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Being Digital Series: Blockchain

What is Blockchain? It's being described in the same game changing way as the Internet was being described in the early 90's, people aren't sure what or how it will be applied, but it is ushering in a similar tectonic shift in the way the people and things verify and exchange information and assets. Blockchain fundamentally is based on two foundational elements:Asymmetric cryptographyDistributed systems.Leveraging these two technical components gives blockchain the ability to:Create records that are immutable Create transactions for exchanging information, assets or value that update those records Automate updates to the records via things or smart contractsBlockchain eschews centralized records in favor of decentralized distributed networks that work as a cooperative. Bitcoin is perhaps the most well known implementation of blockchain concepts, although there are many other applications being explored. For a quick overview of blockchain concepts, please see the video, Und…
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A National Park Roadtrip Around the Grand Canyon

The return of my blog takes a content turn. I’ll still be posting about technical topics that interest me, but I’ll also be updating this space with my Travelogue. Here is the first post pertaining to that topic.In August of 2014, we took a road trip to get a taste of the National Parks in and around Utah and Arizona. The purpose was to scout out where we would want to return and spend more time on a future trip.Flew into LAS on Alaska Airlines flight 616, Tuesday night. Stayed at the newly remodeled Tropicana. Nice rooms and really friendly hotel staff.We hotfooted it out of Vegas and had lunch in Springdale, UT, just outside of Zion NP. A great place called Oscar's Cafe. Our waitress Rachel, took care of us recommending a couple of menu items, I had the shrimp tacos, while others in our party had an Avocado Chip Burger and a Turkey Bacon Avocado wrap. Next time, I'm ordering the Avocado Chip Burger, it has Fritos on the burger!Since we would be visiting a bunch of NPs this t…

.Net Developer 2.0.2010.10.24 Workstation

Microsoft has released a slew of new tools in the past 3 months. I’ve captured a lot of what is needed to get going with VS2010. I’ve adopted the concept of adding products by Developer Role. For the initial post, I’m defining four roles:.Net Developer Role Silverlight Developer Windows Phone Developer Role Windows Azure Developer Role As new technologies get updated, my goal is to update this post. My hope is that this will be the foundation of building the next generation workstation to meet the next generation of development. There are quite a few things missing from this list, but it’s late, and I’m supposed to be cooking dinner..Net Developer RoleThe .Net Developer Role includes the basic tools and environment needed to design, develop and deploy .Net based applications in the Corona Ecosystem.Visual Studio 2010Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional is an integrated environment that simplifies the basic tasks of creating, debugging and deploying applications. Let Visual Studio…

Internet Airline News #15

New airline rules address tarmac delays, retroactive contract changes, disclosuresOur friends at the Transportation Department have unleashed a blizzard of airline rule changes on us this morning. They’re being characterized as an early Christmas present for air travelers — particularly those with lengthy tarmac delays. And the government is not done yet. But read the actual rule, and the DOT’s nuanced discussion of its final rulemaking (PDF), and a different picture emerges.DOT Mandates Passenger Bill of Rights and I’m Not HappyYesterday, the DOT decided to issue a final ruling that will effectively require airlines to have a passenger bill of rights. This includes a 3 hour limit on the amount of time you spend on the ground on a domestic flight. While I’m sure that Kate Hanni and friends are thrilled, I am not.Seattle startup gets 14 airlines to sign on to biofuel agreementMoving to cut dependence on petroleum for jet fuel, 14 airlines, including Alaska, have signed an agreement for…

Internet Airline News #14

Think a Lot of People are Using Wifi In the Air? Think AgainIn the past, airborne wireless usage numbers have been tough to come by. Wifi provider Row 44 has been more forthcoming than AirCell, but Row 44 has such a small footprint right now that it’s not necessarily indicative of broader numbers. Virgin America has said it’s seeing good usage, but you would expect that on an airline that targets the Silicon Valley crowd. Now, we’re getting some numbers from AirCell that indicate what most have thought - usage isn’t good.The problem with free in-flight internetFor a while now I’ve been a rather strong proponent of the theory that paid in-flight internet isn’t going to attract enough business to survive, at least not with the current pricing scheme.  I just don’t think that there are enough people out there willing to pay $8 or more per flight for the access that is available. [Ed. – Theoretically Alaska Air WiFi should not have this problem]United Airlines offers a free "try befo…

Internet Airline News #12

ROW 13: Why some airlines have it and others do notOf course this makes sense. There are a lot of passengers who fear flying and the number "13″ doesn't have the most positive thoughts attached to it. This explains why airlines have their entire fleets with or without a 13th row, but I wondered, why did Alaska Airlines have a 13th row in all planes except their Boeing 737-800's?Geoff Pettis, Manager of Interior Engineering with Alaska Airlines, cleared up my confusion…British Airways and Iberia Agree to MergeBritish Airways and Iberia have reached an agreement on a merger plan for the two carriers. If the merger occurs, the combined carrier would serve 205 destinations with 419 aircraft.American's Firing of Mr X Becoming a Social Media Black EyeThanks to the Mr. X incident, American Airlines is about to get a dose of what United recently experienced when it broke guitars - a wave of negative social media coverage. Not sure who Mr. X is? Read on, and see why I think th…

Internet Airline News #11

Vengeance? Karma? Bad luck? United loses the luggage of the “United Breaks Guitars” guyAfter famously breaking his guitar, United Airlines has managed to cause further trouble for David Carroll by losing his luggage — just as the Canadian singer-songwriter was en route to deliver a speech about customer service.Ontario Airport's High Costs Showcase Missed OpportunityJust last week I wrote about the anger increasingly being directed toward LA World Airports by Ontario Airport stakeholders. Now, it appears that Ontario is getting more serious as the city looks at potential alternatives for the airport, something that might involve taking management away from LAWA. Looking at some numbers, it seems incredibly clear that they should very seriously consider doing just that. Their costs could and should be dramatically lowered.If You Want to Try Wifi Onboard, You’ll Have Plenty of Free ChancesIt’s no surprise that when you make something completely free, people use it a lot more often t…

Internet Airline News #10

An Onboard Wifi UpdateI’m at the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) conference this week, and I spent awhile chatting with the folks at AirCell (provider of wifi fun) yesterday. That made me think it was a good time for a wifi update, especially since there has been so much news lately.The Safest Airlines to Fly OnThere's no accounting for terrible fate and random events, but The Daily Beast wants you to see how major and regional airlines rank in accidents and incidents. It's worth a peek before booking your next flight.Continental’s Overnight Excursion in Rochester, MinnesotaI haven’t commented on the ridiculousness that is Continental #2816 yet, and I’ve received plenty of emails asking me why that hasn’t happened. You know the flight; that’s the one where the passengers got stuck on their little regional jet all night long after diverting from Minneapolis/St Paul to Rochester, Minnesota because of bad weather. I decided to wait to write a post until I could get fu…