I live in Latvia with my wife Baiba and our two kids. I spend my days working from home as the director of system engineer at XWP designing and building solutions for enterprise publishers and businesses.

In 2019 we discovered the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) and are diving into all topics related to personal finances and future planning. I highly recommend the Choose Fi podcast, The Simple Path to Wealth book by J.L. Collins, and the Bogleheads community.

On January 1st, 2017 I started my video blog because writing regular blog posts was no longer as exciting and took more time. The most popular episode is about adding a display to the Orange Pi Zero micro-computer. I also talk about building electric skateboards and the technology behind them. I really enjoy reading and responding to comments for every new video which reminds me of the old days of blogging.

I’m a big fan of the POSSE which is why every video has a blog entry on this site and all content is available through ActivityPub on Mastadon and other networks via

I’m also interested in cryptography and digital identity after getting my Latvian ID card in the summer of 2015. This led me to discover Yubico, FIDO U2F, PGP and everything related to JavaCards, encryption and authentication. I contribute to the two factor authentication plugin for WordPress.

I continue to develop and support my commercial WordPress plugin for storing Contact Form 7 submissions in the WordPress database.

Last updated on December 2023.

This page is part of the /now movement created by Derek Sivers.