The road to getting my Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification

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tldr; In November of this year I took an Amateur Radio (aka “ham” radio) course with the local Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society (CVARS) club, studied for 5 weeks straight every night, and passed my Basic Qualification exam on November 14 2021 with honours! I scored 91% which was the highest in the cohort 🥳


The Best VSCode Extensions for Web Development in 2020

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I’ve been using Visual Studio Code (VSCode for short) as my editor of choice for what feels like a very long time. Ever since I first set eyes on the project the project and the community has intrigued me.

My primary use case for VSCode is web development and over the years I’ve amassed a very finely tuned environment and extensions list that comes with me to every computer I use. What follows is a list of the best VSCode extensions that I have installed and personally used, along with an explanation of the value each extension provides.

How to setup XAMPP-VM in MacOS

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If you’re someone just getting started with web development and you’re leveling up your learning to include PHP and other server-side languages, and you have an Apple Mac product of some kind running macOS 10.15, it’s very likely that you’ve ran into a wall trying to get your first index.php file to run. You could just open the and type php index.php which would run your file through the built-in php interpreter, but let’s say you want to view it in your web browser; how do you do that? Well, this is where XAMPP comes in.

How to use a DSLR or mirrorless camera as a webcam on macOS

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[March 2021 UPDATE] Revisited — Since posting this, a bunch of new tech has been released and over one year into the world-wide pandemic for COVID-19 our lives have fundamentally changed (for the better in some instances, not so in others). I have revised some of the sections and updated the content to reflect alternative offerings since the original publish date. Most notably is the addition of webcam software available from most major camera manufacturers.

2010-2020 - A decade in the mirror

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I apologize in advance for the long post; it’s been awhile since I wrote anything on my blog and this one took some time to compile my thoughts. A lot happens in 10 years!

How to stream the Elgato HD60 to an RTMP server

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If you’re someone who is interested in the concept of “streaming” online, you’ve likely crossed paths with, or heard of, an application called Open Broadcaster Software (OBS for short). This open software is cross-platform and available on macOS, Linux, and Windows operating systems. OBS can be used to broadcast everything from simple streams to complex scene-driven . I’m going to show you how to push your HD60 video feed to an RTMP server and consume it with OBS.

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