Uploading media from the Jetpack app to WordPress web

It was cool to see this feature rolled out! Kudos to our teammates who worked hard on this. It was a fun thing to hack on in Munich.


Keychron Q6

I’ve been eyeing the Keychron Q6 since the middle of 2023 and finally have one in my possession. Here’s why it’s a winner in my book:

  • Full size – you can’t beat the speed of a numpad!
  • Wired – one more unnecessary battery avoided.
  • QMK firmware – highly flexible and open source.
  • Hot swappable switches – in case I get bored with Gateron Browns.
  • Made out of aluminum – a sturdy 5 lbs!
  • Knobs are cool.
  • South-facing RGB LEDs.
  • Has a handy switch to toggle between Mac and PC modes.

After an hour or so of using it, so far so good! It’s exactly what I hoped it’d be, and a leap in modernization and build quality from the New Model M that I’ve been running. I’ll still use Buckling Springs on my retro machines, of course, but it’s so nice to have LEDs, a knob for volume, dedicated function keys for brightness and Spaces, and the flexibility to do whatever I want with custom firmware. 😎


San Francisco 2024

We had a great time ringing in 2024 with friends in San Francisco!

Some highlights:

AI SwiftUI

ChatGPT SwiftUI Christmas Tree 2023

Revisiting last year’s challenge, let’s see how this year goes with GPT-4.

I used the same prompt from 2022:

Draw a Christmas tree using SwiftUI

Interestingly this time it included the Triangle type and it was almost line-for-line the exact one I substituted in last year.

import SwiftUI

struct ContentView: View {
    var body: some View {
        ZStack {
            // Background

            // Christmas Tree
            VStack {
                ForEach((1...5).reversed(), id: \.self) { i in
                    TreeLayer(width: CGFloat(i) * 60)
                    .frame(width: 40, height: 50)

struct TreeLayer: View {
    var width: CGFloat

    var body: some View {
        ZStack {
                .frame(width: width, height: width * 0.75)
            // Add decorations here

struct Triangle: Shape {
    func path(in rect: CGRect) -> Path {
        var path = Path()
        path.move(to: CGPoint(x: rect.midX, y: rect.minY))
        path.addLine(to: CGPoint(x: rect.minX, y: rect.maxY))
        path.addLine(to: CGPoint(x: rect.maxX, y: rect.maxY))
        return path

struct ContentView_Previews: PreviewProvider {
    static var previews: some View {

And here’s the output for 2022 and 2023! 🎄😀


Munich 2023

I didn’t get out much in Munich as it was an intense week of work, but one morning I did take a walk in the park that borders the Eisbach river. It was cold, rainy, and quite enjoyable.

Arduino Projects

GFX prototype tool

I’m starting to dust off some seasonal projects and realized I hadn’t made this simple tool public which others may find handy. With projects like the NeoPixel Tree it can be much quicker to code visual sequences locally instead of waiting for new firmware to upload to the MCU every time you want to tweak something.

The tool just wraps around the Adafruit GFX Graphics Library and instead of outputting to physical pixels it runs through SDL2. It’s somewhat similar to what I did in swift-gfx-wrapper but keeps it all in C.

GitHub repo:


Amsterdam 2023

Amsterdam was so nice! Great food, going to Tony’s Chocolonely, meeting friendly cats, avoiding bicycles, a ride in the canal, and visiting the Anne Frank memorial just to name a few highlights.

Projects Video

RC Gyro

Maybe if I share videos of half-finished projects it’ll motivate me to finish them!

Fun Projects Raspberry Pi

64×64 LED Matrix + Doom

From the weekend hacks department: I now have DOOM running on my 64×64 matrix!

GitHub repo:

Apple Projects Retro Computing

OpenBSD + iMac G4

Fun fact: You can put the latest version of OpenBSD on a PPC 32-bit processor like the G4. Fun to dual boot with Mac OS 9 if you want a modern, secure computer!

Some notes

The OpenBSD docs are really good and thorough. Open Firmware needs some tweaking if you want to boot directly into OpenBSD, so this is what I did after booting into it with command+option+o+f:

setenv auto-boot? True
setenv boot-device hd:,ofwboot

I failed to get a USB install working

Initially I didn’t want to mess with the internal drive of the iMac since I had both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X installed, so I tried to install to a USB drive. Although the installation succeeded (albeit extremely slowly due to USB 1.1), the boot into the system failed due to the following error:

panic: rootfilesystem has size 0

Looking at the trace of the kernel boot process it was evident why: Even though we installed the OS to sd0 (the mounted USB device), the kernel kept trying to mount wd0 which is the internal IDE drive.

I tried what I knew:

  1. Tweaking the boot-device variable in Open Firmware
  2. Using a different USB slot
  3. Booting into the recovery kernel (bsd.rd) and mounting the USB to see if I could tweak fstab

Supposedly if we get to the boot prompt we can pass a -a flag for the root device (docs), but I couldn’t figure out how to get there.

Ultimately I decided to install OpenBSD to the main internal drive for now. If I get a hankering for Mac OS 9 I still have the trusty Power Mac G4.

The best setup will eventually be a dual or triple-boot. Trying to make the super-slow USB drive work is probably a terrible idea unless we plan to run it in a ramdisk mode the entire time.

The graphics driver kinda works

As you can see from the glxgears output above graphics are not accelerated. I’ve mostly played with the machine over SSH in a headless state so this hasn’t bothered me too much. I did glance at dmesg and saw that the expected driver, nv, was loaded and detected the card so I’m not totally sure what’s happening. I’m having flashbacks of when I used to spend hours tweaking xorg.conf and that may be on the horizon again.

If just running the console we still want the screen to sleep and I found I needed to make a couple tweaks for that to work.

First I needed to shut down X Windows:

rcctl stop xenodm

Then I needed to disable output activity from waking the screen:


After that the screen would shut off after however many milliseconds were set for display.screen_off.

Copying over /etc/examples/wsconsctl.conf to /etc/ is a great starter config.

Oh yeah, it runs DOOM

(Very poorly, presumably until the graphics driver is tweaked)

Running Chocolate Doom was painful. Even the setup utility had a good second or so input lag!