This is Eric Caron's digital center.

Welcome to the central repository for [most] things that Eric wants to talk about. Minnesota, APIs, products, recruiting, open source, and probably my family.

Who I Am

I'm a technologist in Minnesota. I love my family and strongly believe in giving back to the community. I've worked in startups and I'm currently managing APIs at Best Buy.

At the core of it all, I love demystifying technology and making it approachable to everyone. I've been lucky enough to keep having jobs where I get to learn about the business, listen to the customer, and imagine ways to serve both.

Why This Site

There are a lot of places on the internet where I have content, and I wanted to organize them. From public talks about product management, to open source projects, to bookmarks about my favorite tools for recruiting, I wanted to consolidate that material so it would always be easy to find.

What I'll Cover

Things that I'll talk about (in no particular order and certainly not all-inclusive): Programming, managing, food, Eden Prairie, open source, hiring, WordPress, email, Minnesota, APIs, family, Hacker News. I probably won't talk about politics or religion, but you're always welcome to ask.

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My Current Projects

Hue Website Nightlights

I wrote this application to power the nightlight in my son's bedroom. It uses a Raspberry Pi and Philips Hue, giving him a button on his bed to turn on the nightlight. Features include a web-interface to control time-of-day colors, activity log, and timer for auto shut-off.

Node.js Bandwidth Tester

Tired of debugging bandwidth issues for family & friends, I wrote this tiny application to measure download speeds and latency. It then logs that information on a remote server for diagnostic purposes. The hardware involed is under $10, and small enough to plug into the back of a modem/router without becoming an eye sore.

My Recent Articles & Talks

We spend a lot of time judging company's based on what their website says with words & pictures. Here I make the argument, similar to a nerdy version of "Good To Great", that advocates for assessing companies based on the way they assemble & serve the website itself.

In March 2017 I gave a talk at Minnebar to describe how companies can learn from open source, improve internal efficiency, and get started on the path to open sourcing their own code.

Not every business sees the immediate ROI of sending employees to conferences. In this article, I weigh in on the difference between conferences & trainings - explaining why conferences are so essential to fostering an innovative culture.

I have a computer science background, and the closest I ever got to hardware was plugging RAM into a motherboard. In building my child's nightlight, I leveraged the Hacking Amazon's $5 Dash Button to order Domino's Pizza functionality to make my system work. But it never worked that great (not everything was meant to be hacked). So I dusted off my soldering iron and learned how to use it right, and the result was very satisfying & empowering.