Freely Accessing Your Own Nest HD Camera Stream

December 30, 2020

Way back in 2018, I coded up a little project that allowed me to record my Nest camera stream in a _very_ hacky way. I wanted to get the raw video off of the camera without paying for a Nest Aware subscription.

Unlocking My Air Data Through API Analysis

December 28, 2020

I am naturally curious about the APIs that the devices in my house use, so when I got an air quality monitor, one of the first things I did was fiddle with the REST APIs that were made available through the device.

Building Evergreen Markdown Notes

December 24, 2020

Some of the more traditional approaches to taking digital notes work quite well in 99% of cases - I think most of the tools on the market are doing a marvelous job. But I often caught myself needing something more, specifically for notes that I wanted to write once and frequently refer to later (e.g. details about specific projects that don't change often).

I Launched A Personal Site Directory

December 6, 2020

In 2020, it might seem like the art of crafting your own personal site became a thing of the past. Most of the engagement happens on social networks or inside walled gardens.

Joining Microsoft Developer Relations

November 16, 2020

Talk about making some life changes in a short period of time! I am genuinely pumped to be coming back to something that is near and dear to my heart - developer relations.

Caffeinate Windows With PowerShell

November 12, 2020

It's the perfect time to drink coffee, sit inside, and code. There was just one problem with that for me - I actually need to step away from my machine from time to time to brew some coffee, and while I was gone, the computer would go to sleep, and I needed to wake it up, enter my credentials.

I Built A Desktop Computer

November 7, 2020

It finally happened - after almost five years of sticking with macOS and a MacBook, I gave up and built my own desktop computer.

Generating Windows 10 Notifications With PowerShell

August 26, 2020

I recently moved all my development boxes to Windows. That’s right, all those Mac machines, with the exception of one that I need for testing, have been Boot Camp-ed to use the latest and greatest of the Windows 10 ecosystem. As part of this process, I started building some automation scripts - I’ve had that for macOS in the form of shell scripts that I could run whenever I re-installed the system, but nothing like that for Windows.

Honey, I Accidentally Became A Product Manager

August 1, 2020

In the past couple of months, folks asked me how I got into product management. While everyone probably wants to hear an overly romanticized story about how this was my passion from an early age, the reality is much funnier - it was an accident. I never had any plan to be in product management, and yet, this is how I built my career. This essay is a story of how I got to be in the role I am today.

Announcing MeetingShot

July 8, 2020

Sometimes, you code for the sake of coding, and build something that is just fun. Back in June, my good friend Dan Fernandez came up with the idea of a website that can create Zoom meeting screenshots that place people in the company of celebrities, animals, or the Brady Bunch. That is, we’re not cool enough to actually hang out with said celebrities, but we can at least pretend that we chat with them over Zoom, to the surprise of our friends and family.