Ethernet - Up And Running

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Well, that was easy.

It turns out that the in-wall wires WERE the issue.

Airport Extreme and Ethernet - Trial and Error

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Day 2 of our Ethernet project.

At the very least, we've isolated the problem.

Adding an Ethernet Switch to my Airport Extreme

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We finally got started on an Original AAAD project last night - wired Ethernet.

I've been thinking about this one for years. 

Review: Sony 65" X850C Bravia 4K TV (2015)

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This review is probably coming a bit late for most early adopters - Sony's 2016 4K HDTVs are already in stores.

But for bargain shoppers like AAAD, the 65X830C 4K TV absolutely gets the job done. And it's a 4K TV set that can be found for under $2,000.

Review: Sony XBR 65X900C 4K TV

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Well.

That wasn't very much fun.

One Week Until the Apple Keynote!

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It's that time of year again!

If you're like me, you're counting the days until the next Apple Keynote. And most likely, you're avoiding any Apple purchases until 3/21.

More Projects! More Updates!

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Wow, time flies! Sorry for the delay between posts.

I'll have a more Apple-Centric post up ASAP, but in the interest of letting people know that AAAD still exists, here's a quick rundown of our current projects:

The iPhone 5se Has A Terrible Name

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Rumor has it that the iPhone 5se will go on sale on March 18.

I suppose it's good that Apple is bringing a 4" phone into the current-gen form factor and specs.

But MAN I hate that name. Here's why.

Upgrading an Insinkerator Garbage Disposer - From Badger to Evolution

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This post will be short.

It has literally nothing to do with Apple, iOS, or HomeKit.

Our garbage disposer CRACKED IN HALF over the weekend.

So there's a new project!

Siri, the Apple Watch, and Apple Music

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Hey, AAAD! Sorry for the lack of updates this week - hopefully that massive Mac Mini post gave you enough reading to tide you over. 

Great Apple Moment this AM - I was driving to work, and inadvertently held the Digital Crown down on my watch for a moment. 

Mac Mini Generations - Not All Mac Minis Are Created Equal

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As I mentioned in our last post, we're going to be adding a Mac Mini Server to our iOS home.

Our Mac Mini is going to have to do some heavy lifting - distributing music and HD video to AppleTVs throughout the house.

We may need to buy the latest and greatest.

But I'm also a huge proponent of buying used, last-generation Apple equipment.

So let's take a look at how the Mac Mini has changed over the years, in terms of form and function.

Adding a Mac Mini Home Server - and Home Ethernet

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Our home server project has been on the "AAAD coming soon" list for a couple of years.

Now, with Phase 1 of the basement project is coming to a close, our home server finally has a home.

Finally, it makes sense to move forward.

Basement Project #1 - Custom Storage Shelving

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Phase One of the basement renovation is largely complete.

While the contractors finish up the drywall work, we've gotten a head start on some of our own projects. 

First up - shelving in the storage room. 

Project Update - Basement Drywall is Installed

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We had our first opportunity to walk through our new (mostly) finished basement last night.

Our initial impressions?

Adding walls - and especially adding drywall - fundamentally changes your perception of a space.

Basement Update - DIY Projects!

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We are quickly approaching the "end of the beginning" of our basement remodel.

"Phase One" was the rough-in - plumbing, electrical, HVAC, drywall, and sprinkler systems.

It's almost done, and it looks great. Which means it's time for us to start Phase Two:

The DIY projects.