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Upgrading My CPU and Dealing with Heat

One thing you can count on in the tech world is the need for constant change. Just when you think everything is running great, something changes that causes an avalanche. I have been running my VM server for a few years and it has been at the core of many things I do. When I […]

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D-Link DIR-510L AC750 Portable WiFi Router

As internet access is now entwined in our everyday life, Wi-Fi has become important to us wherever we are.  Whether you have multiple devices, multiple family members, or both, we increasing our need for connectivity.  Increasingly more and more hotels are clamping down on Wi-Fi access and are trying to charge more if you have […]

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Auto Water Shutoff – Preventing Disasters

Back in July of 2015 I experienced what could have been a major disaster from a water leak caused by a faulty gasket on a water filter.  It is always a disasater like this that makes you realize you should have a way to do an auto water shutoff.  Thankfully I had Insteon leak detectors […]

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Amazon Echo And Amazon Echo App For Fire OS, Android And iOs And Desktop Browser

Using the Amazon Echo with the ISY 994i

I recently purchased the Amazon Echo and have been enjoying using it on a daily basis. When they released the integration with Insteon, I was curious and hooked up an Insteon hub to experiment with it for a couple of weeks. For certain things, I found it very convenient and was surprised how well it […]

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Customer Service Lives Part One – QNAP

Typically, when it comes to consumer level items, very few companies stand firmly behind their products. Sure you can buy something and return to Amazon or Newegg but how about some real support when something goes wrong or when you experience some anomalies that you need help with. You have companies like Apple who go […]

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Extending your Wireless Network

Many people struggle with setting up a wireless network that spans over multiple access points, or just simply adding an access point to an existing wireless router so that you can get better coverage. Some manufactures make it a bit easier, while others make it a real science to setup correctly. In most cases this […]

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SimpliSafe Home Security System

Introduction As the next logical step in setting up my home tech now that I had installed the basics for my home automation, was to add a home security system to protect the property as well as the contents. Though I live in one of the safer neighborhoods in Southern California, no one is excluded […]

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Home Automation-Planning to Move

Planning Your Home Automation and Home Control Earlier this year I set out to purchase a home and move from my existing townhouse, to a larger home to make room for my new family. As part of the process of moving, I wanted to plan my home automation in advance in efforts to simplify the […]

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Sonos-Whole Home Streaming

I have always been intrigued by Sonos for a couple of reasons.  One was the claims of perfectly synced audio in every room, and the other was the prospect of good sound quality from a wireless device.  Being a bit picky with audio quality I was certainly skeptical, especially with the new small stand alone […]

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