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rob 1 year ago

This is not the cheapest/budget option. But it's worth it.


The best way to increase video quality is to improve audio quality. Get a real microphone. NOT a USB microphone.


Both choices are very well reviewed and sound amazing.

Option 1: Shure SM7B

Option 2: Electro-Voice RE20

Audio interface

You need to connect your studio microphone to your computer with an audio interface. Both options are good.

Option 1: Scarlett 2i2

Option 2: Motu M2


  • XLR cable (to go from microphone to audio interface)
  • Microphone boom stand (to hold your microphone in front of your face)



Get a real camera. Not a USB webcam. A real camera with a lens. These two options are fine, but other work too. You need a camera with "clean HDMI output".

Option 1: Canon M200

Option 2: Sony a5100

HDMI interface

You need a way to connect your camera to your computer. These usually come in the form of a USB-HDMI interface also known as "capture card". Some cameras offer native USB inputs to act as webcams, but this is a brand new feature and HDMI interfaces are usually better for now.

Option 1: Elgato Camlink

Any HDMI capture card will work, this is just the one I use. Basically they take the HDMI signal from your real camera and allow you to use it as a webcam.


A good camera with bad lighting produces awful video quality. You need some kind of softbox light to put in front of your face (ideally behind your computer monitor).

Option 1: Google "Lighting Soft Boxes" and pick whatever cheap Amazon product you want. They're virtually all the same.

Option 2: Find a higher quality studio softbox from a camera store. They make a massive difference in video quality.

HDMI cable

Each camera is different, but you'll need an HDMI cable from your camera to your HDMI capture card. My Canon M200 has a "micro HDMI" port, so I got a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable. It was cheap on Amazon.

Camera Mount

Most cameras have a standard tripod mounting screw on the bottom. I was able to buy two microphone booms because it was the same screw size as the bottom of my Canon M200 camera. You will have to double check what works for your camera.

Camera dummy battery

Most cameras don't have a way to charge while recording video. You need a "dummy battery" plugged in, which is basically a battery that has a cable coming out of it that you can plug it to keep it full of electricity. They're easy to find for whatever camera you have. I just purchased the first result on Amazon for my camera.

Put it together

  • Mount your camera onto the tripod/boom arm you got for it.
  • Put your dummy battery into your new camera. Plug the dummy battery into power.
  • Turn on your camera, set it to "clean HDMI output". You will have to Google how to do this for your particular camera.
  • Plug the HDMI cable into your camera, and then into your HDMI capture card. You should now see your HDMI capture card as an option for webcam input.
  • Mount your microphone onto the boom arm you got for it.
  • Plug your XLR cable into your microphone, and into your audio interface.
  • Plug your audio interface into power & the audio interface USB cable into your computer.
  • Turn on your audio interface, and download any drivers/software you need for it.
  • You might need to turn on "air power" on your audio interface to supply your microphone with enough power.
  • Select your new audio interface as your microphone in Zoom.
  • You should now have amazing video & audio quality for your video calls.
rob 1 year ago

You need 1,000 followers before that option appears.

rob 2 years ago

Personally, masking was more of a confidence issue than anything else. Years of trying to hide the way our brains really want to work creates these awful negative feedback loops that become deeply ingrained. Eventually, you stop realizing that your brain works differently, and you become accustomed to your inability to act "normal."

Rather than exploring better ways of doing things, you explore better ways to hide your ADHD symptoms. It starts to become obvious that you really do suck at acting "normal" and your confidence starts to erode. But this is only logical. You actually do suck at acting normal! You have ADHD. Your brain doesn't like working in certain ways.

What you need is confidence.

Confidence that the so-called "weird" ways you prefer doing things is acceptable. More than acceptable actually, these are non-negotiable.

When I started doing web-development consulting, one of my clients would call me on the phone without warning to discuss certain parts of the project. You can imagine how disruptive and distracting these random calls were. After the third time, I calmly told my client that I could not work this way, and that I preferred emails or scheduled calls. Without missing a beat, they said "sure no problem" and he started emailing me multiple times every day with various different requests. This also became overwhelming, so I had another call with him where I confidently explained that I worked better with fewer emails, spaced farther apart. Once again the client quickly agreed, and we've been doing that ever since. It turns out he also preferred to do things this way, he just thought phone calls were how things should be, but he couldn't even remember why he thought that.

It seems simple in hindsight, but a few years ago I would've tried to pretend that these sudden calls and flood of emails weren't a problem. I would've tried to mask my problem with them. But those things didn't work for me, and it turns out that people have no problem doing things a different way if it works better for you.

After a while of boldly asserting my preferences, I became much more confident and upfront about communicating my needs. My relationships, future clients, friendships, and even hobbies became much better once I was able to ingrain in myself that my preferences are non-negotiable. If someone has a problem with my requirements, I can now confidently stand my ground whenever someone pushes back. If it becomes an issue, I move on, because keeping my brain happy is more important that someone else's preferences of how I "should" work.

rob 2 years ago

ARR = annual recurring revenue MRR = monthly recurring revenue

Example: If your customers pay $100 per month, and you have 10 customers $100 * 10 customers = $1,000 MRR $100 * 10 customers * 12 months = $12,000 ARR

The "recurring revenue" part is where customers pay you every month/year for your product.

rob 2 years ago

+1 to this. Have been following that Reddit post for a while.

rob 2 years ago

I've heard the pads really suck? That true? Does it matter?

rob 2 years ago
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rob 2 years ago

SPAC = Special Purpose Acquisition Company

Basically it's a holding company that has it's own IPO but does not business operations of its own.

The purpose of a SPAC is to buy other companies, generally in some specific industry. This often lets those acquired companies have a very quick "IPO" since they become publicly immediately since they are owned by a SPAC.

rob 2 years ago

Solution 1

Add the following to my wp-config.php file:

define( 'FS_METHOD', 'direct' );

You're supposed to put it right before the line that says:

/* That's all, stop editing! Happy publishing. */

Solution 2

Now if that doesn't work, you can try this:

  • Connect to your Docker container
  • run this command while you're in the Wordpress folder:
chown www-data:www-data -R *

This is not recommended for live servers, just to fix issues with local development environments. You'll have to figure out permissions properly on your web server if you're running this live.