On air quality, Covid19 and house hunting

The subject of air quality has been prominent during the Covid19 pandemic. It is not a secret that good air quality and air renewal/filtering was helping a lot in reducing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But what does it have to do with house hunting??

Have you ever searched for a house and wanted a really specific feature, like for instance central air? I bet you found this excercice pretty exhausting (at least in North America). Companies like Zillow will even go as far as tell you that central air will command $5486 USD more on average than a house without one. Yet, they will not provide a filter on their listing for you to focus on that criteria. This is becoming as important as ever now that filtered air plays such a important role in keeping us healthy. It’s not like retrofitting a building was a cheap operation. Central air runs large dock around the house (even more so if you have multiple zones) and will be really intrusive if thought out after the fact.

In “A New Way to Think About Air“, Sarah Zhang, goes as far as saying that we could even stop other airbornes viruses like the flu if we focused on procuring better air quality in buildings. After all, we have cured other pandemic by sanitizing other aspect of our lifes, like proper handling of sewage and sanitization of water. Why can’t we do the same for the air we breathe?

VPN split tunneling on Mac default client (Cisco IPsec)

The first thing one needs to do is identify your router gateway ip address. To do that simply check the routing table:

$ netstat -rn
Routing tables

Destination        Gateway            Flags        Refs      Use   Netif Expire
default             UGScI          83        0     en3           UGHS            3      262     en3

The top of the routing table will show the default gateway (make sure you are off the vpn to run that).

Next step is to go ahead and connect to the vpn (when doing so go to the network pannel and note your new ip address.

Contact Widgets – A Plugin to showcase your social links & contact informations

Building a simple but highly flexible contact & social widget that works well in the customizer is hard. This was our core philosophy while working on the version 1 of this plugin and I do hope it proves useful for many people out there. Please check out for new features and releases in the coming weeks.

Here is a screenshot of the contact widget as of version 1.0.0 (note that you can reorder most fields using simple drag and drop. This works on mobile as well.)