Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Forbes article on the Bitcoin soap

    I recently posted a bunch of links about what I called the Bitcoin soap opera, now Forbes wrote an article outlining the same issues: Bitcoin Is At An All-Time High, But Is It About To Self-Destruct? Definitely an interesting read if you are at all interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, cryptocurrencies or just want to understand […]

  • The Bitcoin soap opera

    For those unaware of the politics behind Bitcoin as a protocol / software  (as opposed to as a currency, which gets a lot of attention every time the Bitcoin price soars), here are some links to get you started on Bitcoin blocksize debate, Bitcoin Core, SegWit (segregated witness), UASF (user activated soft fork), and AsicBoost: […]

  • Moving to Digital Ocean

    This website is currently hosted with Greenhost in Amsterdam. I am very happy with their service, but since I have moved to South Africa and am earning Rand instead of Euro, I need to cut costs. So I’ll be moving to Digital Ocean, who offer a comparable VPS, with more storage, for about half the […]

  • Website downtime

    Website downtime

    If you tried to visit this site in the last month or so, you saw the WordPress Error establishing a database connection screen, which is never a good thing. It took me a while to figure out, but a table in the DataBase of the website was corrupted. Luckily StackOverflow came to the rescue: mysql […]

  • Using ProtonMail

    I’ve started using ProtonMail with the new e-mail address: dimitri.dhuyvetter(at)protonmail.com. For now I haven’t switched my existing e-mail address to Proton, but I might in the future. If you have ProtonMail, please use the new address if you are using ProtonMail. Or if you want to try it out, the basic account is free: ProtonMail […]

  • New approaches to PGP key servers

    I’ve been a long time fan of PGP encryption and played around with it. If you want to send me something encrypted, you can find my key here. As encryption is slowly moving from a geek/paranoid hobby into the mainstream, it is interesting to see how different people and organizations are trying to make PGP […]

  • Bitcoin Africa Conference

    Bitcoin Africa Conference

    The first Bitcoin Africa Conference in Cape Town on 16 and 17 April was a big success. It brought together an impressive line-up of speakers, including Gyft co-founder Vinny Lingham and Bitcoin Foundation board member Brick Peirce to name but two. The conference was held overlooking the Waterfront with its fishing boats, seals and sailing […]

  • Building a Bootstrap based WordPress theme

    At the Brussels WordPress Meetup in November I gave a very short presentation on building a custom WordPress theme based on Bootstrap, using Roots. I think the slides are pretty self explanatory, it is mainly an overview of resources. Included in the presentation are some screen shots of my own website and the Prince Albert […]

  • The revenge of JavaScript

    When I made my first steps in web development over ten years ago, in 2003 to be exact, of course I also learned JavaScript. It was the early 00’s and XHTML and CSS where still relatively new. It was also the time IE6 was the most used browser, which even prompted me to sign a […]

  • Responsive Web Design

    Searching for Responsive Web Design I found this great article on A List Apart: Responsive Web Design which dates from May 2010 which just shows how much ahead of the curve they are. In 2013 everyone is talking about and doing Responsive Web Design, Mashable a year ago talked about Why 2013 Is the Year […]

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