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Optimizing Decrypto’s WordPress Install

February 10, 2019

I’m obsessed with optimizing my websites for performance. In this post, I’ll share a few tips and tricks that I use to make sure Decrypto loads quickly. Before we get into the optimization tips, here are two examples of Decrypto’s load time–277 ms for a text-heavy page and 0.6s for an image-heavy page.

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SubstratumNode v0.4.2 Speed & Performance Test

January 31, 2019

Recently, I published an article on CryptoSlate about SubstratumNode v0.4.2, where I performed a series of speed tests to gauge the performance of the network. The technical details about the test were included in an early draft, but were omitted in the final revision due to the lengthiness of the technical jargon. This article is meant to serve as an accompaniment to the CryptoSlate article for people who wish to know more about the test configuration.

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Shot on iPhone

January 29, 2019

I’ve always been a proponent of shooting photos with a “real camera”. Over the years, I’ve owned and used a number of real cameras including a Nikon D200, Fujifilm X100, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujifilm X100S, and most recently a Fujifilm X-Pro2. I also own a vintage Leica M2-R, but that’s a story for another day. The point is I never saw my iPhone, the camera that is always in my pocket, as a “real camera” – at least not until a few days ago.

So, what changed?

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Huobi is in Financial Trouble →

January 26, 2019


Have you ever heard the expression ‘hope for the best and prepare for the worst’? Chinese cryptocurrency giant Huobi, a former ‘big three’ exchange, is doing exactly that. Although the exchange is a profitable business that still makes money every month, they are laying off staff and preparing for the worst amidst this current bear market.

A little known fact–Huobi had a Global Writers Program consisting of 90 or so freelance writers. The purpose of the program was to leverage freelancers’ skills and audiences to spread Huobi-related content for link building and other SEO purposes. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially considering the fact that we were given the freedom to express our real opinions. In exchange for our posts, we were compensated with a certain amount of Huobi Token (HT) that corresponded with our tier–writers with larger audiences received more HT. Here are a few examples of posts I wrote for Huobi.

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