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General Software Discussion / Deozaan's To-do List
« on: March 19, 2021, 03:38 AM »
I've recently started learning how to use the Godot Engine. It's a game engine, but it can be used for non-game apps as well. As a means of familiarizing myself with Godot, I have been working on some simple projects.

I made another non-game app: a simple to-do list.

To-do List.png

Considering it's my second complete project in Godot, I expect there are probably some bugs.

Jotti says it's clean.
VirusTotal says it's clean.

You can download it from my Keybase: https://keybase.pub/deozaan/TodoList/

Just thought I'd share with anyone here who might be interested. :Thmbsup:

Oh, and right now I only have a Windows build available for download. But if anyone is interested in Linux or MacOS builds, let me know and I can supply those as well.

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General Software Discussion / Deozaan's Simple Text Editor
« on: March 19, 2021, 03:27 AM »
I've recently started learning how to use the Godot Engine. It's a game engine, but it can be used for non-game apps as well. As a means of familiarizing myself with Godot, I have been working on some simple projects.

The first one I made is a simple text editor. I started out just following a tutorial series on YouTube and then I added a few more features until I lost interest and was ready to move on to something else.

Simple Text Editor - Hello World.png

Considering it's my first complete project in Godot, I expect there are plenty of bugs. And I certainly don't expect it to compete with the likes of Notepad++, or even Microsoft Notepad, for that matter.

Jotti says it's clean.
VirusTotal says it's clean.

You can download it from my Keybase: https://keybase.pub/deozaan/SimpleTextEditor/

Just thought I'd share with anyone here who might be interested. :Thmbsup:

Oh, and right now I only have a Windows build available for download. But if anyone is interested in Linux or MacOS builds, let me know and I can supply those as well.

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The good news for users of Ethereum is that they are taking steps to transition to proof of stake.

For anyone that didn't know what Proof of Stake was, I did the research for you as I didn't know either.

Proof of Stake (PoS) (via Investopedia)

Thanks.

I also summarized it in my other recent thread on Cryptocurrency:

Have you heard of staking (proof of stake, or PoS)? It's like mining but without all the crazy electricity demands. It has an initial financial demand instead. It feels more similar to earning interest on money you already have.

In contrast to traditional proof of work (PoW) mining blockchains, which have everybody in a fierce competition frantically hashing as quickly as possible to be the first person to mine a block and propagate it to the network, PoS blockchains assign people their turns to mine in a raffle-like manner based on how much of the coin has been staked. Everyone knows their turn well in advance of when it actually needs to be done, so you keep your "mining" hardware connected to the chain (or at least connect it early enough that it can catch up to the current state of the chain), wait your turn, and then it mines a block when it's your turn. It's all very orderly and relatively cordial. It's more of a cooperation than a competition. There's no need to constantly be maxing out your CPU/GPU/ASIC 24/7 because you know in advance exactly when it will be your turn to produce a block. This means that the hardware requirements are (or can be) much lower in PoS blockchains than what is typically required for PoW blockchains. Some chains can even have low enough requirements that blocks can be produced with a Raspberry Pi.

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To clarify, it's not the act of minting an NFT itself that uses so much electricity. It's just the state of the blockchain itself and the mad gold rush driving up the prices, and therefore driving up the mining competition. So virtually anything you do if you're using those power-hungry blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum will have a similar cost and effect.

The good news for users of Ethereum is that they are taking steps to transition to proof of stake. But I've been hearing about that for about 4 years or so by now, so I have no idea how soon it will actually materialize.

And as far as I know there's nothing in the pipeline for Bitcoin to reduce its energy consumption.

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Speaking of which, this article was published a couple hours ago:

Proof of Work vs. Proof of Stake: the Ecological Footprint

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