When developing ideas into applications and projects, one question resurfaces over and over again: monetization. How do you monetize something without hurting the user base? Charging a fee to use a system creates a barrier to entry to the user and offering a free application with built in advertisements will hurt the overall user experience of your application. Users will flock to any well built and purposeful service which offers software for free while simultaneously giving a rich, ad free, user experience. The solution has thankfully appeared in the last few years, and that solution is blockchain. If we borrow a small amount of a clients computer resources while they are visiting the site / using the app etc, we can monetize in ways we never could have before. This monetization model will be the future of software applications. No charges, no ads, and a monetization method which focuses on concurrent users rather than ad clicks. Today’s advertisement practices encourage users to click ads, making ads more and more invasive while seeking that accidental click. Using block mining monetization will rid the internet of pesky ads and intrusive annoying popups.
Now you may be asking: how much of my computers resources will be used? Thankfully using the cryptonote lightweight mining protocol uses little resources to run, and can therefore be used effectively while only utilizing a small amount of a clients resources. Using this method the miner can only run while the web page is open, and the user does not have to worry about being a miner client when not running their browser. Still curious about just how much of an impact a browser based mining client will utilize? Have you noticed that this site loads slowly or freezes up your computer? I didn’t think so either 🙂
One of the key points to this monetization method is properly informing the users. In a perfect scenario we should alert the user that their system will be used, ask if they would rather opt out to see ads, otherwise collect a fee in order to run the service with no ads / mining.
I sincerely believe that this has the chance to take advertising by storm, if you would like to discuss this concept more please get in contact!
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Net Neutrality, a term you may have heard a lot in recent times thanks to the renewed attack on our civil liberties, is all about the control of the internet through ISP’s. Right now, for the time being, your ISP can not throttle your bandwidth to any website you visit, as it shouldn’t be able to. Net neutrality means that everyone gets the same access to the internet. Without it, we could see things like: not being able to use Youtube or Netflix because you didn’t buy a video streaming internet cable package, or Youtube not being allowed to operate without incurring fees in order to keep in the fastlane. This “slowlane / fastlane” setup means that ISP’s would have the ability to restrict bandwidth usage on any site they want, thus holding large sites like youtube hostage for fees otherwise users could be throttled. The internet was born out of basements and dorm rooms, it’s not a place where high barriers to entry should exist. If we have high barriers to enter the internet arena, it will hurt the active development and maintenance of the internet its self. By pushing out smaller companies, we will have less startups, less applications, less websites, and less opportunity. I’m here today typing to stand up for the things which make our nation prosperous and fruitful for all, not just the 1%.
Support net neutrality.
Support common sense economic practices.
Support each other.
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A cleaned up and shortened Powerpoint version of my drone build tutorial I did in a previous post. Was a collaboration with the DCC SHPE club. This presentation was for a live presentation with discussion and Q&A session on building your own drone.
SHPE Drone Build Presentation
This is why cutoff and failsafe settings are important!!!
(Also never fly high in acrobatic mode).
Thankfully the quadcopter was recovered (hence the video), with some substantial damage. But she’s fully repaired and flying again!
It’s been a rough summer for this bird!
Techweek NYC! A week long tech conference and networking even in the city! After maneuvering around midterms, talking with teachers, bosses, and people I have deadlines for, its safe to say that I’ll be attending this years TechWeek conference!!
Here’s a few pics from the show!
Lately with all the talk of VR headsets, and augmented reality, how can you avoid impulse buying one of the things for your phone? Unfortunately they offer basicially no support or even a list of supported devices. So with that, I gutted my nonfunctional vr viewer, put my own electronics inside to make a sweet new, cheap FPV headset!
LEGACY POST IMPORTED FROM (Jun 4th, 2015 1:39:02pm)
Fun with Robotics: W506-6/4/15 DCC.
Yesterday the DCC SHPE club did a presentation for the DCC C-STEPs “Technology at Work” workshop during their student success week. The presentation was on building a raspberry pi based rover for beginners. The presentation includes info on Linux, Python programming and raspberry pi. Check it out through the pdf below!
After the realization that my blog was seriously unkept, I decided to revamp everything. but specifically the blog. I decided to use some of the more advanced management features of wordpress to better manage and update posts for you guys (I know how long its been). Wish me luck, and enjoy.