Blockchain Can End War This is a very difficult premise to start with. Can a technology solve the problem of war?
The plague of large scale violence is the manifestation of most of the world’s worst vices as a single catastrophic man-made event. Many intelligent people have opined on the causes of war over the years with few coming up with ideas and zero defining concrete solutions to those problems.
A Weed Delivery Service About 6 months ago I decided to take on the task of building a delivery app for the cannabis industry. Here are a few notes from the journey so far.
Why? I had just come off building software for Methadone suppliers. It tracked people coming off of harder opiates. As we all know here there is a very strong opiate problem in the United States. It has even caused the redefined CDC Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Pain.
Preface to Vehemenism Opening letter to future ultra-violent men.
We stand at a transition. Either at the bottom of a cliff we may ascend, or at the precipice of one we will be pushed from. This “we” is addressed to men alone. Only we are the ones presented with this unique problem. It is a problem of perspective and one that contains many recursive questions. The answer to these questions will ultimately decide whether or not the observer was indeed a man.
Test Drive: Mail In A Box TL;DR I set up Mail-in-a-Box and it was a quick and painless experience.
Preface I am tired of managing so many gmail and outlook accounts. Those $5/mo bills really eat at me. So I wanted to try something simple. I got goosebumps when I saw this and had to try it.
I’ll also preface that I was a professional email list manager and built an email service platform that was sending/receiving greater than 20 million emails a day.
Django And eCommerce TL;DR I setup Oscar as a demo ecommerce project in the previous post.
Preface Backstory I just finished a post about setting up eCommerce with Python Django and wasn’t totally pleased with the process. Also I don’t think it is fair to only demo a single application. I decided to give Saleor my second slot after talking with several people online and looking through its source. The parent company has a number of nice products which was confidence building.
Django And eCommerce TL;DR I like Python and want to use it for eCommerce, so I went through the well known products and settled on Oscar as my demo. It took a while to set up, but was pretty full featured. Python and Django still have to compete with short busses like wordpress and dump trucks like Magento, but I think these tools are ready for me to start pushing.
How To Install MapR Test Cluster This document covers my installation of MapR Converged Platform on an Ubuntu 14.04 cluster.
We are running on the DTAC private cloud so some of the screenshots will show our internal interface. All instances are running in a VM.
Most of this follows the suggested flow given in the lab manual from MapR. Initially I launched the cluster on CentOS 7.3 but that wasn’t supported and it failed.
Networking Transceivers This is all pretty new stuff for me. I have been a cat5 ethernet guy since the beginning. There was just never a need to push more data than what I was getting. But now with converged storage that need is quite apparent. After having deployed a MapR-FS and doing a speed test I realized where I needed to make improvements.
Again this page is mostly for my notes.
Encrypt Your DB Backups I’m mostly putting this here for my reference. I do this in multiple projects and always seem to forget where my instructions are.
Generate Keys From your user’s home directory:
openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 1000000 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout .ssh/backup_key.pem -out .ssh/backup_key.pem.pub
Fill out the questions appropriately. Or not. I don’t think it matters really.
That will create the public and private keys.
backup_key.pem - private key backup_key.
Why It Needs Help - My Letter This is an open letter to the Covered California website designer, administrators, bureaucrats and contractors.
Website Design and Usability I have several things listed below. Things I find to be of poor design or just plain broken.
You Don’t Got Mail! “Secure Mailbox (2)” even though nothing was in my mail box.
It randomly logged me out.
GO’ON CLICK ME IF YA CAN I am low on time for open enrollment and it gave me a “Pay Now” button in order to do it faster, but the button was broken.