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I had an idea that I would run a staking pool, so did lots of preparation. I bought a Linux computer and installed all the software. I got Nix installed and compiled the Jormungander client. Bits of it didn't work immediately, but after a bit of fiddling I got it all working. In the end I went with the Rust client, no NIX. The computer won't be used for anything else, so NIX seems to be overkill.

So what's happening now?

Well there were various complications; my node kept going down, and got forked a couple of times. I also had trouble with the firewall. I think the download speeds were a bit low as well, because I always seemed to be lagging. I didn't sort out a fixed ip address, so that could cause trouble from time to time. I started an Ocean Droplet and got the software installed, but I haven't found it to be better yet. So, since I felt I would not be able to do a full staking pool justice, I just run a pool and keep it private. The node runs, it stays in sync most of the time, and I put my own ADA in there. I can't open it to the public until I am happy with the technology.

Who am I

When I am in the forums I just call myself "Kevmate" because I thought that in the age of decentralisation the more of us that are hard to trace the better. Its not that I need to remain anonymous. I'm sure I could be traced easily, but nobody has to trust me so its not a big deal.

The history

In 2013 I heard about bitcoins, and I bought a couple. Yes, like everyone else who bought bitcoins in 2013, I wish I had bought more. But anyway, I had two. The good news is that I put them in a wallet and forgot about them, no selling, no problems with Mt Gox, all was peaceful.

In 2017 I heard Charles talk about Cardano, and I was sold. I swapped my Bitcoins for ADA as soon as I could work out how to do it, which was not long. I put my ADA in a Daedalus wallet, and it was happy there.

The plan

When I am at work I am a Developer, and at home I have an office and a fast fibre internet connection. I can run a staking pool from here. I have collected enough ADA, and got together with a few like minded friends, so I could fund it with my own ADA easily enough.

Up time

At the moment I am running a test pool. I have a high speed high availability internet connection. Originally I was going to use a Macbook as a server, but that is being used now for a Bitcoin full node serving Lightning channels. One day Cardano will link to Lightning and I want to be there early, but if not I am a believer in Lightning as well. The staking pool is not great. It lags behind the chain all the time, and has forked once. The group have staked our own ADA in it, but it is not open to all. Up time is about 100%, but performance in terms of availability to produce blocks is poor. Occasionally up to 48%, normally 10% or less. We will get better.

This website

I started off creating this website because I heard Charles say that you didn't really need a website to run a staking pool, but it would help. Well, I thought I would create a website and it would serve the dual purpose helping people understand what Cardano is all about and attracting them to my pool. The pool is delayed, but there is still lots of information here that can help people. I have been investigating Marlowe and Plutus smart contracts and a lot of quite detailed information is building up about how they work.

To be honest one thing led to another and before I knew it I had a lot to say. Its been a lot of fun (OMG I think Charles says that). Well I expect I can help the community. I'm quite technical and I have learned a lot about cypto-currency. And I think Cardano rocks.

I hope you enjoy the read.


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This website was created by Kevmate. Its all my own work. Contact me by emailing me at kev@kevmate.com