reviews

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 Orville is so close

I’ve been watching The Orville since it launched, and I’ve been mostly loving it. Mostly. I’ve never been a Seth Macfarlane fan, like ever. I wasn’t sure I’d like the Orville entirely because I was afraid it’d be ‘Family Guy’ with all its over the top idiot humor, but in space. Sometimes it is, sometimes it’s incredible Sci-Fi. When it’s not ‘Family Guy in Space’, it’s the Star Trek I was hoping for in Discovery (That’s another post). That’s the shows biggest problem; It’ll go from an episode with a great story and a moral to an episode with no value and terrible, raunchy slapstick, that takes two steps back. Case in point, green slime guy, who seems to exist for no other purpose than to say disgusting things like…

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Google Wifi box

Thought on My First week with Google Wifi

I just switched out my Apple Airport Extremes for Google Wifi. I’m normally all in on the silo I’ve chosen (Apple usually). I’ve had Apple Airport Extremes since the second generation of them. They’ve never been the best devices, but again the silo. They worked remarkably well within the Apple ecosystem. Mac and iOS would see APs that needed setting up, etc. Easy. The app was nice enough. Updates were few and far between, barely a scrap of pro user support, or more modern considerations, but they worked and managing them was easy enough from a non shitty app. I’ve been keeping an eye on the emerging Mesh Wifi world, and saw this review. Wirecutter has a great writeup as well, but it didn’t cover Google Wifi and a few others,…

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