Monday, 20 May 2019

Antminer Z Series Custom Firmware



If you were lucky enough to purchase an Antminer Z11 before they sold out then good news for you that a custom firmware has now been released by Efudd which allows you greater control over your miner. It allows the ability to overclock, control voltage and achieve a higher performance than the stock settings, all done at your own risk of course

According to the develpoer the modified firmare will take you from the stock 135KSol to 150 and if you wish to push it even further but might want to get some extra cooling 170-180 is claimed to be possible.

One huge drawback though, the customer firmware does comes with a built in 3% developer fee, personally I am never a fan of this and would rather make a donation or buy the firmware than pay a developer fee

You can check it out here

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Whole Foods Now Accept Bitcoin, Trial For Amazon?



Crypto has been given a big push in the payment system as Whole Foods and Starbucks now accept Bitcoin via a 3rd party app Flexa and its wallet Speedn. Although they arent directly taking Bitcoin and it is done via the 3rd party it is good news that could pave the gateway for Amazon to start accepting crypto as Whole Foods is owned by Amazon.

These are just a couple of the big stores, Flexa is currently reporting that they support payment in 30,000 different stores, if this truly works out could we see a wider adoption? The 3rd party system was always going to be the winner, directly I am not sure any big retailers want the headache of dealing with Bitcoin wallets and addresses. With Flexa they can receive the money straight into their account while the customer can use what ever crypto we want to pay in

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Facebook Confirmed Building Crypto Payment System



The Wall Street Journal has all but confirmed that Facebook is building their own crypto based payment system in the article they have posted here. Its been a long long time that we have been waiting for a major company to adopt crypto for payment and this could be a huge start in a forward progress.

They currently have code named it Project Libra and the report says that Facebook is building a stable coin backed by the fiat, so similar to tether? Also reports suggest that they have been on a huge recruitment drive with dozens of financial firms and online merchants to support their own crypto eco system

If we take this as truth which judging by Facebook recent job listings I am now 100% convinced this is the case, this crypto could be absolutely huge. Facebook has 1.7 Billion users who will suddenly be opened up to paying in crypto, thats not including WhatsApp and Instagram

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Are your miners still on?


What should we call this, black November? The great crypto crash of 2018?

This month alot and I mean alot of people including myself have lost alot of money with the market tanking as it has. It was kind of unexpected and then to wake up this morning to find BTC has dipped by another $1000 and looks like its doesnt know where its going to stop

As my miners became less and less profitable I started switching them off and selling hence why news had slowed a bit here. Now I have switched my last mining rig off and unless you are rocking free electricity I guess I would not be alone in this. Its been a bad month for anyone to do anything with crypto, the only ones taking positives are the guys who didnt invest who are smuggly asking you how crypto is going, knowing full well its on its arse

Will it recover? Honestly... who knows? Remember in the space of a year we went from $250 to $19000, I think it might be best to just watch from here on out. I'm going to buy a little BTC at these prices but honestly anyone who can tell you what is happenening is probably full of shit

If you have lost alot of money, speak to people, dont be afraid and dont keep it to yourself. There are some good groups out there that will listen. For all the others stay strong my bro's we was always in it for the tech right? :D

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Introducing Suqa and The New X22i Algorithm


These days its really hard to filter the new projects from the tons of junk that get introduced into crypto, we see lots of projects that rarely offer anything new or anything to be excited about. Suqa is a new kid on the block and is bringing its own alogorithm which is X22i. Very much like Raven Coin, Suqa is promising to be ASIC, FPGA and quantum resistant using a special part of their own algorithm called SWIFFTX.

An Nvidia Miner can be picked up here https://github.com/zjazz/zjazz_cuda_miner/releases

They have also released an experimental AMD miner 

More info on the SUQA project can be found https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5038269.0


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Z9 Firmware With Unlocked Frequencies


The Z9 has now been out a little while and the community has now finally been able to crack the firmware to unlock the frequencies so you can overclock it. Reports have it that they overclock extrememly well with mixed results in the bitcointalk forum.

Obviously this is a huge risk and done at your own risk as you could possibly brick your machine. Have a read through the forum post

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5041859.0

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Return For Spondoolies


If you have been in the mining market for a few years then you will recognise the name Spondoolies, they shut down mining operations in 2016 but now look to be making a return, although its with an ASIC miner that is a little bit expensive and would be a huge gamble

They have announced the fastest Dash miner on the market which will mine at an impressive 540GHs and use a staggering 4.4Kw of energy. With the price of the miner starting at $15500 it is a huge investment which I would not be confident on seeing a return on. I ran the calculator with my energy costs and it said I would be minus yes minus $32 a day..... Maybe I am calculating it wrong

System Performance

Efficiency:8.1 J/Gh/s
Hash rate:540 GH/s (+/- 10% at 25 °C)
Operating temperature:5-35 °C
Power:4,400W

Dimensions

Box:640 X 525 X 185 mm
Gross Weight:19.5 kg
With PSU handles:595 x 434 x 88 mm
Without handles:560 x 434 x 88mm
Official page here https://www.spondoolies-tech.com/products/spx36