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Zcash Alpha z8 Testnet Update

Last Night the Zcash team released an update to the Testnet, version "z8". This new update has a number of improvements to the Equihash miner which greatly improves solve times and allows for more solutions to be found with multiple threads. Z8 also includes a great benchmarking tool update. Previously you were able to measure your computers hashing performance by...

Zcash Alpha & Launch Update

This evening Zcash released a minor update to the Alpha Testnet that fixes a few Security bugs and also changes some of the Terminology in the Zcash code and documentation. This update does not reset the Testnet so you will not lose your existing coins. You can apply the update by running: git fetch origin git checkout zc.v0.11.2.z7 ./zcutil/fetch-params.sh Zcash is fast approaching the...

New Zcash Alpha: 2MB Blocks

Last night the Zcash team released an update to the Test Network. As I mentioned in this post Instead of a complete reset of the network which normally wipes all test coins the Zcash developers have natively implemented a Hard Fork increasing the block size to 2MB. This new release (z6) also implements a much needed Equihash optimization that randomizes the nonce values to...

CoinLab Blows Lid Off Bitcoin Transactions

CoinLab has just published the first in a series of blog posts detailing it's recently patented technology for tracing Bitcoin transactions. The first post entitled: Bitcoin and Anonymity: Not So Much details how CoinLab was caught up in the Mt.Gox scandal and began digging through the Bitcoin Blockchain to try and find where funds had gone to. This research has evolved into...

Zcash Mining Tutorial

I have put together a comprehensive Tutorial to help anyone learn to Mine Zcash. Since Zcash is only Linux based many people on Reddit and the Zcash forums have been discouraged from getting involved because it can be a steep learning curve. I hope that someone who has never used Linux before will find this guide and be able to set up their own machine with...

Next Zcash Alpha: Hard Fork

The next major update to the Zcash test network (z6) will be much different than previous network updates. Instead of a complete reset of the network which normally wipes all test coins and necessitates recompiling of the Zcash core code; the Zcash developers will natively implement a Hard Fork increasing the block size to 2MB.    This marks the first time the Zcash...

Docker for easy Zcash Installation

Just a few hours ago I was contacted by Florian Maier @marsmensch via Twitter that he had created a Docker file to help speed up the Zcash  installation process. For those of you who are not familiar with Docker, it's a popular open source project based on Linux containers. Docker provides a lightweight environment to run code in to help...

Zcash Alpha Release: Faster Blocks

If you have been mining on the test-net today you may have noticed a connection error saying the network was unavailable This is because Zcash released an updated version of the Zcash Public Alpha this morning. The most significant change that Miners will notice are the new block interval that has been changed to 2.5min. from 10min, the difficulty algorithm...

Zcash, Banks and Zero Knowledge Proofs

  I saw this great article on International Business Times UK and had to share. The article features an interview with Professor Eli Ben-Sasson who you may know from the Zcash History Page is one of the founders of Zcash. Ensuring privacy of transaction data is a desirable feature at the very least, and probably the sine qua non of distributed banking ledgers. Heavy hitters...

Zcash Security Audit Guide

Talor Hornby from the Zcash development team has just released a very good quick-start guide for anyone who wants to work on squashing bugs in the Zcash protocol. This guide is particularly nice in that it also highlights the key areas where Zcash has changed from the Bitcoin Core consensus rules and it shows which components of libsnark are being...