Electron Cash: problem found in Bitcoin Cash wallet

Minor problem found with Electron Cash when you first start it
02 August 2017   2147

Is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen

Electron Cash, new Bitcoin Cash wallet released on Monday, 31st of July, is a hardfork of popular Electrum wallet. 

As Bitcoin split really happened yesterday, the users showed an urgent need in Electron Cash. However, as the team reports in its blog, a minor problem was found:


Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks

Thus, the problem occurs when Electrum Cash is started for the first time: the thing is that it will follow the wrong chain of the fork initially, the company details. The client is still completely usable, but it requires user action to select the Bitcoin Cash chain after first startup. 

Bitcoin Cash

A new cryptocurrency representing a hard-forked version of Bitcoin, different from it in the blocksize limits

According to the report, the problem seems to be that when Electron Cash doesn't find a local blockchain_headers file (which is the case on first start), it tries downloading it via http.

We forgot to change that url so it still points to a file that contains the legacy chain headers. When that file is downloaded, ElectronCash will disconnect from the BitcoinCash chain servers because they don't match what the downloaded file says. It then switches to using legacy electrum servers and verifies the headers and now follows the legacy chain.

Electrum Cash team

Electrum Cash team promises this will be corrected in future versions.

How to fix it?

According to the information provided by the developers' team, right after startup (or any time, really), go to the Network Window (it's reachable from the Tools menu or the Network indicator lamp on the lower right). On the Overview Tab of that window is a server list. If a chain split is detected (which should be the case), the servers are grouped by a branch id. Select the correct branch (the one that has servers electrum-abc.criptolayer.net and electroncash.cascharia.com) by right-clicking on the correct branch id (that long number with the @ sign in it) and select "Follow This Branch" in the popup menu that opens. Vuala, Electon Cash will then follow the BitcoinCash branch of the fork.

UCLA Blockchain Crypto Conference to be Held in LA

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers
17 February 2018   226

UCLA's Blockchain Lab and Far from LA are holding the Blockchain Cryptocurrency Conference, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers across SoCal, in order to foster both economic and educational progress. The conference will concern cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018.

Location: The University of California, Humanities Building, 415 Portola Plaza, UCLA 90095, Los Angeles

The headline speakers will include Kathleen Breitman, the co-founder of Tezos; Sandra Ro from UWIN Lab; David Moss from EOS; Jeremy Rubin, the Bitcoin core developer, and many more.

The agenda of the conference is as follows: the future of blockchain keynote, bringing humanity to the blockchain, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, blockchain's influence on the development of art and culture, blockchain in the music industry, government adoption of blockchain around the world, and more.