Drupal / Bitcoin BIP 70 / PKI certificates

3 Nov 2014

BIP 70 provides a mechanism so that a customer can be sure that they are sending a Bitcoin payment to the correct place. Before BIP 70, the customer would simply be presented with a Bitcoin address to send the amount to. This address could potentially be tampered with so the funds get sent to someone else. It is also not very user-friendly to be sending money to a random collection of letters and numbers.

Drupal & Bitcoin

15 Sep 2014

Almost everything we do on the web will work better with autonomous blockchain technologies such as Bitcoin & ethereum because they allow systems to be built with unbreakable rules. Unlike Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Uber, PayPal or eBay, no executive authority can step in and say the rules don't apply to you.

Of all the blockchain technologies, Bitcoin is currently the most high profile. It is a massive area of growth in the startup eco-system.

There are not 1024 bytes in a kilobyte!

23 Jul 2013

According to the SI standard, there are 1000 bytes in a kilobyte.

There is another standard called IEC that has 1024 bytes in a kibibyte, but this is only useful when measuring things that are naturally a power of two, e.g. a stick of RAM.


Why management needs to understand the Drupal community to fully benefit from Drupal

3 Jan 2011

The slogan of the new Drupal website is:

Come for the software, stay for the community

This is the typical process by which people learn that Drupal's ultimate strength is its community, rather than its code base.

Websites are like human beings - any two websites can be very different and do very different things, but under the hood they are 99% the same. Any website (large or small) has very small unique code base, compared to the enormous software stack that it sits upon. Other components in the stack are typically: