Why I’m focusing on Proof of Stake cryptos from now on

Just a short post that I’m working on articles related to Proof of Stake cryptos, namely Tezos (XTZ) and Cardano (ADA). I wanted to put down my thoughts on why separately in one place that I can link to.

I have said this to anyone who will listen: cryptocurrency is currently treated like Linux was in 1995. Most people don’t know about it, the ones that do are mostly misguided about it, and many think it will only be used for criminal activity. I really need to take a moment here and address this since I see it online all the time, and even in conversations with otherwise quite intelligent people.

“Crypto is only used by criminals”

Now, this …

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos Review

A flawed but very fun co-op Zelda-em-up that’s worth your time

Platform reviewed: Steam. Also available on Nintendo Switch.

Introduction

Like many folks I have certainly been having my share of run playing around in the forest in Valheim. It’s fun to get your survival game on when there is good atmosphere and quality of life in a multiplayer indie game. But sometimes you don’t want to push your luck and hunt for more Trolls, or find the next Burial Chamber for upgrade materials, or your usual Viking crew just isn’t around.

Around the same time I started playing Valheim, I found another game on Steam which really piqued my interest the moment I heard about it. It’s …

Mezcla Plant Protein Bar Review

A delicious post-workout snack, if you like peanut butter or spicy chocolate

Intro

I’ll say it up front, this it the first time I have ever been asked to do a product review rather than just yelling about something because the mood struck me.

Probably because I’ve been covering some health related items recently, the Mezcla folks reached out and asked if I could review their plan protein bars. Here’s a little secret about me: I love protein bars; I could eat them with every meal, and for that matter instead of a meal many times.

Because of this fact, I was happy to review a sample of 3 of their plant protein bars. I am always looking for as …

Qubes OS is incredible, here’s some tips and quick hacks for it

I can’t stop thinking about Qubes OS. I really feel like it’s the most interesting innovation in OS distributions in 20 years. In fact that’s what I tell everyone who will listen when I talk about it.

Explaining Computers did a very nice intro to the operating system, which is where I heard about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWDvS_Mp6gc.

I just wanted to compile some tips and tricks I have encountered so far with Qubes:

Hardware Support (Ryzen 3000 series)

[Update: I tried out the Qubes 4.1 beta on several recent devices. If you want to potentially skip a lot of the headache mentioned below and are using newer hardware, check out that article first!]

Qubes OS is very finicky about …

Single Sided Deafness (SSD) CROS Hearing Aids Compared: Oticon Opn S2 vs Livio AI

Plus Android & iPhone (iOS) Compatibility for each

My Background and Deafness Situation

I have been deaf on one side due to both Migraine Associated Vertigo (AKA Vestibular Migraine) and the treatment for it since around age 30. While I coped for more than decade without a hearing aid, I recently came to understand that some benefit could be had from wearing as CROS hearing aid to send sounds from my ‘bad’ side to the ‘good’ one. There are far more invasive procedures including BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aids), but my right side hearing is so good that the only realistic option, aside from trying to aid the left side, was the CROS.

This leads to the question of …

I am alive btw

Have been working on some disability (hearing)-related posts recently and am continuing to run into new information/new products. At some point I know I need to call these things done and publish them, it’s just hard to do so sometimes.…

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