Ardor / Nxt Group

Ardor / Nxt Group provides education, resources and helps facilitate the development and growth of both the Ardor and Nxt cryptocurrency - blockchain ecosystems, including the first public child chain, Ignis and all legal and compliant projects developed on the blockchains.

Summer Quest: Stage Five

Krems an der Donau, Austria

This week it will rain tokens on fast and smart Nxter puzzlers. Our last city-walk is in Krems an der Donau (Krems), Austria, and the announcement of the final word in the ANG-sponsored 1000 IGNIS account challenge will occur at the Purposeful Games Hackathon in that same city this weekend.

Nxter News – August 2018 (II): There Is Nothing Better Than A Friend, Unless It Is A Friend With Chocolate

  August (II)   Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers! Friends are great! They are there when you need them and sometimes provide you with chocolate. Not everyone is your friend though, as we cover later, friends do not try and scam you. Friends support and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. ... Read more

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Summer Quest: Stage Four

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Home of Dominium

The fourth area in our Summer Quest is Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where Dominium, one of the new upcoming Ardor child chains, is located.

Search this area (using Google maps) to uncover the hidden words in the puzzle picture. When you have unlocked the Stage IV account, there's a bonus puzzle for you to solve.

Combine the words from the Stage IV and the bonus puzzle below to get access to the bonus account - you will find a redeemable

Raspberry Pi Giveaway

Raspberry Pi Giveaway

Enter to Win

  1. Complete the Ardor Bootcamp Course on Udemy.com
  2. Follow the instructions at the end of the course. 
  3. One entry is allowed per person.
  4. Entries will be validated against the list of persons completing the course.
  5. A valid email address is required for notification if you win. You will be required to submit mailing information if you win.

 

Blockchain But …

Blockchain But. Image credit: Jake Young, from Unplash.

When working for a large software company, my team used to follow an agile development methodology named Scrum. To be honest, I never liked this methodology.

Power of Unconfirmed

Let’s start with another toy I built on Ardor last weekend:

Burning Messages v0.0.1

I call it Burning Messages.

It’s a Private Chat dApp build on the Ardor platform.

You can download it using the Ardor Data Cloud (full client required):

Summer Quest: Stage Three

Summer Quest: Stage Three: Lugano Switzerland

The third area is Lugano Switzerland, home of Jelurida's main office.

Search this area (using Google Maps) to uncover the hidden words in the picture below.

When you have unlocked the Stage III account, there's a bonus puzzle for you to solve HERE.

All letters are lowercase, divided by spaces - exactly like the passphrase for your Ardor account. The formula of the final passphrase is: (Stage I + Stage II) + Stage III + Stage IV + Stage V + FINAL WORD.

Summer Quest

Summer Quest is part of the Nxter Puzzles series, created by madfox, sponsored by the ANG. STAGE 1 STAGE 2 STAGE 3 Welcome. The Summer Quest will take you on an adventure as you walk across parts of the world to find very specific numbers and words. The words of each stage of the quest ... Read more

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Nxter News – August 2018 (I): The Real Voyage Of Discovery Consists Not In Seeking New Landscapes, But In Having New Eyes

  August (I)   Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers! To voyage conjures up images of brave people doing brave things as they traverse the unknown. The NASA Voyager probes famously provided humanity the first glimpses of the outer planets and discovered much data about these mysterious solar bodies and they are now beyond the ... Read more

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ERC721 Non-Fungible Tokens and Ardor Singleton Assets

I’ve researched this topic a bit lately and when I came across this unanswered question in the ethereum stackexchange, I decided to write up my findings as this might be better than nothing, which is what I found regarding that matter. A disclaimer: I’ve not yet worked with ERC721 myself yet and have based this article on the available resources, of which a few are linked in the article where relevant.

Summer Quest Puzzle Series

Summer Quest Puzzle Series

The Summer Quest will take you on an adventure as you walk across parts of the world to find very specific numbers and words. The words of each stage of the quest will give you access to an Ignis account with an encrypted message. Find all the words and reap the final reward: 1000 IGNIS.

Instructions from puzzle creator, madfox:

Summer Quest: Stage One

Summer Quest: Stage One - Hadera, Israel

Hadera

The first area to search is Hadera, Israel, where Lior Yaffe (co-founder, managing director @Jelurida) lives.

Search this area (using Google maps) to uncover the hidden words in the picture above.

The 6 words found in this puzzle will be the first part of a passphrase that gives you access to a Nxt/Ardor blockchain account. The second half of the passphrase will be the 6 word answer from the Stage Two of the Summer Quest series. The passphrase unlocks an encrypted message in this account to let you know that your solution is correct. 

Ardor Develop Tips for Dummies

If you are not a professional developer like me, or not familiar with the Ardor platform, here are some quick tips you may find useful at the beginning :).

Difference between Ardor and Ignis

In short, Ardor is the parent chain, using the token ARDOR, which security the networks and package all child-chain transactions.You can’t do much thing only with Ardor chain.

Ignis is the first child-chain which has the most features , using the token IGNIS.

Twitter Clone on Ardor

Twitter Clone on Ardor

OK this is not a toy anymore. :)

This is a Twitter clone completely building on Ardor platform, or precisely, the Ignis child-chain of Ardor.

I must say I’m no professional developer and only planned to learn some Ardor by doing this, but turns out got most functions done.

It use two build-in functions of Ardor platform:

Messages and Account Property.

Nxter News – July 2018 (V): All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

  July (V)   Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers! We are all wandering through life, trying hard to put on a good face and deceive others into thinking that we have life “figured out” but these are lies we tell to our coworkers and friends. We are all wandering, but we need not be ... Read more

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Build A Slack Like Message Board on Ardor with 300 Lines Code

Slack like board on Ardor

300 lines including HTML, CSS and JS, that’s all. ;)

I know it’s more like a toy but I’m also not a professional developer. I just want to show how easy to write a dApp on Ardor.

It use only one build-in function of Ardor platform: Messages.

The logic is very simple: treat a predefined Ardor account as a channel, and every public messages to that account as a channel message.

A Walk Through Nxt History

A Walk Through Nxt History

There will be 25 winners for this weeks puzzle!

A Nxter who is definitely growing something unique on the Ignis blockchain this summer is Madfox, Russian Nxter editor. With his puzzle games, mazes and crosswords, he is giving away free IGNIS to the fastest minds that solve his challenges every week. In this, his 5th puzzle, the first 25 participants to come, correctly, collect on the challenge can each claim 50 IGNIS, sponsored by the ANG.

Nxter News – July 2018 (IV): Life Has No Remote Control, So Get Up And Change It Yourself

July (IV)   Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers! Recently the batteries in my tv remote died, and to my great dismay, there were no other ones that small around my house. So there I was, comfortable in my lazy clothes, staring at a blank tv. No amount of button pushing would power the tv ... Read more

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Nxt / Ardor Historical Timeline Published

Nxt / Ardor Historical Timeline

Have you wondered how Nxt Cryptocurrency developed and evolved into Ardor?

A beautiful 22 page document outlining the history of Nxt cryptocurrency through the launch of Ardor has been published. 

Ardor / Nxt Community member Andrii Savdeiev used his design skills to create the document that was compiled by Ruben Bueno with further contributions and edits from a group of selected reviewers.

Enjoy the story! We all joined the narrative at some point and the journey ahead is part of the history yet to be told.

Ardor ( ARDR ) Listed on Binance

Ardor ( ARDR ) Listed on Binance

Today, Binance Exchange announced the listing of the Ardor cryptocurrency token with trading to commence at 11:00 UTC.

The listing comes several months after the Ardor / Nxt Community raised the equivalent of $100,000 for the listing fee within 6 hours.

Meanwhile, market conditions have devalued the crowd funded amount and Jelurida B.V. has made up the difference in value.

Jelurida is the entity protecting the licensing and intellectual property of the Ardor and Nxt blockchains and committed to the success of the projects.

Nxter Puzzle: Nonogram

Solve this Nonogram puzzle to win Ignis

Step 1. Solve all 12 nongram puzzles according to numbers at the side of the grid to reveal a hidden picture.

Step 2. Make up the passphrase by using the solved pictures as a clue.

Use the passphrase and to give you full access to account ARDOR-6CNA-C4ST-N2ZG-CQ5V8 with 500 IGNIS sponsored by Ardor Nxt Group.

Nxter News – July 2018 (III): Imagination Is The Highest Form Of Research

July (III)   Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers! Imagination is not the same as following a trend. Adding a touchscreen on your espresso maker does not make it better, you have just feature-creeped an existing product likely at the expense of a good user experience. No, imagination is coming up with a unique solution, ... Read more

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C2C Public Announcement – 14th of July, 2018

If you’ve been following our weekly newsletters, probably you’ve already heard about C2C (former CTC), a company that aims to develop innovative devices to easily convert your coins and cash to cryptocurrencies. You can have a look at their whitepaper here (update ongoing). Recently they’ve shared with us the following PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT about the swap ... Read more

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Dead Man Switch

How to save your crypto when you die

In the next 100 years or so we will all die and this is one of the two facts of life we have to accept. This creates an awkward problem, since in crypto you are responsible for your funds, if you die your crypto will die with you.

Is there a way to recover your funds once you are no longer around?

Nxter News – July 2018 (II): Earth Provides Enough To Satisfy Every Person’s Needs, But Not Every Person’s Greed

July (II)   Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers! Yes, we have entered the holiday season, if you are in the Northern hemisphere which you likely are. Less is happening, less to write about, more time to spend with the family. Right? Well, of course, we do appreciate you reading this, but is your kid ... Read more

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Nothing-at-Stake is a theoretical problem invented by Vitalik so that he can promote his Casper PoS…

Nothing-at-Stake is a theoretical problem invented by Vitalik so that he can promote his Casper PoS mechanism. It’s a far-fetched problem without much connection to reality. It has never been observed in practice in NXT and Ardor, we haven’t even seen the software which is supposed to be used by the forgers (the block generators, miners) to build on more than one chain. Chances are such software is not even developed, let alone adopted by a significant part of the stake holders. Why forgers don’t forge on more than one chain?

Dear Investors, It’s Time To Face The Real Facts

Many of the existing blockchain startups that are looking to raise money are not real businesses. Yes, they have ideas, often brilliant ones that almost sound too good to be true. And then… that’s it. Nothing but ideas put on paper with no clue on how to fully execute it to make the promised prototype. So, time goes by with no real tested product and the investor’s trust starts to diminish.

“Many of the existing blockchain startups that are looking to raise money are not real businesses.”

Set up a Nxt Public Node

Ardor / Nxt Group will give 249 NXT to every person who sets up a new NXT node with a one year server contract in the month of July. Let’s build our network! 

**The bounty is limited to 50 total payouts. Each person is limited to two nodes.

**The bounty is for new server instances. If you set up a new Ardor server for a bounty during the month of July, you will receive a bonus of 49 NXT if you run a Nxt Node on the same server.

Follow the guideline below.

Set up an Ardor Node

Ardor / Nxt Group will give 249 Ignis to every person who sets up a node with a one year server contract in the month of July. Let’s build our network! 

**The bounty is limited to 50 total payouts. Each person is limited to two nodes.

Follow the guideline below.

To collect your bounty, send your Ardor account number and the IP address of your server and the date the client was set up so it can be found on the blockchain for verification.

Please attach a screenshot of your server contract to prove that it was purchased for one year. 

Ardor Listing on Binance Status

Application was made to Binance Exchange after an Ardor / Nxt Community Crowdfunding raised the equivalent of $100,000 on February 19, 2018

Subsequently, a contract was signed for the listing of Ardor on the Binance Exchange.

There is slow but continued dialogue from the Binance developers.

The project is still active and we expect Ardor to be listed, but do not know when.

Nxter News – July 2018 (I): Strength Lies In Differences, Not In Similarities

July (I)   Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers! A nice inspiring thing to realize is that everyone is different and that is a good thing. Our community is made stronger by the great diversity it contains – we have many active Nxters in the US, Europe, China, Korea, Russia, and many other places the ... Read more

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Headless Solar Powered Ardor Blockchain Node with e-ink information screen

Maximize power efficiency of an Ardor node using a Raspberry Pi Zero WH or Pi3 B, solar power, and an e-ink display, with automatic start of Ardor, the display, and forging.

Introduction

In this story I wanted to maximize the power efficiency of my Ardor node and attempt to use a Raspberry Pi Zero. I also wanted to simplify the display and make it only show more useful, concise, information.

Headless Solar Powered Ardor Blockchain Node with e-ink information screen

Maximize power efficiency of an Ardor node using a Raspberry Pi Zero WH or Pi3 B, solar power, and an e-ink display, with automatic start of Ardor, the display, and forging.

Introduction

In this story I wanted to maximize the power efficiency of my Ardor node and attempt to use a Raspberry Pi Zero. I also wanted to simplify the display and make it only show more useful, concise, information.

A Review of Dominium

I suspect I wasn’t the only Nxter to be caught off guard by the articles from several weeks ago describing how a company called Dominium will build a platform on Ardor for investing in, listing, and managing real estate. Here was a project that was simultaneously extremely ambitious and quite close to launch, with the ... Read more

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Solar Powered Ardor Blockchain Node

Using a Raspberry Pi3 B, solar panels, an LCD screen, and an external battery to run a completely green blockchain node

Edit

The Power Usage section was updated with more accurate wattage, as it seems my orginal USB multimeter was calibrated incorrectly.

Introduction

For years I’ve been hearing about the solar powered NXT node and have been meaning to build my own for Ardor. So I finally got around to it and wanted to share my experience.

Solar Powered Ardor Blockchain Node

Using a Raspberry Pi3 B, solar panels, an LCD screen, and an external battery to run a completely green blockchain node

Edit

The Power Usage section was updated with more accurate wattage, as it seems my orginal USB multimeter was calibrated incorrectly.

Introduction

For years I’ve been hearing about the solar powered NXT node and have been meaning to build my own for Ardor. So I finally got around to it and wanted to share my experience.

Ardor Scalable Blockchain

Ardor (ARDR)

Ardor is a scalable blockchain built with a unique parent / child chain architecture that allows people create their own blockchain, known as a child chain. All processing will be done on the Ardor main chain, which will secure the network. Transactions will be carried out on the child chains - each one dedicated to the blockchain owner. Child chains will provide features currently on Nxt such as decentralized phasing, voting, and trading, as well as be able to interact with other child chains on the platform in a decentralized exchange (DEX).

Nxt Proof of Stake Blockchain

Nxt (NXT)

NXT is an open source blockchain platform. Launched in November 2013, it was the first to use a 100% Proof-of-Stake system. Nxt is a blockchain platform with built-in transactional features (smart contracts) ready for people to use out of the box: Voting, Messaging, Asset Exchange and more.

Nxt Proof of Stake Blockchain

Ignis (IGNIS)

The first child chain of Ardor is the Ignis child chain. IGNIS tokens are used for its operation. All existing and well tested Nxt blockchain features are available on the Ignis child chain with the addition of Ardor platform specific enhancements. Visit the Ignis Wiki and User Guide for more information.