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Downloading Azure Media Services Videos With FFMPEG

March 4, 2021

I encountered a very unique challenge today - I needed to cut a part of a video hosted online with Azure Media Services for reference. The video in question is Into Focus, the 'show within a show,' that aired at Microsoft's Ignite conference earlier this week.

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.

Uploading Nest Camera Video To Azure Storage

January 13, 2018

Last weekend I hacked together a solution that allows Nest stream capture locally. This weekend I got a chance to improve it a bit and make the entire solution cloud-ready.

Unlimited Storage For Your Nest Cam, With No Subscription

January 7, 2018

We recently got a Nest cam, and we absolutely love the capabilities it brings to our home. One of the staples of the camera was the capability to record footage and then replay it later. The problem with that is we needed to pay for a subscription, and in my humble opinion, it's a bit pricey.

PSA - Do Not Make Your Nest Cam Public Just To Access The Stream

January 6, 2018

We really love the Nest Cam in our apartment. I was recently investigating how the Nest cam works from the inside, as I thought I could access the stream directly. The short answer - you can't, because the stream is behind DRM protection.

FallFury – Now Available On Channel9 Coding4Fun And CodePlex

January 27, 2013

If you follow this blog, you probably know that I spent part of Summer of 2012 in Redmond, WA, working on the Channel9 Coding4Fun team. My project for that period was FallFury – a 2D game that was designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the Windows 8 (specifically, Windows Store) development platform when it comes to creating hybrid applications (C++/XAML/DirectX).

Blind Ambition – An ImagineCup Documentary

July 26, 2011

This year I got the chance to attend the ImagineCup Worldwide Finals in New York City, where students from all over the world were presenting solutions to solve the world’s toughest problems through use of modern technology. One of the teams that particularly stood up from the crowd was Note-Taker – a group of guys from Arizona State University who built a device that helps legally blind people during their classes.

Trick Windows Phone OS Into Believing Your App Is The YouTube App

May 17, 2011

Have you ever wondered if the default YouTube application can be replaced? With tight system integration to the level where it has its own URI scheme registered, it seems like it’s a sealed deal and developers can’t do anything about it. What developers don’t know is that it is possible to fully replace the default YouTube application as long as you take it’s identity. Apparently Windows Phone OS recognizes applications by IDs only.

Dis-(And Re-)assembling The Default Windows Phone YouTube Library

May 11, 2011

Windows Phone 7 comes with built-in support for YouTube. The system has a dedicated URI scheme registered for it, and I talked about it a while ago. It is pretty cool if the developer knows the URI scheme so that the application can be initiated from inside another application, but it is even cooler to disassemble the default YouTube application itself and attempt to integrate Microsoft-built capabilities in your own application.