I believe that however we build apps on the web, they always end up in the hands of humans and it's crucial that we address web performance and page load times.
I write articles about 🚁 FPV quads (building and flying), 💻 web development, 🏠 smart home automation, 👨🎓️ life-long learning and other topics from my personal experience.
This blog was a joy to build using Gatsby 💜 (a React based static site generator) and is hosted on Firebase 🔥.
Last 5 recent posts:
🆕 Making a youtube timestamp screenshot app
I recently wanted to extract a screenshot from a YouTube video of one of my racing drone flights. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Turned out much harder than I thought, so I decided to make an app to solve it for me. Defining the problem You see, YouTube generates up to 4 different sizes of the video thumbnail and does not expose any API for timestamped thumbnails. And so at this…5 min read by Georgi Yanev on Jul 14, 2018 in projects
🆕 Wizard x220 VTX upgrade
The stock VTX on the Wizard x220 is sometimes not the best option to keep around for the long run. From the SMA connector breaking off the board, to frying the vtx if plugged in with no antenna attached, it’s a component that makes for a good candidate to be upgraded. On the other hand, the Eachine VTX03 is a sweet little component, coming in at a bit less than $10. It’s an over…2 min read by Georgi Yanev on Jul 08, 2018 in fpv
🆕 Backpack upgrade
A couple of weeks ago I switched to the new Realacc backpack and now the time has come to drop a few words on it. Spoiler: It’s pretty awesome! The backpack looks pretty slick and comes with a rainproof cover. There are many pockets and the inside compartments are completely configurable. It comes with 1 drone strap in the middle and 2 extra hooks to the sides where you could attach…1 min read by Georgi Yanev on Jul 01, 2018 in fpv
Mitigating and investigating a hacked smart home
A few days ago (27th May) roughly between 22:00-23:00 I was visited by a “white hat” hacker. Although the guy could not do any real damage and he was “good” enough to rename my Philips Hue bulbs to hacked! (to attract my attention?), the experience was not pleasant and of course had to be mitigated. 📖 Story time: As stated above, said white-hat hacker was only ever able to rename 3 of…3 min read by Georgi Yanev on Jun 02, 2018 in smart-home
How to flash XM+ and setup RSSI
Sometimes you might need to flash new firmware on the XM+ receiver . The two main reasons as to why you may want to do that are usually: You have purchased LBT (EU) version of the receiver and need to flash the FCC (US) firmware (or the other way around) You want to enable RSSI on channel 16 (requires latest firmware) If these sound familiar, look no further, let’s get this done…4 min read by Georgi Yanev on May 14, 2018 in fpv
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