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Reflecting on the process and learning from mistakes of shipping my computer hardware to London.

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Photo by jesse ramirez on Unsplash

Hi! I’m Ben Greenier — I’m an engineer at Microsoft working to create awesome open source projects with our partners. We get to create software to help solve really tricky problems, and share our stories as we go. This means that as part of my job I get to play with lots of new technologies, learn how to use them, and help other folks do the same.

Over the last few months I’ve moved to London from Boston. In doing so, I’ve encountered a few tricky situations — One big one was shipping my computer hardware internationally. Let’s dive in to what the process was like for me, in the hopes that we can learn from my mistakes together, and help make this process easier for other folks to follow in the future. …


How we used Azure, Electron, and WebRTC to bring full-fledged browser app experiences to low-powered devices

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Stream in Nature, Photo by Hendrik Cornelissen on Unsplash

Hi! I’m Ben Greenier — I’m an engineer at Microsoft working to create awesome open source projects with our partners. We get to create software to help solve really tricky problems, and share our stories as we go. This means that as part of my job, I get to develop with lots of new technologies, learn how to use them, and help other folks do the same.

In this post, I‘ll share a recent sample my team and I built that enables folks to stream Electron apps from the cloud to any internet connected device. I’ll provide some context around the problem we’re solving, outline our overall approach, and share our open sourced components with y’all. In future posts, I’ll dive deeper into the specifics of our technology stack, how this might be hosted, and some of the challenges we ran into along the way. …


A new way to help folks create awesome things.

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Hi! I’m Ben Greenier — I’m an engineer at Microsoft working to create awesome open source projects with our partners. We get to create software to help solve really tricky problems, and share our stories as we go. This means that as part of my job I get to play with lots of new technologies, learn how to use them, and help other folks do the same.

Over the last month I’ve been working to build a community around live-coding. For me, live-coding has always been really inspiring — being able to share ideas and processes with others in real time is magical. I think that learning and doing things together helps to build really great ideas into really great projects. Since my work both professionally and personally is often open source and therefore very collaborative in it’s nature, I wanted to take the time to give live-coding a try. …

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I make awesome things | currently @microsoft (@azure) and @coplayfm | sometimes I hang with @msftgarage

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