Royal Canadian MintChip Challenge: Evolution of Currency

From The MintChip Challenge | MintChip Developer Resources:

The Royal Canadian MintChip Challenge invites software developers to create innovative digital payment applications using MintChip, a development phase technology available only to challenge participants. Developers and the public are also encouraged to share ideas for how a digital currency can be used. Winners will receive approximately $50,000 in gold bullion from the Mint as well as promotional exposure. Prizes will be awarded for the apps that best demonstrate the potential value of the MintChip technology and have the greatest potential impact on digital payment technology. Submitted apps can run on Windows, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or desktop and mobile browsers.

More on MintChip:

MintChip – The Evolution of Currency

Today’s digital economy is changing faster than ever, and currency has to change too. It is, introducing MintChip, from the Royal Canadian Mint – the evolution of currency.

MintChip brings all the benefits of cash into the digital age. Instant, private and secure, MintChip value can be stored and moved quickly and easily over email, software applications, or by physically tapping devices together.

WordPress.com Metro app for Windows 8

Microsoft just released Windows 8 Consumer Preview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Guess what’s already running on it? Announcing the WordPress.com Metro app.

I was lucky enough to be on the Automattic team who developed the app, and got to interact with the internal Windows 8 team at Microsoft while doing so. Needless to say, it was both challenging and motivating, to say the least. Win 8 is pretty darn spiffy, which is saying a lot coming from a hardcore Mac and Linux user. :)

Oh, and yes, good habits die hard: the app is indeed open sourced, and released under the GPLv2. I wonder how many more OSS apps got featured not once, but twice by MS in their live worldwide demo? :)

A NYT feed link takes 11 redirects to get to an article

Including one to a 3rd-party.

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200 = success!

In comparison, on WordPress.com:

http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/new-theme-retro-fitted/
200 = success!

Nuff said…

BOOM! 1000th post

This GitHub/CoderDojo announcement was my 1000th post on tekArtist. :)

It’s been a wild ride since my first post under that name online in 2006, originally on Blogger, but promptly followed by a move to WordPress in 2007. It ultimately led to me getting the best job of my life at Automattic, wrangling up the most-awesomest-est WordPress.com code everyday, just for you. Turns out happiness is a blog… err, site.