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Heart Shoutout to skyguy
Posted by: Seattleite - 12-13-2017, 06:16 AM - Forum: Skycoin Project - Replies (15)

Everyone thank skyguy for making this for us :3

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Information Encrypt Skycoin Wallet
Posted by: skyguy - 12-11-2017, 05:06 PM - Forum: Skycoin - Replies (4)

Compliments of prblmchld. Original thread here  

At the time of this post, the Skycoin desktop client does not yet offer an encryption mechanism. You can track the progress of this issue here: https://github.com/skycoin/skycoin/issues/479

Below is a simple way to store your Skycoin wallet files in an encrypted container until encryption is implemented in the desktop client! Shout out to 'Experience Dickerson' for originally sharing this idea with the Skycoin Telegram!

  1. Download VeraCrypt @ https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Downloads.html

  2. Open VeraCrypt, select a drive letter, then select 'Create Volume'

    [Image: VeraCrypt_CreateVolume.png]

  3. Follow the steps for 'Create an encrypted file container'.

  4. Make sure your Skycoin client is closed before proceeding to step 5!

  5. Make a backup of the 'C:\Users\USERNAME\.skycoin' folder.

  6. Seriously. Make sure you have a backup of your '.skycoin' folder.

  7. In VeraCrypt, click 'Select File...' in the bottom right hand corner. Select the container file you created. Click 'Mount' on the bottom left.

  8. Your encrypted container should now be mounted and VeraCrypt will look something like this:

    [Image: VeraCrypt_Container.png]

  9. Copy your 'C:\Users\USERNAME.skycoin' folder into your mounted container. Once in the container I renamed the '.skycoin' folder to just 'skycoinwallet'.

  10. Stop. Take a deep breathe. Make sure your '.skycoin' folder is backed up and then delete the folder located at 'C:\Users\USERNAME.skycoin' (the default wallet location).

  11. Create a symbolic link to the container. Open up an administrative command prompt/powershell and type the following: mklink /D C:\Users\USERNAME.skycoin Z:\skycoinwallet

    [Image: VeraCrypt_CreateLink.png]
    *Make sure to use your actual username.

  12. After creating the symbolic link you should be able to open the Skycoin client and see your coins!

  13. Note that If you open a file stored on a VeraCrypt volume, the file will be automatically decrypted to RAM (memory) on the fly while it is being read. I would suggest only mounting your encrypted container when using your wallet.
    *Remember that your wallet does not have to be open to accumulate coin hours!

  14. When you are ready to dismount your encrypted container make sure that you close the Skycoin client. Open VeraCrypt and select 'Unmount' in the bottom left.

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Information Transfer skycoin to desktop wallet
Posted by: skyguy - 12-11-2017, 03:36 PM - Forum: Skycoin - Replies (5)

This tutorial explains the process of transferring skycoins from cryptopia to a windows desktop wallet

(1) Download the windows 32bit or 64bit desktop wallet and extract the contents to a drive on your computer. I personally extracted the contents to my C: drive. Once extracted, navigate to your skycoin folder and launch the skycoin executable. See here for a more detailed tutorial of how to install the windows desktop wallet

**It's advisable to keep your wallet as secure as possible. See this thread for info on how to encrypt your desktop wallet 


[Image: Launch_SKY_Wallet.jpg]


(2) After launching the skycoin executable, a small command window will start up and automatically open the sky wallet inside a browser window. Highlight your wallet address and copy it to memory (right click, copy). **Only copy the string, do not include the "- SKY (0 Coin Hours)" suffix


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(3)
Log into the Cryptopia website and click the balances icon (under the bitcoin icon) to see your available balance


[Image: Cryptopia_Balances.jpg]


(4)
From the Balances page, click the "withdraw" icon to open the transfer details window


[Image: Withdraw_SKY.jpg]


(5) From the transfer window, (1) Select the amount of coins you want to transfer, (2) Paste your Skycoin desktop wallet address, (3) Enter your Cyptopia pin, (4) Click next to process the request. Done

**Cryptopia currently charges 1 skycoin to transfer your balance to another wallet. If you want to transfer 10 skycoins, you will need a balance of 11 skycoins. Decimal places will be added soon, which will bring down the withdrawal fee amount. After transferring your skycoins, wait a few minutes for your balance to reflect. Once your coins have transferred, you will start earning coin hours for every coin you hold in the wallet. 1 skycoin will generate 1 coin hour every hour it's in your wallet 


[Image: Withdraw_SKY_Details.jpg]

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  What is a WUG
Posted by: skyguy - 12-06-2017, 03:20 PM - Forum: WUG Discussions - Replies (12)

WUGs (Wireless User Groups) are not for profit wireless communities. The network works like a smaller version of the internet. Many houses, buildings and high sites make up a mesh of interconnected nodes able to pass traffic along to the next, making it possible to connect all nodes on the network.

All equipment is standard wifi equipment, operating under 802.11 standards which makes it affordable to anyone


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Information Skycoin in a nutshell
Posted by: skyguy - 12-06-2017, 09:47 AM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (2)

From medium.com


Skycoin consists of six essential components:

  • Aether: is Skycoin’s key value store replication protocol.
  • CXO: is Skycoin’s immutable object system (whose objects are replicated over aether)
  • Skywire : is Skycoin’s software defined networking standard. Of which meshnet is a subset or operating mode.
  • BlockDb is Skycoin’s blockchain storage and replication system. Over aether/CXO eventually.
  • CX: is Skycoin’s turing complete application language. For blockchain and off.
  • Skycoin: is the secure, anonymous and fast transaction token powering the Skycoin platform.

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Skycoin Features and Applications

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Information Where to buy Bitcoin
Posted by: skyguy - 12-06-2017, 05:12 AM - Forum: CryptoCurrency - Replies (1)

United States / UK

Coinbase is probably the fastest and easiest way to buy bitcoins in the USA and UK. If you need bitcoins fast, then buying with a credit card or debit card is a good option. Coinbase charges 3.99% fees for credit/debit card purchases but you can get your coins instantly.

Another payment option for US customers is using a connected bank account. The fees are less for this method-1.49%--but your coins are only delivered after five days. 


Europe

CEX.io
CEX.io lets you buy bitcoin with a credit card, ACH bank transfer, SEPA transfer, cash, or AstroPay. Purchases made with a credit card give you access to your bitcoin immediately. CEX.io works in the United States, Europe, and certain countries in South America.

South Africa

LUNO

Luno facilitates Bitcoin storage and transactions such as buying, selling and paying through their Bitcoin wallet services. They also operate exchanges between fiat money and bitcoin

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Information What is Bitcoin
Posted by: skyguy - 12-06-2017, 04:42 AM - Forum: CryptoCurrency - Replies (3)

From the coindesk.com website

Bitcoin is a form of digital currency, created and held electronically. No one controls it. Bitcoins aren’t printed, like dollars or euros – they’re produced by people, and increasingly businesses, running computers all around the world, using software that solves mathematical problems.

It’s the first example of a growing category of money known as cryptocurrency.

What makes it different from normal currencies?
Bitcoin can be used to buy things electronically. In that sense, it’s like conventional dollars, euros, or yen, which are also traded digitally. 
However, bitcoin’s most important characteristic, and the thing that makes it different to conventional money, is that it is decentralized. No single institution controls the bitcoin network. This puts some people at ease, because it means that a large bank can’t control their money.

Who created it?
A software developer called Satoshi Nakamoto proposed bitcoin, which was an electronic payment system based on mathematical proof. The idea was to produce a currency independent of any central authority, transferable electronically, more or less instantly, with very low transaction fees.

Who prints it?

No one. This currency isn’t physically printed in the shadows by a central bank, unaccountable to the population, and making its own rules. Those banks can simply produce more money to cover the national debt, thus devaluing their currency.

Instead, bitcoin is created digitally, by a community of people that anyone can join. Bitcoins are ‘mined’, using computing power in a distributed network. 
This network also processes transactions made with the virtual currency, effectively making bitcoin its own payment network.

So you can’t churn out unlimited bitcoins?

That’s right. The bitcoin protocol – the rules that make bitcoin work – say that only 21 million bitcoins can ever be created by miners. However, these coins can be divided into smaller parts (the smallest divisible amount is one hundred millionth of a bitcoin and is called a ‘Satoshi’, after the founder of bitcoin).

What is bitcoin based on?

Conventional currency has been based on gold or silver. Theoretically, you knew that if you handed over a dollar at the bank, you could get some gold back (although this didn’t actually work in practice). But bitcoin isn’t based on gold; it’s based on mathematics.

Around the world, people are using software programs that follow a mathematical formula to produce bitcoins. The mathematical formula is freely available, so that anyone can check it.

The software is also open source, meaning that anyone can look at it to make sure that it does what it is supposed to.

What are its characteristics?

Bitcoin has several important features that set it apart from government-backed currencies.

1. It's decentralized

The bitcoin network isn’t controlled by one central authority. Every machine that mines bitcoin and processes transactions makes up a part of the network, and the machines work together. That means that, in theory, one central authority can’t tinker with monetary policy and cause a meltdown – or simply decide to take people’s bitcoins away from them, as the Central European Bank decided to doin Cyprus in early 2013. And if some part of the network goes offline for some reason, the money keeps on flowing.

2. It's easy to set up

Conventional banks make you jump through hoops simply to open a bank account. Setting up merchant accounts for payment is another Kafkaesque task, beset by bureaucracy. However, you can set up a bitcoin address in seconds, no questions asked, and with no fees payable.

3. It's anonymous

Well, kind of. Users can hold multiple bitcoin addresses, and they aren’t linked to names, addresses, or other personally identifying information. However…

4. It's completely transparent

…bitcoin stores details of every single transaction that ever happened in the network in a huge version of a general ledger, called the blockchain. The blockchain tells all.
If you have a publicly used bitcoin address, anyone can tell how many bitcoins are stored at that address. They just don’t know that it’s yours. There are measures that people can take to make their activities more opaque on the bitcoin network, though, such as not using the same bitcoin addresses consistently, and not transferring lots of bitcoin to a single address.

5. It’s non-repudiable
When your bitcoins are sent, there’s no getting them back, unless the recipient returns them to you. They’re gone forever. So, bitcoin has a lot going for it, in theory. But how does it work, in practice? Read more to find out how bitcoins are mined, what happens when a bitcoin transaction occurs, and how the network keeps track of everything.

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  CX - A post-smart contract programming language
Posted by: ranev - 12-04-2017, 08:06 PM - Forum: Development - Replies (6)

CX Programming Language

CX is a general purpose, interpreted and compiled programming language, with a very strict type system and a syntax similar to Golang's. CX provides a new programming paradigm based on the concept of affordances, where the user can ask the programming language at runtime what can be done with a CX object (functions, expressions, packages, etc.), and interactively or automatically choose one of the affordances to be applied.

CX has been successfully installed and tested in recent versions of Linux (Ubuntu) and MacOS X. 

https://github.com/skycoin/cx

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Information Skywallet Downloads
Posted by: skyguy - 12-04-2017, 04:15 PM - Forum: Skycoin - No Replies

All downloads available from the skycoin.net website -> https://www.skycoin.net/downloads/

The current build is v0.25.0. 

To encrypt your wallet, launch the latest version and wait for all blocks to sync. After syncing, click the padlock icon under your wallet address and enter a password. 

**Make sure your seed is backed up before encrypting the wallet**

MacOS 
Installer (.dmg)
zip

Windows Desktop
Installer
32bit zip
64bit zip


Linux Desktop
64bit Installer
arm Installer
64bit tar.gz

Android
Google Play Store
APK

IOS
Apple iOS App Store

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Information Where to buy Skycoin
Posted by: skyguy - 12-04-2017, 04:12 PM - Forum: Skycoin - Replies (33)

At the time of this post, skycoin (SKY) can be bought on five exchanges or via the Skycoin OTC website. In order to buy SKY, you first need to register on a local exchange to convert your Fiat currency (Dollars, Euros, Pounds, RANDs, etc.) to Bitcoin. You then transfer that amount of bitcoin to one of the exchanges below, or the OTC website, and use it to purchase skycoins. See the "How to Buy Bitcoin" thread for more info on converting Fiat to Bitcoin

OTC (Over the counter)
https://otc.skycoin.net/

C2CX
https://www.c2cx.com/in/home

Cryptopia
https://www.cryptopia.co.nz

iquant
https://www.5iquant.org/

9Coin
https://www.9coin.com/coin/60.html

CryptoWolf
https://cryptowolf.eu/

BitRabbit
https://bitrabbit.com/

Binance
https://www.binance.com/

Coinswitch
https://coinswitch.co/coins/bitcoin/bitcoin-to-skycoin

How to buy skycoin on Cryptopia Exchange
Compliments of Erne



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