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I live in Rīga, Latvia with my wife Baiba and our two wonderful kids. I spend my days working from home as the principal engineer at XWP.

We recently 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 exciting and took a lot of 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 I also plan on hosting a proper RSS podcast feed on an Orange Pi Zero web server.

I’m also interested in public-key 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 and the application passwords plugins for WordPress.

I continue to develop and support my commercial WordPress plugins for storing Contact Form 7 submissions in the WordPress database and exporting all WordPress content URLs, titles and meta data as CSV.

Last updated on November 2019.

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