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Roku Channel SDK: Ferry Cameras!

Lara and I shuttle regularly between Bellevue and Whidbey Island in Washington, so the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry is a big part of our life. WA actually runs the largest ferry system in the USA, with 28 boats tooting around the Puget Sound area. Super fun day trips all over the place, and the ships are pretty…

Skynet or parlor trick? ChatGPT is both and neither and more.

If you haven’t played around with ChatGPT yet, you really should. It’s a pretty remarkable “conversational model” that interacts more or less like a real person. It has been trained on an enormous amount of factual data and understands not just informal speech (“Why are so many people bad at parking?”) but forms of literature…

TMI about Diverticulitis

Pretty unusual topic here — but it’s one that (a) has been taking up most of my brain the last few days, and (b) will hopefully be useful search fodder for others who find themselves in a similar way. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the various stages were “really”…

It’s Always a Normalization Problem

Heads up, this is another nerdy one! ShareToRoku is available on the Google Play store. All of the client and server code is up on my github under MIT license; I hope folks find it useful and/or interesting. Algorithms are the cool kids of software engineering. We spend whole semesters learning to sort and find…

Health IT: More I, less T

“USCDI vs. USCDI+ vs. EHI vs. HL7 FHIR US Core vs. IPA. Definitions, similarities, and differences as you understand them. Go!” —Anonymous, Twitter I spent about a decade working in “Health Information Technology” — an industry that builds solutions for managing the flow of healthcare information. It’s a big tent that boasts one of the…

Form and Function

I love reality TV about making stuff and solving problems. My family would say “to a fault.” Just a partial list of my favs: I could easily spin a tangent about experiential archeology and the absolutely amazing Ruth Goldman, but I’ll be restrained about that (nope): Secrets of the Castle, Tudor Monastery Farm, Tales from…

Focus

OK, let’s see if I can actually get this thing written. It’s a little hard to focus right now. We’re almost two weeks into life with Copper the shockingly cute cavapoo puppy. He’s a great little dude, and life is already better with him around. But holy crap, it’s like having a human baby again…

Share to Roku!

TLDR: if you watch TV on a Roku and have an Android phone, please give my new Share To Roku app a try! It’s currently in open testing; install it with this link on the web or this link on your Android device. The app is free, has no ads, saves no data and only…

Anyone out there? Service discovery with SSDP, WSD, other acronyms.

Those few regular readers of this stuff may remember What should we watch tonight, in which I used the Roku API to build a little web app to manage my TV watchlist. Since then I’ve found TV Time, which is waaay better and even tells me how many days until the next season of Cobrai…

Regulated software for software people

If you’ve built software at any scale, you know how the game works. You get requirements from somewhere — usually they’re wrong or at best incomplete. You do your best to implement and test them, and you ship. Users vote with their clicks as to what features work and which don’t — i.e., they refine…

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