Right To Repair

October 6th, 2020

I sincerely look forward to see more states and countries bringing forward right to repair laws. If you bought something, you should own it. I didn’t realize how bad this has gotten, until I tried to replace the batteries on both my Kindle and Google Pixel. It’s clear these people DO NOT want you to open these things up. My god. Took me a good hour to change the Kindle battery. Took me FOUR hours to pry open the Google […]

The Social Dilemma (Documentary)

September 21st, 2020

Changes to your behavior and actions are the product.


August 14th, 2020

App stores are monopolies. Users and developers need more choices.

[Repost] Use of Proprietary Software in the Aid Sector Perpetuates Racial Injustice

July 28th, 2020

Proprietary software is a barrier for African people to participate as equals in humanitarian and development work in their own continent. It helps perpetuate a monopoly on well-paid aid jobs enjoyed by people from wealthy, majority-white countries. Read the full article: https://ivangayton.net/2020/07/03/use-of-proprietary-software-in-the-aid-sector-perpetuates-racial-injustice/

Cloud Lock-in and Pandemic Resilience

April 17th, 2020

As the world deals the COVID pandemic, it looks like some companies might be regretting the move to put their entire IT infrastructure in proprietary cloud platforms. When the times are good, sure, a large cloud bill doesn’t seem so bad. But what happens when cash flow halts to a stop and your IT-landlord doesn’t budge? I fully expect this event to cause a shift in the upcoming years, as the next generation of IT operations starts to consider alternatives. […]

Hello, UAV4GEO

December 31st, 2019

Drone mapping has been the focus of my work for the past few years. For 2020 I’m planning to increase this focus with the development of DroneDB, which I have hopes will replace the (clunky) workflows around aerial data management. For this reason I’ve adopted a new name for all drone tech related business activities (and hopefully put an end on the “how do you spell Masserano?”). Say hello to UAV4GEO. Website: https://uav4geo.com

Running multiple SSL web service containers on the same host using HAProxy

October 10th, 2019

Scenario: Multiple containers running a web service over SSL (with their own certificates) Different web domains for each service Single machine and single public IP How to make both services work on the same machine? I couldn’t find easy instructions on how to get this done, but a bit of research and trial and error led me to HAProxy. The setup is pretty simple: Setup DNS A records to point to the machine for both domains Start the containers using […]

Highlights from Oculus Connect

September 26th, 2019

Prediction: VR will take-off within 10 years.

Self-Publish a Technical Book – Tools Overview

August 13th, 2019

I recently finished writing the first edition of OpenDroneMap: The Missing Guide. I thought I’d write a blog post about the overall experience in the hope that it will be useful to other want-to-be writers. First of all, if you are a software developer and you are thinking of writing a book about a project you’re involved with, don’t do it for the money; the amount of work required to write a book is huge compared to the monetary returns. […]

WebODM 1.0 Released

June 9th, 2019

On August 8th 2016, almost three years ago, the WebODM project was started. The goal was to bring a friendly user interface to OpenDroneMap, which at the time worked only via command line and had a bare-bone UI via NodeODM which lacked things like user authentication, map previews, 3D model display, etc. Yesterday I merged the entwine branch which upgrades the 3D model display to support EPT and the new features of Potree 1.6. The release is mostly symbolical, as […]