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ANP Cardano Virtual Summit presentation

IOHK published my presentation from the Cardano Virtual Summit and you can find it here https://youtu.be/t_atG6fHW7Q

I think it gives an OK overview of governance and some issues ahead we should tackle in a better way.

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ANP not to disclose future HW going forward.

I made a concious decicion when I decided to disclose my HW for marketing reasons and with pro/con of this, and also since we all are likely to run recent Intel/AMD it is easy to guess anyhow. But going forward new HW from ANP will not be disclosed for security reasons.

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The security contest of August has now ended

So the security contest of August has now ended. One outer relay / webserver had a weaknesses that allowed hackers to learn information and a user was rewarded 500 ADA for this discovery. No user reported either files of the two core servers.

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ANP makes first block on mainnet during the first epoch where community pools can make blocks

In an emotional moment for me as I have been waiting quite long for the pool to produce the block yesterday ADA North Pool finally made a block. This means delegtors will recieve full rewards in epoch 210 as in the first epoch your performance will be 100% if you produce any blocks.

Pooltool verification of first block from https://pooltool.io/pool/0000fc522cea692e3e714b392d90cec75e4b87542c5f9638bf9a363a/awards
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Marketing Pool status updates

To newcomers to this space a few informational links

Our friends over at ADA Frog made two nice videoes on how to Maximize your rewards as a delegator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fe1GFrdh8U and what you should known before delegating to a pool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so06PULVdtI

Cardano.org has a lot of great information on how to get started with stake delegation: https://www.cardano.org/stake-pool-delegation/

Digitial fortress has also a good guide on how to in practice do staking and also some good recommendations for staking pools as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQtuopB9QK0

Also to get a feeling for what Cardano is all about I think my own compilation of a few of Charles Hoskinsons words during the last year sums it up pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75YS1hEpZNY

For my own pools you can see the hardware I am running here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj117hg3HUI
And an intro of some of my work here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrGaSI0XgQo
Finally here is a small presentation of me as a stake pool operator:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Sl75AWCEUJxesNlfEchQXzSul7o6K2G9DVCAB9VP4sY

If you want to consider delegating to ANP / ANPNL and also want to reach out to me I have a telegram channel as well.
https://t.me/adanorthpool (requires Telegram)

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General security

ADA NORTH POOL modernize server software / 2nd pass over security

In preparation to the soon first block producing epoch (granted after some delays) I have modernized software to be as up to date (for example only latest long term support distros) and had a 2nd pass with a critical eye on security. We also made several optimizations so everything is as rigged and ready as can be. Security is certainly nothing I will ever be relaxing on and I am constantly trying to evolve in this area to have as much safety as possible. While I wish I could detail all the new security enhancements I have added the fact is that another security measure is to have as much hidden information as possible when it comes to security measures. Hopefully this is understandable.

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ANP removes public monitoring

Out of an abundance of safety measures I have withdrawn monitoring of some of the relays though the public. While I truly love to make everything as transparent as possible I also have to consider security at every step. Initially when I made the monitoring I also considered the security measures and made sure to only monitor what was safe and in a way that was safe. However I have recently got some convincing arguments that make me adjust my stance. Feel free to get in touch with me if you think the monitoring service is very important to you as a delegator and I will try to look at my options.

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ANP / ANPNL participated in The Cardano Effect episode 100

During the hard fork party that was later termed “the fork of July” I participated in The Cardano Effect episode 100 representing ANP/ANPNL. Link to episode 100: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tEbLDCDHSk

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ANP / ANPNL Security competiton / contest

ANP / ANPNL is offering a security competition or you could call it a contest where I will pay 2500 ADA if you can reach the proof file and tell its content and notify me how to fix the security vounerability. An additional 2500 ADA is there for the taking if someone can actually reach the core server (adanorthpoolserver) and diclose the proof located in teh securitycore folder and tell me how to fix the vounerability. This is a first come first serve offer so whoever discloses to me first the proof will recieve the reward and no additional rewards will be given to 2nd to report in the vounerability. The forum thread https://forum.cardano.org/t/ada-north-pool/29983 will be updated if there is a winner.
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General Hardware Media Pool status updates

History in the making – the dawn of Shelley

Yesterday was a very busy day for me at ADA North Pool. We created the staking pool ANP on the main net at 20:45 Eastern Time the 29th July or the “fork of July” as some of the SPOs have started calling it. I was also on the 100th episode of The Cardano Effect where I said little sensible things and cheered with my Cognac. I was quite tired at that point with 2 weeks of hard work and driving home to operation center. We registered ANPNL on the 29th but had some problems and some users reported not seeing the pool so we resigned it (sceduled for resignation in epoch 209 one epoch from the current 208 epoch). A new pool was registered today the 30th and this is the one you should delegate to. I hope this has caused little trouble for delegaters, but it was better to do it now early than later. Also I made a small video to the community about the dawn of Shelley:

Allready 1.1K views.

All in all a good days work.