New era of personal computing

On this blog I’ve talked a lot about blockchain technology recently. And while blockchains certainly are disruptive to how we use and agree on shared information, or run shared applications, they aren’t changing how we do general purpose computing, or personal computing.<!—more—> What is personal computing? Storing or reading private documents, storing emails or maintaining … Continue reading New era of personal computing

What is Urbit?

If you thought blockchain and cryptocurrencies are the most avant-garde or anarchist technologies of today, I will say you’re wrong. There’s an even bigger and bolder idea out there that I’ve been following for a while — it’s called Urbit. I must admit that I didn’t fully understand Urbit, until recently when I started playing … Continue reading What is Urbit?

Should developers be responsible for potentially harmful software?

With the recent news concerning the arrest of Marcus Hutchins — the security researchers who stopped the biggest-ever ransomware attack — I’ve been thinking (more than usual) about the ethics of software development. But before we go into that, who’s Marcus Hutchins and what did he really do? Hutchins, is a so-called security researcher which … Continue reading Should developers be responsible for potentially harmful software?