Steve

We’re winding down the 12 months, however not the exercise. Whereas Thanksgiving had us house with household, the remainder of the month noticed new integrations, meetups with customers, and devoted progress towards the core Sia platform.

We additionally started alpha testing our newest product — SiaStream. The proper house on your media, it helps you to get pleasure from super-cheap storage on your media information, utterly underneath your management on the Sia community.

And now we speed up towards the tip of the 12 months with unbelievable progress made in 2019. We’ll focus extra on that subsequent month, however for now let’s get to the happenings in November.

Scams concentrating on Sia customers

In November, we launched the alpha for SiaStream. SiaStream lets you add your films and television reveals to Sia, mount Sia as a FUSE drive, after which stream your information again from any media app. We constructed this app with Plex in thoughts, however it works with any media app you like.

We put collectively a extremely stunning dashboard and on-boarding course of, and might be seeking to launch an extra open beta within the coming weeks. Keep tuned for more information!

Identical to final 12 months, Sia co-founder Luke Champine is internet hosting his non-public leaderboard for Introduction of Code. Join at https://adventofcode.com/ and use this leaderboard code: 30280-93df612d

Introduction of Code is a programming problem the place you compete to resolve a brand new puzzle every day within the month of December. It is a enjoyable solution to study new algorithms, information buildings, and programming languages. The quicker you clear up the issues, the extra factors you will earn. We’ll even be giving out swag to individuals — extra particulars on that later.

David, Chris, and PJ hosted a meetup in Zurich. It was an important occasion and great to get some face time in with the neighborhood.

You may find out about future gatherings by becoming a member of our Meetup group.

We just lately built-in with Abra (extra on that later), they usually hosted a chat with David Vorick about decentralized digital possession.

Siacoin is now accessible on Abra. You may deposit, withdraw, purchase, promote, and change SC utilizing the Abra iOS and Android app.

Additionally, a reminder: Poloniex is ceasing operations for US residents. Buying and selling has already ended, and you’ve got till a minimum of December 15th to take away your funds.

When on-line, it’s turning into higher observe to imagine that any unsolicited messages are some type of spam or rip-off.

A bot impersonating Sia has been DMing customers and telling them to obtain a compulsory replace to Sia-UI, calling it 1.4.2.0. It directed customers to a Github profile designed to appear to be the official NebulousLabs repo. This replace is just not from us, and can seemingly infect your pc with malware. Fortuitously, our diligent neighborhood reported the Discord profile and Github repo, and evidently it has been eliminated.

That being stated, this seemingly received’t be the final time one thing like that is tried, and it’s essential to do not forget that Nebulous won’t ever personally solicit you to obtain a brand new model of Sia. We are going to solely ever let you realize a brand new model has been launched through Discord, Twitter, Reddit, and Blockfolio, and inform you what may occur to your Sia expertise if you happen to don’t obtain it.

On November 11th, we launched RC1 for our newest model of Sia to the #contributors channel of our Discord server. Essentially the most notable adjustments embody higher file contract administration and decreased file contract churn. There also needs to be some efficiency enhancements, and a extra secure restore processes.

We’re concentrating on the complete 1.4.1.three launch this 12 months, which is able to present a variety of nice updates. Discover the complete listing right here.

Chtis completed a deep change on the Sia filesystem that improves the efficiency and reliability of operations reminiscent of shifting and renaming information and directories.

Matt created a brand new device, connmonitor, that may present extra granular details about the bandwidth utilization by every Sia module.

Group member DaWe35 added the --force flag to the siac host folder take away command. This can be a characteristic typically requested by hosts that have to take away a Sia folder when it’s not accessible anymore.

Marcin added a watchdog subsystem to the renter module to enhance its reliability. This watchdog screens the blockchain for details about the renter’s contracts (like contracts that didn’t be included on the blockchain or proofs of storage submitted by hosts) and takes needed actions, like re-broadcasting a stalled contract or informing a few host that failed its obligations.

Matt improved the API documentation: the format has been cleaned, the distinction between accessible and recoverable information has been clarified and typos had been corrected.

Various new code evaluation instruments had been carried out within the Sia repos, together with a static evaluation device to search for unused code, and dependency caching within the Gitlab CI/CD jobs.

A number of merge requests had been added for documentation enhancements, higher examples, and to repair typos.

Marcin added a churn limiter which reduces the quantity of contract churn from a renter. This might be a main change in Sia model 1.4.1.three when it’s launched.

PJ extends the alerts system to the host module.

Chris has labored to make sure that the adjustments on the Sia filesystem are backwards appropriate. He additionally added in depth documentation about how the Sia filesystem works.

Chtis has additionally made it potential to serve downloads from the native disk as a substitute of from Sia, if accessible, to enhance efficiency. This may be overridden with a flag on the obtain API.

The event workforce has just lately been pushing for brand new code evaluation instruments. After their deployment, numerous points have been discovered and glued. These fixes will not be person going through, however display a dedication to writing good, safe Go code.

We glance behind in any respect the work that’s been achieved in 2019, and forward to all the good issues 2020 will convey. We’ll have some information arising — we all the time do, don’t we?

And a few nice issues have already occurred in December that might be nice to recap in one other few weeks! Keep heat, keep wholesome, and if you happen to have fun the vacations in December, have a beautiful time.

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