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Tech Professionals! Do You Have "The Storm"?
47:59May is mental health awareness month and in this episode of The Hacks, Tom and Chunga have a question for you--Do you have "the storm"? The Storm is a term that Chunga uses to describe something that happens internally to some people. It's an internal urgency that creates a high level of discomfort and an almost unquenchable thirst to push yourself forward. It's especially common among people who strive to innovate, think outside the box, and create. Ultimately, the storm can be a good thing, but it can also be destructive. If it's not controlled the right way, the storm can take a heavy toll. Not only on you as an individual, but on family, friends, finances, and the very thing you're working so hard to create. Tom and Chunga talk about the storm, how they've struggled with it, how they've learned how to deal with it, and used it to make their lives and careers better. Join the Salt Project Community Check out the new Idem Project!
Tom & Chunga Build a Server. It Doesn't Go Well!!
45:49After a week off, Tom and Chunga are back! Tom is really excited about a new project he's getting started on. For the first time in over a decade, he's going to build his own servers! He's really interested in participating in some new networks and areas of computing. In order to do that at the level he wants, he needs some fairly powerful new servers. Sure, Tom could just head to the store or order some completed servers online, but no--that would be beneath him! Although he's beyond thrilled to be starting on this, there's a problem, it's not going well. In truth, it's not going well at all! It seems that Tom is extremely rusty, the pain is real! Is Tom in over his head trying to build these servers? Is he going to need help from you and the listeners of The Hacks? Listen now to find out! Learn more about the Salt Project! Check out the new Idem Project!
Everything Wrong With Crypto--Part-2
41:19Last week, Tom and Chunga kicked off a two-part series, that focused on everything that's wrong with Crypto. In part one, they talked about the concept of Cryptocurrency and whether or not it will stand the test of time as a legitimate form of money. In part two, Tom and Chunga discuss the limitations of using Crypto as a utility and why that process is so slow. It's also extremely confusing. Tom says that while speed, is one of the biggest problems people face when using Crypto, it's far from the only core problem! Listen now to learn about all of his concerns in this episode of The Hacks! Check out the brand new Idem Project! Learn more about Salt Project.
Everything That's Wrong With Crypto - Part 1
44:16A few weeks ago, Tom and Chunga did a couple of episodes about CryptoCurrency. Although these shows were generalized and neutral, there were a few people that felt that The Hacks was in some way being a "shill" for crypto companies. While that couldn't have been further from the truth, the feedback did give Chunga an idea. Why not do a couple of episodes about everything that's wrong with crypto! We all know that when it comes to NFTs, the blockchain, and various types of crypto, they have an awful lot to discuss when it comes to the negatives. In part one of this two-part series, Tom and Chunga talk about the comparisons between traditional and cryptocurrencies, and how each has had to evolve in order to maintain worth. Will crypto evolve in a way that makes it less volatile and easier to understand, or will it become the next Blockbuster Video business? Listen now and decide for yourself! Learn more about Salt Project! Check out the brand new Idem Project!
What Is a Botnet?
39:22Chunga is asking for Tom's help. He's wondering about something and he feels like it's something that he should already know about. He's also curious to know if this is something that everyone claims to understand but in reality, experts are more like him, and they don't understand as well as they should. In this episode of The Hacks, Chunga asks "what is a botnet"? Botnets have been mentioned a lot in the news lately. The FBI has caught and shut down two major Russian botnets just in the past week! Tom knows a ton about botnets and gives a full rundown about what they are, how they operate, and IF they're actually as dangerous as the media would have us believe. Listen now! Learn more about the Salt Project Community! Check out the brand new Idem Project!
Super Nerd Spotlight: Who is Dan Bernstein
41:37Tom is hanging out in Las Vegas with Chunga! They're working on a writing project together and while they were diligently grinding away, Tom came up with a great idea. Every so often, he wants to do an episode of The Hacks that focuses on an individual that has changed the face of technology and made a massive impact on the way society works! They're going to call these special episodes the "Super Nerd Spotlight"! For the first official episode, Tom and Chunga have selected legendary mathematician, software engineer, and cryptographer Dan Bernstein! You may not know his name, but you have definitely been a benefactor of his genius. If you have an interest in ciphers, cryptography, and cybersecurity, this is your episode! So who is this guy and why is he so important? Listen to this episode of The Hacks to find out! Learn more about Salt Project! Check out the brand new Idem Project
The Trinity of Open Source
46:52Tom is in the process of writing a new book and (big shock) it's about open source! More specifically, it's called "The Trinity of Open Source". So, what does that mean? Simply Put, The Trinity of Open Source is all about the natural balance between three components that are essential to any open source project! Tom says that most corporations don't get the balance right, and because of this very few corporate-owned open source projects ever live up to their potential or become successful at all! What are these components? How do you keep them all in balance with each other? Tom and Chunga have all of the answers in this episode of The Hacks! Learn more about the Salt Project Community! Check out the brand new Idem Project!
Is AMD Better Than Intel?
38:17Tom has wanted to do this episode for weeks! Shortly before the Ukraine conflict broke out, he read a news article announcing that AMD had passed Intel in terms of market cap and now he wants to take a victory lap. Chunga says "they'll be no shutting him up about this". As many of you know, Tom has been an AMD "fanboy" for decades, and this news doesn't surprise him a bit. So what does all of this really mean? Does it mean AMD chips have become better than Intel chips? Does it mean Intel is on the decline and they've had their day in the sun? Listen now and find out! Take a look at the brand new Idem Project! Learn more about Salt Project!
The SRE Crisis
32:18In this episode of The Hacks, Tom and Chunga are talking about Tom's latest innovation called IDEM and how this powerful new software is designed to solve what many are calling an SRE (Site Reliability Engineer) crisis and several other fundamentally different problems. The infrastructure that SRE's are being asked to deal with are getting much more complex and keeping up with all the requirements is extremely difficult, if not impossible in many cases. According to Tom, the amount of infrastructure SRE's have to maintain has become untenable. IDEM is going to change that! Tom and Chunga will talk about it and give you a rundown of how it all works. Listen now!!! Learn more about IDEM Project!
**BONUS EPISODE** The Economics of a Cyberattack
46:38For the first time ever, The Hacks are releasing a bonus episode! Over the course of the past few episodes, Tom and Chunga have been talking about the history of technology in human conflict. They've also been discussing the role cyberattacks are playing in the current invasion of Ukraine. In this episode of The Hacks, Tom and Chunga will explore the most effective ways to use a cyberattack. Tom says the best way to use an attack of this type is much different than what people may think! He says it's all about inspiring revolution from the inside out. Listen now to learn more! Learn more about the Salt Project! Check out the brand new IDEM Project!