Six Months with the August Lock Pro (Review)

By // No comments :
Image result for august lock pro black"We've been in our new house for six months, and in some ways, it feels as though we just moved in.

In terms of AAAD projects.... it's been even slower going.

The house came fitted with an August Lock Pro, which has been a bit of a godsend in some ways... and has been a source of conflict in others.

New house - let's start this all over again.

By // No comments :
We recently moved into a new house in the same Chicago suburb.

This means starting all over again with HomeKit - and it also means trying to retroactively figure out the existing tech systems in the new place.

August Door Lock? Up and working.

Ring Video Doorbell? Seems to be dead.

Ethernet? ...Maybe? There's an "Open House" box in the basement with a lot of CAT-5 coming together at a switch.

We're still trying to unpack, and most of the remaining items on the to-do list are my tech items. I'll try to post any insights we may gain here as we move forward.

Which Case Works Best With A Gold iPhone XS?

By // No comments :
If you're upgrading to an iPhone XS, you're probably considering the exclusive "gold" version.

After all, it's the only phone that announces that it's the latest and greatest. 

BUT... if you're going to the trouble to get a golden iPhone, do you want to cover it up in a case? Which one?

REVIEW: Eero Mesh Wifi

By // No comments :
All good things come to an end.

And while we've owned (and loved) almost every Apple Airport product, the line has been discontinued.

And it was becoming clear we'd been left behind.

FINALLY. A Mac Mini You Can Buy.

By // No comments :
Apple announced a new Mac Mini today!

It's been four years since Apple last updated the Mac Mini, and a full six years since they introduced a Mac Mini worth owning. 

The 2012 Mini was the last to have user-upgradable RAM, or quad-core configurations. UNTIL TODAY.

Mac Mini 2018 - Too Little, Too Late?

By // 2 comments :
It's been four years since Apple updated the Mac Mini. (And six years since they released a Mac Mini worth purchasing.)

If rumors are to be believed, our long wait is almost over. Apple seems set to announce an updated Mac Mini, with "pro" specs, this fall. 

But is it simply too little, too late?

Why are Zinus Mattresses So Cheap?

By // 2 comments :
We finished our basement during 2016.

And in doing so, we added a bedroom. (Because, theoretically, adding a bedroom will provide more return on investment for the basement remodel.)

But, we never put a BED in that bedroom, until last week.

HomePod is a Giant Leap Forward

By // No comments :
We recently added a HomePod to our iOS-connected home - replacing a SONOS Play:1. 

As a music player, it's an improvement. But that's really only the tip of the iceberg.

Adding a HomePod brings HomeKit into the mainstream. It's a major leap forward. 

New iMac? Migrate Your Data EASILY.

By // No comments :
Technology is designed to make our lives simpler. That's what it is for.

However, we've come to expect that certain tasks get MORE complicated as technology advances. Especially when it comes to computing, we have come to expect that more tech = more complications. 

I'm happy to report that migrating data from one Mac to another is not one of those complicated tasks.

Checking in - April 2018

By // No comments :
It's been a long run here at AAAD. Six years!

And yes, we've been waiting for HomeKit to take over the world for the better part of a decade.

While things have been largely stagnant on THAT front, the rest of our tech world has changed dramatically.

Cord Cutters - The Apple TV is the Only Device You Need.

By // No comments :
Last year, we made a pretty momentous decision - we dropped DirecTV.

I guess you could call us cord-cutters, but it really doesn't feel like that.

Frankly, it doesn't seem like we made any changes at all. Our AppleTV-only setup is slightly more convenient, and somewhat cheaper.

I'm EXCITED for macOS Server 2018

By // No comments :
Apple recently announced that it was making a number of changes to macOS Server.

Specifically, Apple is deprecating (eliminating) a wide array of services - dramatically reducing macOS Server's functionality.

HOT TAKE - I couldn't be happier.

5 Tips For Photographing the Northern Lights in Iceland

By // No comments :
We just spent 5 days in Iceland, which was a pretty great trip.

We managed to get a photo of the Aurora Borealis, which is by NO MEANS a sure thing.

I'll post a full "Iceland Tips and Tricks", or "Traveling Iceland with Kids" article later this week.

But this post is all about the Northern Lights.

If you've ever wanted to visit Iceland and see the Northern Lights, here are five things to keep in mind:

Okay, HomeKit. Let’s do this.

By // No comments :
iDevices Switch
Its been YEARS. But we finally got started with HomeKit.

And I may not stop.

HomeKit is exceeding my expectations, and gets better with every device we add.

How to Get an App Developed

By // No comments :
If you're like me, you're constantly coming up with ideas that you think could make a great app.

And if you're like me, you don't have the skills to turn those ideas into actual code.