A number of interesting topic about crypto ledgers and compliance with EU data regulations have emerged over the past few months. On the negative propaganda side of Crypto we have warnings about investments in crypto. These fall under the category of “get rich quick” schemes. Just about all are a nexus of vapourware initial coin offering (ICO) buyer be ware fraudulent schemes. On the positive propaganda side of Crypto, we have bitcoin recovering from it’s latest low, new banking entities or technology firms looking to graft blockchain into their latest business scheme or hiring blockchain programmers to fill seats. Are they really contradictory forces, orRead More →

The iPad March 27th, 2018, Apple held an education focused event at Lane Tech College Prop High School, in Chicago. I suggest you have a look at the keynote over at Apple’s website if you missed it. The long and short of it, is that Apple released an updated iPad with Apple Pencil support and a renewed focus on teachers and students. Apple hardware and software focused squarely at the middle class price opint. I believe Apple aims to bridge the way teachers and students use devices outside the classroom, to modernize teaching. The iPad price point and pencil suppose being critical to that access.Read More →

In November of 2017 Hans M. Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) released an update to the NNSA’s New Nuclear Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan. It is always a good idea to quickly go over the major super powers nuclear stockpiles and policies, especially in light of their aggressive rhetoric about the nuclear ambitious of other countries. Not only is the size of their nuclear arsenal impressive, it is the diversity and capabilities of these doomsday weapons that boggle the mind. Recently, with the Russian diversification of their nuclear capabilities sending shockwaves throughout the world in March 2018, it is important to put their claimsRead More →

It is now 2018 and the crypto currency and blockchain technology world of 2017 is securely behind us… But that doesn’t mean the blockchain ride us over. Followers of the crypto evolution will note that we are going through another calm period before the next storm. You may be saying right now, “This is calm?”. I expect the next crypto storms will happen in the following way this year: Tax season – February, March. Depends on the country or how complex your taxes are, but Tax season is when people realize they have money to burn, have to spend money to reduce their tax burden,Read More →

In the darkest recesses of authoritarian dystopia, an existential threat to blockchain technology lurks. It is the revoking of net neutrality. As Satoshi Nakamoto described in his paper “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” “Proof-of-work is essentially one-CPU-one-vote. The majority decision is represented by the longest chain,”…”that the probability of a slower attacker catching up diminishes” as long as “nodes always consider the longest chain to be the correct one and will keep working on extending it” and payment verification is achieved by “linking it to a place in the chain, he can see that a network node has accepted it, and blocks added after itRead More →

It’s that time again when I need to select a new tower server as network capacity has reach close to 80%.  I love and hate this part of infrastructure maintenance, but I’d love it even more if I didn’t have budget constraints. I love researching the latest and greatest server technologies available for 2018, but at the same time I have to wade through all the marketing and product differentiated pricing to get to the information sweet spot. It takes hours of research to arrive at an informed decision. What I am looking for is a virtualization server with the following base specifications. 8-16 bayRead More →