CASH CLAMBER (2012 - 2018)
Cash Clamber has morphed into Monero Mine. Why?
Jun 2018
RIP. Cash Clamber 2012 - 2018
John Ince
What was Cash Clamber anyway?
Since 2012 we've run a busy head to head gaming website based on our live and interactive web development framework. Users play head to head in a streaker game, against other worldwide users or our user bots. The aim is to build the longest winning streak playing a range of luck and skill based games. We'd longer games like Battle Blocks (tetris) and shorter games like Rock, Paper, Scissors and a host more. Every 30 minutes the winner received a bitcoin prize, that varied with bitcoin to USD exchange rates, but we tried to keep it at about $2 USD. The streaker game was reset every half hour and it repeated 365/24/7 for 6 years. We had thousands of users and played millions of games. We're proud of it's achievement in many ways.
RIP. Cash Clamber 2012 - 2018
Our streaker game showing the current leader board. Yer, it's looking a little 2014, since that's when we last updated the graphics.
A little Background on Bitcoin
As a CTO who's constantly reviewing and using new technology breakthroughs I can't think of a single other technology that made me thing WOW, what a neat idea. Maybe one other back in the day, 1993, when the first version of Visual C++/Studio v1.0 made it's debut. Such a breakthrough when previous version were ALL typing resource files and code in text editors. A unified IDE (Integrated Development Environment). This story isn't about this but shows how rare these moments are. To be fair maybe the only other close one was the iPhone3, a big jump in mobile phone technology. WOW.
RIP. Cash Clamber 2012 - 2018
Sorry had to dig out this gem from the past. VC++ v1.0 complete with manuals, 20+ 3.5inch floppy drives and a CD that was called MSDN (Microsoft Developers Network). In the days before you could google someone else's solution/code. RTFM and work it out ruled. Genuinely excited about this product back in the day and it was a big productivity help. We still develop on MS Windows with Visual Studio today, our cloud C++ webapp part that is.
Back to Bitcoin
After that little diversion let's return to Bitcoin. What got us so fired up? Both the concept and the function. Finally, in 2011, a solution to micro-payments. We'd looked at a variety of solutions for this to support Cash Clamber. We could send $2 in bitcoin to anyone, anywhere in the world with a tiny transaction fee and back in 2011 pretty quickly too (in under 30 minutes it was verified). If you look into the conventional fiat banking system, including PayPal, there are some countries that it's not even possible to send money to. You couldn't even send it because the amount is too small and the fees too high. Bitcoin, a great solution to micro-payments. Brilliant in conception, right down to the proof of work mining that powers the transactions. We loved it. It worked. We could finally pay our users tiny payments, but what's in it for us?
Why pay out Bitcoin? Are you mad?
Remember back in 2011 about $10 USD bought you a whole 1 BTC. Yup, a whole bitcoin. Remember this isn't, or wasn't, about Cash Clamber BUT it could appear as it was to our gaming users. How to attract lots of users to your website? Pay for advertising? OR perhaps let lots of folks know that the money you would have spent on advertising is being given away, FREE MONEY. It worked.

But again what's in it for us? Human testing. How can we test our core framework and live user interaction? How can we test our security? Let's deal with them one at a time. Human testing for bitcoin. Remember in our world we collect ALL our software errors, from the browser and the cloud, and importantly fix it up. We know where it's going wrong from the start and when we update. Our users automatically and silently generate our bug reports. It's the same in our business software since it's based on this technique. More users, more diversity, more issues to fix. In this way our software improves over time. Contrast this against your QA department.

What about security? When you raise your head above the parapet in the bitcoin world prepare for some serious hacking. Our security was forged in the blast furnace that is bitcoin on a server. Whilst other bitcoin sites were hacked and fell, Cash Clamber just kept on running. Partly to do with our unique architecture, we rolled our own secure, smart web sockets implementation with cool software handshaking and cross domain protection. We validate message payloads for parity and authenticity, we obfuscate absolutely everything in the browser, there's nothing on the server to steal that's not encrypted. So we've build a bouncy castle inside a fortress, the perfect blend of hardware and software. We log all our security events and investigate the attempt. That's how we've become seriously strong security wise. But what about the inside job? Someone at our hosting with access to our server? Nothing to steal. Any databases are fully AES-256 encrypted, you can't read or open them with a DB tool, with the key safely off the server. Since our cloud webapps are native c++ code only the binaries are on the server, with zero source code. How is any data vulnerable? It's not. No one has breached our defences, many have tried. I guess all we can say is, stick that in your GDPR pipe and smoke it. Full data protection, nothing of any value to steal. How's your online defences?
Did you Know there's More to a Browser than Boring Text
HTML over HTTP. Or in layman's terms hyperlinks and a document retrieval system. Most websites are boring. Modern browsers sport a range of new features that are built in. All our Cash Clamber games are simply HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for the front end however, for most games, the game logic is running in the cloud. Imagine the complexities of two users playing battle blocks (tetris) head to head. Remember in our world we have perfect state, since the game logic is in the same application data space as both users. It's simply application messages from the browser to server via a two way smart connection. We push live data back to the browser using this mechanism. We put a lot of effort into our application message handling and performance, we had to, for it to be good enough for live head to head gaming.

Remember our business applications use this same fast core. They use the same security model and they are human tested continually the exact same way as Cash Clamber. How well tested is your next generation software framework?
RIP. Cash Clamber 2012 - 2018
Battle Blocks, our tribute to tetris but head to head, two player action. Built with a modern browser, simple HTML elements, CSS animations and transitions, a sprinkling of JavaScript and a number crunching, native code, c++ web application in the cloud.
RIP. Cash Clamber 2012 - 2018
Rock, Paper, Scissors. Two player head to head. Same web applicaiton technology stack
RIP. Cash Clamber 2012 - 2018
Abduction. Cows in space. Is there no limits to what you can do in a web browser these days. How could we bring your business data alive using these technologies and our live, software development framework?
Bitcoin had Changed, the Start of the End
We were interested in Bitcoin for making micro-payments. This worked well for many years. Until Bitcoin was discovered by the masses and the FIAT value started to rise. In our belief, bitcoin became a commodity. Folks were buying, selling and riding the ascent. They were hoarding coin. As value rose so did the transaction fees. Using a moderate transaction free proportional to the micro-transaction simply took ages to process, since the miners prefer higher fees and process these first. It was not uncommon for a 30 day clearance period during heavy times. It's NOT what we bought into. Time to leave, but it's been coming for a while. A new generation of crypto-currency enthusiasts had been born. The profit mongers. Not at all interested in Satoshi Nakamoto's vision of a decentralised alternative to FIAT. Hence: GAME OVER.
Monero XMR
Monero is another crypto-currency based around blockchain. We, of course, liked the micro-transactions with low'ish fees, the anonymity, the concept of personal mining and making it difficult for syndicates to create mining pools. We can build a website where we can mine monero on our user's computer as they browse around. We harvest the XMR mined by the visitor's computer. We're not that clandestine though, or selfish, we tell them up front what we are doing. The concept is simple. We collect 1 XMR at http://moneromine.co.uk and then distribute the crypto to the highest miners. Here's the full blog https://projectpeach.co.uk/ProjectPeach/Default/Static/def/blog_40.html. Remember if you want to try this your anti-virus may object, at the very least your browser will warn you that your CPU/GPU is being used to mine for this session. But on the home page we've told you what we are up to directly. We support crypto, or the digital currencies that we believe in.
RIP. Cash Clamber 2012 - 2018
Monero Mine. A none advertising funded website with revenues derived from crypto mining
RIP: Cash Clamber. Long live Monero Mine!
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