Noise Reduction with OBS for Professional Audio Recordings

The Case for Noise Reduction For the last 10+ years, I’ve been producing video training materials on IT systems automation, cloud, containers, and software development. Over the course of these years, I’ve learned many techniques about how to improve both video and audio quality. In fact, I wrote an article …

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Write Code Faster using Visual Studio Code & Error Lens

If you’re in a professional role where you’re writing lots of code, it pays to write better code, faster. Following onto that, the better your tool-chain is, the faster you can write code. You generally expect your tools to provide feedback as quickly as possible, so that you can fix …

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Automate the Elgato Key Light Air with PowerShell

Elgato, the creator of the WiFi-capable Key Light Air, provides a couple pieces of software that work in tandem to give you remote control over these lights. These two applications are Stream Deck, which interacts with a hardware device, and Control Center, which communicates with the lights. Every day that …

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Use AWS Fargate to Build a Serverless Video Processor

AWS Fargate Serverless Video Processor

Hey folks, this is going to be a short post, to simply point to some video training that I’ve recently published. As a software instructor for CBT Nuggets, I produced a series of videos that describes how I am building a serverless solution to perform video processing tasks. In addition …

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Monitor AWS Auto Scaling Activities with PowerShell

Recently, I needed to monitor my auto scaling groups in AWS, to see why they weren’t scaling up properly. Although I can use the AWS management console to monitor these activity messages, it isn’t very efficient to continuously click the refresh button. Hence, I wanted to automate the process of …

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Improve Your Professional Image in a Remote-centric World

These days, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, people are spending a lot more time on conference calls from home. According to VentureBeat, Zoom raced from 3 million to 200 million users in just one quarter! Not everyone has a dedicated home office setup, since prior to the …

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Find the Main Route Table of a VPC with PowerShell

In Amazon Web Services (AWS) Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), each VPC has a default route table, known as the “main” route table. If you want to identify the route table that is considered the “main” route table, it can be a little challenging. Using the Get-EC2RouteTable command, you might notice …

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Automate AWS MFA Credential Renewal with OCR and PowerShell

Problem Statement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a relatively easy mechanism to improve the security of your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment. Instead of logging into the AWS Management Console using a username and password, you also have to provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP). The same concept applies when …

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