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Soundcloud Streaming

2021-05-22 Dave
I started working on an Alexa skill recently to stream a podcast series from soundcloud. While there is a wealth of developer documentation on the site, this is one of the few services I’ve ever encountered that seems to be intent on crippling developer interactions. Currently developer registrations are closed and most of the existing documentation is filled with information that is no longer valid. As a result, there are a number of difficulties in trying to find a way to stream from soundcloud. Continue reading
2021-05-09 Dave

I’ve been slow to update this, but that’s because I’ve spent the last few months finishing up in one job and starting a new one! New posts incoming!

LaTeX is amazing

2021-03-05 Dave
I hate formatting documents. Actually, I hate REFORMATTING documents. When I had to tackle my CV after my first job, I got the feedback that my CV needed to be updated to make it easier to read and more succinct. Ever since then, whenever the CV needed to be updated, I would end up having to copy the text out and find a new format or template to copy the data in. Continue reading

Configuration Management Tool Comparison

2021-02-25 Dave
As part of my masters, I did my thesis on comparing a collection of the most common configuration management tools on the market for speed of execution, cost and ease of implementation. What I’ve detailed below is a summary of the findings I made, and if you’re interested in the learning more about the test framework, conditions and low level detail, please feel free to download the full thesis here. Continue reading

Ps4 Camera as Webcam

2021-02-18 Dave
I was recently asked to go to an online video chat and I wanted to do it on my main desktop for a few reasons but I don’t have a webcam for this machine. After a bit of brainstorming however, I remembered that I do have a camera for my PS4 and when Sony announced the support for PS5, they allowed people to claim an adaptor for the camera to make it USB 3. Continue reading

Test Automation Tech Test

2021-02-03 Dave
I’ve been involved with interviewing candidates for tech roles for years at this point and have interviewed college graduates up to senior management, in Ireland and outside, virtually and face to face. I generally really enjoy meeting people and have refined the interview techniques I have to try and ensure candidates are as comfortable as possible but one thing I’ve spent a lot of time tweaking is gauging technical ability. I’ve delivered paper based tests, multiple choice code questions and whiteboard activities and with all of these, the common factor is just how abstract the tasks are and how unrelated they are to typical day to day activities. Continue reading
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