# Max Fang's Obsidian Notes **Hi, welcome to my published notes!** I am an avid [Obsidian](https://obsidian.md/) user. I've benefitted immensely from the ease at which Obsidian has allowed me to index the knowledge I encounter, so I published a subset of my notes on this site in the hopes that you can benefit from them too. :) At >450k words, this knowledge base contains several books' worth of material. The easiest way to explore this content is to click into the hierarchy of folders > topics on the left. You can also use the search bar. I've done my best to keep articles clean and maintain a consistent style, but most of the articles here were written while I was still figuring out the best way to structure my notes. The articles in the [[Confidential Computing]] folder are closest to what I consider to be ideal. If you see something obviously wrong, something that I likely published on accident (oops!), or if you know a resource that would be a fantastic addition to a page, feel free to DM me at [@MaxFangX](https://twitter.com/maxfangx) on Twitter, or send me an email (listed on my [personal site](https://maxfa.ng/)). I can't promise to vet and respond to all requests, but I will try. Below you will find descriptions of all the top-level folders. Thanks for coming by. -Max ### Well-populated top-level folders - **[[Bitcoin]]**: Mostly covers lesser-known topics. I recommend the [[Seedphrase Security]] page in particular. - **[[Confidential Computing]]**: "Confidential computing" is the new tech buzzword for any hardware-based technology that allows data to remain confidential while in use, typically in the cloud. I think it's the next big revolution in computing. While the term technically only includes hardware [[TEE|TEEs]], cryptography-based techniques such as [[FHE]], [[MPC]], and zk-SNARKS are promising too, so I included those as well. - **Dev**: Short for "software **dev**elopment", this folder contains loads of tips, resources and copy-pastable command line guides which document everything from [[bitcoind Quickstart|how to build and daemonize bitcoind]] to how to get [[Emacs in Vim|Emacs key bindings to work inside Vim]] (blasphemy, I know). I mostly code in [[Rust]], so you might want to start there. There's also my [[Personal Setup on Ubuntu|personal dev setup]]. - **Freedom Topics**: My research into freedom and human rights, organized by topic. Here you can learn about all kinds of problems in our world. - **Freedom Worldwide**: My research into freedom and human rights, organized by country / geography. I've spent a lot of time researching [[North Korea]] in particular. - **[[Lightning]]**: Mostly covers lesser-known topics. I recommend learning about [[Spontaneous payments]], one of the most pressing design / engineering / UX problems today. ### Lesser top-level folders - **Academia**: Self-explanatory. - **Applied Cryptography**: Application-level cryptography. - **Blockchain**: Basically, anything that isn't [[Bitcoin]]. I really like [[Aleo]] in particular, as well as [['The ecosystem is moving' by Moxie Marlinspike|Moxie's critiques]]. - **Business**: Topics related to starting and running a business. - **Cryptography**: Academic cryptography. - **Economics**: Self-explanatory. [[Ergodicity Economics]] is pretty neat. I'm also a big fan of [[Lyn Alden]]. - **Geopolitics**: Self-explanatory. - **Networking**: I was really interested in alternative communications infrastructures for a while, especially as a potential way to get information into [[North Korea]]. [[Starlink]] is awesome, and the [[In The Mesh Blog]] has lots of great content on mesh networking. - **Organizations**: A handy place to catalogue the organizations I learn about. I have a **People** folder too, but publishing that would be weird. - **Security**: Some notes on computer security. - **Tech**: Technical topics that don't clearly fit anywhere else