Picks of the Month - April 2017

Posted by Gjermund Bjaanes on April 29, 2017

Welcome to Picks of the month, where I share a few things I have found useful the last month.

It can be anything from blog posts and software tools to books and techniques.

#1 Oslo Blockchain Day

I recently attended Oslo Blockchain Day, which is a one-day conference all about blockchain in Oslo.

Oslo Blockchain Day Panel

The conference was a 4-track, high speed (lots of ~20-minute talks, my favorite length) conference with a bunch of well-known blockchain experts.

I got a much deeper understanding of what makes blockchain special. This is reflected in that I reposted my earlier blockchain posts with new explanations and new content.

I also got a lot to think about when it comes to enterprise usage of blockchain. What can it do? How can it solve problems? In short, I was inspired to reflect a lot more on blockchain technology from an innovation standpoint (which is my job).

I also got myself a signed copy of “The Internet of Money” by Andreas Antonopoulus

I’m glad I went, and I think I will try to attend next year as well! It was well worth it!

All three parts of my blockchain blog series:

Part 1: What is Blockchain (this post)
Part 2: What can Blockchain solve?
Part 3: Exciting Blockchain Projects


#2 MQTT.fx

MQTT.fq is a desktop MQTT client that works on Windows, Linux, and Mac. It’s probably the best tools I have for debugging MQTT.

I can connect the MQTT.fx client to my MQTT broker and see that all messages from my IoT devices are coming through. I can also send messages to the broker to test devices that respond to certain messages. It is very handy when working with IoT devices that use the MQTT protocol.

MQTT.fx Screenshot