My Best Wordle Guesses

I’ve seen a lot of “best first Wordle guesses” posts online, but while they may provide the most theoretical information, I had trouble using them as a human. Here are my adventures coming up with the best starting words for my own play style.

Dryer Done Notifications with Home Assistant and Iotawatt

I do the laundry in our house, and it often takes most of a day because I don’t hear the dryer finish. I set a timer on my phone, but it’s often not done when I go check on it. Today Darinee and I finally implemented a “Dryer is done” notification on my phone, so I’ll know exactly when it’s...

Aurora Projector Wi-Fi IR Remote

Editor’s Note: This is the first guest post from my wife, Darinee!

How to Performance Optimize Existing Code

You’ve got some existing code and you might want to make it faster. How hard is it to make it faster? How do you go about it? What tools do you need? Is it even worth doing?

Performance Tuning: From 1.5M to 50M DateTimes Parsed per second in C#

I love the Visual Studio C# Performance Profiler, and am shocked to find out how many engineers around me haven’t used it before. It’s very easy to quickly check the performance of your code and you’d be amazed how often there are significant performance bottlenecks there that are very easy to fix.

COVID Road Trip: An Unexpected Journey

After two years of minimal travel, we decided to fly to New York City, and I promptly got COVID while there. Our return turned into a surprise COVID road trip; this is the story.

Search for the Ultimate Indoor Sweater

For most of my life, I’ve bought clothes on sale which seemed “good enough”. My outerwear lasts a really long time, though. As a few favorites finally wore out, I decided that I should really just get exactly what I want and get rid of the rest. With that, my quest for some perfect sweaters began.

M1 MacBooks charge from anything!

I recently started using an M1 MacBook Pro 14". I wanted to know which of my cables and chargers work with it and how fast it charges from them. My previous laptop, an ASUS Zephyrus G14, only charges from 20v (60w+) USB-C chargers, so I was expecting the same. I was shocked to find out that the MacBook will charge...

FFMPEG Cheat Sheet

I’ve been using FFMPEG to transcode gaming videos often lately, and I find the reference documentation confusing.

Optimizing Kingdom Rush

I love the tower defense game Kingdom Rush. More than anything else, it has just the right amount of complexity - just enough towers and abilities to give you options, and just enough tactical play to keep you busy between build steps. The difficulty rises smoothly across the levels, slowly asking more of you as you improve. It’s great fun...