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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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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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My Review of the D-Link Omna HomeKit Camera

UPDATE: Ok, so I’ve been using the Omna for a while now and wanted to update my review. I decided to not post a second one, but just update this one, so the original is below. Overall I’m still happy with my two Omna cameras. There are however some issues that kinda suck. Namely the SD recording function. Specifically, it’s unreliable at best. There are times I’m certain someone is in the house (thankfully my Schlage Touch sense deadolt is WAY more reliable) and yet the camera never once captures it. Worse even, half the time the camera fails to capture things, it will capture before and after someone is in the house. Example; I leave the house for a showing (we’re selling). My lock tells me the realtor has…

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Apple Carplay is so close

For my birthday i got a Pioneer head unit that brought carplay to my car. It’s nice, it really is, but there’s much room for improvement. SO. MUCH. In fact this post was started months ago and now having lived through a few OS releases, my opinion is less. I’m beginning to wonder if CarPlay is an AppleTV like hobby that will live on in a meh state for years. What’s awesome: better siri integration. I was already happy with shouting “Hey siri” over the radio, sometimes two or three times. Now there’s a dedicated mic that listens way better than the mic on the phone where ever the phone might be, and can silence the radio, pause podcasts and streaming music, it’s definitely better. Pandora, iheartradio, and other sources of…

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