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ADA NORTH POOL HAS BEEN AQUIRED BY NORWEGIAN BLOCK EXCHANGE

Norwegian Block Exchange (NBX) has recently aquired ADA North Pool (Ticker: ANP) and its assets in an ongoing process to support and build the Cardano community in the Nordic region. 

ADA North Pool has been part of the Cardano ecosystem since the first testnet and is probably the first and largest staking pool in Norway. 

The staking pool will remain running with local bare metal hardware at one of the most northern parts of the world and by the now newly appointed head of staking operations Eystein Hansen, one of the worlds first staking operator and active part of the Cardano community. 

Norwegian Block Exchange intends to remain an active part of the Cardano Community and participate in the ecosystem such as in voting in Catalyst and help foster the community in the Nordic region.

  • What does this mean for you as a delegator?
    For now little has changed. You can still delegate to the pool and it will still be operated by me (Eystein Hansen) and continues running on local hardware supporting the decentralized ecosystem. For those who hold Ada on the NBX.COM exchange you can soon choose to delegate to ADA North Pool from the exchange itself as well.
  • What does this mean for you as a staking pool operator?
    It means I can go full time into cryptocurrency as I will be working at Norwegian Block Exchange as head of staking pool operations starting February 2022. This in turn means I will have time to commit to the Nordic Cardano community, as well as the cryptocurrency community at large.
  • Will the pool still be active in the community ecosystem such as voting? 
    Absolutely. NBX sees clearly that staking pool operations has potential in the community to help further it, and thus create value for its delegators. This means we are likely to be involved in voting and contributing in the discussions with community members on projects in the Nordic region first and foremost. 
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ADA North Pool Progress report 2020-2021

For newcomers to this page I have sticked the progress report for 2020-2021. It should give an overview of where the staking pool has been and where it is headed. I hope you will find something interesting and perhaps even decided to support me with your delegation. We are such a great ecosystem and there are many worthy staking pools out there. All I recommend is that delegators research on staking pools they want to delegate to as to pick staking pools that are contributing to the ecosystem in some form.

Here is the link to the progress report:

https://adanorthpool.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ANP-Progress-Report-for-2021.pdf

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ANP DONATES 25000 NOK (ca 3000 USD) TO CHARITY

Following up on the summer charity I have today transferred 25000 NOK to the Child habilitation center autism/children with learning disabilities team. It was 10 years since the last time they had received such a donation and they said they would update on the spending of it later and where very happy about it. I want to thank all the delegators and Cardano Foundation who also have delegated to me in this period so it was very easy choice for me to be able to donate to a cause that has a lot of personal meaning to me. You are all part of this donation.

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ADA North Pool video on World Mobile

As I wrote in my yearly report ANP is investing in World Mobile Token to help support World Mobile. In that regard I have also made a small informational video regarding World Mobile that could be useful to my delegators to understand better the World Mobile project.
Video link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcZ8KeabeKo

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ADA North Pool Progress report for 2020 to q2 2021

I always try to connect with my delegators as I see that as essential for running a staking pool. The progress report I have made this summer is a way for me to update my delegators not only on what I have done but also what I plan to do going forward. Ofcourse no plan survives reality just as it was planned but it should still give a good general indication of where I am trying to head with ADA North Pool.

Here is the link to the progress report:

https://adanorthpool.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ANP-Progress-Report-for-2021.pdf

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ADA North Pool summer charity

I am happy to announce ADA North Pool will give 100% of pool rewards this summer (epoch 278-283) for donations to a hospital autism center in northern Norway, I will donate 25000 NOK and cover the extra, incase they do not accept I will find another charity.

See also this video where I give some more detail on the project and why it is personal to me:
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ANP changes webserver

In an effort to optimize our server structure we have moved the web server and in the process doubled its capacity (cpu/ram/diskspace) while roughly halving the costs. We have also added more relays some are public and can be seen for example on adapools.com, and some are none public and will not be disclosed location/address.

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ADA North Pool to help focus on the whole Cardano ecosystem starting with Ergo

Cardano is not just Cardano. It is an ecosystem of not only users but of cryptocurrencies utilizing its platform and really this is the 3.0 version of cryptocurrencies where they collaborate and together find use cases. In that regard I want to as an SPO of Cardano to highlight some of the very interesting collaborations going on and currently in particular with Ergo. In that regard I have so far written a small article on Ergo: https://adanorthpool.medium.com/ergo-use-cases-confirming-the-existance-as-a-long-term-viable-coin-3b4606a0d05a and also posted a small video clip on how to set up a windows based mining node for Ergo, as well as how to set up a node. More will follow soon 🙂

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Anp time synchronization troubles

Yesterday I discovered I had troubles with my main relay computer that used timesynchronization from Google as a single source of such synchronization. This caused blocks to be produced in the future and my relay failed to propegate blocks correctly. My main server computer used another undisclosed time server but given all blocks are routed through my main relay and another undisclosed relay I cannot rule out this to be the cause of 0 blocks this epoch so far. All relays and servers are 1.24.2 and all files have correct permissions (400) and all are synched correctly now. I appologize to my delegators for not discovering this problem sooner. My only excuse is it only became public knowledge yesterday google had troubles. For the future I will use multiple time synching servers across the globe to avoid this pitfall.

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ANP REDUCING COSTS AND PLEDGE

Due to many reasons ADA North Pool will reduce its pledge to 50K and will also reduce costs by removing redundant relays that are costing us as much as we are getting in rewards. By doing these drastic moves I hope to continue supporting the Cardano network with ADA North Pool for a long time coming and the reduced cost will now mean I only have electricty bills, 1 hetzner server, 2x internets at home, web server in cloud and maintainance of 4 computers to take care of. I am also likely to put my energy into coding and look into contributing to the growth of the network through this way hopefully. I still believe having a solid hardware foundation is the way to go for more advanced pool operators and would pave the way for more interesting network operations and code in the future so I am not abandoning the bare metal home server approach anytime soon.