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With Bitcoin passing $11,000 recently (October 2017) I had a few friends reach out and ask about Bitcoin. As many of you know, I completed a Masters in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia in the spring of 2018. This post serves as an introductory primer to cryptocurrencies for non-technical folks. I will attempt to stay at a high level and will talk about cryptocurrencies as a whole rather than Bitcoin individually. There are many areas that I skim over (such as mining and proof-of-stake) which will be a separate blog post after this one.
A decentralized health insurance co-op could be setup with the mission of providing health coverage to its members. It would operate similar to a non-profit where the focus is on the members and not shareholders. The co-op would use a blockchain as its data structure and each user would run a node with software that would allow then to submit claims, payments and vote. A block would be created on average every 24 hours with a term period being every 30 blocks, or roughly a month.
At the 2017 OmniUpdate Training Conference Hackathon a group created an application that would connect Amazon’s Alexa with OU Campus. The tweet to the right is a demonstration of asking Alexa to check in files for OU Campus. The application will also return the number of files checked out.
The following are two essays that I wrote for a Banking and Finance class for my Masters in Digital Currency. The assignment was two short essays, one on why bitcoin is money and another on why bitcoin is not money. Both have been edited slightly.
The University of Northern Colorado has recently embraced all things analytics and as part of that we had a need to add event tracking code to buttons. The best use of this is when a pdf or document needs to be tracked. Since that content can’t have the analytics code, the link to it can fire an event that can be tracked in Google Analytics.
The Google Event Tracking Gadget will help web contributors create event tracking codes on links.
This gadget works with the most recent version of Google Analytics, or analytics.js. Full documentation about events can be found within Google’s Event Tracking Documentation.
The final code that is produced by the gadget is this:
Test to see if it worked
Publish the file with OU Campus and click on the link. Next, login to Google Analytics and open up a view that is part of that page. On the right column select “Real-Time” / “Events”. The current events happening on the site will be displayed. It usually takes a few seconds for an event to show up.
Item #3 below is the event that was fired when the link from the code above was clicked on.
Clicking into the row will show the Event Label, which in this case was “Jesse”
The University of Nicosia uses the Bitcoin blockchain to verify the authenticity of certificates that have been awarded.