10/30/2014

Adding MyQ to an Old Garage Door Opener

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I can be a forgetful guy.

The good news is, I'm aware of that fact, and can compensate.

Most of the time, that just means that I have to be extra-vigilant.

Which means I'm constantly checking and re-checking to make sure the doors are locked, that there's nothing left on my schedule for the day, and so on.

But I'm tired of checking the garage door. It's time to get a MyQ iOS garage door control.

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10/24/2014

So what's new?

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I know it's been a while since we posted - in large part, that's because our projects have been decidedly low-tech.

They've been pretty great, though!

We built a craftsman-style shed that rivals our neighbors' garages!

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9/23/2014

Ooma Telo - Cutting the Landline Cord (But Keeping the Landline)

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I've always been an early adopter of new tech. But at the same time, I still have a landline.

How? Why? Well, the answer's pretty simple.

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9/08/2014

iPhone 6 Keynote Tomorrow! (Any HomeKit News?)

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Tomorrow morning, Tim Cook will introduce the iPhone 6. Maybe even 2 of them. Maybe even an iWatch or something like that.

Is there any chance that we're going to hear more about HomeKit?
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8/18/2014

Further Adventures With ADT Pulse - Updates

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Hope you had a great weekend. It was quiet at the AAAD house - not only was Saturday our first day in nearly 2 weeks with no houseguests, and the baby slept almost all the way through the night.

Which meant that Sunday was a good day for some home projects! 

Until I tried to disconnect my ADT Pulse Gateway, got careless, and crashed the whole system....
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7/28/2014

Weber Genesis - Full Rehab - Project Updates!

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We have a long-standing tradition here at AAAD of talking about projects for a LONG time before we actually get started.

I first started talking about a "gut rehab" for my 2007 Weber Genesis E-310 back in March of 2013. 16 months later, we finally did it. Here's how. 
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7/21/2014

Review - 4Moms mamaRoo Baby Swing

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At my last job, one of our clients was a manufacturer of baby products. Strollers, highchairs, and swings.

Some of their most-heated litigation involved baby swings - because there have been some real leaps forward in design in that area.

The "open top swing" didn't exist a decade and a half ago, and now it's all you see. And believe me, the fight over who came up with that innovation was rough.

The last couple of years have seen some new advances in baby swings. Like the Momaroo, which is less of a "swing", and more of a "robot that gently rocks your baby to sleep". It's awesome.


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6/24/2014

Withings Smart Body Analyzer Review - This changes everything?

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That headline is a bit misleading - the Withings Smart Body Analyzer isn't going to change the world.

It's a wi-fi connected scale.

But I'm hoping that the Withings Smart Body Analyzer changes everything about me.

It's off to a good start.

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6/23/2014

Review - One Month With a Nest Thermostat

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I've wanted a Nest Thermostat for years. Really, since before the first-generation Nest was available. 


I read an article on the NY Times about it, and I was completely hooked. 

It was sleek. Immediately understandable. Perfect. 

Of course, it was several years before I actually pulled the trigger and bought one. 

One month later, this is our AAAD review. 
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5/26/2014

Finally! Is iRemote On The Way?

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I've been talking about Apple creating an "iRemote" platform for quite a while.

Back in March of 2013, when Apple was still in the doldrums, AAAD discussed the potential for Apple to create a home automation standard

This "iRemote" platform would control all compatible third-party devices (lighting, music, TV) from a single screen, and in turn, would drive third-party device makers away from proprietary apps and formats, and toward a single, synthesized standard.

Today, Gizmodo (citing Financial Times), reported that Apple might be doing EXACTLY that.

Awesome.

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