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etherwall

One of the key new features of the recently launched Shift (SHF) altcoin, the first one forked from Ethereum, was the availability of a GUI wallet – essentially a simple graphical frontend for the shift client software. This GUI is also available and was probably originally developed for Ethereum as the project is called Etherwall (source), written by one of the developers of the Shift team. Etherwall is also available as a compiled binary for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows and you can download these from the official website instead of having to compile the code from source. Do note that Etherwall requires geth 1.0.2 or newer to be installed and running in order for the wallet GUI to connect to it and function. What Etherwall does is provide a simple and easy to use basic functionality for managing your Ethereum accounts, check what balance you have as well as to send transactions. It is easier and much more user friendly for people that are not into working with console commands to do even simple things like checking a balance or sending some coins, so you might want to check it out.

To visit the official website of the Etherwall project for more details…

shift-shf-gui-wallet

The first alternative crypto currency that is based on the Ethereum code called Shift (SHF) has been launched and you can currently solo mine it if you are willing to check it out (source). Since Shift uses the same mining algorithm as Ethereum you can mine the coin using ethminer just like you will do with Ethereum, you can check our Quick Guide on Solo GPU Mining Ethereum on Windows if you need some help. The Shift client is based on geth (Go Ethereum Client) so it is pretty straightforward if you have used it for Ethereum already. The most notable difference with Shift is that they have launched a simple GUI wallet that works requires the shift client also working, but it makes things like knowing your balance and sending transactions much easier than just typing commands in the console. There are already pre-compiled binaries available for Windows and Linux for the client and the GUI wallet, so there is no need to compile from source to get things started.

Update: The first mining pool for Shift is now available – shift.suprnova.cc, pool mining is the same as for Ethereum – help on pool mining. There is also a basic block explorer for Shift (SHF) now also available that may come handy, even for quickly checking your balance when you have no direct access to a local wallet for example. The first crypto currency exchange that has added Shift (SHF) is Bleutrade.

For more information about Shift (SHF) check the coins announcement thread…

ethpool-to-miner-stats

Having competition among pools is always a good thing for the miners and as more ining pools for Ethereum’s Ether (ETH) coins have appeared recently things have started to move at a more serious pace. We now have multiple big pools as an alternative to ethpool, the first mining pool that was available for mining Ether coins and it seems that more are appearing such as the new CoinMine ETH pool that was just launched. The new ETH mining pool from CoinMine is based on the familiar interface that MPOS uses, similar to the Suprnova pool, so you might want to check it out, but be aware that since it is a new pool there are not much miners initially and solving blocks can take up some time. Other older pools were busy lately adding new features such as hashrate graphs, support for workers, API, earning estimates and so on… not to mention that pool fees were reduced as well as withdraws for the miner coins were reduced as a minimum and transaction fees were lowered. Below you can find a list of the available pools listed based on the total hashrate they currently have:

www.coinotron.com ~116 GHS
eth.nanopool.org ~95.8 GHS
dwarfpool.com/eth ~90 GHS
www2.coinmine.pl/eth/ ~44 GHS
eth.suprnova.cc ~41.9 GHS
ethpool.org ~37.9 GHS
eth.pp.ua ~13 GHS
ethereumpool.co ~13 GHS
weipool.org ~0.9 GHS
talkether.org ~0.7 GHS
ethpool.utocat.com ~0.05 GHS


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