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Apple

USB-C and the new Macbook.

Well after much deliberation, i’ve finally pulled the trigger on the new Retina MacBook, after finally looking at what I generally use my laptops for, it turns out I don’t actually do too much power computing, mainly a little bit of Outlook, Remote Desktop connections, and some IRC, and web browsing, so I’m hardly going to drive it hard. I do however had 2 months On to my main point though, the one thing that has been worrying me slightly […]

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Spam…

I’m trying to keep this blog free of spam, if anyone has any ideas how to stop being approached about the size of my member, or buying into SEO, I’d be grateful to hear back. This afternoon i’ve logged into find about 50 more “helpful messages”, and am currently looking for something to help me.

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Loxone

Miniserver Go – The Wireless Smart Home Solution

With the Miniserver Go, professional wireless home automation is finally a possibility. Any home can become a smart home with Loxone – find out more today. Source: Miniserver Go – The Wireless Smart Home Solution | Loxone Initially when I heard the news of the Mini-server Go I was less than excited, especially as I was expecting wireless TRV’s, as the months have gone on though I’ve been generally impressed with the concept, which along with the release of a […]

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Home Automation

Whats it like to live with a smart home?

After 12 months living with a Loxone automated home, I can honestly say its as different or the same as living with a normal home, its really up to you as to how much life changes, yes lights turn themselves off, heating is at the temperature you want at the time you want it and you can look at the figures for energy usage, I guess I tend to tinker with and monitor more than any sane person really should, […]

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Home Automation

With the impending release of HomeKit….

I’ve been reading up about Apple’s home kit today, and found this link to most of the HomeKit compatible equipment thats been released so far, quite an interesting selection, but nothing that the Loxone can’t do. I think we’re going to see a lot more of this icon everywhere (click the button for article):

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Home Automation

Why would I want a smart home?

Well here’s a couple of reasons Utility bills¬†: There’s only one way that utility bills are going and thats up! most systems are capable of ¬†monitoring power consumption, occupancy and processing that information, for instance you leave a light on in the house and go out for a few hours unexpectedly, once the house senses you’ve left it can turn the light off, then on your return turn the light back on for you. With Solar panels, you could configure […]

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Amplifier

Home Automation And My House Audio

After finally getting my heating up and running with the Loxone, the time has now come to look at the audio setup in the house and see what we can do, my main amplifier is a Sony STRDN-1040, which can be controlled via either IR or a smartphone app. I don’t particularly like the application, and would like to get the loxone controlling the basic functions such as volume, and input selection, I can see this being an uphill struggle, […]

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New WordPress Plug-in

I’ve just installed a new plug-in for WordPress that should automatically post my blog updates to twitter. Fingers crossed it’ll do the job, otherwise i’ll be buying a perpetual licence! Here’s the link in case its of interest to anyone else? https://wordpress.org/plugins/tweet-my-post/

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Audio

Bluetooth Speakers – Well It’s Not Really Home Automation…

For some time I’ve been looking at getting a small bluetooth speaker, but not really had a valid excuse to buy one (according to the wife), but now with a small camping trip booked in the next month or so, I was allowed to purchase one. My first thought was to just plump for the Beats Pill, but imho its a lot of money to be spending on what is effectively a toy for me, so I set myself a […]