Posts From Category: crypto

WinZEC Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting

This article is published on Medium.

WinZEC (formerly Zcash4Win) was the first port of the official Zcash client (known as zcashd) to Windows. As a result, it still powers a large proportion of the Zcash nodes on the network for those who wish to use shielded transactions on a Windows machine. WinZEC is comprised of two major components, the Swing wallet GUI(the interface that you see when you open WinZEC) originally by vaklinov and the Windows port of zcashd by radix42.

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Why Zcash is set to shine in 2018

This article is published on Medium.

2017 was an excellent year for Zcash as the protocol developed, matured, and the ecosystem expanded. The market-cap surpassed $1 Billion, and it is now well supported on various exchanges. There are many repeated concerns and sources of misinformation spread about Zcash and, while the technology is still in its infancy, it is rapidly evolving to actively address these concerns. Such concerns primarily focus on the nature of the trusted setup, the performance cost of completing a shielded transaction and the fact that private transactions are not mandatory for all Zcash transactions.

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An Introduction to Payment Disclosure in Zcash

This article is published on Medium.

Zcash is a privacy-focussed decentralised cryptocurrency. Whereas in Bitcoin all transactions are public on the blockchain, so anyone can see and verify them, in Zcash when using shielded transactions, all amounts in addition to the sender and receiver are encrypted, and verification is completed through the use of zero-knowledge proofs.

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Bitcoin volatility is at an all time low

This article is published on Medium.

Bitcoin’s history of volatility is legendary with periods during late 2013 where there were daily changes of over 40% in either direction. However, since that time Bitcoin’s volatility has gradually decreased to the point where now it is at an all time low and more comparable to other assets such as Gold.

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How big is Bitcoin? Canadian Edition

This article is published on Medium.

There are many ways to measure the size of the Bitcoin such as the number of transactions or total transaction volume. However, these are not easily comparable to other assets and so typically the size of Bitcoin is expressed as its market capitalization, which is simply the total $ value of all the Bitcoins that exist. Using the market capitalization (also known as market cap) value we are able to compare the scale of Bitcoin with other cryptocurrencies, gold, stocks or any other asset class.

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2015 Canadian Bitcoin Index Year in Review

This article is published on Medium.

2015 saw increasing competition for your Canadian Dollar (CAD) when buying Bitcoin. Led by Quadriga CX, it was a tumultuous year where we saw exchanges come (Taurus, Coinsquare), go (Vault of Satoshi) and established non-Canadian domiciled exchanges expand into the Canadian Dollar market (Kraken, Coinbase) as well as Vancouver-based Cointrader finally opening a CAD orderbook. And then there was Cavitex… announcing it’s closure in February only to reopen following a Coinsetter acquisition.

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Bitcoin mining with Amazon Web Services

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Arriving a little bit late to the Bitcoin party I was intrigued by the mining process so thought I would give it a go on a lazy afternoon with help from this blog post. Rather than tie up my home PC or commit to long term hosted mining contracts I used Amazon Web Services to provision a suitable machine for a few cents an hour. Thanks to the availability of suitable Bitcoin miners on GitHub the process is remarkably simple to get up and running.

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