Where we started
Source_Code and I met on Discord. We were looking at some of the same things and teamed up after chatting for a little. We tinkered a little at first, and Source_Code built a POC monitoring script that included some of the base helium container functions. I relearned the little I knew re-writing it as a lite version.
We started editing the miner’s sys.config and testing the results with others who were doing the same through github and discord.(You might recall the Helium or your manufacturer’s announcement about returning the sys.config to the form related to the release being run, this was one of the discoveries we made during our first Firmware update experience while tinkering with the miner files and software) This led us to the idea that we could do better than what we had seen so far. One night we were talking about random things and Source_Code mentioned he could fit 5 more miners or something like that on the raspberry pi miners we’d been tinkering with. I think in January 2022 this would have sounded insane to most people, but we’d done so much in such a short time, and Source_Code had produced every time. We’d have an idea, I’d dig up every bit of resources I could find on the subject or code base etc, and a few days later source would bring our idea to life. So, when he said he could do it, as crazy as the concept might have been back then, I had 100% faith he could do it. So, I started searching for a way to bring the idea to everyone and not just a few guys who built it, and the people they knew. We discussed 1000 possibilities, and figured out the ones we could manage to assure we were able to produce the best miner on the market, with the best earning potential for anyone from the new helium user to the experts. I think we tested 3-4 different brand’s hardware 2-3 different OS’s, 3 Lora Module Cards, and quite a few DIY, Self-Built and Forked Firmware packages.
A Better Mining Experience
Strangely enough we just bumped into each other on a Discord for a manufacturer, where we were both looking for ways to do more with our new miner. We ended up partnering up after about 2 hours of chat on the discord channel, found out we were both in Florida though about 9 hours apart, and then we started opening up the miners and tinkering as a team. It’d been about 15 years since I’d used linux, and over ten since I used unix, so Source-Code had to walk me through a few things once I’d gotten into the system and gone through the available miner commands. He built the first script we used for POC analysis HMC.sh Helium Miner Checker. And he really loves this kind of stuff, the data etc, so as he continued building it up, I forked a lite version and retaught myself editing the scripts and running them.
Soon after, we ended up joining a github issue group that was studying some of the same things we were looking at, at the time, and found others in the various communities doing the same. So, we used that sub-community to get a wider test base for certain alterations we began making. Somewhere after the network adjusted issues in POC with some of the same edits we’d used we started tossing the idea around that we could do this better than what we were currently using.
Alcrymist was born
It all goes back to the first Script and the successful tests we ran on it. We’d have ideas and they’d become real. So later when we couldn’t think of a name, I thought of Alchemy which has many variants but boils down to making something new out of something that is already there. Like the way we had taken Ideas and Brought them to Life. And since that change was the central part of alchemy and crypto is already new itself I thought to combine them into a new word Alcrymist Source picked the final spelling, and the company name we both came up with The People’s Miner Team, because it wasn’t just us part of the people’s network building the miner but also the company we were partnering with. Our Partnership was just one of those meant to be things I guess. We’d made a working version of the firmware, and were ready to find partners, we’d already considered building it top down, but knew how long that took so we sought out approved hip-19 vendors. COTX was the perfect match, they’d just announced their interest in offering multi-mining, they had the same style hardware we’d been testing on RPi 4 and though we reached out to others we’d hoped it’d be COTX from the first time we looked at their dashboard and web management portals. They’re approach was unique and different from everyone else’s just like our ideas were. Honestly, COTX has been wonderful to work together and create with this whole time, from their first response they’ve matched our energy and dedication to the entire HELIUM IOT project.