Here’s my 5th weekly update. This week went by fast, and with Christmas approaching, it wasn’t the most productive, but that’s OK. Bitcoin Developers Twitch I added a tags feature to the upcoming website for the Bitcoin Developers twitch stream. This will allow the user to find episodes in a particular topic they might be… Continue reading Cyber Santa
Holiday Party The highlight of my week was definitely the Atlanta BitDevs + Atlanta BitPlebs holiday party. I wanted to do something special for the folks who show up to the ATL meetups week after week. After fantasizing about making cryptographic puzzles or dabbling in generative art, I finally settled on making bitcoin fortune cookies.… Continue reading Lucky numbers
It’s a way of life
It’s a way of life. That’s how it feels after executing my weekly update for the 3rd time. PlebFM Where I left off, I was preparing to spend the weekend hacking on PlebFM. Well, I spent the weekend hacking on PlebFM. And Monday, and Tuesday. Here’s our repo. We made a ton of progress. Alex,… Continue reading It’s a way of life
I didn’t screw this up (yet)
But there’s always next week. Where I left off, it was almost time for Thanksgiving and the Legends of Lightning submission time was drawing close. PlebFM Nick and I worked late into the night to get our submission polished up for Legends of Lightning. I worked on building out as many different screens in the… Continue reading I didn’t screw this up (yet)
The first of many weekly updates (unless I screw this up)
I’m planning to post a weekly update. It’s something I want to practice so that I form better habits around sharing my work early and often instead of hoarding it and attempting to perfect it (in other words, participating in delusion). I’ll probably be making these on Fridays just for a sense of finality and… Continue reading The first of many weekly updates (unless I screw this up)
Designing for taproot
UPDATE: Taproot offers space savings and potential transaction fees savings, however it’s complicated and requires nuance to be accurate. There were several things I didn’t understand properly when I wrote this for the first time. Thanks to Murch for pointing this out for me and helping me understand this better. I’ve left the old stuff… Continue reading Designing for taproot
Thoughts on CashApp’s Lightning user flows
Like many others in the US, I recently got access to the Lightning update for CashApp. Here are some of my thoughts as I tested it out. Onboarding I open the app and switch to the bitcoin tab. When I press the “Send” button on the Bitcoin home screen, it shows me this message about… Continue reading Thoughts on CashApp’s Lightning user flows
Lightning Invoice Expiration: UX Considerations
I did some thinking about Lightning invoice expiration times, which can be an annoyance or a tool to protect the user.
Lightning Address: Like an Email Address for Your Bitcoin
I have noticed Lightning Address receiving a lot of attention over the past few months. It has quickly gained adoption by many Lightning wallets. I think it’s a pretty useful tool for making Lightning payments easier for the user to accept. I’ve also heard some criticisms of Lightning Address. I decided to try and work… Continue reading Lightning Address: Like an Email Address for Your Bitcoin
Adopting Bitcoin: Days 7 – 8 in El Salvador
An incredible experiment is unfolding before our eyes in El Salvador. Adopting Bitcoin was focused on how we make this experiment a success.
Chivo ATM: Day 6 in El Salvador
The day before Adopting Bitcoin, I did some more Lightning payments to various merchants around town and had some misadventures with a Chivo Bitcoin ATM.
Volcano: Day 5 in El Salvador
The day where I find a new version of Chivo that accepts Lightning payments with minimal issue and hike a volcano.
Markets and Malls: Day 4 in El Salvador
On day 4, I visited the Palacio Nacional, explored the marketplace in Centro Histórico, and went to the mall.
IBEX, Chivo, and MUNA: Day 3 in El Salvador
I started the day off with a breakfast of huevos revueltos, with tortillas and frijoles refritos, then ventured out into the city. I decided to head over to Starbucks to get some work done on my laptop and checkout the Bitcoin UX there.
Hiding Wallet Balances
I’ve participated in several discussions in the Bitcoin Design Community about hiding wallet balances. The Basic Summary By default, most wallets display the bitcoin balance very prominently on the home screen of the app. This could be a risk to the user, as they may not want anyone peeking over their shoulder and seeing their… Continue reading Hiding Wallet Balances
Designated Bitcoiners: Day 2 in El Salvador
One trend I am beginning to notice is that some businesses who accept Bitcoin treat it as a special edge case. I call this the “designated bitcoiner” approach.
First day in El Salvador
A recap of my first day in El Salvador: my first payment with Bitcoin as legal tender, Mi Primer Bitcoin, and learning about the country.
En route to El Salvador
I’m typing this out while flying over the Gulf of Mexico, about halfway between Orlando and Cancun. I’ll be landing in San Salvador in a little less than 2 hours. I’ll be in the country for about 2 weeks. I’m using the Adopting Bitcoin conference as my excuse for visiting, but I have been itching… Continue reading En route to El Salvador