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Puddle & Pile—the app that predicts when your puppy needs to go—is freaking amazing

Last month, my family got a dog. It was our first ever dog after a lifetime of cat ownership. In the preceding months I asked everyone I know for advice on how to raise my someday dog. At a conference dinner this past summer, my favorite food writer on earth, Helen Rosner mentioned one piece … Continue reading Puddle & Pile—the app that predicts when your puppy needs to go—is freaking amazing

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:17:45 +0000


Cleaning up my closet/my first networking rack

Here’s the before shot of my home DSL modem attached to a Unifi Cloudkey Gen 2 Plus and a Unifi Security Gateway, then a Unifi 16 port powered switch, a mess of cabling from my wifi points and wireless point to point network, two Raspberry Pis, and then the five internet-of-things hubs I have to … Continue reading Cleaning up my closet/my first networking rack

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 19:10:15 +0000


My first LED project

A few weeks ago, I stumbled onto a couple interesting videos on YouTube, namely these two: Both videos blew my mind about what’s possible with cheap off-the-shelf stuff. Thanks to the tech boom and drive for ever cheaper LEDs for all sorts of uses, the gear for building light strips is ridiculously cheap, while the … Continue reading My first LED project

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 21:21:37 +0000


Extending Apple’s homekit through Homebridge

I’ve been doing a lot of weekend house projects lately. I started with hours on YouTube watching videos on how to wire up wall switches because I wanted to control more lights on my network. I followed the Wirecutter’s roundup of the best IoT wall switches and jumped on their cheap pick, the Kasa HS200 … Continue reading Extending Apple’s homekit through Homebridge

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:20:46 +0000


My first hour with Airpods Pro

Off the bat you should know that I have tried in-ear canal headphones a few times over the last couple decades and they’ve never been comfortable or offered such great sound quality that the uncomfortableness was worth it. Instead, headphones that go into and down your ears have always felt like medical equipment to me, … Continue reading My first hour with Airpods Pro

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 22:52:38 +0000


Don’t restore from backup (for a bit of a detox)

I’m two weeks into owning my iPhone 11 Pro and I have to say two things have jumped out since I’ve started using it. The first is that I didn’t think I’d use the wide angle lens much, but in the past couple weeks, being able to walk around with a phone that shoots similar … Continue reading Don’t restore from backup (for a bit of a detox)

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 17:01:39 +0000


How to use Instagram on your mac desktop

1. Open Safari, login to Instagram 2. Go to Safari Preferences, under the advanced tab, then enable the Show Develop menu in menu bar 3. Go back to Instagram, click that new Develop menu and go to User Agent and select Safari – iOS 4. Upload images from your desktop computer for the first time … Continue reading How to use Instagram on your mac desktop

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:53:49 +0000


Crater Lake rim ride

Crater Lake in southern Oregon is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s the textbook example of a lake formed in the caldera of a former volcano and even though I studied this region extensively in college, I didn’t get to actually visit it until a few years ago. A couple weekends a … Continue reading Crater Lake rim ride

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:54:27 +0000


More on remote work

If you caught my earlier post about working remotely, I would highly recommend checking out Scott Hanselman’s own post about remote work tips which has loads more good advice. He does a great job breaking down a good/better/best approach for video meeting hardware, with the relative costs of each option. My advice on webcams was … Continue reading More on remote work

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 21:38:08 +0000


A smarter DND?

You know what basic feature we should rethink on phones? Do Not Disturb. A couple months ago, I went out at night alone while on vacation. I unexpectedly met up with my friend Jason that I hadn’t seen in ten years. As a sign of respect, I put my phone face down on the table … Continue reading A smarter DND?

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:16:27 +0000


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