Minimalist Design…Expression of Vision in Simple Terms.

I have a lot of experience in Information Technology spanning close to 30 years. It seems lately on many projects, one point gets overlooked. The simplest solution is most likely the best solution.

I have had a personal website since the sometime in the 90’s when most of my freelance work was done in print. My original websites used a lot of complicated 3D-modeled graphics, Perl scripts and pages of examples. I had hyperlinks all over the pages which probably didn’t get much traffic.

After y2k, if found Joomla… content management made easy. I maintained the Joomla site for a few years and then went back to college… this time for a degree in IT. My site reverted back to a manually coded HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript site completed as part of my classwork. Again, the site became cluttered, difficult to maintain, and overly complex from a maintenance standpoint.

WordPress has been around for quite some time. At the Cincinnati Enquirer WordPress was used for individual blogs maintained by the staff, and several servers were used to host the sites. I finally decided to start using WordPress to maintain my personal site in 2016, and will likely be using WordPress for years to come.

Why use WordPress? Themes make the overall design of a website simple and the look is always professional. WordPress is easy to learn, so staff can be easily trained to maintain a site, and all posts and pages conform to the template design maintaining the professional look. Sites built in WordPress are portable, you can export the site and move it to another provider with a minimal amount of work. WordPress sites are extensible, meaning that you can customize your template to fit your own needs.

My favorite point on why I personally like WordPress as a CMS, you can display your content in a professional format, quickly, cleanly and simply. You likely won’t need a bunch of flash graphics, or video clips to sell your idea. That is the real beauty of WordPress!

Crypto News and Crypto Facts…

It isn’t really clear cut. I read the articles on the “Crypto Blog Sites” and one thing is clear…  news and manufactured stories are both being peddled to the public. These sites are creating stories that blockchain technologists should already be aware of, in order to maintain public “awareness” of blockchain developments.

Not all of these stories are beneficial to “Crypto” development or implementation of the technology. Some give the false impression that the technology is more widespread in its implementation than it actually is. Some stories also give the false impression that new implementations will likely replace the cryptocurrencies already in use.

Keep in mind that cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology are 2 separate implementations of the crypto technology, and under the hood are quite different in their usage and implementation. Cryptocurrencies are public and permission-less, and distributed ledgers are private and permission-ed.

The motivation behind many of the articles being published on these sites is clear. Revenue and self-promotion. The publishers are generating revenue for their sites, and the writers are generating publicity and recognition for their own brands. The reality of these news sites is that the goal isn’t to credibly and honestly report on the developments in blockchain technology, but to put coins in the pockets of the site owners and the writers.

In order to discover what cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology really is about, don’t put your knowledge in the hands of the reporters, please be careful and do some research on the technology. My recommendation is to find the organization website for the technology you are interested in and learn the tech from the developers not the “reporters”.



Bitcoin is not an investment, it is currency!

I continuously hear people talking about investing in Bitcoin. The news of the day is about the exponential growth in value of Bitcoin, but there is the underlying misconception of Bitcoin as an investment tool. That is not really what the technology was designed for, but it is a property of the currency.

Read the whitepaper!! 

Bitcoin is designed to be an electronic cash system. It is not designed as some scheme to allow for quick returns on investments. The simple reason that the value of Bitcoin is increasing so quickly is that the users of the Bitcoin system value the cryptocurrency and are willing to put money into it. This makes the BTC a valuable  and so the price goes up.

There is no claim anywhere that Bitcoin should be used as an investment tool. Then, is there a claim that your dollars are an investment tool, or gold? A dollar is only a piece of paper, gold is just a hunk of metal. The thing that gives it value is the trust that people place on it and the amount of exchange value given to it by the people who want it.

So, the reason for this post is an article I read written by a fool!

My recommendation, only invest in Bitcoin if you support the technology and would like to see it advance. If you are going to put your hard earned last dollar in a safe place, put it inside your mattress.