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!



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.



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?


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....


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. 


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.



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.



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. 


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.




Say No to IR Blasters! The DirecTV RF Remote

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I spent the better part of the 2000's trying to banish IR blasters from our living room.

They managed to combine poor form and poor function. Wires running under and around our components, IR emitters affixed to the front of our components, messing up the whole look of our living room.

And they didn't always work! It was an exercise in frustration. 

With our new built-in home theater cabinets, our components are tucked away out of sight. So it looked like we were headed back to IR blasters. 

Until DirecTV stepped in to save the day.