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All my posts and stuff.

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NixOS torrent [19w]

on Nov 04, 2017

I made a torrent for the latest version of NixOS. Give it a bit o' love, if you please :)

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Life happened again [57w]

on Oct 25, 2017

Isn't it funny how that happens? -_-

But anyway: I haven't given up on this blog just yet. Once I find more stuff to put here I will do so.

Not much else to say for now. Cya around!! ^_^

Edit: Just realized my toc is borked up. I'll fix that at some point.

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Giving LBRY a try [390w]

on Jun 27, 2017 · 1 min read

If you haven't given LBRY a spin yet, here's a quick summary:

It's a decentralized content distribution network much like Bittorrent. Unlike Bittorrent, though, a currency system is involved--LBRY credits. This allows content creators to (optionally) charge for their work. The minimum charge is 0.1 LBRY (about $0.06 or €0.05 at time of writing), although prices will vary (obviously).

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NixOS is pretty cool (also: I'm back!) [153w]

on Jun 03, 2017

Sorry for being away for awhile--life and stuff happened.

But I did come across (and finally try) NixOS, a new-ish Linux distro with some pretty cool features. I'll let a snippet of the distrowatch page do the talking:

In NixOS, the entire operating system, including the kernel, applications, system packages and configuration files, are built by the Nix package manager. Nix stores all packages in isolation from each other; as a result there are no /bin, /sbin, /lib or /usr directories and all packages are kept in /nix/store instead. Other innovative features of NixOS include reliable upgrades, rollbacks, reproducible system configurations, source-based model with binaries, and multi-user package management.

Installation was pretty painless (on a VM at least), and an instruction manual is even included. The site is here if you want to give it a spin.

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Another Another Decentralized DNS system [94w]

on Apr 20, 2017

I swear, this blog (zero-blog? zlog?) is becoming a 'hey, look at this thing I found' list. I don't think I actually mind that, though.

But anyway, DNSSB is a DNS system based off Secure Scuttle Butt (stop laughing). It's an append-only cryptographically secure gossiping protocol, which makes it ideal for a drop-in twitter replacement, among other things. Read more about the mini social network built around it here, and more about the concepts behind it here. It's a fairly neat read, and I'd highly recommend it.

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Another Decentralized DNS system [137w]

on Mar 05, 2017 · less than 1 min read

I just stumbled across a DNS system called dename, which (if it works) could offer the same functionality as Namecoin--without a blockchain. Yes, really.

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I have keys now [198w]

on Mar 04, 2017

I've made myself some keys for signing things. One is an offline only key (11A3490E), which I will use only for managing my other keys, and the other (7A8ED964) will be my main key. I've used the offline one to sign both the my main key and its SHA3-512 checksum, and have put all relevant files here:

Main public key

SHA3-512 of the key (for verification)

Offline key (for verifying the main key only)

Offline key's signature of the main key and of the above hash

Again, I will be using the offline key only for managing other keys, the main one (7A8ED964) will be used for everything else.

I don't know if the lengths I went to were too excessive (or perhaps not excessive enough), but I'm fairly sure my arrangement is alright. Please let me know if you have noticed a mistake, or if you want to sign keys.

Edit: made my main key available here for convenience.

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The stability of Zeronet [804w]

on Feb 23, 2017 · 3 min read

A day or two ago, someone on the forums brought up concerns over Zeronet's resistance to attacks and takedowns, specifically regarding its reliance on trackers. My original response is still there (quoted in somebody else's comment), but I've also moved it here for two reasons: so that I can elaborate on it, and to save precious space on Zerotalk. Here it is:

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Moderation is hard [WIP][1,385w]

on Feb 19, 2017 · 5 min read

xkcd #1357

There is an ongoing conversation about how to moderate content on zerotalk. It's proving to be pretty complicated (as it always has been). When trying to balance free expression and quality control, having both is really hard. I've made a list of things that should probably be put into consideration. Keep in mind that this list is not complete or absolute in any way:

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Here comes dat Dat! [282w]

on Feb 16, 2017

While prodding around on the internet, I recently came across Dat--a secure, decentralized data storage system.

If you're thinking that seems familiar, I did too: It sounds an awful lot like IPFS. But after a bit of reading, I found the main difference: the storage is mutable. This means that it's not content-based addressing anymore, but the ability to modify shared data will certainly have its own use cases. It seems robust enough that you could probably reimplement Resilio or Syncthing on top of it with little to no loss in functionality. It might even be possible to use it as a full or partial backend for Zeronet itself, potentially solving the large files problem!

I really don't know why I haven't come across it before--the metrics suggest that it's even more popular than IPFS, yet I see so little hype over it here compared to IPFS. Strange.

One other thing: there is also an experimental browser built off similar ideas--it even does IPFS sites too. If you're running not-Windows, you might wanna give it a try.

Edit:: I just realized that I was comparing Dat with IPFS's Javascript implementation, not their main Go one. My bad. When comparing both projects' main versions, IPFS defiantly gets more attention (makes sense). Still, Dat looks like it has a lot of potential behind it--and unlike IPFS-JS (which is still in alpha), Dat is pretty much functional as of now. I think that it's still worth checking out.

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List of unique domains [70w]

on Feb 08, 2017

The way zeroname is sorted makes finding unique sites a bit of a pain--so after a bit of tinkering with Excel, I managed to create a list of unique domain names. It's 795 entries long, as opposed to the 1435 entries before deduplication. You can view it here. I'm planning on whipping up a way to automate this process, and will post it here when I can.

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Getting a custom address [613w] [old]

on Feb 01, 2017 · 2 min read

My address begins with HEX, and that's not by coincidence.

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Cool stuff [122w]

on Feb 01, 2017

More will be added whenever I find new cool things to share.


Typescript: javascript plus extra awesome and minus some of the obnoxiousness. Personally, I like it even more than coffeescript (sorry nofish :).

elixir: higher level language designed for easily managing concurrency and large-scale multitasking.

rust: lower level drop-in replacement for C, but with functional-ness, extensive memory safety measures, package management, and a lot more.

go: mid to high level language with good thread management and package ecosystem, among other things.

haxe: toolkit/language that can cross-compile into C++, C#, Python, node.js, and more. Pretty neat.

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Contact me

on Feb 01, 2017

Zeromail: hexkey@zeroid.bit

Bitmessage: BM-2cT8UGDVaaJMzqBfVYgU9Y8RsGTWXB7Q4d

Note: please set the TTL slider to 7 days or more (if you can) for maximum assurance of delivery (but not for super long messages, please). Also consider looking at your Resend options in the Settings, or just keeping it short and simple to begin with.

Email: hecks-kee oh-three-sekz at pro-ton-mael dawt see-ach

[Note 1: translate this anti-spam gibberish accordingly.]

[Note 2: use you own protonmail account (if you have one) for extra security, otherwise you really should use my PGP key.]

PGP Key (more info here)

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