
and make as easy as installing a Graphics Card?

Thanks for your time and effort

Looking forward to WinMiner being released into the wild soon.

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June 26, 2013, 12:14:42 PM
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June 29, 2013, 09:31:39 AM
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Greetings, DoctorDoom.

I read your technical background... wow. You life till now could be written to a best selling book. But many times, Life is so unjust... noone deserves what you already suffered and are still suffering, with your health. And it's good to see that you never gave up having faith and taking your life and skills forward. Thank You so much for your life example.

Regarding your idea presented in this thread, it's fantastic. I'm a fan of GUI's and I do use one for mining, 50Miner.exe. This way, I can mine with 2 HP laptops and a desktop, all with AMD graphic cards and Windows 7 64 bits SP1, using DiabloMiner as engine. I also use a RaspberryPi with MinePeon 0.2.0, to mine with 2 USB Block Eruptors (for now, as you can see in my own forum signature).

I think that your programs will help me (and many others) to put away programs like the 50Miner GUI, as yours will surely include many features not seen in other mining software. But one area that needs to be explored after the initial project, is indeed the centralization. Winminer should have the possibility of securely connect to all Dominatrix Engines, via pre-configured ports, to be able to use those connections in a LAN or using the Internet to interconnect the several Engines (regardless of which operating system they run) to the Winminer program.

Also, as some of us need to have an idea of what is happening in our mining farms, it would be interesting to have a remote connection (probably a web interface) to the Winmine centralized program, from the work office. I'm an IT professional, connected to networks and OS's and I don't have problems manteining a connection to my computers @ home, when I'm at my work's office.

After all was said in this thread, I also recommend that you include a programmable mining configuration to yourself, for instance that I could configure the first N minutes of the day to mine for DoctorDoom's own pool, as a little monetary aid for your great effort to bringing us all a fantastic software. This idea is not mine, as MinePeon already has that feature and I defend it.

Good luck with your work and, if you need a beta-tester to try your engine & GUI, please do count with me.

Meanwhile, have a great week-end, my friend.

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June 29, 2013, 08:22:05 PM
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Will be following this project with interest. Nice to have someone as talented as you here.

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June 30, 2013, 01:33:54 AM
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Since I have a SHA2-256 C++ class, I will use that for a password phrase. This will be a lot more secure than just a normal password.
I'm not quite sure what you meant here, but if you mean using an SHA-based hash to secure the password, that's generally considered a bad idea. SHA and similar hashing algorithms are designed for speed, so they can be executed millions of times per second. That makes them susceptible to brute force attacks.  There are special password hashing libraries out there that are designed to take orders of magnitude longer per hash attempt, so it takes maybe 10 to 100 milliseconds per attempt. That's still fast enough that it's invisible to the user, but it utterly demolishes any brute force attack attempts.

See this for a decent overview, but I'd still advise you to do more research - I'm not a password programming pro, just a guy who's read up on the subject.  Smiley

http://crackstation.net/hashing-security.htm

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