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Storj is Now Out of Beta, Get 25GB Free Decentralized Storage

Storj is Now Out of Beta, Get 25GB Free Decentralized Storage

14Mar
2017

Just about a week ago we have covered our 1 month long test of Storj while the service was still in beta and now they have announced that the Beta stage is over already. Storj, a Blockchain-based encrypted cloud storage service, allows users to get cheaper and reliable storage as compared to traditional storage solutions out there and also allows users with free space to rent it and get some extra income for the data being stored on their computers. It is an interesting concept and Storj is not the only service that is exploring the capabilities of the blockchain for that kind of usage as well as the use of a crypto token.

Since not that much has changed in the last week when we last used the service you can check the previous post linked above with some of our freedback and experience. The main concern we have at the moment is regarding the ease of use for users wiling to store their data on the Storj network… it just isn’t as easy as you’d normally expect. That, combined with the fact that Storj is offering 25GB of space and 25GB of traffic monthly for 12 months is making it harder for users that have some free space on their hard drives that want to make it usable and earn something back for renting it to Storj. Of course the service needs to attract users and their initial free offer sure does seem interesting in getting users to give it a try, but then again they also need to work on making it easier to store and access the data on the network.

If you pass the free space and traffic that you get when you sign up you will be charged at $0.015 USD for extra GB / month and $0.05 USD per GB of traffic, though the free 25GB should be enough for many users. After the initial 12 months promotional period you will need to pay for the storage space and bandwidth you will be using and unfortunately even though Storj has their own crypto token, you are not able to use any SCJX coins to pay for storage currently… you can only earn these tokens if you rent your hard drive space. So this is something that also needs more work in order to close the ecosystem and this is apparently something that is already planned in the future.

You can check out the official website of Storj for more details…

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Published at Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:17:13 +0000

Online Demo of the xOS Interface of Minebox

Online Demo of the xOS Interface of Minebox

16Mar
2017

The creators of the Minebox NAS storage with support for SIACoin (SC) have made available an online demo of the xOS interface that their devices apparently use, allowing users to get a feel on what to expect from the devices. Minebox is still running their limited pre-order of 200 units with 138 left to go, so you can still reserve yours if you are interested in the project and also want to support it. The sale is running a bit slow with some users not liking very much the higher price of the devices, but then again getting an NAS solution with the same HDDs for storage probably won’t be much different price wise and it will not have the features Minebox has.

To check out the online demo of the xOS interface of Minebox…

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Published at Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:28:19 +0000

New Motherboard for 6x GPU Mining Rigs from Biostar

New Motherboard for 6x GPU Mining Rigs from Biostar

17Mar
2017

AsRock is without a doubt the most popular manufacturers of motherboards designed for GPU mining rigs thanks to their H81 Pro BTC model, however lately the company is having trouble providing enough motherboards for GPU miners. There have been shortages of AsRock H81 Pro BTC motherboards and the demand is pretty high with new GPU mining rigs getting built a lot once more. The H81 chipset is getting old and there haven’t been more up to date BTC motherboards getting released with a newer chipset from AsRock either and this is apparently opening up some opportunities fro other manufacturers…

Entering Biostar with their new model TB250-BTC that is apparently intended for GPU mining rigs with up to 6x video cards and to additional 4-pin Molex power connectors onboard, just like on the AsRock Pro BTC series. To our knowledge this is the first motherboard intended for 6x GPU mining rigs with an up to date chipset, based on Intel B250 and supporting socket 1151 CPUs and DDR4 memory. The motherboard even has an M.2 slot available for installing onboard SSD modules, a feature that might also be interesting for some GPU miners. The only problem with Biostar as a brand is the limited availability on many markets or the total lack of such, unlike AsRock that is available on much more markets worldwide. The Biostar TB250-BTC in not the first attempt at such a solution from the company, they previously had the Biostar TB85 motherboard that also came as an alternative to AsRock’s H81 Pro BTC, but it never got too popular since it was also hard to find on many markets and was more expensive.

It is not like there are no other interesting alternatives available to the popular AsRock H81 Pro BTC motherboard with more recent chipsets, but since they are not designed for GPU mining rigs specifically they may not all work or may need some special settings and tuning. There are some interesting motherboards with the latest generation chipsets from Intel such as B250/H270 that come with 6 PCI-E slots and at a good price, though they may need some tinkering with the BIOS settings in order to make them work properly for mining. The price is important factor when building up a GPU mining rig and you don’t normally want to spend that much on a motherboard and CPU, especially if you don’t need any of the extra features or performance provided by the more expensive solutions… lower cost means faster ROI.

If you want to take a look at these alternative offers for possible good choices for 6x GPU mining rigs take a look at the offers from AsRock, Asus and MSI with B250/H270 chipsets that do have 6x PCI-E slots. On these however you need to switch the PCI-E to Gen 2.0 or Gen 1.0 and also force the TOLUD or Top Of Lower Usable Dram setting in the BIOS to 3.5 GB manually and not leave it to Auto mode as it is by default. You may want to make sure that the BIOS of the motherboard you go for has this BIOS option available, as otherwise the operating system may have issues properly assigning resources for all 6 GPUs and they many not work.

For more details about the Biostar TB250-BTC motherboard for 6x GPU mining rigs…

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Published at Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:31:43 +0000

Genesis Mining Offering Ethereum Cloud Mining Again

The cloud mining provider Geneis Mining has started offering Ethereum cloud mining contracts again after they were not available for a couple of months with the focus more on ZCash cloud mining with GPUs. The new mining contracts are available at a lower price and with an extended 2 Years period with no additional mining fees (everything is included in the price you pay for the hashrate). There is of course a clause in the contract saying that in case Ethereum switches to Proof of Stake (POS) before the contract period ends your hashrate will not disappear, but will instead be switched to the most profitable algorithm to mine at that point of time. Initially we expected to see Ethereum (ETH) switch to POS at some point this year, but this will most likely be delayed and no official date for the switch has been announced yet… and the interest and price of Ethereum has been going up lately once more.

You can currently get 1 MHS Ethereum cloud mining hashrate for $ 29.99 USD, 30 MHS for $ 869 USD of 100 MHS for $ 2799 USD as a preset packages or any custom hashrate in between with discounts for the more you purchase. The Ethereum cloud mining contracts are with a duration of 2 years and there is no maintenance fee, everything is included in the price you pay for the hashrate. You can also use our special discount code CryptoMiningBlog5 to get some extra discount and get even better price should you decide to purchase an Ethereum cloud mining contract from the company.

For more information about the Ethereum cloud mining offers available from Genesis Mining…

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Online Demo of the xOS Interface of Minebox

The creators of the Minebox NAS storage with support for SIACoin (SC) have made available an online demo of the xOS interface that their devices apparently use, allowing users to get a feel on what to expect from the devices. Minebox is still running their limited pre-order of 200 units with 138 left to go, so you can still reserve yours if you are interested in the project and also want to support it. The sale is running a bit slow with some users not liking very much the higher price of the devices, but then again getting an NAS solution with the same HDDs for storage probably won’t be much different price wise and it will not have the features Minebox has.

To check out the online demo of the xOS interface of Minebox…

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ccMiner 2.0 RC2 by Tpruvot for Nvidia GPUs Now Available

The development of some of the ccMiner forks for Nvidia GPU miners didn’t seem very active visually in the last couple of months, especially with coins such as ZCash (ZEC) that came with their own miner releases, but it hasn’t been stopped. A few days ago tpruvot has made a pre-release version of his new ccMiner 2.0 available (source) for people interested in checking it out with probably a few small things left to be ironed out before the final 2.0 release is made available. So if you are using Nvidia GPUs to mine crypto coins then you might want to give it a try and don’t forget to send a tip to your local friendly ccMiner developer for a beer or two to show your support.

ccMiner 2.0 RC2 changelog:
– Handle cryptonight, wildkeccak and cryptonight-lite
– Add a series of new algorithms: timetravel, bastion, hmq1725, sha256t
– Import lyra2z from djm34 work…
– Rework the common skein512 (used in most algos except skein 😉
– Upgrade whirlpool algo with alexis version (2x faster)
– Store the share diff of second nonce(s) in most algos
– Hardware monitoring thread to get more accurate power readings
– Small changes for the quiet mode & max-log-rate to reduce logs noise
– Blake2s fix, variant built with CUDA 6.5 (not usable for lbry)

Do note that this release may not contain the best optimizations and fastest performance on all of the supported algorithms, so depending on what you are currently mining you may need to stick to another faster fork of ccMiner or not. Also the CUDA 6.5 binary release does not work for LBRY mining as noted in the changelog, so either use the 8.0 release or compile with 7.5 for mining that coin.

To download the latest official ccMiner 2.0 RC2 Windows binaries (32/64-bit)…

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Storj is Now Out of Beta, Get 25GB Free Decentralized Storage

Practically a week ago we have covered our 1 month long examination of Storj while the solution was still in beta as well as currently they have actually introduced that the Beta phase mores than already. Storj, a Blockchain-based encrypted cloud storage space solution, permits customers to obtain cheaper and also reputable storage as compared to conventional storage space remedies out there and likewise permits users with vacuum to rent it and also obtain some extra earnings for the data being kept on their computers. It is an intriguing idea and Storj is not the only service that is exploring the capabilities of the blockchain for that kind of use in addition to using a crypto token.

Given that not that much has actually changed in the last week when we last used the solution you can examine the previous article connected over with several of our freedback and experience. The primary concern we have at the moment is concerning the ease of usage for users wiling to keep their information on the Storj network… … it simply isn’t really as very easy as you ‘d generally expect. That, combined with that Storj is offering 25GB of space and also 25GB of traffic monthly for One Year is making it harder for individuals that have some free space on their disk drives that wish to make it usable and gain something back for leasing it to Storj. Naturally the solution requires to attract users and their initial totally free offer certain does appear interesting in obtaining customers to give it a shot, however they also have to deal with making it less complicated to save as well as access the data on the network.

If you pass the cost-free room and also traffic that you get when you authorize up you will certainly be charged at $ 0.015 USD for additional GB/ month and $ 0.05 USD per GB of website traffic, though the cost-free 25GB needs to be enough for many customers. After the initial Twelve Month advertising period you will certainly have to pay for the storage space and also transmission capacity you will be making use of and however although Storj has their very own crypto token, you are not able to use any kind of SCJX coins to spend for storage presently… … you can only gain these tokens if you lease your hard drive room. So this is something that additionally requires even more work in order to shut the ecological community as well as this is obviously something that is currently intended in the future.

– You can take a look at the official website of Storj for more information…

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Mining Performance of GTX 1080 Ti with ccMiner 2.0 RC2

Time for an additional group of examinations of the newly launched GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Version video clip card by Nvidia. This moment we have used the most up to date launched of the ccMiner 2.0 RC2 fork by Tpruvot in order to test just how every one of the sustained formulas do on the new GPU. Do note that not every one of the supported crypto formulas by this miner could be carrying out the fastest, so you ought to utilize the results as a reference if contrasting arise from 2.0 RC2 launch only. We have taken care of to successfully test the hashrate on many of the supported formulas by this miner, though we still did have problem making several of them work, however that is to be anticipated with a brand-new GPU release…

… We have used ccMiner 2.0 RC2 by tpruvot in benchmark mode with all of the default setups for strength on all formulas supported by the miner. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU was performing at the default 100% TDP or with various other words a Power Limiter at 250W, though on the Founders Edition GPUs you can raise it by as much as 20% all the way to 300W (mind the cooling though). The tests were performed on stock operating frequencies of the video card with the fan evaluated 100% in order to keep the GPU cool and also stop thermal throttling (going down of the increase regularity) as a result of high temperature that could be gotten to with auto followers.

As you could see in the table with efficiency outcomes over we have uploaded the hashrate and the power usage for each algorithm checked (if the examination has efficiently passed). The power use values are the ones reported by the video clip card itself just and are based upon its TDP limitation, not the actual values measured at the wall (these will certainly be greater). The algorithms pushing the 250W TDP limit may be able to take advantage of a power limit rise, though you may wish to beware with that in terms of having the ability to appropriately cool off the card. On the other hand requiring the TDP restricted down may bring substantial power reduction with a little sacrifice in terms of hashrate thus providing you far better performance per Watt compared to the supply setups.

With the BMW formula we got an error at the default intensity of 21, as well as we’ve needed to lower it to 15 in order to make it work, resulting in really reduced hashrate. With Cryptonight we got a mistake at the default intensity of 10.75, yet to 10.25 it worked and you could see the lead to the table. With the Prize algorithm we likewise got a mistake at the default intensity of 20, nonetheless lowering it did not appear in order to help in all as well as the same thing also relates to the Quark algorithm. With the Wildkeccak formula we had difficulty making it function correctly in benchmark setting because of the specifics of the algorithm requiring a scratchpad data.

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A Quick Look Into The Ethereum Powered AKASHA Project

The AKASHA project is called a next-generation social networks network powered by the Ethereum(ETH )world computer and embedded into the Inter-Planetary File System (IPFS). It is a task that we’ve been keeping an eye on together with a couple of similar tasks for crypto powered social media sites platforms as well as today we got an invitation to look into the newest Alpha version of the AKASHA. It appears however that the alpha has actually been out for some time already as well as it seems to be open for everyone interested to examine it out, so the email we got was extra a kind of reminder that we have to inspect the standing of the task. It appears that the job currently has a number of thousand users and posts with even more participating in to provide it a try constantly…

… We should start with the truth that AKASHA does not function in your web browser, like the similar in concept project Steem for instance, instead you have to download and install and also run an application to get access to the network. There are versions offered for Linux, Mac as well as Windows users offered, so all major software program systems are rather much already covered. If you are interested in providing AKASHA a shot you might want to head on to their GitHub page where you can download the newest alpha release. There are two separate versions readily available for every platform, one with an installed and

one that remains in a Zip archive that you could draw out as well as run directly. Because AKASHA is based on Ethereum when you first run it as well as install it you require to wait a little bit for it to synchronize, no do not fret it does not need to

download and install the complete Ethereum blockchain from the begin or something, though you might still have to wait a couple of minutes while you attach to some peers as well as obtain things progressing. Once you synchronize AKASHA you will certainly need to develop a new identity or essentially a profile on the network. You should enter an Initial Name, Akasha ID as well as a Passphrase as a need, the Surname area is optional and also you have some more optional information that you can get in too is you want to such as a brief concerning you or additional web links, you can also set an Avatar and a Background picture to utilize. In the future you will certainly be able to modify your Account details, only the username as well as password are not available to be changed and

there is no password recovery, so ensure you always remember your password, although we are not exactly sure if identities from the Alpha will certainly be readily available for the launch of the network. This is the window that invites you as soon as you do with the enrollment as well as long in with your profile and is essentially your customer interface for accessing the AKASHA network. You might need a long time as well as a little bit of playing to discover the currently readily available capability, even though we are mosting likely to show you a few of the most standard stuff here anyway. Do note that because this is still an Alpha variation of the task not all features are available and also working and the entire

thing is likewise running on the testnet for the minute. By default you are being shown the most up to date messages identified with the akasha tag, if you intend to see the most recent magazines just change to the Latest Entrances. The menu is on the left side, beginning with a connect to your account page as well as a number showing the amount of symbols you have readily available. This is an additional vital part of the entire project, it not only operates on the Ethereum blockchain, yet also utilizes Ethereum tokens to reward customers that publish content on the network. Given that it is still in Alpha the project utilizes AETH or the so called AKASHA ETH symbols rather than real ETH symbols and also you apparently start up with 5 AETH. As an examination token it does not have any kind of worth outside the objective of testing AKASHA, so do not hesitate to invest it electing articles while you discover the functionality of social media network.

Uploading web content on the AKSAHA social network is just one of the crucial aspects similar to with any various other social network, in addition to analysis and ballot for content posted by various other individuals of the network. The idea here nevertheless is that you get compensated for your contribution if various other users determine to sustain you with their ballots, unlike with standard social media networks where you don’t get rewarded. Posting something is truly very easy, you start by writing a title of your messages as well as a web content that can be made up of message as well as photos as well as you could conserve for later it as a draft or publish it

straight. Before your message appears on AKASHA there are a couple of even more details that you need to include some appropriate tags to make your post less complicated to be discovered for a specific subject that it covers in addition to choose a Permit for the blog post…. Now, below is the intriguing component, on AKASHA you get to pick exactly what kind of licensing you desire for the web content you upload … it can be All legal rights booked, or Some rights scheduled along with No civil liberties reserved where you get to decide if it is under CC or Public Domain name permit. Preserving copyright over all your posts or several of them or having actually everything released as well as available under Creative Commons certificate, it is all approximately you. The idea is that as soon as you publish something it is not like it you forgo all copyright over the material by default, you get to choose which also gets kept along with your message.

Do note that really publishing a message on the network does need you to invest some gas for the purchase on the network, so you will basically be spending some AETH currently to do that(ETH in the future ). So it is not only making up, yet likewise spending some symbols to actually make use of the AKASHA network as well as “costs” like these are meant to stimulate individuals to concentrate on intriguing and also helpful”high quality”material as well as not upload almost anything they think about. Unsure the number of you actually keep in mind that originally ETH was intended as a crypto token to be invest for implementing purchases on the Ethereum network and also not to operate in the same sense like a more standard crypto coin such as Bitcoin does for example.

When your post is up… you could choose it as various other customers can likewise vote for your post. You can naturally also elect for other users blog posts and you reach make a decision how much your ballot will certainly deserve … the much more worth the even more AETH you will certainly spend as well as the even more the corresponding individuals will get. There is additionally the option not only to Upvote, yet likewise to Downvote web content, nonetheless once you vote Up or Down you are

not able to retract your elect that post or transform your decision. You can browse posts by tags, consider the most recent magazines, or look for articles (can not yet browse for individuals on the network). You could search among the customers of the network and also look for the ones to Follow or see that is Following you, there is a functionality to simply tip customers directly too as opposed to just offering them votes need to you decide that you intend to do that. There is also a built-in conversation in AKASHA, though currently there is just a single official network for the Alpha release. You could naturally create your personal network too, but it will certainly be readily available for 1 Day as well as after that all the messages inside it will disappear.

This is pretty a lot the standard capability you have readily available in the current Alpha version of AKASHA, there are much more functions and performance en route as not whatever is already executed. The fundamental functionality is already there as well as it works pretty well in our opinion and also with some more added functions and renovations this job will have some good possibility. What you will probably observe nevertheless is that some things related to publishing or checking out information may take a little bit of time prior to they complete, this is something that requires some even more job is well as nobody wants to wait.

This is an Alpha version of the task and also you must keep in mind that should you choose to give it a shot at its present state, so things must improve for the last release. That you have to use software that you download and install and also operate on your computer system to access the AKASHA network may be a little bit of hassle as compared to other similar tasks that you could access directly from your Net Browser. Other than slower early adoption this ought to not prove to be such an issue later if the job captures on and draws in a lot of individual focus and among the most attractive factors right here are the incentives for the customers of the AKASHA network.

Another point that needs addressing at the moment is relating to rewards for users that could not have that terrific and interesting things to upload and obtain a great deal of ballots for their content or that in fact desire to contribute in means various compared to publishing themselves. Getting benefits permanently remarks or just for electing fascinating web content has shown to work well with various other similar projects, yet here this is not being awarded. Attracting customers at first is one point, but keeping them on the future is entirely various and for that to happen you need to involve them in different facets of contributing as well as communicating with each other, in addition to awarding them for that, especially when the rewards play a vital role in the task’s suggestion.

– If you want more information you should just have a look at the Alpha of AKASHA right here…

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Checking Out What is the Current State of Storj

Storj is a Blockchain-based encrypted cloud storage service that we’ve been keeping an eye on since the earlier beta days and while it is still in Beta we are checking how things are progressing from time to time. Running the Storj Share application for providing your free hard drive space for rent and earning some SJCX tokens in return is what still most people are probably interested in. That is precisely why we’ve setup a test 100GB shared space on the Storj network to see what we can expect to get after a month and more importantly if we are even going to be able to fill in that space with data.

When you register on Storj as a user willing to store some data on the network you get 25GB for free for the first 12 months, so no need to pay anything up front if you are interested in checking out the service. The problem here is that unlike the Storj Share app when you want to upload and then access some data it is not as easy as you might expect, this needs some more work making a user friendly and easy to use interface for regular users and not giving some tools that might appeal only to developers at this point.

Not being very easy to upload and access data of course affects the number of users of the service that what to use the storage functionality and thus after a whole month with 99%+ uptime our test has shown not so good results. Out of the 100GB of space we have provided to the Storj Share we have managed to get less than 40 filled with over 100000 contracts. With a price set at $ 0.015 USD for GB / month and $ 0.05 USD per GB by the Storj service for users willing to store data on their network you would need to be sharing much more space and having it actually used to make the numbers look good if you want to rent out your free space.

You can check out the official website of Storj for more details…

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