Outdoor Wyze Camera

Wyze cameras are some of the best indoor cameras that exist in the market. They are affordable($25), easy to set up and work great! But what about outdoor cameras?

Currently, there are several outdoor enclosures being sold on Amazon. Some of them look pretty good and would most likely work but for the cost, I’m not sure it is worth it. This guy decided to save the cost of an outdoor case and just risk the camera to the elements.

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Useful Git Aliases

If you’re a software developer, you most likely use git. Many people are not aware that you can create an alias for commands. Creating alias will make commands easier to remember and quicker to type. Here are some of my favorite git alias I use on a regular basis.

Short for git status

alias gs="git status"

Quickly commit with wip message

alias wip='git add . && git commit -m "wip"'

Updates your branch and submodules

alias gpa = "!git pull --rebase --prune [email protected] && git submodule update --init --recursive"

Reset all changes (use with caution)

alias nah="git reset --hard && git clean -df"


Leave a comment below on your favorite alias commands.

Alternatives to Google Url Shortener

About a year ago, Google announced they would be shutting down their URL shortener service March 30, 2019. Goo.gl has been around since 2009. This is unfortunate because so many people rely on goo.gl for creating short links. Bit.ly is a good choice if you need to shorten a few URLs, but once you go over the free plan (10,000 a month), you have to upgrade to their enterprise edition which cost around $1,000 a month.

Fortunately, there are a few free options such as tinyurl, is.gd, to.ly, and cutt.ly. Also, there are extensions such as Link Shortener, that allow you to shorten links in one click using multiple different shorteners. If you have a need to shorten URLs, giveĀ  Link Shortener a try!

Best Smart Home Camera

Most people are probably familiar with Nest cameras or Ring cameras. These are great but cost over $200 and require a subscription. Recently I came across a company called Wyze that makes a smart home camera that is affordable ($25) and require no subscription. Almost seems too good to be true. I decided to give one a try and see if how well they work.

After using the camera for over a week, I am very impressed. The picture quality is great, the app is simple and intuitive, and they are easy to set up. The only negative is currently they do not offer an outdoor camera. But several companies offer outdoor enclosures and I would imagine an outdoor version is coming soon. Read More