It’s sometimes hard to frame conversations around cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether. That’s largely down to the fact that no one can truly express what these things are, and what they mean to humans and our society. These are entirely new organisms that lack precedence. Is Bitcoin money? Is Bitcoin a network or a protocol? … Continue reading Bitcoin is not money
It’s a common misconception that the creator and/or the developers are in sole control of the blockchains they create, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. But in reality governance of blockchains involves different parties that act according to whatever incentive they have. In the case of the Ethereum network, it consists of various participants that all … Continue reading How governance works for the Ethereum blockchain
I’m really excited about the upcoming Drupal 8.5 release at the beginning of 2018. In the Workflow Initiative our goal is to include, in core, the rewritten version of the Workspace module. It’s been a long journey here, much longer than what I’ll be able to summarise in this short blog post. But the essence … Continue reading Plan to throw one version away, you will, anyhow
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
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?
This has been an incredible year so far. So much has been going on. My wife has been recovering from her surgery, international conferences, house renovation in Fitou, trips to Lanzarote, Paris and many weekends at other fun places. I’ve been happy to put my bike aside for a while. But heading into this winter … Continue reading My fitness goals for this winter
Last week I attended DrupalCon Vienna. And I must say, it’s been one of the better and most positive DrupalCons in a long time. The past 12-18 months have been really tough on the community. There’s been a lot of fatigue, doubt and uncertainty in Drupal 8 as a product, as well as other issues … Continue reading So long DrupalCon Europe!
How the web and it’s underlying technologies work is often not entirely obvious to everyone. It’s easy to take things for granted. In this post I’ll explain how linking on the web currently works, and a new better way to do linking on Web 3 – the next version of the web. Linking on the … Continue reading A better way of linking to web content
In about 3 months I’m celebrating 10 years as a member on drupal.org. That’s about when I started my professional career as a freelance web developer. It’s been such a great ride, Drupal and our community have truly changed my life. It’s been fascinating to be part of an industry that has changed an incredible … Continue reading What’s the future of web content management?
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?