Jailbreaking an AppleTV 2

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The AppleTV 4 will be released soon, and with it, we'll finally have the AppleTV SDK and App Store that we've been hoping for.

This means that there will be 3rd party applications - and that means that we'll have far less interest in jailbreaking the AppleTV 2 to run applications like Kodi.

But.... I recently happened across an AppleTV 2, and since jailbroken devices seem to sell for more on eBay, I gave it a shot.

Here's how it works.

Liftmaster Laser Parking Assist - Garage Goes High-Tech!

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For whatever reason, the garage has been a focal point for gadgets over the last couple of years. 

And as of this weekend, we'll have LASER BEAMS guiding us to the perfect parking spot! 

Talk about high-tech! 

Over the last year, we've turned our existing "dumb" garage door into a fully-integrated garage door system. 

And we aren't done yet!

HomeKit - The Waiting is the Hardest Part

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It has been YEARS since Apple announced their HomeKit home automation protocol.

And, unfortunately, as of September 2015, HomeKit remains, for the most part, vaporware.

Best-case, Apple is taking their time to make sure that HomeKit is perfect before it hits the market.

But this delay comes at a price - not only for Apple and HomeKit, but for home automation in general.

Siri and Sonos - Apple Music's Killer Feature

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I've written about Sonos quite a bit around here. Paired with Spotify, it's close to perfect. 

In fact, Sonos is SO good that Apple Music is a non-starter for me - no Sonos compatibility yet. 

But it's coming, and when it does.... look out Spotify. 

Because if Spotify and Sonos are great, Siri and Sonos will be amazing. 

Using a Mac Mini as a Home Server

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The iMac is the center of our Apple system at home - it stores all of our music and photo libraries.

When we're using Sonos, the music is controlled by the iPhone, and comes out of the Sonos speakers.

So why does the iMac need to be involved? It's just a desktop computer in the office.

Well, maybe it doesn't. We've been looking at home server options, and I think that the simplest answer may be the best - A Mac Mini.

Apple Music and Sonos - A Dealbreaker, for Now

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I really want to like Apple Music.

But I haven't even started the free trial yet. I'm not even sure if I'll GET a free trial later, and I don't care.

Apple Music doesn't work with Sonos, so Apple Music is a non-starter.

But that may change soon.

Harry's Razors Review - Are the Savings Worth The Hassle?

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In a recent AAAD post, we discussed the virtues of Harry's vs. Dollar Shave Club.

Ultimately, I went with Harry's.

And now.... I think I'm headed back to Gillette Fusion, even though they're three times the cost. Here's why.


Harry's makes beautiful razors. There's no doubt about that. (I bought a "Winston", which is shiny, slick, chrome.)

But there is a limit to the virtue of form over function.

Especially when that function is as critical as swiping a razor blade over your face.

The Harry's blade is, basically, a prettied up Gillette Mach 3.

That blade was a game-changer - it looked different, it packed multiple blades,

However, like the Mach 3, the Harry's Winston has a LOT of room between the top of the cartridge and the first blade.

That's where the moisturizer strip goes. It makes things go smoothly!

It also makes it difficult to, for instance, shave directly under your nose.

The Fusion addressed this issue by putting a "precision blade" on the back of the razor, for those types of tight spaces.

The Harry's blade required some serious contortion - and I simply wasn't able to get certain hairs.

More distressingly, though - I was CONSTANTLY cutting myself with the Winston.

I have been shaving for 25 years, and I can probably count the number of times I've cut myself shaving on one hand.

In my first week with the Winston, I had three incidents in which I needed to use a bandage to avoid getting blood all over the place.

That may have been a function of the Winston being "new" to me - or it may be because I had to attempt some weird angles to get around the huge moisturizing strip. Regardless, it was a hassle.

Build Quality

The Winston handle is SO close to being great - it really just needs some additional weight, for added heft.

As it stands, it feels like a plastic (or hollow) handle, coated with a shiny plastic. If it weighed twice as much, it would feel like an Art of Shaving handle.

That's a minor quibble. The real issue is with the cartridges.

I started looking for Gillette replacements when I noticed that I was refusing to buy new Fusion blades, and instead using the old ones until they were old and dull.

Fusion was just too expensive.

The good news about Harry's is that the blades don't cost as much, so you're getting rid of the old ones and replacing them with new ones before they go dull.

But after a week or two with the Winston, I noticed that the blade wasn't working quite as well.

The hinge on the cartridge just doesn't last very long.

That's because there isn't really a "hinge", at all! There is a flexible plastic connector, which mimics the Gilette spring-loaded hinge - but it's just a stretchy piece of plastic.

After a few shaves, that "hinge" loses its ability to bounce back, and then the flexible plastic coating tears open.

At that point, you really can't use the razor any more. It's built-in obsolescence - the cartridge will go bad well before the blades go dull.

These are disposable razors, to be sure - but Harry's are a bit more "disposable" than I'd expected.

So, where does this leave us?

Harry's does so many things right, that the things it DOESN'T do right really stand out.

Unfortunately, when "durability" and "precision" are your drawbacks, that's bad news.

Harry's is NOT a bad razor. But it's a whole lot cheaper than Gillette, and after using the Harry's blades, you start to see why.

I'm not nuts about the situation, but I think I'm going to go buy some more Fusion blades.

2 (out of 4) STARS

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