I am a Consumer

Jumped Ship on the Apple Watch

So for a while, I’ve been toying with abandoning the Apple Watch. I made the attempt a few months back at wearing it on my right arm as an activity tracker. The experiment was short-lived, it just wasn’t very comfortable. So I went back to wearing the Apple Watch as my daily watch. But still didn’t love it. I hadn’t used any apps on the watch in, well I can’t recall how long, it was basically doing two things: unlocking my Mac, and acting as an activity tracker. For the former, it was fine, for the latter, however, it sucked. I couldn’t track my sleep since I could never create a habit to charge the watch around mid-day. A while ago at a conference, a bunch of us were around the…

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Getting the Rachio 3 Set up

We moved in November. I don’t recommend it, for one reason: Things are winterized, you don’t know what’s planted where, and you don’t know the condition of your sprinkler system. (Obviously, this last one only applies if you’re moving into a Single Family home). As I’ve been smartifying the house, a smart sprinkler was a definite must. Even when we had a place down in Highlands Ranch, I hated my sprinklers running in the middle of a rainstorm. I still hate it and when I see a house where it’s happening I want to knock on their door. I really wanted something HomeKit connected; one for the security, and two, for the convenience. The choices there are slim. I like Rachio because their kit is attractive, and they’re a CO Company….

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More adventures in Home Automation

So I’ve been slowly “smartifying” the new house. When we moved we brought most of the smart kit with us, so I immediately had some iDevices Wall Switches, door locks, and cameras. Since then I’ve added another Camera to the front porch, and some smart bulbs. First the Camera. It’s a Logitech Circle 2 (Wired, so that it’s HomeKit friendly). Overall it’s a good camera if you can get past Logitech’s mostly horrible install and set up instructions. Really a homeKit code that’s grey font on black plastic, 2pt font, under a piece of the camera, so you need to write it down since you can’t pair while the camera is unpowered… Really Logitech? Beyond that, it’s a great camera. It is weatherproof and does a great job at night….

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The Importance of Net Neutrality

  While we all know how valuable and important the internet is, those of us born in the late seventies, early eighties. I feel have a special appreciation for it. Why? Because growing up, one year we were in a library photocopying encyclopedias, and the next we were accessing the first websites, finding information online. One summer we were sending postcards and letters to friends back home during summer vacation, the next we were emailing. Etc. We literally watched the internet be born, watched it change how we live our lives. No one in Congress is this generation (that I know of). Not that it’d matter, I’m sure they’d still sell it out for a fat Comcast Check. Certainly, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is cashing his Comcast check(s) Why is…

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