90% of the World’s data was created in the past year.

We are living in a time of exponential technological advancement. Recursive machine learning & artificial intelligence, distributed systems and decentralized value transfer protocols, everything on the web creating real-time distributed consciousness. Exciting times.

This past year I learned:

  • how to program and build on the force platform
  • solve enterprise problems using SaaS
  • last but definitely not least, more about anything and everything crypto-currency.

This is going into the fourth year I have written on this blog and the stats have increased year after year. I just about hit 32,000 all time.


Hit 14,568 for this year. Not bad.


2013: A Year in Review



Some of the highlights from 2015:

  • Building some of my first Mobile Apps & Demos
  • Moving into my own apartment in SF
  • Presenting in 3 Sessions at Dreamforce
  • Winning the Coindesk Makeathon (& visiting NY for the first time)
  • Going to Texas for my first business trip

Focus in 2016:

  • Get 60K views on the blog
  • Build my own 21 endpoints to my bitcoin mining tutorials.
  • Build a solar powered bitcoin node and solar powered bitcoin miner bundle. (100 W Panel, inverter, controller)
  • Learn React.js Framework
  • Learn Python (Finish Learn Python the Hard Way) and write my own scripts on the 21.co computer
  • Learn Aura (Lightning Framework)
  • Continue to Learn Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Finish the Portuguese Duolingo & move to next one
  • Continue to learn Salesforce APEX Development
  • Use a Myo band during a demo
  • Build out end-to-end Lightning Experience
  • Get it – 185
  • Read The Intelligent Investor
  • Keep a Journal and write in it daily
  • Trade crypto-currencies daily using ShapeShift, Liquid
  • Drink more water

Funny I just looked at the journal and had already written down 2016 goals; they were pretty much the exact same.

I took a career development class in Barcelona a few years back and we had to do a mental exercise. It led me to the sentence:

I felt like a Boss because I was in my Prime

That is definitely where I need to get to. It’s just finding a balance between the craft, the activity knowledge, the learn knowledge; the energy, the effort, the execution. Autosuggestion kicked in, fully engaged, rested, on point, and dialed in.

I kept my blog on wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org. May be making the switch soon, once I have it in different languages I could hit my number.

On my Birthday in June I wrote down a few things:

  • Get Healthy Looking / Toned / Cut-up
  • Capitalize on Bitcoin
  • Read Autobiography of  Yogi
  • Build a Solar Mining Rig
  • Learn AngularJS
  • Continue Chinese Studies
  • Build a Hadoop Cluster onRpi
  • Work smart, delegate, innovate


I have bought some of my first Stocks using Robinhood. I also am currently reading the intelligent investor.


I have bought into Ether and the Ethereum platform. I am looking into other alt-coins but primarily will be investing in Bitcoin.

Taking It to the Next Level

I have a couple Raspberry Pis, a 21 Bitcoin computer, USB & ASIC Miners, Solar Panels, just ordered a BitSeed with 1 TB of storage (5+ years of future txns), I have a Tessel 2  on the way; I want to build the total Blockchain / Bitcoin system setup:

  • 100 W Solar Panel running +1 TerraHash
  • Running a Full-Node on the Bitseed + 1TB
  • Run a Full-Node on the 21 Computer
  • Run Ethereum Frontier on a Raspberry Pi
  • Run Kali Linux on the Other Pi
  • Connect the Tessel to the 21 Inc computer

Taking it to the next level is going back to my Combinatorial Creativity Through Technology. Combining all of these different technologies, JS, distributed consensus protocols.

Then expand this to Solar Farm with underground mining facility…one day. Keep programming in Python on 21 Bitcoin computer. Just writing Scripts, learning the syntax, building the memory.

Lastly My post from 2015

Lightning Network: Packets to Circuits

21.co: The Bitcoin Computer

Managing Digital Scarcity: Enterprise Cryptocurrency Applications

2015 Internet Trends



MYO Armband

Hash and Ledger

How to Setup an AntminerS5

Salesforce Lightning


Happy New Year. Live the Dream.


Solar Energy + Bitcoin Mining + Cooling Systems

Photovoltaic Solar Panels and Bitcoin Miners both need one thing to operate at full efficiency: to stay cool.

Why not combine the cooling system for your photovoltaic solar panels and miners in a place with cold air and lots of sunlight? What if you used pv panels to harvest sunlight, use the electricity produced to verify transactions using an ASIC miner, and therefore generate Bitcoins from sunlight?  How could an immersive cooling system for  the panels and the miners make large scale solar energy and bitcoin mining operations profitable?

The capital investments for solar energy and bitcoin are definitely risky ones. Solar energy accounts for less that one percent of the electricity generated in the United States. However 26% of all solar PV capacity in the world was installed in the past 12 months: 38 of 145 GW. Bitcoin has a current market cap of around 5-8 Billion. Why would the combination of these two technologies create any type of disruption?

The answer is that both of these technologies are decentralized and global.

Anyone in the developing world can use solar energy to power their needs. The unbanked in the developing world can use bitcoin to augment their ability to trade and secure assets. These two technologies enable ownership, they provide gateways into e-commerce and the digital world. They are empowering in that these nations can leap into new era of global finance and energy infrastructure.

The Disruptive Potential of Solar Energy

Analysis of Large-Scale Bitcoin Mining Operations

The synergy is between solar energy and Bitcoin.

The more people that use Bitcoin, the more it becomes of value to the user population as a whole. This network effect creates disruption in industries.

The promise of solar energy is that the sun outputs more then enough capacity to fulfill global energy needs. (That is if harnessed effectively).

Both of these systems in time will prove to be the most efficient means of the acquisition of energy and the transfer of ownership.

Solar Mining + Cooling Systems

Current cooling systems for miners use fans. This is true if you using Artic Breeze Fans attached to powered USB hubs, any ASIC such as a Block Erupter Cube with built in fans, or if you have a large scale bitcoin operations that constantly filtrate millions of cubic feet of air per hour.

Data centers such as that used by big internet companies also need to keep cool. This is why they are located in places like Oregon and Sweden, with cold air used to pass through the center. Fiber optic cable running under the Pacific Ocean goes to Oregon and could have something to do with it. 

The investment:

  • efficient solar panels made of gallium arsenide
  • immersive cooling systems.
  • ASIC miners.

The hashrate and difficulty is only going to continue to increase as more volume comes to the bitcoin network. This means that the mining hardware and electrical capacity required is also only going to increase. There needs to be a combination of immersive cooling technologies that makes miners and pv panels operating at high efficiency and profitable.


Technology, Energy, and Connections

The way we utilize our Technology, Energy, and Connections will revolutionize and shape the next 50 years.

I have no idea what the outcome will be, but I have an idea of what might influence it.

  • Business to Business or B2B is where the money is at. B2B = $.
  • Technological Mergers and Acquisitions, where the money is at. M&A = $.
  • These are forms of connections. Connections add value. The people on a team matter the most, no matter what venture.
  • It’s about building something useful. Sharing it with others for validation, seeing if it is the best possible solution to a common problem. Pivoting in the right direction when it’s not the best possible solution.
  • There is a need to be connected. All business is people business. Create capital or create market channels.
  • People study other languages for years. Not just idiomatic languages but also computational languages. Why do I have the desire to learn to speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Mandarin, Japanese. Why do I have the desire to program computers in HTML5, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, Python.
  • We want to build and share. Github, fork, opensource, P2P, Firebase.
  • 3G, 4G, LTE, now 5G.
  • Bigger, Faster, Stronger. More bandwidth. WiFi. LiFi. Hotspot 2.0.
  • Longer battery life. Off the grid. Solar energy will be our primary energy source. methane + oxygen.
  • molten salts. energy storage. Wireless bluetooth low energy charging, syncing, sharing. Motion QR code. Security.Ionic wind electricity and electromagnetism. Graphene, printed electronics.
  • Higher efficiency, higher effectiveness. Low activity, high return.
  • Building on a Raspberry Pi reduces the size and locational means of computing.
  • 3D printing breaks down manufacturing barriers.
  • Hyperdeflation of education via websites like Khan Academy, Udacity, Coursera, Codecademy, Duolingo.
  • With smartphones, people now have the ability learn, monitor, and reach anyone, anything, at any time, anywhere.
  • However still have to go to the doctor or have to prick there finger for blood to check blood sugar level.
  • wearables, genomics, sensors, implants.
  • Fleets of drones will disrupt supply side logistics. Autonomous vehicles, Uber, Airbnb, the share economy.
  • Bitcoins or whatever emerges as the accepted digital programmable currency will disrupt  finance and prevent insolvency.
  • Crowdfunding will empower entrepreneurs in developing nations.
  • International business will be introduced in the digital world and the confirmed in person.
  • Stock sentiment will be analyzed by big data such as tweets(Topsy)and consumer trends in browsers.
  • Simply people are building better “x” and now have the ability to scale “x” to the world like never before because of the internet.

By the end of this decade there will be 5 Billion people connected in the digital world. A mixture of languages, cultures, skills, efficiencies, and deficiency’s. All in the cloud. We are all now nodes on the network , we can all reach each other all the time with very little effort. Ultimately, it will be an age for the many entrepreneurs around the world who learn the harness the technological advancements, build synergies with creative imagination, and use them for ethical and financial profit.

Bitcoin Mining 101

Bitcoin Mining 101

There are a few factors that affect the ability for one to mine bitcoins. It can seem like a rather confusing concept. It is. Good luck.

Bitcoin mining comes down to a few things: computer hardware required, electricity and mining pools.

To start off here are a few terms to know:

Bitcoin Algorithm/Difficulty: a math problem that when solved (mined) release a bitcoin block.

Bitcoin Block: What miners are trying to discover with their computers. Currently, one block is worth 25 BTC.

Hash Rate: the rate at which your computing power is outputting to solve the math problem, aka uncover a bitcoin block.

Mining Pool: a pool of people combining computer power to discover a block. When a block is discovered the pool members are rewarded.

Need capital to invest in mining hardware.

The cost of computer hardware is your initial investment when you want to start mining bitcoin.

The price of hardware is proportional to how much computing power and therefore hash rate you want to achieve. The price of hardware also is affected by the price of Bitcoin (keep that in mind).

More computing power = more hash rate

more hash rate = more bitcoins mined/time

more bitcoins mined/time = more money/time

Mining Hardware

ASIC BlockErupters miners at 336m/hashes each off of Amazon. Cost around 70-100 $.

If you want to make investment in hardware you can:

A. Buy a ton of these ASIC miners.

B. Buy a RedFury USB miner for 2.6g/hash or ASICMiner Blade for 10g/hash

C. Buy expensive supercomputer miners offered by companies like CoinTerra, Butterfly Labs, KncMiner for a very expensive hardware investment of upwards of 2,400$ to around 5,000$  for 60 g/hash.

Ultimately, you will benefit financially in proportional to how much you want to invest in computing power.

Need electricity to operate the stacks of hardware and keep them cool.

A big issue with bitcoin mining is Return on Investment. The major issue with the ROI of bitcoin mining is not only in the hardware itself, it is because you have to keep these computers running at all times and this leads to increases in energy bills. Often the increase in electricity cost often offsets any profit that one may get while mining bitcoins. However if you buy the hardware and the price of Bitcoin goes up, you can always sell back the hardware that appreciated and make a profit.

You could setup the rig in a state or country where you can get the best rate of USD/kWh. So instead of setting up your rig in california at 15 cents per kWh you can set up your rig in another state where it more around 10 cents. Or you can set up a rig internationally somewhere like Indonesia where electricity only costs three cents per kilowatt hour. Another way to reduce costs is by installing PV or solar thermal systems that can provide off-grid energy to your mining rig.

You also will need to have a fan or some type of cooling system on the mining hardware. This keeps the efficiency of the miners high and will make them last longer over time.

Set Up a Bitcoin Miner with a Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi + Raspian Software on SD Card + WiFi + cgminer + USB powered hubs + ASIC Miners

First things first you are going to need to buy the essentials to make a Raspberry Pi computer. This is a ARM computer board that operates on Linux. The following is hardware you can buy off Amazon and will need to make a Raspberry Pi Bitcoin Miner:

Setting up your Raspberry Pi is not too difficult. First you need to download Raspbian Operating System to your SD Card. For windows this can be done using win32diskimager, a program that can be downloaded to write images to SD cards. You will need to visit the RaspbianImages site and extract the image. Insert the SD card into your PC and write the image to the SD card.

You can buy the SD card with the software pre installed on it from above, either way will work fine.

Next plug in your keyboard and mouse, your Raspbian SD Card, your HDMI cord from the Raspberry Pi to your TV, and lastly plug in the micro USB power cord.

You will see your Raspberry Pi boot up and it will ask your for:

Login: Pi

Password: Raspberry

Then in the command line: startx

You should see the Raspberry Pi Desktop. You now have a functioning Raspberry Pi computer.

Next plug in your USB powered hub into the wall and into the Raspberry Pi.

You will then need to set up your Edimax EW-7811Un WiFi. Instructions on how to configure the dongle can be found here. Plug in the wifi dongle to your USB powered hub. You should see a blue light blinking meaning it is connected to the WiFi.

You can also use an Ethernet cord and connect it to the Pi.

After your WiFi/Internet is set up you are ready to set up your miner.


Now you have to: Download cgminer and join a mining pool.

CGminer runs a command line mining software. Instructions on how to install and configure cgminer on raspberry pi can be found here.

Next you will need to join a Mining pool.

A mining pool is group of bitcoin miners that are all combining their computing power to solve the math problems and discover a block. When a block is discovered by your pool you are rewarded for your contribution. People join pools because it is more lucrative than mining on your own unless you have a TON of computing power.

I recommend joining Slush’s pool. You just have to setup an account by email.

After you have downloaded cgminer and configured it to your mining pool, plug in your ASIC Miner Block Erupters into your powered USB hub. You should see the idle green led lights on. Start the cgminer program and the idle green lights will go off which means they are now mining bitcoins.

If you have any questions, contact me by email dominicsteil@hotmail.com . I probably will able to troubleshoot what you’re having difficulty with.

Tips Appreciated: 1FiYresjQP7GV9EUxr9fudWm3Xz7WC2VMC


Once again, Good Luck!

How to setup a Bitcoin Miner

Raspberry Pi + Raspian on SD Card + WiFi + cgminer + powered hubs + ASIC Miners + (SOLAR ENERGY)

First things first you are going to need to buy the essentials to make a raspberry pi computer. This is a ARM computer board that operates on Linux. The following is hardware you will need to Mine Bitcoins.

Raspberry Pi

Targus USB Port  * USB 3.0 Hubs are not compatible with the Raspberry Pi

SD Card + Raspian OS

Wireless Keyboard + Mouse

ASIC Miners

WiFi Nano Adapter

Bluetooth Adapter

Setting up your Raspberry Pi is not to difficult. First you need to download Raspbian the OS of Rasp Pi to your SD Card. This can be done using win32diskimager. Insert the SD card into your PC and write the image to the SD card.

Next plug in your keyboard and mouse(wireless), your SD card with the OS downloaded to it, your HDMI cord from the raspberry pi to your TV, and finally plug in the micro USB powercord.

You will then need to set up your Edimax EW-7811Un WiFi by using the instructions here.

After your WiFi is set up you are ready to set up your miner.

Plug in your USB powered hub into the Rasp Pi and the wall.

You know will need to do a few things: Download cgminer, buy ASIC Block Erupters, and join a mining pool.

As for the mining pool I recommend Slush’s pool.

You just have to setup an account by email.

Next, download the latest version of cgminer.

After you have downloaded cgminer and configured it to your mining pool, plug in your Block Erupters into your powered USB hub. You should see the idle green led lights go off which means they are now mining bitcoins.

I want to make my mining rig solar powered.

I want to make:

a dollar in a week.

100 dollars in a month.

1000 dollars in 100 days.

For more information contact me dominicsteil@hotmail.com


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Telecommunications + Network Security + Android + Digital Currency

Finding synergies is the key to everything that I am learning right now.

  • Telecommunications
  • Wireless Network Security
  • JavaScript/JQUERY
  • Wireless Android Application Development
  • BitCoins and MicroPayments
  • Solar Energy/ Solar Leap

There is an overall need for fast WiFi in city centers, enterprise venues. I want to build a useful “X” that enables people in major city centers and enterprise venues:

  1. Wirelessly/Securely access the internet form any mobile device
  2. Wirelessly/Securely charge their device


BitCoins + WiFi + Solar Synergy

Imagine paying for WiFi through your solar panel with a digital cryptocurrency. This is the first draft of what I am developing for geo graphical markets just entering the digital world.

This works inverse aswell. Imagine paying your solar bill by offsetting some of your WiFi.

I am developing a program where people are going to be able given incentive to create a better urban operating system for themselves, and get paid for doing it.