About Me

Jesse Torres

Jesse Torres

Cyber Security Engineer

My name is Jesse M. Torres and I am a published author, manager, and technologist with almost 20 years of experience within private, corporate, financial, and government sectors. I specialize in engineering and architecting IT, cyber security, and home automation solutions. Welcome to my personal website – hopefully you will find something useful.

Setting Up ZWave on Home Assistant

ZWave is wireless technology used in home automation products like lights, switches, sensors, and more.  It works by pairing ZWave devices to a ZWave controller.  This article describes how to setup ZWave on Home Assistant (setup the controller, pair devices, control devices, and renaming devices). Parts: Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Z-Stick, Gen5...

Setting Up a New Raspberry Pi

Here are some quick steps to setting up a new Raspberry Pi: Format your SD card with MS-DOS (FAT) This is a critical step if you are on a Mac or if you have an SD card larger than 32GB. Download and extract the Noobs offline and network installer Copy...

Fixing Aspect Ratios for MP4/M4V Videos

A squished or stretched video can ruin one’s viewing experience. Normally correcting bad aspect ratios involves manually changing your TV, computer, or application’s aspect ratio or at worst case re-encoding the entire video. This article describes how to permanently change the aspect ratio of any MP4/M4V video within seconds. Download,...

iPhone 6 Dock Mod

This video shows you how to use and modify an iPhone 5 dock to fit your new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with any case.

Unlock Your Cadillac CUE

The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) system is a highly advanced, in-car entertainment system from Cadillac that consists of onscreen navigation, weather forecasts, satellite radio, climate control, and more.  The article outlines how you can unlock your CUE system  to enable text messaging, navigation in motion, video in motion, and more. Unlock...

Optimizing Cadillac CUE SD Card Video Playback

The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) system is a highly advanced, in-car entertainment system from Cadillac that allows you to play video files from an SD card when unlocked or when rear-entertainment equipped.  The article outlines how to reliably encode, load, and play video files from an SD card on your Cadillac CUE....

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