Defining "side projects" is a bit tough, because they very a lot in size yet are by no means as impressive as most other projects out there. I had toyed with calling them "passion projects", but that would have been unfair as it would exclude the work I loved doing at LinkUp and TrackIf + all my passion projects at Best Buy.
Taken from my README file, I wanted my kids to have a nightlight in their room that:
Kaleb loves it, and I recently moved from an Amazon Dash to a Raspberry Pi. At some point I think this could be a resellable product because it has really been useful for parenting. But as it is now, it makes my son, my wife and me happy - so that's the goal.
Also available in my README file, this is a quick script to understand latency & bandwidth speed. There are a couple thousand versions of bandwidth tests on the web, and this is just my own. I wanted a tiny one that worked well on a Raspberry Pi Zero which reminds me I should write a blog post about how much I love mine…
In 2012, TechCrunch ran at article about an app to notify people when your baby is born. Unfortunately it didn't handle timezones that well, so my family was told the wrong date, time and weight (not related to timezone, just confusions with English measurements).
I quickly bought KalebCaron.com, put the right information on it, and told the family to use it. From there I attached it to Flickr and Amazon SNS so people knew when new photos were posted. It was all in custom PHP and didn't have much flexibility. When Lucas was born, we migrated the site to CaronKids & powered by WordPress. I created a couple WordPress plugins to extend our functionality. It does blog & photo notification, and the family loves it.
The best way to read what I've been doing on open source is by checking out my GitHub account.