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Pizarro ISP Update February 10th, 2019

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Accounting for the month of January was published. The next day an order for the short term rental of an AMD64 box for Cuntoo testing was received and fulfilled. For a lack of civilized operating system to offer while cuntoo gestates, a Gentoo LiveDVD image professing a 2012 birthdate was plucked out of the wild. Following threads on Cuntoo has lead to reading substantial documentation on its ancestor Gentoo and its installation process.

Routine admistration has encounter a hiccup as efforts to establish a fiat/BTC price point for this months are failing to attract any bidders at all. I don't know if this is for reasons of unfamiliarity with the "buy" auction mechanic, if it is because I am seeking blocks that are too large (or too small), or if I am not starting far enough below what out of WoT price signals suggest the exchange rate might be.

While fiat/BTC liquidity is increasingly available locally, the inability to get an in-WoT price signal is blocking. Last month's price point had to be set by bidding on a sell auction offered by lobbes and winning. As the local liquidity providers are advertising more Pizarro favorable exchange rates than the prices I have been opening auctions at, I intend to acquire 1500 USD locally in the next week and continuing to try to set a price in WoT. However, I do not want to enter the state of sin where I offer an affidavit establishing a price point based on what the locals are paying for a lack of anyone in the The Most Serene Republic interested in buying Bitcoins.

I would like to debug this issue so that price discovery does not continue to threaten timely invoicing.

Ongoing Things To Be Done:

  • Debug Auction Price Discovery Mechanism - Tagged to Manager, The Forum
  • Mechanized Conversion Engine - Tagged To Technical Director
  • Spec Second RockChip Plant - Tagged To Technical Director
  • Complete Rewrite of Website Copy - Tagged To Manager, Ongoing
  • Social Engineering of Uninitiated Forum Operators with aim of Marketing takeover - Tagged To Manager, Ongoing
  • Continue improving corporate communication and transparency - Tagged To Manager
  • Add more open threads to this list - Tagged To Manager

Further out

  • Implement our own routing, this is a prerequisite to capturing a larger portion of IPv4 space
  • Complete Dominance of the market for hosted computing

Pizarro January 2019 Report

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
..::[  Pizarro January 2019 Report ]::..

BTC Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| Fiat Purchase                                   |               | 0.14       |
| Fiat Purchase                                   |               | 0.42       |
| The Bitcoin Foundation Colocation               | 0.03968076    |            |
| Rockchip Quarterly with Shell                   | 0.06900756    |            |
| Rockchip Quarterly                              | 0.06300756    |            |
| Monthly Shared Shell                            | 0.00200000    |            |
| Annual Shared Shell                             | 0.02160000    |            |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | 0.19529588    | 0.56000000 |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
Net Change: -0.36470412

USD Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| Incoming Transfer                               | 500           |            |
| Locally Acquired fiat                           | 1513          |            |
| Electricity                                     |               | 106        |
| Apartment                                       |               | 443        |
| ANDA fees                                       |               | 20         |
| Apartment Common Costs                          |               | 62         |
| Apartment Fiber Internet                        |               | 42         |
| Local Taxes                                     |               | 163        |
| Accountant                                      |               | 77         |
| Cowork                                          |               | 157        |
| Per diem                                        |               | 775        |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | 2013          | 1845       |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+

Datacenter USD Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| Rack And Pipe                                   |               | 2834.06    |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 |               | 2834.06    |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+

Fiat Assets
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| Account | 01/01/2019 | Net Change | 01/31/2019 |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| USD     | 4523       | 168        | 4691       |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| DC USD  | 10038.88   | -2834.06   | 7204.82    |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| UYU     | 44900      | 0          | 44900      |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+

Tangibles
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
| Item         | QTY   | Book Value | monthly depreciation | last depreciation period |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
| UY1          | 1     | 0.02129452 | 0.02129452           | March 2019               |
| UY2          | 1     | 0.10000003 | 0.03333333           | May 2019                 |
| RC Pilot     | 1     | 0.02703258 | 0.00901087           | May 2019                 |
| UY3          | 1     | 0.27656097 | 0.04609349           | July 2019                |
| FUCKGOATs    | 28    | 0.38888892 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| USD, DC Inc. | 11896 | 3.33127975 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| UYU          | 44900 | 0.39789585 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| SSDs         | 8     | 0.37953629 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
|              |       | 4.92248891 | 0.10973221           |                          |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+

Pizarro Assets
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
| Account          | 01/01/2019  | 01/31/2019   | Net Change    |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
| Cash             | 1.38614868  |  1.02144456  | -0.36470412   |
| Tangibles        | 5.29986473  |  4.92248891  | -0.37737582   |
| Intangibles, g/w | 10.50635659 | 11.92638284  |  1.42002625   |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
|                  | 17.19237000 | 17.87031631  |  0.67794631   |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+

Pizarro Liabilities
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Account               | 01/01/2019  | 01/31/2019  | Net Change  |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| S.NSA                 |  0.90000000 |  0.90000000 |  0.00000000 |
| BingoBoingo Parachute |  0.25000000 |  0.25000000 |  0.00000000 |
| Manager Salary 9-2019 |  1.00000000 |  1.00000000 |  0.00000000 |
| Customer Equity       |  0.59680109 |  0.62785314 |  0.03105205 |
| Shareholder Equity    | 14.44556891 | 15.09246317 |  0.64689426 |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|                       | 17.19237000 | 17.87031631 |  0.67794631 |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
*****************************************************************************

The following lists are open business development threads to be included in all future updates. These initial lists will be added to, and people in communion with the Republic are welcome to claim tasks. This list, like the featured tasks, is a work in progress.

Ongoing Things To Be Done:

  • Mechanized Conversion Engine - Tagged To Technical Director
  • Spec Second RockChip Plant - Tagged To Technical Director
  • Complete Rewrite of Website Copy - Tagged To Manager, Ongoing
  • Social Engineering of Uninitiated Forum Operators with aim of Marketing takeover - Tagged To Manager, Ongoing
  • Continue improving corporate communication and transparency - Tagged To Manager
  • Add more open threads to this list - Tagged To Manager

Further out

  • Implement our own routing, this is a prerequisite to capturing a larger portion of IPv4 space
  • Complete Dominance of the market for hosted computing

Pizarro ISP Update February 3rd, 2019

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

The replacement RockChip discussed in last weeks update has been installed. The old unit is sitting on my desk waiting for me to remove the heatsink in a non-destructive manner before mailing the unit to asciilifeform.

Tools cleaned, organized, and where appropriate oiled.

The monthly statement is being prepared to be followed by the monthly fiat auction. Routine administration is wonderfully becoming routine.

Pizarro Update January 27th 2019

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Asciilifeform has ordered a Rockchip sent to Uruguay via commercial shipping to replace the unit declared dead last week. This unit has 4GB of RAM in contrast to the currently deployed units with 2GB of RAM. If the 2GB models are indeed out of print it means the 4GB models will fill the next Rockchip plant deployed to Uruguay.

Further the last "sad" drive was purged from the Rockchip plant. The customer's Rockchip accepted a new drive without issue.

Per the January 14th update, 1513 USD were acquired locally at cost of 0.42 BTC for an effective rate of 3601 USD/BTC, a slightly better rate than we acquired 500 USD for at auction earlier this month. I politely declined an offer to buy double the amount of USD, a welcome change in the local liquidity environment compared to last year.

Board member mod6 proposed arranging Pizarro's next round of capitalization after the publication of the February statement.

Pizarro ISP Update January 21, 2019

Monday, January 21st, 2019

As a result of the ongoing discussion of Pizarro's future, planning has begun for a hardware run sometime in March. Out of a 4 rack unit payload two units worth of Rockchip plant are planned while 2 units of space are available at present for customers to propose colocation payloads during the next couple weeks. Supporting work to prepare for the supply mission is in the early stages. Preparations will continue.

Following instrumentation UY1 has not been resetting. Leading hypotheses for the resets are hostile action or the RAID card overheating during a walk. An effort to stand up the vacant Rockchip to host IRC bouncers for current Pizarro shared hosting customers lead to the Rockchip being declared dead, the first hardware loss in the Rockchip fleet. Shared hosting customers using UY1 to host their bouncers have been invited to request an account on my Pizarro hosted Rockchip, one customer has done so and been accommodated.

Pizarro ISP Update January 14, 2019

Monday, January 14th, 2019

The shared hosting server has been experiencing unplanned and unwanted reboots. I have done some preliminary non-invasive investigation, and asciilifeform has begun troubleshooting. With the downtime this issue has resulted in, I am inclined to not charge current shared hosting customers for this month. I am interested in hearing other proposals to compensate our customers for the downtime.

Invoices were sent based on the one successful fiat auction this month. As liquidity in the local BTC/fiat market appears to be improving I will attempt to acquire ~1500 USD at a price better than the auction was settled at to confirm the apparent improvement in local liquidity.

A nice girl from the Datacenter's accounting team informed me they would like us to spend down some of our accumulated deposit with them before they are sent any more wired fiats.

The combination of last week's update and my evaluation of Pizarro's footing entering this year lead to the start of a conversation in the forum on Pizarro's future. Both asciilifeform and mod6 confirmed their plans to each invest a further 5BTC in Pizarro. Merits and substantial drawbacks of attempting to cut datacenter costs mid contract were discussed. The conclusion of conversation at this point appears to be that the focus in 2019 needs to be getting a mechanized Republican conversion engine going.

Upon reading the statements Mircea Popescu noted that Pizarro has been growing in value, largely through appreciation in fiat holdings with are allocated to our continued good customer relationship with the datacenter. I apologize for letting my focus on cash flow overwhelm the larger picture in communications.

Forum fishing has lead to a potential opportunity to meet with a fellow who has an established presence on some forums that partially overlap with Republican politics. It is my hope that at the very least this will help to raise the profile of Pizarro outside the Republic and open the door for some soft Republican conversions.

Pizarro Update January 6th, 2019 - November and December 2018 Statements

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Monthly statements for November and December are below. The +0.35824413 discrepancy of the actual cash account over the reported cash account has been listed on the November statement as incoming following the audit by ben_vulpes (clearsigned dispatches 1, 2, and 3).

In light of the substantial deposits placed with the datacenter in November a table was added to the statements for our account with the datacenter and is being accounted for with the tangibles. The accounting is now, finally up to date.

The first attempt at a fiat purchase auction failed to attract any bidders. A second auction was opened and will conclude Monday the 7th. Once an auction has been bid and settled, we will have our exchange rate for invoicing.

Action items include writing up a review of the past year and its lessons (in progress), working on a mid term plan, continuing to try to drink the ocean, and soliciting input in the forum on ways to involve the lords and honored L2 in the search for life.

..::[  Pizarro November 2018 Report ]::..

BTC Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| DC                                              |               | 0.45477950 |
| Additional Fiat To Datacenter                   |               | 1.50000001 |
| The Bitcoin Foundation Colocation               | 0.02196351    |            |
| S.MG Monthly Test Server Colocation             | 0.05780660    |            |
| Monthly Colocation and Hosted Shell             | 0.02396351    |            |
| Monthly Hosted Shell                            | 0.00266666    |            |
| Audit Adjustment                                | 0.35824413    |            |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | 0.46464441    | 1.95477951 |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+

USD Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| Electricity                                     |               | 79         |
| Apartment                                       |               | 443        |
| ANDA fees                                       |               | 20         |
| Apartment Common Costs                          |               | 61         |
| Apartment Fiber Internet                        |               | 42         |
| Local Taxes                                     |               | 162        |
| Accountant                                      |               | 70         |
| Cowork                                          |               | 157        |
| Per diem                                        |               | 750        |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 |               | 1784       |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+

Datacenter USD Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| Incoming                                        | 2909.06       |            |
| Incoming                                        | 4111.00       |            |
| Incoming                                        | 4999.00       |            |
| Rack And Pipe                                   |               | 2834.06    |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | 12019.06      | 2834.06    |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+

Fiat Assets
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| Account | 11/01/2018 | Net Change | 11/30/2018 |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| USD     | 6102       | 1784       | 4318       |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| DC USD  | 3687.94    | 9185       | 12872.94   |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| UYU     | 44900      | 0          | 44900      |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+

Tangibles
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
| Item         | QTY   | Book Value | monthly depreciation | last depreciation period |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
| UY1          | 1     | 0.06388356 | 0.02129452           | March 2019               |
| UY2          | 1     | 0.16666669 | 0.03333333           | May 2019                 |
| RC Pilot     | 1     | 0.04505432 | 0.00901087           | May 2019                 |
| UY3          | 1     | 0.36874795 | 0.04609349           | July 2019                |
| FUCKGOATs    | 28    | 0.38888892 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| USD, DC Inc. | 17191 | 2.66483338 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| UYU          | 44900 | 0.22069771 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| SSDs         | 8     | 0.37953629 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
|              |       | 4.29830882 |                      |                          |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+

Pizarro Assets
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
| Account          | 11/1/2018   | 11/30/2018   | Net Change    |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
| Cash             |  3.12087749 |  1.63074208  | -1.49013541   |
| Tangibles        |  2.66361357 |  4.29830882  |  1.63469525   |
| Intangibles, g/w |  8.41379082 |  9.23937438  |  0.82558356   |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
|                  | 14.19828188 | 15.16842528  |  0.97014340   |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+

Pizarro Liabilities
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Account               | 11/01/2018  | 11/30/2018  | Net Change  |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| S.NSA                 |  0.90000000 |  0.90000000 |  0.00000000 |
| BingoBoingo Parachute |  0.25000000 |  0.25000000 |  0.00000000 |
| Manager Salary 9-2019 |  1.00000000 |  1.00000000 |  0.00000000 |
| Customer Equity       |  0.72374420 |  0.60564864 | -0.11809556 |
| Shareholder Equity    | 11.32453768 | 12.41277664 |  1.08823896 |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|                       | 14.19828188 | 15.16842528 | 0.97014340  |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
*****************************************************************************

..::[  Pizarro December 2018 Report ]::..

BTC Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| Fiat Purchase                                   |               | 0.50000000 |
| The Bitcoin Foundation Colocation               | 0.03542500    |            |
| S.MG Monthly Test Server Colocation             | 0.05780660    |            |
| Monthly Colocation and Hosted Shell             | 0.03742500    |            |
| Rockchip Quarterly                              | 0.05625000    |            |
| Monthly Hosted Shell                            | 0.00200000    |            |
| Annual Hosted Shell                             | 0.02160000    |            |
| Annual Hosted Shell with domain                 | 0.02330000    |            |
| Annual Hosted Shell                             | 0.02160000    |            |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | 0.25540660    | 0.50000000 |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+

USD Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| Incoming Transfer                               | 2000          |            |
| Electricity                                     |               | 56         |
| Apartment                                       |               | 444        |
| ANDA fees                                       |               | 20         |
| Apartment Common Costs                          |               | 61         |
| Apartment Fiber Internet                        |               | 42         |
| Local Taxes                                     |               | 163        |
| Accountant                                      |               | 70         |
| Cowork                                          |               | 157        |
| Per diem                                        |               | 775        |
| Customer Domain                                 |               | 7          |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | 2000          | 1795       |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+

Datacenter USD Incoming and Outgoing
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 | INCOMING      | OUTGOING   |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
| Rack And Pipe                                   |               | 2834.06    |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+
|                                                 |               | 2834.06    |
+-------------------------------------------------+---------------+------------+

Fiat Assets
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| Account | 12/01/2018 | Net Change | 12/31/2018 |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| USD     | 4318       | 205        | 4523       |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| DC USD  | 12872.94   | -2834.06   | 10038.88   |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+
| UYU     | 44900      | 0          | 44900      |
+---------+------------+------------+------------+

Tangibles
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
| Item         | QTY   | Book Value | monthly depreciation | last depreciation period |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
| UY1          | 1     | 0.04258904 | 0.02129452           | March 2019               |
| UY2          | 1     | 0.13333336 | 0.03333333           | May 2019                 |
| RC Pilot     | 1     | 0.03604345 | 0.00901087           | May 2019                 |
| UY3          | 1     | 0.32265446 | 0.04609349           | July 2019                |
| FUCKGOATs    | 28    | 0.38888892 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| USD, DC Inc. | 14562 | 3.64047000 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| UYU          | 44900 | 0.35634921 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
| SSDs         | 8     | 0.37953629 | n/a                  | n/a                      |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+
|              |       | 5.29986473 |                      |                          |
+--------------+-------+------------+----------------------+--------------------------+

Pizarro Assets
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
| Account          | 12/1/2018   | 12/31/2018   | Net Change    |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
| Cash             |  1.63074208 |  1.38614868  | -0.24459340   |
| Tangibles        |  4.29830882 |  5.29986473  |  1.00155591   |
| Intangibles, g/w |  9.23937438 | 10.50635659  |  1.26698221   |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+
|                  | 15.16842528 | 17.19237000  |  2.02394472   |
+------------------+-------------+--------------+---------------+

Pizarro Liabilities
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| Account               | 11/01/2018  | 11/30/2018  | Net Change  |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
| S.NSA                 |  0.90000000 |  0.90000000 |  0.00000000 |
| BingoBoingo Parachute |  0.25000000 |  0.25000000 |  0.00000000 |
| Manager Salary 9-2019 |  1.00000000 |  1.00000000 |  0.00000000 |
| Customer Equity       |  0.60564864 |  0.59680109 | -0.00884755 |
| Shareholder Equity    | 12.41277664 | 14.44556891 |  2.03279227 |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
|                       | 15.16842528 | 17.19237000 |  2.02394471 |
+-----------------------+-------------+-------------+-------------+
*****************************************************************************

Pizarro Update December 31st

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Pizarro shared hosting customers who have had their mp-wp installations provided by me were sent a dispatch on bringing greater functionality and security to their installations after the means to do so were tested. Not all customers have acknowledged receipt yet, but those who have received support implementing the measures. A new shared hosting account was set up for an existing Pizarro customer/board member. Preparations for the end of the month accounting are ongoing. Forum engineering and database walking continue.

Weechat is being investigated for addition to the default shared hosting account amenities following a customer bringing this post to my attention.

Pizarro Update December 23rd

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Though recent, the highest current action item is mp-wp not being as spartan as I thought. Fixes for most issues are being tested, writeup should be published before the 27th. The complete remedy is looking to involve a measure of customer action. Existing customers will be contacted, and the new customer enrollment conversation will be amended. Also installing mp-wp into shared hosting accounts by default is looking like the new standard for shared hosting accounts. The number of shared hosting customers who wanted bare accounts is dwarfed by the number that wanted mp-wp.

A new shared hosting customer has chosen Pizarro. Fiat denominated invoices have been paid. In the coming month several fiat expenses are expected to increase when the government formalizes inflation. Local "our democracy" election campaign season is beginning to heat up, this is being monitored for opportunities to identify useful locals.

I have been trying to amp up the forum engineering and walk some databases. At this point it is hard to tell if the going is going. For customers considering hardware colocation, I do have to say the water at the beach is pretty great. Have you considered a colocation vacation?

Weekly Update December 9th 2018

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

The fiat purchase auction ended setting the price with which invoices will be sent tomorrow. Efforts to evangelize at the Expocannabis have been thwarted by the intoxication of attendees and proliferation of bad loud music. A write up will be prepared and published. Also upcoming, some long awaited text dumping and publication.