A thing I made: Turtlecoin to USD calculator
I’ve got a soft spot for cryptocurrencies, but they’ve all seem to have gone a little mental in the last year. For nearly all coins, mining is no longer a viable alternative as the difficulty and energy requirements are too much for humble amateurs.
However, there is one coin that I’ve been mining for a little over a month on a nothing more than free cold air from our attic and an old Linux box that is getting me about 750H/sec between the CPU and the GPU. Turtlecoin is its name, and at the time of writing, I’m sitting on 158676.00 of them and getting between four to seven thousand a day.
Of course, I am not blind to the fact that this will be costing money and so I am curious to know how much (vaguely) their approximate value in US dollars is. Working this out is not a hard calculation (whilst not complex) is a pain in the arse. Turtle is a very new coin and so is not listed on many exchanges, and CoinMarketCap doesn’t have it listed which means I have to get data from A, data from B and smash them both together.
As a programmer, this inclines me to write something, and today I did just that - a TRTL (turtlecoin) to USD calculator. It was a perfect excuse to play with Elixir and get to know some things I’ve not really used in anger, namely Agents, Tasks and channels.
Here’s a screenshot so that in the inevitable future when it’s all deleted and broken, I can remember.