Some people have been wondering where I've been. And the truth is... I pretty much haven't left. I've been running ZeroNet this whole time. I poke my head in from time to time, and mostly just haven't been pushing anything out.
So this post isn't going to be really any tech updates. Just life stuff. Y'all are probably tired of hearing the same excuse 'life stuff', but it's true. For the past year and a half now I've been seeing an endocrinologist, and for the past month or so I've been seeing both a therapist and psychiatrist. Dealing with some medical problems. My therapist thinks that I've got Conversion Disorder. If any of y'all know anything about it, definitely message me!
These problems, unfortunately, get in the way of a lot of work. So I've been a bit stressed and worried about finances (donation addresses are on kaffie.bit if y'all wanna help). Got some work through upwork.com, but again medical problems prevail. And that takes priority over ZeroNet for me, unfortunately.
Things have been looking up though. I've resolved a lot of my issues by now, and hopefully I can get working on some cool stuff. New year new me, right? I've been thinking a lot about the net neutrality repeal here in the US, along with some of the mesh projects that are going on. I ended up poking around to see how progress has gone. And... ZeroNet seems to be almost there! Bootstrapping is apparently now a thing (no more reliance on trackers). Which means IPV4 meshes should be able to run ZeroNet. To put it on CJDNS (my dream 😍), however, we still need IPV6 support. I'd love if someone could go check that out and figure out what all needs to be done.
Sci-hub (currently http://sci-hub.tw/) is a project that needs a lot more love as well. It's unfortunately a centralized service, but it's more or less the only site that provides full free access to scientific studies and research. Something that's very needed. We need a good decentralized solution to this. Perhaps make a ZeroNet sci-hub?
Perhaps 2018 will be the year I finally update Kaffiene's index and get some sort of crawler or auto-indexer done. The alternative search options are... lackluster at best.
All in all there's some interesting stuff going on. ZN has clearly gotten lots of improvements. KopyKate Big is the first successful video platform I've seen on here. Using the big file support. Thunderwave has fixed it's bugs that I saw before and is entirely usable as public, private, and group messaging. Git Center is a viable replacement for 0git and github, so I plan to put up a Kaffiene repository there soon.
So yeah. Don't worry about me too much. I'm not leaving any time soon. Hopefully we can keep pushing the decentralized web forward together, and keep information free.
Happy new year, everyone!