On the Importance of UX in Decentralized Applications

July 29th, 2018

Have you heard of Mastodon? It’s a decentralized and open source twitter-like platform using open standards such as ActivityPub to function. Among many other features, it has no ads and a chronological order feed. In short, it’s awesome. I’ve tried to explain to my wife the concept of Mastodon. “It’s like Twitter, but you can install it on your own machine. And you are not isolated, if somebody installs their own Twitter, my Twitter can communicate with their Twitter”. Her reaction was like: […]

First VR Toy Project – Katana and Scabbard

June 19th, 2018

As an Aikido practitioner, I find the possibilities of VR very interesting for introducing new people to Japanese martial arts. Here’s a toy demo made in two hours. I’m hopeful I’ll find some time to expand this into a full game at some point in the future…

Oculus Rift – First Thoughts

May 6th, 2018

I bought an Oculus Rift. Like with most technologies, I’m usually a “late adopter” (for developer standards) since I enjoy more tested products and lower prices. I was quite impressed. Although the video resolution is still far from HD, you are tethered via cable and need several tutorials to get the hang of the touch controllers, the experience is amazing. No doubt, this is the future of videogaming. If you can fork out the money to buy a serious gaming […]

Yes, productivity goes up when working remotely

April 5th, 2018

I’m not going to write a long post about the debate on whether people working from home are more productive. I’ll let this article about a 2-year Stanford controlled study do it: https://www.inc.com/scott-mautz/a-2-year-stanford-study-shows-astonishing-productivity-boost-of-working-from-home.html In short: 500 employees were divided into two groups One group working at the office, the other at home Telecommuters worked the equivalent of an extra full day of work, attrition decreased by 50 percent, they took shorter breaks, had fewer sick days, and took less time off. […]

Denial Phase of Crypto

March 15th, 2018

I heard about Bitcoin and started accepting donations for some of my projects sometimes around 2011. The page about PokerMuck still reports the 0.53 BTC that were raised to support it (a little less than $30 dollars at the time). I mined about another 0.5 BTC during that time, which I all lost in the Mt.Gox hack. In hindsight it’s been amazing to witness the life of cryptocurrencies. I wasn’t old enough to remember the craze of the dotcom era, but […]