WILLIAM SPIES My Personal & Technical Blog



Dec 31
2020: The Year in Readings
A quick recap of what books I read in 2020 and a short review of each.
Personal TYIR
Nov 24
A Perspective on a Crazy Year
Just a little ranting about calendar year 2020. With just a month left to go, I am taking stock of the successes and failures of the year. I had some proud moments this year, for a variety of reasons I'll talk about. On the other hand, I did not accomplish all of the things I had hoped to, for some of the same reasons. All-in-all, it seems to have been a mixed blessing, with plenty of room for improvement.
Aug 14
Seven Years of Factorio Friday Facts
This entry focuses on Wube Software's long-running Factorio Friday Facts; a seven-year labor of love documenting the creation of the titular video game.
Factorio Retrospectives


Nov 14
Difficulties Using MediaStreams with WebRTC
My recent experiences with using WebRTC in a mobile application gave me a chance to get familiar with its capabilities and limitations, namely being reliant on other protocols to acquire media data. While basic MediaStream functions work as advertised, advanced uses are far tougher to get working consistently. In many cases, features are not supported by particular browsers, implementations are inconsistent across devices, or controls simply have not yet been implemented.
WebRTC Computer Vision Retrospectives
May 04
Running a Git Server on a Synology NAS
Discrete NAS systems are increasingly used by general consumers as service-providers-in-a-box. In this post, I talk about doing just that exact thing. This post covers how I set up my Synology DS213+ to act as a local Git server.
Git Homelab