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March 30, 2016, 04:57:25 PM
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Update

Kobocore-lib (our javascript client libraries) has now been built. I now need to:

- Build the browser bundle
- Build a sample webpage and test
- Test it out by creating a few offline addresses and some other tests

Once this is done, I'll post the results here and update the git repository.

I'll then get the libraries to Bitsoko to include Kobocoin on their platform.

After that I'll get onto building our Electrum Server so we can get onto UberPay.io

With javascript client and electrum server built I'll then start looking into getting an iOS wallet built and released. With the electrum server online I'll be able to investigate if it can be used to make the mobile iOS wallet (and possibly android) more lightweight than the curren android wallet.

After that I want to investigate if we can implement something like RootStock (http://rootstock.io/). Rootstock is an open source BTC sidechain that offers smart contracts, near instant payments and higher scalability for the bitcoin blockchain. It might not be possible, but it's worth investigating.

I'm also considering whether to bundle all these recent and near future developments under a unified platform and calling it Koboko. A platform that interested parties, merchants, organizations etc can use to harness the features of the Kobocoin blockchain and currency. We'll see. It's just an idea right now.

Hopefully I'll soon be posting some screenshots of how testing the client libraries is going.

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March 30, 2016, 08:28:16 PM
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Update

Kobocore-lib (our javascript client libraries) has now been built. I now need to:

- Build the browser bundle
- Build a sample webpage and test
- Test it out by creating a few offline addresses and some other tests

Once this is done, I'll post the results here and update the git repository.

I'll then get the libraries to Bitsoko to include Kobocoin on their platform.

After that I'll get onto building our Electrum Server so we can get onto UberPay.io

With javascript client and electrum server built I'll then start looking into getting an iOS wallet built and released. With the electrum server online I'll be able to investigate if it can be used to make the mobile iOS wallet (and possibly android) more lightweight than the curren android wallet.

After that I want to investigate if we can implement something like RootStock (http://rootstock.io/). Rootstock is an open source BTC sidechain that offers smart contracts, near instant payments and higher scalability for the bitcoin blockchain. It might not be possible, but it's worth investigating.

I'm also considering whether to bundle all these recent and near future developments under a unified platform and calling it Koboko. A platform that interested parties, merchants, organizations etc can use to harness the features of the Kobocoin blockchain and currency. We'll see. It's just an idea right now.

Hopefully I'll soon be posting some screenshots of how testing the client libraries is going.

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Great work, great ideas. Thank you for the update.

How many ppl on your team? Your going to need to expand at some point.

If anyone is reading that can help Tribesman it is definitely worth your time.
i've followed so many coins over the years (this is not my usual acct) and it's rare to have a dev be this constantly involved and
pushing forward at such a pace.

I'd consider putting up a bounty if someone serious comes along. Maybe 50k-kobo to complete something like rootstock.

As far as I know you could use kobo as entry credits like Factom has, just anchor into the BTC blockchain.

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How many ppl on your team? Your going to need to expand at some point.

If anyone is reading that can help Tribesman it is definitely worth your time.
i've followed so many coins over the years (this is not my usual acct) and it's rare to have a dev be this constantly involved and
pushing forward at such a pace.

I'd consider putting up a bounty if someone serious comes along. Maybe 50k-kobo to complete something like rootstock.

As far as I know you could use kobo as entry credits like Factom has, just anchor into the BTC blockchain.


Thanks. At the moment it's just me, but there is always help from other devs going on behind the scenes. There's a lot of friendly and helpful devs out there. There can definitely be a bounty for something like a rootstock type implementation.

At the moment I need to get our js libs and electrum server sorted out. There are so many developments I'd like to get into including getting into Raspberry Pi once rokos flavours comes out. It's hard finding time with a day job and flying up and down the UK every week, but everything that's needed will be completed.

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How many ppl on your team? Your going to need to expand at some point.

If anyone is reading that can help Tribesman it is definitely worth your time.
i've followed so many coins over the years (this is not my usual acct) and it's rare to have a dev be this constantly involved and
pushing forward at such a pace.

I'd consider putting up a bounty if someone serious comes along. Maybe 50k-kobo to complete something like rootstock.

As far as I know you could use kobo as entry credits like Factom has, just anchor into the BTC blockchain.


Thanks. At the moment it's just me, but there is always help from other devs going on behind the scenes. There's a lot of friendly and helpful devs out there. There can definitely be a bounty for something like a rootstock type implementation.

At the moment I need to get our js libs and electrum server sorted out. There are so many developments I'd like to get into including getting into Raspberry Pi once rokos flavours comes out. It's hard finding time with a day job and flying up and down the UK every week, but everything that's needed will be completed.


Ya that's a busy work schedule!

I should have been clearer Smiley i'll put up 50k on completion.
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How many ppl on your team? Your going to need to expand at some point.

If anyone is reading that can help Tribesman it is definitely worth your time.
i've followed so many coins over the years (this is not my usual acct) and it's rare to have a dev be this constantly involved and
pushing forward at such a pace.

I'd consider putting up a bounty if someone serious comes along. Maybe 50k-kobo to complete something like rootstock.

As far as I know you could use kobo as entry credits like Factom has, just anchor into the BTC blockchain.


Thanks. At the moment it's just me, but there is always help from other devs going on behind the scenes. There's a lot of friendly and helpful devs out there. There can definitely be a bounty for something like a rootstock type implementation.

At the moment I need to get our js libs and electrum server sorted out. There are so many developments I'd like to get into including getting into Raspberry Pi once rokos flavours comes out. It's hard finding time with a day job and flying up and down the UK every week, but everything that's needed will be completed.


Ya that's a busy work schedule!

I should have been clearer Smiley i'll put up 50k on completion.
Thanks Smiley

I know that's what you meant but rootstock is a massive project. It can be cloned and configured for kobo for 50k once it's released open source, but not for a build from scratch. It's too big, and you'll find it very hard to find that level of expertise just wandering around. They are some serious black belt coders.

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April 01, 2016, 01:15:12 AM
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UPDATE:

The Javascript Library has now been built. It's available on github - https://github.com/kobocoin/bitcore-lib-kobo

I've built the initial browser bundle kobocore-lib.min.js and given the Bitsoko dev details of where to get access to it. He'll let me know if there's any issues with it or he's not happy with anything. Hopefully we'll soon be on the Bitsoko platform. I might even consider a press release once it happens Cheesy

From tomorrow I'll get started on the Electrum server. I've been considering setting up a new DNS server (dns3.kobocoin.com) so this might be a good opportunity to get that done. Electrum is quite resource intensive so might be best locating it on it's own server. I'm hoping I can get that done over the weekend and have Electrum ready for next week.

Then we'll be on UberPay.io. If you haven't got an UberPay wallet on your android phone I'd suggest you goto play store and try one out. You'll soon be able to store your KOBO on it. UberPay is also developing an iOS offering. Whether it gets on there is another point to discuss. Apple aren't very crypto wallet friendly right now! Price and news checkers, yes. Wallets, no!

Good Luck UberPay!

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Last edit: April 03, 2016, 12:23:24 AM by TheTribesman
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UPDATE:

Say hello to dns3.kobocoin.com Smiley

DNS3.KOBOCOIN.COM
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Installed Software
Kobocoind - done
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dns3 is also located in Frankfurt, Germany. I was hoping to locate it in either S.Africa or Hong Kong but I'll do that for the next full dns seeder. This is really specifically for hosting the Electrum server.

I've finished recoding the forked Electrum Server and I'm hoping to get it up and running by the end of the weekend. I'm just in the process of building the kobo blockchain on the server.

Along with dns1.kobocoin.com and dns2.kobocoin.com, this further stabilizes the kobo network and keeps your kobos flowing freely around the globe.

Github source here - https://github.com/kobocoin/electrum-kobo-server

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April 03, 2016, 12:50:11 AM
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UPDATE:

Our new Electrum Server is built and is now downloading the blockchain. It'll probably take about 1-2 days.

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[03/04/2016-01:02:39] Starting Kobocoin Electrum server on localhost
[03/04/2016-01:02:39] initializing database
[03/04/2016-01:02:39] UTXO tree root hash: 5df6e0e2761359d30a8275058e299f4545f55cf43e41983f5d4c9456
[03/04/2016-01:02:39] Coins in database: 0
[03/04/2016-01:02:39] catching up missing headers: -1 0
[03/04/2016-01:02:39] headers file: 0
[03/04/2016-01:02:39] TCP server started on [::1]:50001
[03/04/2016-01:04:24] catch_up: block 1000 (95.624s 9.777s) c4a7ce8875f5866359cda220184b8a7150972c96d223e57cd9e9def7f332
[03/04/2016-01:06:10] catch_up: block 2000 (93.193s 13.140s) 8d4e8fbaf4cee85632eb4c881a7c3840f61f8d1d8468c1db2101d64ce2e6
[03/04/2016-01:08:07] catch_up: block 3000 (98.192s 18.718s) 1a0bca769ba77545820f3267ed329a49f7e35bd74cea45f8e553fc6e3afd
[03/04/2016-01:10:01] catch_up: block 4000 (98.305s 15.713s) dabd0d835160522638e5baf15c4669535dcbe1693a07fb208ec679a874f1
[03/04/2016-01:11:57] catch_up: block 5000 (98.841s 16.575s) 278f35838efa1345d0e2cd2f9946fbe28af1d86c4e7f37ef3a48662111a0
[03/04/2016-01:14:08] catch_up: block 6000 (110.901s 20.552s) 6217741b551d342fcab154508b84391c2a72e5381b2c267b740217d8af30
[03/04/2016-01:16:12] catch_up: block 7000 (103.482s 19.757s) 44b50378a1e58c2c7a462e1a4db4e953dc2a7f9a0280b712c3b39d9c0cbe
[03/04/2016-01:18:22] catch_up: block 8000 (107.301s 22.805s) 111c93b1381dab7d89f6b7eee735d5ef60cd0d659bdfccea72436b2d4e8f
[03/04/2016-01:20:24] catch_up: block 9000 (99.096s 23.313s) b0e1e991aaf13ad70c42f57d661d56fd7ca9da67e9d316ba5916adc02ab7

Once it's up to date I'll test out client connectivity. Once that's proven I'll let the UberPay dev know that it's ready.

I'll be creating a weekly cron job to:

1. Stop the Electrum Server
2. Backup the Electrum database to .tar.gz format
3. Restart the Electrum Server

That way if you want to build your own KOBO Electrum Server (yeah right) you'll have a distro that should cut installation/build time by a number of days.

I'll also be taking a look at what it takes to create an android wallet for the Electrum server.

I'm also now working with Bitsoko. We're troubleshooting the javascript libraries I built. Private keys are being generated successfully but addresses are not. Nothing is ever easy in this game. As I've said before, sometimes crypto development is all about your stamina and determination when things get flaky (and they always do!).

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UPDATE:

Our electrum server is kicking me in the balls right now. After days of syncing it stopped at block 624003 and I've been unable to get it moving. In the meantime while I'm working on it here's one of the new graphics designed for us.

I'm hoping this one will be used for the ROKOS Flavour background. This was done by the now famous Logocreator. Great work, and this is just one of the new images. Yes, there's more! Hope you like this one.



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A tweet
https://twitter.com/kobocoindev/status/717153363251617794

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There are so many developments I'd like to get into including getting into Raspberry Pi once rokos flavours comes out. It's hard finding time with a day job and flying up and down the UK every week, but everything that's needed will be completed.

Would building the daemon for Raspbian Wheezy (1st Pi, model B) be of any use?

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UPDATE:

Our electrum server is kicking me in the balls right now. After days of syncing it stopped at block 624003 and I've been unable to get it moving. In the meantime while I'm working on it here's one of the new graphics designed for us.

I'm hoping this one will be used for the ROKOS Flavour background. This was done by the now famous Logocreator. Great work, and this is just one of the new images. Yes, there's more! Hope you like this one.



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Very nice a bit aggressive, but nice.
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There are so many developments I'd like to get into including getting into Raspberry Pi once rokos flavours comes out. It's hard finding time with a day job and flying up and down the UK every week, but everything that's needed will be completed.

Would building the daemon for Raspbian Wheezy (1st Pi, model B) be of any use?
Yes, all development is a step forward. Do you know if a lot of Pi owners remain on wheezy? I'm guessing that some people might still be afraid of the word 'upgrade'.

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Very nice a bit aggressive, but nice.
Is this softer? Or still just as aggresive but in a different way?


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What a surprise I had today when I saw this!



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Very nice a bit aggressive, but nice.
Is this softer? Or still just as aggresive but in a different way?



I like that less monster truck:) 

Slick but classic, nice!

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Is this softer? Or still just as aggresive but in a different way?

They're both nice in different ways, though I agree that the first one might be gratuitously "gritty". I'm just happy that tiny little artifact at the interface of the | and < in the K is gone  Smiley

Also, these are nice as desktop backgrounds, but is there a clean, non-perspective-skewed, non-light/grit-FX'd version that can serve as the actual logo and logotype?
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I like that less monster truck:) 

Slick but classic, nice!

Thanks!

I'm just happy that tiny little artifact at the interface of the | and < in the K is gone  Smiley

Haha, yes, it's gone!

Also, these are nice as desktop backgrounds, but is there a clean, non-perspective-skewed, non-light/grit-FX'd version that can serve as the actual logo and logotype?

I'll get one mocked up myself. A head on logo using kobo brand colors. Now I have the high def artefacts I can use them in future images.

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April 06, 2016, 06:09:21 PM
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UPDATE:

Our Electrum Kobo Server is now up and running. I've contacted UberPay to test it out from their end. I'll let you know how things get on.

Code:
<localhost:/home/electrum/electrum-kobo-server> tail /var/log/electrum-kobo.log
[06/04/2016-18:53:45] blockchain: 627703 (0.427s)
[06/04/2016-18:54:36] blockchain: 627704 (0.383s)
[06/04/2016-18:54:57] blockchain: 627705 (0.683s)
[06/04/2016-18:55:17] blockchain: 627706 (0.273s)

<localhost:/home/electrum/electrum-kobo-server> ./electrum-kobo-server status
Server running (pid 9127)

<localhost:/home/electrum/electrum-kobo-server> ./electrum-kobo-server getinfo
{
    "blocks": 627708,
    "cached": 0,
    "peers": 0,
    "sessions": 1,
    "watched": 0
}
root@localhost:/home/electrum/electrum-kobo-server#

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April 06, 2016, 10:10:53 PM
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There are so many developments I'd like to get into including getting into Raspberry Pi once rokos flavours comes out. It's hard finding time with a day job and flying up and down the UK every week, but everything that's needed will be completed.

Would building the daemon for Raspbian Wheezy (1st Pi, model B) be of any use?
Yes, all development is a step forward. Do you know if a lot of Pi owners remain on wheezy? I'm guessing that some people might still be afraid of the word 'upgrade'.

Ok here it is:
https://mega.nz/#!b9gjEJBB!ES939lrqS1c8qUqaOiFU-L79udj0hKlSB5Hdok8YUGw

I've tested it, it works and downloads blocks but I haven't synced the whole chain yet. I'm not able to have it running 24/7 and a slow cpu like this takes longer to sync the chain.

I've got no numbers on how many Pi-users are still on wheezy I'm afraid. I guess quite a few people got one and are not *nix-geeks so they might not see the reason to upgrade as long as the system does what they want it to. Security stuff is still backported so it chugs along Smiley

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