Hello! 馃憢

I'm Ellie. I write software, ride motorcycles, and generally just love to make things. I'm also pretty partial to some photography + weightlifting 馃挭

You'll find that I mostly write about what I'm working on, how I'm spending my time, and things I have learned.

2022, my year in review

2022 has probably been one of the best years of my life, so I鈥檇 like to do my best to document everything that has happened - away from social media, and on something a little longer form! Who knows, maybe I鈥檒l be posting something similar at the end of 2023. I鈥檓 writing this not so much for other people to read, but moreso for me to remember. I try to take the possibility that every day could be my last pretty seriously, and I鈥檓 really happy that I can look back on this year and feel like I鈥檝e made the most of it....

November 15, 2022 路 7 min 路 1390 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

Building an iPod for 2022

I modified an old iPod Video with more storage, a new casing, and more battery life. Also some fancy software :)

February 14, 2022 路 5 min 路 1060 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

Don't forget the human

Computers are cold and heartless. They don鈥檛 lie, and they don鈥檛 care if you scream and swear at them. You can abuse them all day long, and they鈥檒l still efficiently flip bits and push pixels. But鈥 people aren鈥檛. Behind every piece of software, there鈥檚 at least one human. Who has a heart, and who cares what you think. Who has hopes, and dreams, and fears. Who feels. This is something I鈥檝e been wanting to write in one form or another for quite a while now, and I鈥檝e been rewriting this post for a little too long....

July 27, 2020 路 4 min 路 718 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

I've started a personal wiki

There鈥檚 not much there at the moment, but it鈥檚 something I鈥檝e been meaning to do for a while.

April 10, 2020 路 2 min 路 366 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

My tools are going Rusty

Command line tools, rewritten in Rust

March 29, 2020 路 2 min 路 413 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

I built a new keyboard

I love building keyboards, here鈥檚 my new Planck

February 26, 2020 路 3 min 路 636 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

Rest APIs and SwiftUI

Just answering a question from someone. SwiftUI has a neat pattern for handling async data responses

February 23, 2020 路 2 min 路 245 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

Lessons learned with Swift + iOS development

I鈥檝e been writing a lot of Swift and SwiftUI lately, here鈥檚 what I have learned

January 29, 2020 路 9 min 路 1776 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

My backup script

I bought a new external SSD, here鈥檚 a simple script I鈥檓 using to backup my laptop to it

January 8, 2020 路 2 min 路 252 words 路 Ellie Huxtable

Geospatial queries with MongoDB

I鈥檓 currently playing with MongoDB and its geospatial queries. It鈥檚 pretty interesting so far, so I just thought I鈥檇 write something up to show how I鈥檓 using it with PyMongo! Firstly, the obvious pip install pymongo is needed. We will need a mongo client first, which is easy enough from pymongo import MongoClient client = MongoClient() It鈥檚 pretty neat - by default, MongoClient will connect to mongodb://localhost:27017. You might want to do something like this instead though...

July 25, 2019 路 1 min 路 203 words 路 Ellie Huxtable