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Zcash Cloud Mining

I have just heard about a unique idea for Zcash mining that can help you get in on the early days of mining Zcash without having to buy a mining rig or spend hours learning code. The concept is Turn-Key Zcash Cloud Mining I have been in contact with Tim Olson of Zeropond.com who is jump starting the idea of a complete...

Zcash BETA 1.0 Release

I'm excited to announce that Zcash has finally made the transition from Alpha to Beta with the release of Beta 1.0 on the Testnet today! The Testnet has been in a Alpha for months tweaking and debugging the code. Now with the first Beta release marks the first time Zcash has a functional wallet with more RPC commands for seeing,...

Zcash Block Explorer

Last night Zcash engineer and I2P developer str4d released the first Block Explorer for the Zcash Testnet! This fantastic tool lets users see the current blockchain height, connections to nodes, current difficulty, last block hash, last block value, and more. Very useful API that can be used for writing web wallets and other apps that need more advanced blockchain queries...

Zcash Alpha Testnet z9 Release

Today the Zcash team released an update to the Testnet: Zcash Version z9 "Solidifying the Consensus Protocol" This update has a number of improvements including more space-efficient encodings for Equihash and merging upstream Bitcoin patches related to Denial-of-Service protection. And best of all this update contains the fix for the  MAX_HEADERS_RESULTS  Bug that caused many users to not to be able to connect to the...

Zcash Network Bug

Over the past week since version z8 was released many users have had connection and syncing issues that caused users to be unable to connect to the main blockchain or in some cases stuck mining on their own chain. Initial reports and Github issues saw the strange peer behavior and assumed that a third party was using many peers (in...

Zcash Launches October 28!

It's starting to get exciting! Zcash has officially set a date of October 28th for the Launch! There will be a couple more updates to the Public Alpha until then but they are quickly heading towards the first Public Beta due by September 7th. The Public Beta will be a new RPC interface (though still command line) and will have much...

Zcash Testnet DoS Attack

UPDATE- Please note that the problems on the Testnet turned out to be a bug, not a DoS attack as originally assumed: https://minezcash.com/zcash-network-bug/ I am very disappointed to report that the Zcash Testnet server has already been the subject of a DoS (Denial of Service) attack. For the past week since Testnet version z8 was released there have been many users (including myself)...

Zcash Release Delay

As you may have heard from various News outlets, Zcash has been delayed for further security Auditing. Although it is a little disappointing that we won't be seeing the launch at the end of September as expected these security audits are absolutely necessary to ensure that Zcash is as secure a platform as it can be.  In addition to the...

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...