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In 2008, the Global Financial Crisis and subsequent bailouts fostered an wave of mistrust and resentment towards Wall St and the wider financial system.

Many people felt the moral hazard, the idea that overleveraged institutions could be bailed out by governments for reckless lending, meant the system needed a fundamental rethink.

One of those people was Satoshi Nakamoto, who developed bitcoin on the idea that the control and ownership of money shouldn’t be centralised.

Fast forward 12 years and the DeFi revolution continues to challenge the centralised control of currency, slowing pushing it into the mainstream. …


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Two months ago, the Wall St Silver subreddit surprised markets by trying to drain the COMEX of silver.

They might have fallen short, but not before lifting the silver price about 20% from January 29 to February 2, before it dropped down to previous levels. Many people (including myself) assumed it was over, believing the market was too big to create supply shortages.

Two months later, I visited the Wall St Silver subreddit to see what they were doing and found this:


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Boomers, Millennials, Zoomers — we’re constantly talking about our generations.

These words influence the strategy of corporations, charities and governments alike, while the media and education system integrate it into our consciousness. Each name carries an expectation of how each group behaves, what they value, buy, watch and avoid.

It’s also led to a number of societal stereotypes, including the purpose-driven Millennial saving the planet (one like at a time), the materialistic Baby Boomer giving outdated advice to young people and the overprotected Zoomer getting life advice from TikTok.

But have you ever wondered why we label generations in the…


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One of the biggest features of blockchain technology is not trusting a central authority. As long as a central authority has the power to record transactions and define which are valid, there is opportunity for that authority to misuse that power and manipulate transactions.

The creators of Bitcoin and other decentralised blockchain projects recognised this, designing their systems to distribute trust across many actors in their economies.

These actors, usually called ‘miners’, are tasked with recording and grouping transactions into blocks, which are then added to the blockchain.

The process of adding blocks into the blockchain and choosing the most…


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A Small Correction: In this article I refer to Earth2 as a blockchain technology, however this is not the case. Question 82 on Earth2's FAQ page says using the blockchain is not a decision they have made yet.

When I first heard the term NFT in the news this month, the overwhelming narrative was: “People are selling digital art for millions of dollars! ThAt’S CrAzY!!!”

After practising my Google Fu for a few hours, I started to understand the broader significance of NFTs, as well as their relationship with blockchain and smart contracts.

In 5 minutes, I’ll explain NFTs, their…


While in between jobs, I’m building SaaS software.

After spending a couple of years working on enterprise software, one area I really liked was task and workflow management software — so I’m building my own.

Although I work as a business analyst, I understand technical concepts and I wanted to use my spare time to expand my career options.

The project I’m building gives me the chance to use Node.js, React and AWS.

Defining The MVP

First things first — I’ve defined an MVP.

It lacks so much of what I want the product to be, but I need to start somewhere!

An…


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A certification from Amazon Web Services is a great way to expand your career options. In Q2 of 2020, AWS holds the largest highest market share of cloud infrastructure service providers at 33%, followed by Azure (18%) and Google Cloud (9%)1.

With more organisations looking to migrate and build their infrastructure on the cloud, now is a good time to learn about cloud ecosystems take advantage of these opportunities.

Over the last 3 months, I’ve been extending and formalising my knowledge of the Amazon ecosystem, while hoping to find work building/managing data-driven SaaS products.

Becoming an Associate Certified Solution Architect…


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Recently I was asked to investigate BigPicture, an addon for Jira, and assess the value it could provide to a software project.

After an investigation of the tools was complete, it made sense to publish the results so others could benefit from the research.

The Big Picture

BigPicture is a Jira Add-On that provides high-level project oversight of work completed in Jira through multiple lenses.

A user can choose to apply a number of modules to manage a body of work called a Program, which is then broken up into Program Increments (like phases) by default or Iterations (with a feature called Agile…


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Recently I was asked to investigate Jira Plans and assess the value it could provide to a software project.

After an investigation of the tools was complete, it made sense to publish the results so others could benefit from the research.

What Is Jira Plans?

Jira Plans is a native implementation of the Advanced Roadmaps For Jira Add-On, available on the Premium license for Jira Cloud.

The tool capitalises on many of the elements native to the product including Releases, Teams and Sprints. …

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