New Hampshire installs first historical marker to honor computer programming language BASIC

This is awesome. We need more of this. Turbo Pascal. TRS-80. Commodore 64. Atari. Colleco Vision.

The newest New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker, celebrating the creation of the BASIC computer language at Dartmouth in 1964, has officially been installed.

BASIC, Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. BASIC proved robust enough to survive for decades, helping launch Microsoft along the way, and there are descendants still in use today. In short, it’s way more important than many people realize.

Thomas Kurtz, the retired Dartmouth math professor , created BASIC.

This new highway marker can be found on the east side of Route 120 in New Hampshire. It seems to be about halfway between the old Trumbull Nelson facility and Hanover Public Works.

The reasoning why it’s not located on or at Dartmouth is because state highway markers have to be on state highways and all the roads around Dartmouth College are owned by Hanover or the college itself, so this was about as close as we could get to the school on a visible, well-traveled route.

The marker is so new that the state hasn’t added it to their official list yet.

Disaster recovery on blockchain with a hint of business continuity

Why should organizations care about disaster recovery or business continuity?

And what exactly is business continuity ?

I remember years ago

Flying to some middle of nowhere place, wondering why my company sent me out on some DR/BC project. Great I’d get to see a large healthcare organization.

It wasn’t in my wheelhouse at the time, but I knew about disaster recovery and backing up from being a software and database engineer. The business continuity part , the words made sense , but the overall meaning didn’t resonate.

What exactly did they need me to do here and for how long ?

So I read some books. I searched what exactly all this meant. I found some info , but Wikipedia of yesteryear was limited and you didn’t have medium articles to read. I think I was checking out some videos on revvr or what not because YouTube was in it’s early days and cat videos ruled.

So what is BC ?

Business Continuity essentially is planning for and creating processes to sustain and maintain your business operations in case of any disaster. Don’t lose money. Get things up and running as fast as you can.

It could be a flood or earthquake or cyber attack or anything really. Anything that shuts your business down for an extended period of time needs some planning for , preparation and testing and processes already in place to streamline your business during an emergency or disaster.

These days more automation and being able to “flip a switch” to never go “offline” is more prevalent than before. And the cloud has made it far easier to have backups and disaster recovery plans. But that’s not always just a cut and dry scenario.

It’s not a ‘let’s go find the reel to reel tapes’ and get the system back up and running, scenario anymore.

Yes, I did mention reel to reel tapes because once I worked on a government project where we did have reel to reel tapes. And this was in the early 2000s. Good old Tandem nonstop mainframes. Or not so good. But not so bad. Just old. Just slow. And Hard to find parts. But the reel to reel tapes were kind of cool.

So time to get this conversation back to the disaster recovery and business continuity plan on blockchain

Can it be done ?

Anything is possible , but should it ?

Yes and no.

Public blockchain makes sense in theory. I mean 10,000 replicated data nodes around the world. All ready and able at your beck and call. That is one heck of a DR/BC plan. Sounds like the perfect solution doesn’t it. Even Hadoop was really only a replication factor of 3 for most systems.

So you’re telling me my data is backed up everywhere really. All over the world. On 10,000 nodes. Or 5,000 nodes. All storing all my data and other software processes ? And documents ?

And if we used Ethereum, you could even add smart contracts to automate the processes and updates, throw in some oracle chainlinks to integrate weather apis or twitter news updates and switch over to some side chains to enable more advanced automated features. I’m liking this already.

So Really your organization and your customers wouldn’t even know a disaster occurred. It’s perfect.

So what are you waiting for ?

Use public ethereum and blockchain today.

Well..

you could always use private or permissioned blockchains. Could work. Maybe no gas costs.No worry about the public and access issues.Private ethereum or hyperledger come to mind as a solution to save on gas costs and public nature of the public blockchain.

But 10,000 nodes. And Around the globe.

Probably not.

Hyperledger fabric or sawtooth is Useful for some stuff. But unless it’s a consortium of large and small multi national global organizations who don’t really trust or distrust the others, think supply chains for agriculture or manufacturing or raw materials or pharmaceuticals.

Maybe they could work. But like your typical rdbms or nosql databases , you’re probably not 10,000 nodes strong around the globe. Especially all with the same exact data.

Even Yahoos impressive Hadoop cluster was only like 14,000 nodes and it’s not replicated 14,000 times. So mostly distributed and different data and pointers with a centralized namenode and a zookeeper. And probably not dispersed globally.

So let’s just plan , analyze , assess risks , backup , but really just always use , public blockchain and write clean great intelligent smart contracts to automate your entire DR/BR process.

And being it’s always on and I don’t even need to maintain or run the network or database ledger, it’s just a continuous business processing system. I don’t even need to think in terms of BC/DR.

Maybe.

Cheer for ethereum and blockchain.

Hold on.

So you’re telling me all of the DR/BC (at least on a technical and software and data side of things) has been solved by blockchain?

One day.

Maybe.

Except the Reality today, in 2019, is you can’t really store much real or big data on any blockchain yet. Some claim they can. Some claim they solved all the worlds problems in a day too.

Some just use Kafka or nosql databases and pretend it’s a blockchain. And faster better TPS to compete with Visa is great, but hashed links serve little purpose if the main data systems are lost or hacked. Can’t use IPFS for good if it’s just basic hashed metadata with disconnected links to the real storage Location.

There are promises. There are works in progress. And blockchain will one day solve some major BC/DR challenges. But right now it’ll be a hybrid. Some public. Some private. Some integrated with the cloud. Or on the cloud. Some integrated with sidechains and Kafka and NATs and Cassandra and Spark and Postgres. Or not.

The exciting part is trying to build better systems. Systems where BC/DR are all streamlined and efficient and a well connected community.

A community where even during a disaster , it’s not just about business continuity; it’s a community and a city and a state and a country and a global connected continuity that strives to build a sustainable thriving successful happy world.

Disasters are no joke. Save lives. Save data. Save software. Disaster recovery and business continuity are important. And blockchain can help.

Is proof of Insurance the next blockchain trend ?

I was reading up on this , Proof of Insurance pilot by Marsh, and it has some redeemable qualities to it. However paragraphs like this ,

Originally introduced as a proof of concept last April, Marsh’s blockchain-powered proof of insurance automates and streamlines the manual process, allowing clients to speed up necessary business functions while increasing coverage certainty.

I’m a bit confused in this. Maybe Marsh is old school and behind the times. As stressful and painful as any kind of insurance is these days , I’ve rarely had to do many things manually with may if them. Progressive and Geico are simple online and even mobile app portals now. There are others where you answer a few questions and get a bunch of quotes in return.

Yes, plenty of things could still be automated , but car insurance has been simplified by a lot of firms. You can take a picture with your smart phone app after an accident these days. How would you automate that? Buy a Tesla like car that sends all the data back anyway ?

Streamlining processes makes perfect sense to me, and integrating salesforce and hyperledger for insurance could be useful. But it’s just another database like verification process over some cutting edge proof of insurance new blockchain consensus protocol. That would be different.

blockchain for hemp seed to sale ?

Hemp is more than just CDB. Industrial Hemp has a ton of use cases, but all the limelight right now is CBD. What is CBD ? CBD-rich hempseed is sort of legal in most states presently, it also is legal in many countries around the globe. However at the same time it’s uncommon, giving plant growersa tremendous new market as obstructions to national hempseed appropriation are evaluated.

The 2018 Farm Bill ensures interstate business for all hemp items, evacuating necessities that suitable hempseeds require endorsement from the U.S. Medication Enforcement Administration. However places like Georgia didn’t approve CBD food based options. Other states follow some FDA and state wide regulations and bills.

However, the law sets up prerequisites in excess of twelve states around ensured seeds – those that have been tried against germination and consistency benchmarks and show low dimensions of THC. Cannabis assortments that contain over 0.3% THC stay illicit under the 2018 Farm Bill.

Many hemp editions presently being grown are imported from the European Union – cultivars that are commonly bred for fiber and seed production, not CBD-rich flowers.

The reality is licensed seeds are guaranteed to produce these CBD-rich flora are so uncommon that genetics ought to show greater profitable than selling hemp outright.

Hemp generations are another interesting concept. Two years could mean eight hemp generations. And there aren’t tight regulations like in marijuana. Some seed varieties from Europe are low quality types. They haven’t grown hempseed for CBD and their strains are about 3% or less.

Colorado now has thirteen certified hemp cultivars, the most of any state.The Farm Bill doesn’t tackle hemp farmers who have already been shopping for and promoting hemp cultivars.

A West Virginia hemp farm was  ordered to shut down  after it was  accused of illegally importing hempseeds from Kentucky; that case is pending. But Kentucky is trying to be a hemp capital of the world.

How can blockchain help with all this? Immutability. Seed to sale. Internet of Things. Incentives. Tokenization. The major hype and strides in the hemp industry are not without some major pain points. Audit trails and transparency issues (blockchain definitely feasible here), payment solutions and cash only challenges (crypto and bitcoin), quality assurance and maintenance(blockchain), and general regulatory uncertainty have plagued cannabis entrepreneurs for years.

Blockchain allows businesses to manage their supply chains in a quicker more stream lined time period, eliminating paper trails and their inevitable lag. Since the cannabis space is comparatively new, few corporations are ready to produce efficient vertical combinations in their  supply chain free from any lag or loss of product.

It’s seemingly that cannabis can have many various business use cases from farming to once it gets to a certified lab or clinicmaking multiple potential expensive points of failure. Cannabis businesses utilizing blockchain are going to be ready to exactly pinpoint any inefficiencies within them and, well, nip them within the bud.

Additionally, by utilizing blockchain in their supply-chain, cannabis businesses are going to be ready to give customers the entire seed to sale image of their products journey.  Transparency and a better audit trail. And an incentive for newer buyers to learn a little more about the farmers and distributors along the way.

Dispensaries also will be ready to guarantee their merchandise contain precisely the quantity of CBD and whether or not it’s sativa or indica dominant as what they’re publicizedSeveral first-timers walking through legalvclinic doors tend to have questions and concerns about their sensitivities to the merchandise. A supply chain supported by perfect science caters to an improved overall client expertise. And better supply chain transparency.

Wrong wrong and inaccurate articles on blockchain

If you read articles like this ,

https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/11/27/auchan-blockchain-tracking/

It gives you hope companies are becoming more interested in utilizing blockchain for real world use cases and not pretend another gambling prediction site. And yet you see things like this

While FoodChain is built on Hyperledger Fabric (based on Ethereum), and has its own internal token called CAL, Auchan will only rely on its blockchain technology – and won’t be using the token.

It appears bigger companies like Auchan aren’t really keen on using tokens for anything (yet).”

Hyperledger isn’t ethereum at all. They are really not even close to being similar. Hyperledger is a private permissioned blockchain and Hyperledger fabric is IBMs private DLT. It doesn’t even require tokens or the concept of crypto.

In fact IBM plays a big part in hyperledger and didn’t even like crypto or tokens. Now they partnered or will be partnering with Stellar for some payment capabilities, but far different than some weird way to be totally inaccurate on what this application above was trying to do.

I wonder if David Canellis is clueless or a shill for said firms. Because his article is absurd in explaining hyperledger and ethereum as one really.