Google I/O Registration 2014

Google I/O Registration 2014
This year marks a significant change (improvement) on how Google I/O registration took place. Google originally announced a registration window in early April but was later clarified to be from April 15th to the 18th. Individuals wanting to register would enter into a lottery, which is scheduled to take place sometime today. The old system of ctrl + r or waiting for a spinner to ‘select an available ticket’ for you has been plagued with issues because of the large number of people wanting to register. In 2012 the registration process was completed within minutes. In 2013 I managed to get a...
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Virtual Currency Application Security

Virtual Currency Application Security
In the last few months I’ve been approached by several different groups in the virtual currency space asking for my input on various things; mostly because of my involvement in payment systems over the last 15 years, but also because I’ve been involved with Bitcoin almost from its beginning. My advice has spanned technical, business, and even legal issues pertaining to virtual currencies; unfortunately, security hasn’t really been given the attention it needs. The start of 2014, and much of Bitcoin’s existence, has been plagued by security breeches with several Bitcoin related...
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function(['redfall', 'vogogo'], next) { //… };

function(['redfall', 'vogogo'], next) { //… };
December 21st, 2006 is when I turned in my key card at Neteller, stepping down as lead architect, to begin working with a group that would eventually form the majority of what Redfall Technologies Inc is today. Over the last 7 years I’ve had the opportunity to work with tremendous people doing what I enjoy. As of January 10th, 2014 I’ve finalized my departure as a director and the CTO of Redfall Technologies to focus on other things. I’ve been working with Redfall over the last while to ensure a seamless transition. I still believe in Vogogo and will continue on as a Redfall...
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Redfall Technologies Inc.

Redfall Technologies Inc.
It has almost been a year since I’ve done a blog post and months since I’ve posted on Vogogo’s blog. Why? In July of this year Redfall Technologies received a $1,000,000 commitment from AVAC to continue to execute it’s business strategy. Then in September Redfall announced it was going public on the Toronto Venture Exchange through a Capital Pool Corporation (CPC) merger. Since the beginning of this year there has been significant work done by a lot of people to make this happen, all while keeping Vogogo running smoothly and continuing to grow. With all of this I’ve made...
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Inexpensive Explainer Videos

Inexpensive Explainer Videos
I wanted to A/B test a new home page on Vogogo featuring an explainer video. Having been involved only loosely in the process before, it didn’t seem like there were many options outside of using companies that specialized in the creation of explainer videos. Unfortunately, they all seem to fancy themselves as modern day Donald Draper’s who want thousands of dollars, and months of design and review, to create just one video. A video that you have no idea how it will impact conversions until you release it into the wild, making the whole process seem rather dated compared to the rest of the...
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Simple Django Asynchronous Processing

Simple Django Asynchronous Processing
Django has several asynchronous processing options available like Celery, Chronograph and Django Tasks. They all offer lots of features but if you want something simpler, maybe just the ability to send a webhook on the submission of a form without having the user wait around for the webhook to complete (or the remote site timeout), it seems like overkill. As a result I came up with the following simple Django asynchronous processing application. It was written to work with Django 1.3 but works with Django 1.4′s, sans the new select_for_update functionality. There is just one file called...
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