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Defining DeFi on BTC with Clarity and Stacks 2.0
Follow the money Decentralized finance, or DeFi, is a big topic in cryptocurrency communities. Right now, DeFi Pulse shows there is just over $11 billion dollars of "Total Value Locked" (TVL) across 43 projects spanning 5 categories. This is up from $700 million dollars in December 2019 and only pas...
Decoding Discord Chats and Hangouts
Overview Here is an easy overview of how to use the Discord chat and hangout features for Blockstack Community Calls! Table of Contents The Community Voice Channel Joining the Hangout Controlling the Hangout Alternate View Video: Turn on Camera Sharing your Screen The Community Voice Channel This is...
Step 2: Running a Miner Node (Zero to Testnet Series)
NOTE! Phase 2: Argon is live! The second phase of the testnet, Argon, launched on 2020/06/03. As a result, there is a new configuration file, but the steps to set up a miner node are very similar. The instructions listed in this blog post were updated on 2020/06/23 to reflect the new steps required....
Step 1: Running a Follower Node (Zero to Testnet Series)
NOTE! Argon is live now! The second phase of the testnet, Argon, launched on 06/03/2020 so the instructions below are not 100% correct. You can see the differences on the Testnet website, mainly to the start command, but the post below will remain up as a general reference to both the process I ori...
Step 0: Virtualbox + Ubuntu (Zero to Testnet Series)
Background Some of this is covered on Blockstack's Testnet website, but I wanted to provide an alternate set of instructions from start to finish so that others can see how I did it. I am currently running a testnet node using Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS using only 1gb of RAM, so this configuration shou...
When in Doubt, chkdsk!
After years of working with Windows computers, this phrase has become a mantra of mine, and one of the few examples I can think of where a program has literally caused no harm in my experience. This is very impressive since I started using it with Windows 2000 and things have changed a lot since the...
Blockstack: How to -git- Involved
Now is a great time to get involved with Blockstack, and the main way to do that is through Github. There are three main organizations to pay attention to, as well as some of their repositories listed below. Please note: This information is current as of 2020/03/09. For the most up-to-date informati...
A Truly Forgettable User Experience
Synchronicity is beautiful. While discussing the UX of Blockstack Connect in Discord, I ran into the exact issue I was warning others about: users are not good at remembering how to log in. Unfortunately, I am part of this charade. Me. The guy with the encrypted file-based password manager synced ac...
A Day in My Life
For my first Sigle post, I thought I'd share a little bit of what my day to day experience is with my own technology at this point in time. It has taken years of trial and error to find a system that works for me, and it constantly evolves as I continue to learn. The Premise When I work with a clien...