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Client showcase: Basic Windows installer for NRS client

Windows Installer for NRS client

Developer: Mistafreeze

Most recent version: official thread on nextcoin.org

Short description

Some developers go for improving features, some opt for making the existing programs easier to use.

Mistafreeze’s Windows Installer falls into the latter category. It basically allows you to easily and painlessly install the standard NRS client without having to ever download Java yourself or make a .bat.

Currently the installer is in its 20th version. It is being updated almost every two days and has been increasingly user friendly. The newest version that installs NRS client 0.5.12 has the following features:

Features

Desktop shortcuts
Preinstalled well known peers in the web.xml file
Comes with updated blocks.nxt and transaction.nxt files so you don’t have to redownload the blockchain
Uninstaller
Replaces the previous version: no need to uninstall when upgrading
Automatically detects and installs Java

Here are some screenshots to show the installer in action:

Start screen
Start screen

Download
Download

Install Java
Install Java

Launch options
Launch options

Client start
Client start

Client
Client

Summary

There is not much more to say than that the installer is easy in use and a good help for those who like to use the standard client. The installer is a web based installation that installs directly from the .zip file of the official client. The SHA-256 of this zip can be confirmed. Like all developers, Mistafreeze is maintaining this installer in his own time. If you would like to thank him with a donation, you can do so at his account 13353072819418237851.

For those who want to see how the installer works, here is a video by Pinarello explaining how to use it:

 

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Important!

Update to 0.5.12 NOW!

Please update to 0.5.12, a critical bug in 0.5.11 has been fixed!

http://www.nxtcrypto.org/nxt-coin/client-download

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Video

[Video] How Does Nextcoin (NXT) Defend Against A 51% Attack?

This is the second part of the interview with Anon136 about some more difficult Nxt features. I like Anon136’s ability to explain these things in ways that are understandable to the average person. If you like this and want to donate to him, you can do Nxt account 14075156995145364873. The first part of this series can be found here.

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Bitcointalk Summaries

Bitcointalk Summary 01-02-2014

Bounties

  • A Nxt community fund has been set up and funded with 2,127,878 NXT. Account number: 13776816462073143763
  • 1/3 is supposed to go to tech, 1/3 to marketing, 1/3 is TBD.
  • jl777 is trustee, rickyjames will disburse the funds.1
  • You can find an application form here, and the sheet with applications for funds here.
  • There is a bounty for “tipping software”, inspired by the DOGE tipping software. More info and a poll here.
  • The wiki translators received their bounties.
  • Here is an overview of reserved bounties by CfB.
  • The Conference Fund is still looking for donators, by the way!

Marketing

  • Bitcoin Magazine published an article on Nxt. Swarm efforts and instructions can be found here. Please participate!
  • Proposal for a high profile chess tournament: does anyone want to fund it?
  • Two other tournaments are already being supported.
  • A new logo entry was made. Also in a silver variation.
  • Another info-logo was designed.
  • naurisdede is plugging Nxt on the German Bitcoin forum. Go help if you can.
  • We are trying to get the subreddit /r/NXT. If you are on Reddit, read the post and help out!
  • We can always use more SWARMers. Please let us know if you can help out.

Sites

Clients

  • minusbalancer published the source code for his client.
  • A Nxt Solaris Client tutorial video by Pinarello can be found here.

Miscellanious

  • Distribution update: today there wasn’t much movement in the distribution of Nxt.
  • If you want to check out the Nxt VPS warchest, you can do so here.
  • Nxt power consumption discussions deal with milliWatts instead of megaWatts!

Genesis Account

  • today, the Genesis account was hacked! Not to worry though, it has always been BCNext’s plan to make the pass available and no harm can be done with it. More information here.

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General

Why (and what) did I invest in Nxt?

Nxt systemI’m not a big investor, I’m not a cryptographer, I’m also not the most tech savvy guy around.

I probably know my way around computers better than most people, but I know enough to realise I am at best an amateur compared to the real specialists out there, and then one in the lower leagues.

That said, I have some other qualities that helped me choose Nxt as the cryptocurrency I want to invest in and commit my time to.

I have a checkered background: I’ve had my own small theatre company for 15 years, done loads of odd jobs on the side (janitor, call centers, trademark office, immigration office) and now I am working as the branch manager of a European charity company, specialising as a sales and marketing rep. Doesn’t pay a lot, but I’m not working to get rich, but to help.

Beginning

Like many people, I came to cryptocurrency last year. Sure, I had héard about Bitcoin, but it never really registered on my radar as something I wanted to put the time and effort in to find out more. Again, like many of you, my wake-up call came when Bitcoin started to rise sharply in the beginning of 2013 and then again in December, when it reached the $ 1000 mark.

I decided to do some research, learned about mining and also learned that both mining ánd investing would not be for me. The initial investment was too steep to be interesting to me.

My research led me to the wide variety of altcoins, and I thought I saw some possibilities there. Maybe I could jump in those and get a decent bank roll to smartly trade my way up. However, being who I am, two things happened:

The first one was that I got bored quickly. Most altcoins just rehashed what Bitcoin had already done and were trying to repeat the success it had. Most people involved were also dreaming of what I like to call “earn $$$ sitting on your butt!!”.

The second was that I basically couldn’t contribute. I like to be in the thick of things and have my finger in the proverbial pie. That way I get to influence the thing I am involved in. There wasn’t all that much to do in most altcoins, at least not for me as I saw it.

Nxt

I had already heard of Nxt by this time. This was around the beginning of December 2013. Nxt had already been launched and was getting both positive and negative attention on the Bitcointalk forums. At first I didn’t pay attention, but after a while I started reading the thread that I now summarise on a daily basis.

I was intrigued. Not by the technology, because I still don’t have enough knowledge to be able to judge it. I was intrigued and gradually drawn to this group of people who went around working on this new thing that they believed in. And not even believed in, they were actually making it happen! On a daily basis I saw progress and plans and more progress. They mostly ignored the cries that Nxt was a scamcoin and just went their own merry way and did what they thought was necessary to make Nxt a success.

Sweat Equity

I already said that I cannot accurately judge technology. What I am good at, however, is judging a product’s potential based on the people that are working on it. In Nxt, I found a community that fitted my own way of working perfectly.

What did I invest in Nxt? In terms of real money, I decided to do the smart thing, and only invest what I could miss. I invested about € 50,-. In crypto-investing this is pennies, for those who don’t know. Knowing that this was the limit of my capital investment at that moment, I decided to actually earn the rest.

The Nxt community offers a lot of opportunities to people who actually are willing to put in the work. I decided to translate the wiki, and I decided to do this site. I have no way to contribute to the development of the technological side, but there is value in marketing and PR, too and the devs either don’t have time, or they don’t have the skills to do it. So that’s where my gain is. It hasn’t been a bad earner either. I frequently look bemused at people who cry “unfair” at the distribution of Nxt and then don’t do something about it. It’s not that hard: find something that no one else is doing, and start doing it. The Nxt community rewards those that add value.

Short term vs. Long term

I don’t do short-term. If Nxt succeeds, that’s great, but I have set my goal post at three years from now. That way, I don’t have to worry about short term falls and rises in value. I don’t have the temperament to be a day trader. I fail to get excited by a short term rise or fall in value.

I know from all the information that I gather on the forums that so many well thought out things like the Asset Exchange, colored coins and decentralised services are coming, not to mention all the 3rd party applications that people are working on. I also know that all these people aren’t shouting their progress off the roofs because they are busy working.

That knowledge leads me to believe that Nxt will keep rising in value in the coming years. Not because of a hype (although that helps, of course), but because it actually adds something to the crypto mix that hás value. People will actually benefit by having access to a system that has more transactions per second than Bitcoin can ever have. They will benefit by being able to share data securely and to be able to trade over the Nxt network.

And the best part of it is that I can participate and work with dedicated people who know what they are doing. I’m in for the ride. It’s early days. Maybe you’d like to Nxt join, too.

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Showcasing Nxt clients

Nxt didn’t arrive with a sparkling client with 3D buttons. Instead it launched with a very basic client that runs in your browser, the NRS (“Nxt Reference Software”) client. It is obviously not aimed at mainstream users and takes some work to get installed if you are not totally comfortable with your computer.

Transactions block
Transactions block

Peers block
Peers block

Blocks block
Blocks block

 

3rd party clients

However, this does not mean that this is how it will be forever. The idea has always been that 3rd party developers would create their own clients, with advanced features so Nxt users would have their choice of client on any platform they wanted.

Some of these clients have matured to the point that they are looking nice, are múch easier to install and come with advanced features. Sadly, they have been somewhat underpromoted, which is why I am going to do that over the next week.

The clients I am going to showcase are (Click pictures to enlarge):

NXT solaris by marcus03

Status Window
Status Window

Account Window
Account Window

Messages Window
Messages Window

Markets Window
Markets Window

ClieNxt by fmiboy

clieNxtconsole
ClieNxt console

ClieNxt transactions
ClieNxt transactions

ClieNxt send screen
ClieNxt send screen

ClieNxt Messages
ClieNxt Messages

N Application hub by nexern

Main Window
Main Window

nxt-hub-screen
All screens

Send screen
Send screen

 

dotNXT by minusbalancer

dotNXT Account screen
dotNXT Account screen

dotNXT Send screen
dotNXT Send screen

dotNXT Alias screen
dotNXT Alias screen

dotNXT Settings
dotNXT Settings

These are the clients I will definitely showcase for you. There are a few more in development, and I will add them as I get more information.

Nxt is moving fast. Sometimes so fast that you need summaries to follow the amount of development going on. In stark contrast to projects like Etherium and eMunie, Nxt is completely without a central coordinating team, which can lead to the impression that Nxt is developed in a very haphazard way.

Actually, this isn’t the case, as the underlying architecture provides independent developers with a lot of leeway to create their own features. Nxt is pure grassroots and anyone can join the development and propose plans, provided he or she then puts in the actual hours to make it come true.

I myself find this a totally engrossing and exciting way of work. It means you sometimes have to deal with constantly changing circumstances, but it also means that virtually anything is possible.

See you next week for the in depth showcasing of these clients.

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Bitcointalk Summaries

Bitcointalk Summary 31-01-2014

transaction infographicCommunity Addons

Sites

 Disctribution infographNews and Marketing

  • Dogecoins’ rise to place 5 leads to mentions of Nxt in the media.
  • An article mentioning nxt at dcmagnates.com.
  • A call for Swarmers. Register if you want to help with swarming. Bounty of 1000 Nxt offered!
  • Texas Bitcoin Conference Strategy.
  • Salsacz ,ade two new infographics:

 

 

 

 

Miscellanious

  • USE A GOOD PASSWORD! If you are new to Nxt, please read up on how to create a good passphrase. We cannot stress this enough.
  • Some new info on on the NXTCash Project.

Solar powered Nxt node for conferences!

ebereon has made a SolarPi for use at conferences. Here are some pictures of his work. Costs are low.

solarPi   SolarPi2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bitcointalk Summary 30-01-2014: Client 0.5.11 update!

Client update version 0.5.11

Get it here!

sha256: 2157335852e7b5013229f5b73f5f156b1b72a116f8625fc73d4de80a0f7ffa11

Community Addons

  • NXT Solaris has been updated to version 1.5. See more at the Nxt Solaris site.

solaris1 solaris2

  • iNxt Version: 1.0.1 available in the AppStore.1

Discussions

  • Discussion on implementing Zerocoin in Nxt. (You’ll have to follow this all through the thread, as it went on during most of the day, but it’s a compelling idea and I wouldn’t do it justice by abbreviating it)
  • A summary of Zerocoin.
  • A discussion about open source/copyright and how it could/may apply to Nxt.
  • Some reflections on cash and anonymity.

Marketing

  • You can now sign up for the newsletter at nxter.org.2
  • Exchange SWARM! Please help out with getting Nxt on all these exchanges! It will only take a few minutes.
  • Salsacz has completed his text of Nxt Myths. Please read, and where needed: SHARE.
  • rickyjames’ plan for Texas Bitcoin Conference.
  • An overview of the conference fund. If you can donate, please do so. Conferences are major events for us to promote Nxt.
  • Funding request for the Let’s Talk Bitcoin spots. The spots have already been paid. All your contributions are welcome however.

Exchanges

Sites

Funding

  • aldrin has donated 500,000 Nxt for Nxt funding! To this, Pouncer has added 1,000,000 Nxt! This will go towards a NxtFund for projects. Thank you both and the people managing the fund!

Miscellanious

Nxt Distribution

  • Summary of the day: Nearly 5.000.000 have been distibuted by the top 60 Accounts YESTERDAY!!!! In the last 5 days a total of 12.000.000 NXT has been distributed!

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Bitcointalk Summaries

Bitcointalk Summary 29-01-2014

Sorry for the late summary, I had a very grueling train trip from Germany to the Netherlands.

Discussions

  • A few pages of discussion about the Decentralised Exchange starts here.
  • About the transition to TF, some insights from a discussion.

Sites

  • Small NXTarea.com & nxtion.com update.

Marketing

  • Salsacz lists articles that we want written.
  • Seven page article by Salsacz on Nxt forging and mining: NxtMyths 6: What is Nxt mining?

Features

  • Call for a UK based Nxt user for a Bittylicious like service.
  • The new address system code is finished.
  • CfB has a question about a mixing service. The price for this is quite high, and there is quite a lot of discussion in the community about it.
  • Devs: Cfb will implement the API requests he has gotten.

Miscellanious

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Bitcointalk Summary 28-01-2014

Developers!

  • CfB wants Asset Exchange client developers to send him the API calls you need.

Marketing

  • Questions have been raised about the costs for our 3 month sponsor spot on Let´s Talk Bitcoin.
  • Here is comparison of getting a sponsored spot on LTB and in Bitcoin Magazine.
  • You can find a proposal for the format of the spots here.
  • joefox has updated his first two spots: here and here.
  • Here is a sneak peek at a new Nxt video by Salsacz.
  • Shouldn´t we make video´s for “Average Joe“, too?
  • Nxt has been added to cryptmarketcap.com.Thanks to all who voted in the poll!

Marketing still needs help!

  • Remember, there are still bounties to be won if you are a writer!
  • See the full list of marketing bounties here.
  • Last, but not least: participate in the Marketing & PR thread.

Community Addons

  • NXT Watcher version 0.2.1 released.
  • MyNxt.info blockexplorer, by abuelau.
  • A small crypto gadget to add and compare your cryptos and see the fiat value in US.

Discussion

  • Two summaries of the voting systems discussed so far: here and here.
  • The question of moving out of BCT forums has been raised.
  • Passion_ltc is thinking of starting his own reddit for Nxt.
  • The beginning of “At Nxt, we are só decentralised, that X” meme.
  • A short debate as what metal Nxt should be thought of.

Miscellanious

  • Contacts with Cryptsy are intensifying.
  • A question about account collision is asked.
  • marek3ball produced a “green” 3D image.
  • BCNext proposes (via CfB, who is back after a stay in a clinic for appendicitis) for a coin logo.
  • Today saw some movement in the distribution of Nxt in the top accounts.