The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (pop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, etc.), by a variety of talented professionals.
As each child is unique, so is every ‘song of love’ composition. Since 1996 the Songs of Love Foundation has reached out to over 22,500 children in over 500 hospitals and health care facilities in all 50 states. The songs have often been played to alleviate pain and trauma during painful and scary hospital treatments. The song recipients have played their “songs of love” in all kinds of situations and settings such as car trips to the hospital, show and tell at school, for family and friends in person or on the phone, and even for the doctors and nurses. The children have their “songs of love” always available to them whenever they are feeling down.
Songs of Love have in the past already accepted Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This makes them a special. Songs of Love shows that cryptocurrencies are capable of functioning in the “Real World” and have a place there. If Nxt can bring in $10,000 worth of donations, we get to be head sponsor of this charity drive, which will be a perfect entry into the media, as well as of course, having donated $10,000 to a worthy cause!
The organisers of this charity drive, Cointropolis, are both supporters of charity ánd of cryptocurrency. This is a win-win situation for the Nxt community: you can show your support for a charity that makes life a little bit better for children in need and also support Nxt as a cryptocurrency.
What do I need to do?
The charity account created for this drive is 4636321498642303120. You can find more information in this thread. The first goalpost of this drive is 35,000 Nxt, which is at current prices around $2000,-. The end goal is 170,000 Nxt, around $10,000.
Once 35,000 Nxt has been reached, Cointropolis is going to start their media campaign to the mainstream media.
Is the money safe?
The account is held in escrow by the writer of this article. I am the only one holding the secred passphrase. The organisers, nor the recipients cannot touch the Nxt. The passphrase is very strong and I have it on paper and in an encrypted safe. The account will not forge or be open, except for eventual payout.
So, let’s get to the first goalpost together! The amount of your donation doesn’t matter. 1, 100, 100,000 Nxt, every donation that you feel comfortable to make is welcomed and appreciated! If you don’t want to donate, that’s also fine. We are not here to guilt trip anyone into doing something they don’t want to do. Over the last few hours, the fund has already received 12,000 Nxt in donations. Let’s see if we can keep that up! Donations welcome at Nxt account 4636321498642303120.
NXT Solaris is a fully featured NXT client for Windows and in the future also MacOS. It is feature rich and boast a few features that are not native Nxt features, like a Market tab and an address book. The client installs very easily and you can choose at install if you want to use the closed or the open source version. The client can be used with all currently active Nxt features and is also ready to be used with the upcoming Asset Exchange. The client can also be used on the Nxt Testnet, where the Asset Exchange is currently being tested. The current version is 1.8. The source code for the open source version is set to be released on the 16th of February.
The client can be started by just doubleclicking it. Before startup, it offers you the choice between using the open source or the closed source version. At the moment the open source version lacks the use of the in-built blockchain explorer, but is otherwise fully functional. The closed source version does not have the Asset Exchange feature. When you have chosen your flavor, you will be taken to the status tab of the client.
The Status tab gives general information about the Nxt blockchain. I tells you which block it’s currently on, the number of accounts, the number of registeread aliases etc. You can also see the connected peers in this screen and provides information about them. It is also possible to set a specific URL to connect to, so you can use the client with both the Testnet as with online wallets.
The second tab available is the Accounts tab. This is the “headquarters” of the client. In this tab you will find buttons that give information about your account and balance, allow you to send Nxt and register Aliases, send Messages (not encrypted) and which will also allow you to create Ask and Bid orders on the Asset Exchange. It is possible to enter multiple accounts in this screen. You can view and use your own accounts and also just view accounts that are interesting to you. You can view account transactions, registered Aliases, Messages and Assets.
In the Address book tab you can keep and update a contact list. There is an in-built default address book, but you don’t have to keep this.
In the Markets tab you can keep track (in real-time) of the markets movements and find historic data about Nxt exchange rates. The client keeps track of Bter, DGEX and Vircurex. Current Nxt rates for BTC, USD, EUR, CNY and RUR are shown. You can also use this tab to give you an average price using data from all these three exchanges.
The Asset Exchange tab is only available in the open source version of the client. At the moment it is only usuable within the Testnet. The AE tab allows you to view all extant Assets, create Ask and Bid orders and also provides a button to issue your own Asset.
To issue an Asset on the Asset Exchange, simply press “Issue Asset”, fill in an Asset Name and description, set an amount to issue and press OK. At the moment the fee for issuing an Asset is set to 1000 Nxt. After issuing it, you can either hold on to your Assets or start trading them.
The Log tab shows you information about your client’s operation. You can use this to track down any errors, or to report bugs and errors to the developer.
The Blockchain Explorer tab is only available in the closed source version of NXT Solaris. The explorer shows all the information on blocks, transactions, accounts and aliases. You can for instance check if an alias has already been registered and by which account, so you can send a message to this account if you are interested in renting or buying it. You can also get a quick overview of an account’s transactions.
List of current features
NRS Node status
Connect to fixed URL
Account balance in NXT, BTC, USD, CNY
Create Asset Exchange orders
View Markets real-time
Nxt exchange rate in BTC, USD, EUR, CNY, RUR
View Asset Exchange
Release source-code for FireMonkey Windows version (February 16th, 2014 latest)
Implement new features from the TODO list
OSX compatibility changes
Release OSX version based on FireMonkey.
Release source code for FireMonkey OSX version.
Offer a simple and advanced GUI, with the simple GUI targeted at new users
Implement client side Curve25519 encryption/signing
Arbitrary message encryption
About the developer
marcus03 is an Oracle Database Administrator, but he worked as a software developer for 12 years. In his own words, “I came to NXT for the profit, but stayed because of the extraordinary NXT community.” His overall goal with the NXT Solaris client is to make it simple for people to use what NXT has to offer. If you like NXT Solaris and want to support the developer, you can send donations to Nxt account 1758531264253431177.
Every time I start making these posts I think: “Hm, not much happened today. I may have to skip one if I don’t want to look ridiculous.” Then when I have finished one I am once again amazed at how much we accomplish every day. On this Valentines Day I want to make a huge bow and express my admiration for all the people out there that continue to work, think, joke and produce for the Nxt ecosystem! Be proud of what you have accomplished in such a short span of time, people!
jl777 has proposed a concept for a Federation of Gateways to provide a p2p exchange for (crypto)currencies. To follow this discussion, simply follow jl777’s posts. The discussion has ended for today at this post.
A proposal for Nxt fee structure, with an underpinning in math.
Some people were having a discussion about a (Latin) motto for Nxt.
Another bugfix in the transition to Transparent Forging, starting from
block 67000. Upgrade before this block, because there will be a fork.
This release drops support for the old getMilestoneBlockIds protocol.
Clients older than 0.7.3 will not be able to request blocks from 0.7.4
nodes. Everybody needs to upgrade to 0.7.4 anyway, before block 67000.
Some optimizations in the database queries used during unlock account,
let’s see if this helps Raspberry users.