Archive for April, 2014

April 30, 2014

Storj – Dropbox for the Future

A lot of people are excited about a company called Storj. To some, Storj represents the “next-level shit” that bitcoin enthusiasts have been awaiting for years.

In a nutshell, Storj promises cloud storage that’s between 10-100x cheaper than Dropbox or Google Drive, and that’s 100% secure, encrypted, and decentralized. Which means that your files can’t be subpoenaed or viewed by anyone else but you.

But what’s really exciting and smells like “the future” is the fact that individuals will soon be able to rent out their spare hard drive space to Storj to make money. Think about it – since the data is encrypted, there’s no worry about having it peppered across hundreds of stranger’s hard drives. It also adds a layer of redundancy, so your files can never be “lost” or “deleted”.

If you want to dive deep into the details, this thread on the Bitcoin Forum is where all the action is happening.

Pretty cool stuff. Let’s hope Storj can meet everyone’s expectations.

April 27, 2014

My first weekend with the 3D Robotics IRIS

As alluded to in my previous post, I just picked up a multi-rotor remote controlled vehicle. And it’s awesome.

I managed to jerry rig an old Flip video camera to the front and record some test flights. The grainy footage and grating sound makes it seem like the IRIS is a piece of junk, but flying it is a completely different story. It’s stable, responsive, and a real thrill.

Here’s a combination of a few test flights in White Plains and Forest Hills. They’re pretty tame since I’m still terrified of crashing the thing.

When I get more practice (and a GoPro camera with stabilization gimbal) I’m hoping I’ll be able to take footage like this. This looks like a [Toby, earmuffs] shitload of fun.

Send in the drones!

How to fly a quadcopter

If you’re just getting into flying multi-rotor aircraft (me, for example) this is one of the most helpful beginner videos I’ve come across.

In related news, I just received my 3D Robotics Iris and it’s amazing. More on that to come later.

April 4, 2014

Embedding Posts from Bitcoin Megaphone

I just added a cool new feature to Bitcoin Megaphone. Now, each post’s permalink has an “embed” button, which lets you embed that post anywhere on the web.

This opens up the content to anyone who wants to categorize it or share it in new and creative ways. Enjoy!

While we’re on the topic, here are some of my favorite posts so far.