Lorenzo Setale

Full Stack Developer, Crypto-enthusiast, Blogger and Italian since 1993.

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Focus on the prize

One of the biggest things that I have been learning is the discipline of being focused on the main goal. I get distracted every few minutes, and if it is not an advertisement, or a funny cloud in the sky, it is an event that we may consider bigger than it actually is. Instead, I don’t want to lose the focus on the prize.

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A month with Google ChromeOS

A month ago I have ordered, as a backup device, a Chromebook. I was watching videos on youtube and I have selected the ASUS Chromebook Flip without thinking much. It is powerful, cute, convertible, the screen is not that bad and the keyboard is meh… you can get used to its size. The main problem was not the hardware: after a month with Google ChromeOS, as a developer, I am really disappointed. I was expecting a device to work, and instead I got something to play cat videos.

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Please do not EVER stop learning how to code!

I remember when I was 10 and my mother was worried about me staying too much in front of the computer, writing lines of weird text on a black and white screen; I used to be one of these boys that were not supported by friends and family, because it was hard to understand computers… 🤔 but now things have changed, and writing code is cool.

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What if... ?

I have always been in love with the concept of distributed and decentralised services. Those two concepts are aligning almost perfectly to my political an philosophical point of view. And this short note is not much about software, but more as a note to remember myself how much spoiled by centralised services we are.

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React is not over engineered

JavaScript development is crazy, and evolving fast… and the more you learn about it the more you realize how crazy it has become 😅. I think it is exciting, indeed, but Sean, in his clear post explained perfectly why a simple project is over-engineered and I have to disagree with him: some JavaScript’s frameworks, like React, are not the cause of unnecessarily complicated projects… and React is not over engineered!

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It's jekyll time!

Finally I have decided to ditch Wordpress.com to start using Jekyll for my new personal blog. This decision was made after considering that the most of my blog posts are written in Italian. Only 2 years ago I have decided to write in English, to allow more people to easily read (access) my thoughts… and everybody knows that a not well-index blog with weird languages is not loved by google’s bots!

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Somebody is missing the Bitcoin vision

I have my own  clear vision of what it would be the future of value exchange. At the moment I am running a Bitcoin Classic, full node. This is because I want to keep a copy of the blockchain to verify my payments and make the Bitcoin network stronger. I have also a p2pool mining node and 2 miners, to be able to express myself with the bitcoin “consensus” (without thinking of profit).

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Enough security, enough privacy

During the last year my interests verted to security and privacy. I had time to explore and have fun with encryption and some protocols to strength the security and feel more safe from the bad guys, the annoying business, the stealing banks and the spying governments.

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I have built a 21 Bitcoin Computer “clone”

Two months ago, I decided to buy two Bitcoin ASIC Miners. The reason is quite simple: I am easy to get bored when I have everything prepared and ready to be used. 😴 Particularly if we are talking about technologies and computers. There is no fun if I can’t learn from crafting it, right?

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Why I quit the StartUp world (for now)

Few days ago, while watching The Martian something special happened to me: I got my first epileptic seizure. I don’t remember that much of that evening, but I realized how much I grew up by moving away from Italy, and deciding to stop working for Startups.

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