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Journal for Hardware, Software, Crypto and China.

Scale Week 14 零 líng Released

Mon Apr 15, 2019

Scale Week 14 is ZEROED. This week Scale is reset to the zero. Read inside to find out the decisions made to improve Scale and how editing of Scale Journal will be handled to keep the quality increasing. We also detail out how you may submit your writing to be published in Scale and be recorded forever in the Library of Congress and on the Internet. Scale 14 is a pivot. Feedback welcome as commits, meaning, please submit your “trusted original writing”.

  1. /2019/14/editors.pdf

Download Scale Week 14 PDF

Scale Week 15 is OPEN for YOUR Contribution.

Go to the data file Week 15 Links (requires github account) However, we will move to the pool to manage links soon. Stay tuned!


Please send your best content and upvotes using our Telegram Channel.

  1. Join our Telegram Channel.
  2. Post a link using the command /bookmark + url

NB: If the link already exists, posting it again will upvote it

See the Link Pool for the list of links.


Scale Week 13 源 yuán released

Sun Apr 07, 2019

Scale Week 13 is LIVE. Straight from the 源 yuán or source. Did you notice that the co-founder of Canaan, Xiangfu Liu, released the Bitcoin Miner Canaan A851 and FPGA Miner Icarus design files? We re-share. Articles on operating systems were upvoted about upgrading firmware for devices. An essay is posted by Jon Phillips about the Breakerspaces HK project by Matt Hope that re-invented the term zerowaste. The first in a potential series. The current state of Canaan, Linzhi and their pre-cursors, Qi Hardware, is shared. The final piece is a conclusion posted by “kidproto” about the virtual culture of energists vs real life energist activities. Have a great Sunday, right from the 源.

Top Links for Reading, Week 13 Links

Scale Week 12 艺 Released

Fri Mar 29, 2019

艺术 (yishu) art, 工艺 (gongyi) manual work, 手艺 (shouyi) craftmanship are all part of the same group of ideas in Chinese, expressed with 艺 (yi). In its traditional form, yi (藝) is a compound from grass (艹艸 cǎo), clouds (云 yún) and 埶 (yi) - an ancient word representing a kneeling person using its hands (丮) to model earth and wood (坴). More than just art, yi represents the talent, that is the ability to do something that should be cultivated to become a culture (文艺 wenyi).

Scale Week 12 is out! This week we continue to explore chip design and production with #progpow and #5G standard. Also global warming, #decentralized tech in Syria, Github strike in #China and a peak into the prehistory of Ethereum. Have a nice weekend and… enjoy the read!

Top Links for Reading, Week 12 Links

Scale Week 11 芯 Released

Mon Mar 23, 2019

芯 (xin) is core and is used in the word microchip 芯片

Scale Week 11 芯 introduces some key concepts of chip design and fabrication, audit the Solidity compiler, peaks into the roadmap of Ethereum 2.0 and discuss the concept of decentralization.

Top Links for Reading, Week 11 Links

Scale Week 10 模 mó Released

Mon Mar 18, 2019

模 mó means that which is left over after division. In algebra this is called the module or modulo operator.

Scale Week 10 first dives into how to write a Telegram bot like we have in our chat channel for adding articles to Scale. Then, we take a look at climate change, e-waste and Matt Hope’s upcoming project in Hong Kong. We also look at Trust. Download Scale 10 mó as a PDF for reading offline. Feedback Welcome!

Top Links for Reading, Week 10 Links

Scale Week 9 恭喜 gōngxǐ Released

Sun Mar 10, 2019

恭喜 gōngxǐ or Gong Hei in Cantonese means Congratulations, in a celebratory tone.

Scale Week 9 of 2019 opens with a congratulations, GONG HEI to the first show of a new art gallery, Oui.Gallery in HK doing contemporary art shows with topics ranging from global to China to HK to Shenzhen to technology. Have you heard of Scuttlebutt? We take a look at this social network of the asynchronous living. Trustware is investigated. Other articles include historical texts related to Unix philosophy and a historical precendent with Toshiba being regulated by the USA government similar to how Huawei is being handled now. Thanks for reading Scale. Feedback is welcom! Join our Telegram chat, submit your links, and upvote the best ones.

Top Links for Reading, Week 9 Links

Scale Week 8 信 xìn Released

Sun Mar 3, 2019

信 xìn is a Chinese character that means ‘to trust/believe’ and ‘a message’. It is made of two components : people (人) and word (言)。

Scale Week 8 PDF is out! Like the updated site design? Did you try the experimental pool feature? You may add links now from our telegram chat! This edition is focused on studying some other systems such as Wikipedia, looking at how one could do work that people need using BOINC and GridCoin, and we take a look at Tron and EOS, both which have way faster transaction speeds than Ethereum. Feedback welcome by joining our chat: Thanks for reading!

Top Links for Reading, Week 8 Links

Scale Week 7 货 huò

Tue Feb 26, 2019

货 huò - Meaning ‘goods’, the word is composed by the cowry (bei 贝貝 bèi), an ancient Chinese money, and the character (hua 化) which means ‘to transform’.

Welcome to Scale Week 7. We have Human Rights and Animal Right, but should we have Computer Rights? by Clement Renaud. 1st whitepapers of Bitcoin & Ethereum, Guidelines of Wikipedia & Universe Multiverse. We are testing out a few improvements such as using our Chinese word of the week as the general theme or prompt for the issue. Also, we have a new version of our site to be tested. If interested, please join our chat: Thanks for reading! Feedback Welcome.

Top Links for Reading, Week 7 Links

Scale Week 6 气 qì

Fri Feb 15, 2019

气 qì, in traditional Chinese culture, is an active principle forming part of any living thing.

We are still improving our system and thanks for the feedback. We added the registered Scale ISSN from 2004! We added Clement Renaud’s word of the week and new contributions for the weekend and week to read. Keep the new content flowing. We have original writings and research coming as well!

Top Links for Reading, Week 6 Links

Scale Week 5 Released!

Tue Feb 13, 2019

Get it while its hot, feedback welcome! There is so much noise in the world now, we are trying something different. We are gathering the top links in hardware, software and crypto, and rating them. The top 14 of the week get into the issue. We are pushing out this issue after we worked out some kinks in our basic system, and will continue to do so on Fridays each week so you have fresh offline PDF reading for thinking. Time to Scale Up your Mind!

Top Links for Reading, Week 5 Links


  • Weekly roundup of articles, research, comments on the intersection of crypto, hardware, software, and culture
  • Open for anyone to add links, reorder, or edit
  • Each Friday, at the end of the business day PST, the top links are compiled into a PDF for release for weekend offline reading


  • Add up/down voting powered by ETH to rank quality of submissions (TESTING NOW)
  • Looking for sponsorship (in ETH) to underwrite a more formal journal
  • Release : Links are posted on Twitter @qihardware using a thread (1 item per tweet)
  • Need way to sort the manually entered links right now


  • Need Table of Contents
    • simple solution: print out the links page of top 14 or make
  • Need to list contributors (can be from links page or more detailed)
  • can generate urls and headers on wkhtmltopdf ?
  • add scale build number (probably autotext and page numbers later)
  • add qr code to the original link for each article
  • some master page numbers to know where at in issue
  • move assets into the week folder
  • (add your feedback here)
  • Need a theme or concept
  • add word of the week (chinese word)
  • only 12 articles, because 2 had errors :)
  • output the pdfs with better names, not epoch timestamps ;)

More on Github journal and bot repos.

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