The incredible January

The incredible January

Hey Folks!

Lots of important stuff has happened since my last entry so time to sum it up for you! Fasten your seatbelts, IOTA is on its way to launch its rockets!

 


Light wallet is already in beta test

-The light wallet is already completed and beta tested while I’m writing. With this wallet, people are able to work with IOTA, conduct transactions and claim their IOTA’s but they don’t need to manually add neighbors. They just need to add one peer to be connected to the main net. This software is a big step to connect to a broader range of people especially if they are not that tech-affine or interested in spending too much time on adding neighbors.
As this service is not the focus for IOTA’s future in hindsight of its machine-economy, it is very important to get more people on board.
One successful point on the list to get ready for official exchanges.


Free server for the coming light wallet:

-@moodledidoodledi and @scottjp as the owner of www.iotasupport.com are happy to announce a newly set up server to provide users of the light wallet with a peer-IP.
Iotasupport.com is proudly supported by http://www.blockchain-research.de/ and would be grateful to get donations to keep up the support and service they provided for months now!
Iotasupport.com became a reliable source of information and provided help for countless people, so let’s help them out! These guys deserve it!


Mobile wallets are also beeing tested 

Needless to say that this mobile wallet is a big important addition to the software spectrum, the community has created. Great work Oliver, Sascha and Adrian!
The team behind http://iotawallet.info/ provided us with an important piece of software on the long road to mass adoption and the listing at exchanges so if you can spare a coin or two,
donate and show them some love!


@bahamapascal set up 6 nodes for a better network.

On behalf of the Blockchain research lab, Pascal took his time to set up 6 additional nodes for a better connection within the tangle. Great work!
If you struggle to find enough peers for your wallet, pm @bahamapascal in slack and share your (if possible) static-Ip with him to be a part of the tangle.

This also applies for all members of #nodesharing in the slack. If you need peers, pm people in nodesharing and share your IP.

The server costs were supported for 2 months by http://www.blockchain-research.de/ so I’m pretty sure Pascal would also be happy to get a few coins for his support and efforts for the upcoming months of support!


IOTA C# implementation.

Tomer Krisi (@Artik123) delivered an incredible piece of work: He just ported IOTA to C-Sharp.
This is a BIG step towards a better distribution, getting more developers into IOTA . Also: this was voluntarily done. What a great job!


New foundation-members

-Chris Skinner joined the IOTA foundation as an advisor! This is an invaluable addition to the already astonishing expertise, the IOTA foundation managed to bring together.

Also: Navin Ramachandran joined the IOTA Foundation: priceless!

 


Trading-bot:

-A new OTC bot provided with the excellent service of Yassin (@yassinnxt) is life to enable trading before IOTA is listed on official exchanges.
@come-from-beyond took his precious time and integrated this bot in slack.
This service was set up to provide a temporary solution as CORE is occupied with important tasks behind the curtain. The bot is pretty cool considering the automatic features it provides.

The OTC-bot service assisted by Yassin works as follows:

1. You send BTC or iotas to an address provided by Yassin (via private message)
2. Yassin executes a command to deposit the accordant amount to your balance tracked by the bot
3. You buy/sell iotas (this can happen as many times as you need)
4. You send Yassin an address to withdraw the earned BTC/iotas
5. Yassin adjusts your balance and sends real tokens to your address
6. Trades are taxed with 0% fee.
7. Deposits/withdrawals are charged with 1% fee (rounded up).
8. Min amount of a deposit/withdrawal is 10’000 microBTC/2 Gi.
9. To get instructions on how to trade iotas once you get your tokens on the balance type “HELP” on #trading channel.
10. As a precaution, you are advised to provide Yassin with an extra BTC and IOTA-address to be able to receive your funds once you left slack for different reasons, such as a ban or technical issues.
11. For each IOTA deposit, a new address must be generated. This is necessary to show the right balances for each entry listed by the bot.
12. For better usability, Gi and microBTC for fees are always rounded. (1Gi for 2GI-100Gi, 2Gi from >100Gi-200Gi and so on)

The service was tested with test tokens, but it is still possible that an undiscovered bug may lead to a loss of all your BTC/iotas, so we suggest to trade small amounts per session.

Example-trade:

1. Alice contacts @yassinnxt and says “I want to deposit 50 BTC”
2. She sends 50 BTC to an address provided by Yassin
3. Once 50 BTC are confirmed, Yassin types “GIVE 49.5 BTC TO @Alice (1% fee included)
4. Alice contacts Yassin and says “I want to withdraw 200 gigaiotas (Gi)”
5. Yassin executes “TAKE 200 Gi FROM @Alice”
6. Yassin sends 198 Gi to Alice
7. Alice contacts Yassin and says “I want to deposit 200 Gi”
8. She sends Yassin 200 Gi
9. Once 200 Gi are confirmed he types “GIVE 198 gigaiotas TO @Alice” (1% fee included)
10. Alice contacts Yassin and says “I want to withdraw 50 BTC”
11. Yassin types “TAKE 50 BTC FROM @Alice”
12. Yassin sends 49.5 BTC to her (1% fee included)


Also worth mentioning: 

-The newly created sandbox beta can be tested in #sandbox-beta

-@bahamapascal and @strongwares created a node-sharing manager. I will deliver more info about that when I tested this tool myself. Great work!

-Dom wants developers to start coding real PoC for bounties! If you are interested: Go into Slack and offer your help and I’m pretty sure he can provide you with some inspiration!

If you are capable and creative: Take this chance and become a part of IOTA! You won’t regret it.


Blockchain research!

The Blockchain Research Lab of the University of Hamburg is pleased to announce the first of our Blockchain Monitor surveys. It forms the basis for creating a sentiment index about blockchain use cases in finance.

Please help the Blockchain world by completing this survey: https://indivsurvey.com/blockchain-monitor/63983/hbgmb8

(and, of course, we would greatly appreciate if you help us to spread the link) – here we go!

 


So, all in all, we saw an unprecedented month so far and it’s just the 16th of January so I’m pretty excited to see the rest of it!

If you have questions or additions, feel free to contact me in the Slack at @limo

Have a good day!

 

 

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