Ever seen vanity wallet addresses? I first did when I looked at SatoshiDice. The wallet addresses for the game all started with “1DICE”… Then I started to see some others with cute messages or in-jokes. We deliberately used “2″ as the first digit in Mooncoin wallets because of the “to the moon” meme (“2 the moon!”).
So yesterday, when cooking up promos, we had this crazy idea about generating a bunch of vanity addresses starting with “2DaMoon” and giving them out as promotions. Then we realized that since we’d be the ones with the private keys, the end users would need to trust us to destroy the keys after giving them out. Frankly, we don’t want that headache.. So instead, we decided to write up a tutorial on how to generate your own vanity Mooncoin address. It’s super easy and you can have a lot of fun making your own addresses.
In anticipation of our promos for shirt-wallets (and a post on creating vanity wallets), here are some quick instructions on how to add the address to your Mooncoin-Qt GUI wallet for Windows, Mac, and UNIX. Those who use the headless client, we assume you’re smart enough to figure that out on your own since it’s almost the same process.
Hi, gang! As I mentioned yesterday, we’re going to kick off our promotional drive here by giving out some free stuff. Our first attempt will be some cool new t-shirts that will put the swing in your swagger… Or something like that!
Five shirts will be given away to some lucky Mooncoin fans. Consider these shirts to be commemorative mementos of Moon: each shirt contains unique QR codes for a pre-loaded wallet ready for you to plug into your local client. It’s the same thing as a paper wallet, but instead it’s a 100% cotton, high-quality t-shirt that will surely attract attention wherever you go.
Hi, everyone! We were planning on having monthly updates on the “state of the moon” earlier but it got a little lost with some of the changes recently, the BTC news over the last couple of weeks, etc. With some of the questions we’ve been getting on the various forums, Reddit, and Twitter, we figured that today would be a good time for us to respond and give some updates.
We’ll discuss some of the promotional items for Mooncoin, pricing of the coin, and our reaction to the unfolding BTC news.
Does anyone know who is running Moonchain.info? We can’t seem to get in touch with anyone in charge of their site.
The reason it’s important to do so is that the block explorer they are running is using the old wallet code and has stopped displaying results since the hard fork. We’ve had a few people ask about it and we can only give them the URL to our own block explorer.
If anyone knows who is running Moonchain.info, please ask them to reach our on our IRC channel (irc.freenode.net, #mooncoin).
We were made aware of a neat new open source tool that is coming “real soon now” called CoinsManager. It’s an on-line wallet viewer without the use of private keys, thus being extremely secure! Think of it as your own personal dashboard into all of your crypto-currency holdings and their values. Pretty slick!
Well, today their second video came out demonstrating how to add another coin to the software and they used Mooncoin as their demonstration coin!
The software is not available yet but the developers want to get an alpha release out in the hands of the public soon. Keep an eye on this one! You can read more about it at CryptoCoinsNews.
We’ve been unable to contact the developer of Moonchain.info in order to get them to update their wallet binary, so in the interest of transparency (and for the sake of having multiple explorers) we are creating our own based on the ABE project.
It’s indexing the blockchain right now and we expect to have it online sometime early this afternoon, assuming ABE doesn’t break during the indexing process.
We’ll keep folks informed on Twitter. Follow us @RealMooncoin.
Today’s successful fork of the blockchain brings Kimoto’s Gravity Well to Mooncoin!
With the help of http://multipool.us, we were able to crack the last few blocks and reach 26850 sooner rather than later. With KGW operating, Mooncoin will now scale its difficulty much better, meaning less coinrage from large pool operators and better payouts for smaller mining operations.
If you have not heard, you need to have the most current version of the wallet in order to participate in the new blockchain:
A lot of people are chiming in about wallet sync “problems” on Twitter. I thought I’d post a bit to share what causes this and how it’s not really a problem.
When the wallet synchronizes to the network, it means it is downloading the blockchain. Because the network hashing rate is very low because of the high difficulty (we are addressing this through the new version of Mooncoin that implements Kimoto’s Gravity Well), blocks are cracked at a very slow rate. Because the blocks are trickling out, the wallet is not seeing them on the blockchain as quickly as it would like.
Thus, the wallet believes it is not synchronized.
When Kimoto’s Gravity Well goes into effect at block 26850 (about 30 blocks from now), the difficulty will drop tremendously and mining activity will take off on the pools (especially the auto-switching pools). The result will be blocks flowing again with wallets that are not showing erroneous errors (is that even a term?).
This also impacts how quickly transactions will apply because transactions occur as a part of the blockchain. Just hang in there, your transactions will happen, it just takes some patience while we wait for the Gravity Well to start.