Bitcoins and blockchains

Before we really get started, I want to point out that there is a common misunderstanding that bitcoins and blockchains are terms for the same things – they are not. More of that to come. Blockchain has some rather superfluous statements surrounding it; such as ‘The Great economic leveler’, or Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen refers […]

What does The Orange Box tell us about the future of computing?

Will future computing systems be more visible, or less, than today’s clouds? In How Big is the Cloud Really? I described how Shutterfly, a photo editing and sharing service, has contracted to deploy another 1,000 eight-foot high racks of co-located compute and storage capacity, to support their business growth. This remarkable story and others like it illustrate the […]