On September 18th, 1958 the modern day credit card was born in Fresno, California. It would take the small California bank a few years to turn a profit with the gimmick, but it eventually did…and boy did it take off! Driving trillions of dollars of commerce across the globe. Andreesen Horowitz has a fun little story posted today. Take a read HERE. \Mm
Earlier this morning I had the pleasure of hosting a panel on the technology architecture, software development, and infrastructure stacks required across the payment landscape of today’s regulatory and business demand. Fintech (in all of its flavors and varieties) of course is a hot topic and the attendance in the room was a good indicator on the importance and focus on these issues. My panel consisted of some of the biggest brands in the merchant space with a wide diversity of go-to-market, technology, and business approaches. My panelists represented BestBuy, Etsy, McDonalds and Walmart and more than that, those panelists are the ones who are front and center for the technology revolution happening in those firms for the payments space. …
In announcement today via blog by Mike Malone, Small Step announced version v0.13.0 which will allow you to essentially build and run your own ACME based Certificate Authority. While I have not played with this yet, I can tell you that this is a functionality I have been looking for across a couple of personal projects. and conceptually the ability to automate and centralize some of this functionality is exciting. I am super excited to take a crack at this and see how well it works. That is once I get some free time from normal work activities. Just wanted to give a thumbs up shout out to the folks at Smallstep For more information, check out to the post …
I will be hosting the Keynote event at the Merchant Advisory Group Annual Conference in Scottsdale Sept 17-19, 2019.
After an incredibly long run, it was time for me to get a new Linux laptop. A System76 Darter Pro.
Was it really a bad day? or….
Dilbert nails it again. I feel like this conversation happens at least three times a week. One would think that with the “Cloud” being around for a few years, with examples of many failed attempts and lessons learned being in relative abundance — This would start to be an exception rather than the rule. Alas, No. \Mm
The Oasis within is a very quick read and if you really haven’t explored some of these concepts in yourself probably well worth the short time to cover. Think of it as a compact, parent-free, sneaky life lessons delivery system for younger adults.
I was tuning my DNS and SSL configurations this morning when it dawned on me that even though I moved “Loosebolts” over two years ago to my own instances on Amazon (and before the current reboot), I had never bothered to actually say anything on the old site. I had assumed that making all of the basic technical changes (moving DNS, etc.) my long time followers would follow me. And many did. So I logged on to the old WordPress hosted site, just for completeness, and posted a “I’ve Moved” post. I immediately got responses on social media, my email, and other venues letting me know that many folks (especially RSS followers) had lost touch and were happy to reconnect. …
It is an exceptionally handy app that allows you to control up to 4 machines with a single mouse and keyboard. You can still use the directly attached devices but this ultimately allows you to seamlessly move mouse and keyboard across the different machines in one physical work space.