Home Automation

HDMI Extenders. Grrrrr….

One of my pet hates in life is seeing boxes under TV’s, they always look so untidy. Unfortunately my efforts to use the Xbox One have been pretty poor of late. My Xbox is in the spare room, and the xbox inhabits the wardrobe, i’ve tried a number of devices from cheap to expensive, and its defintely yet again a case of spending the right money to get the right kit. I started out using an HD Anywhere Extend 2k […]

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Home Automation

New Tool

Part of the tidying up of the house has been about moving the loxone kit to more useful positions, today was the turn of the NFC touchpad, previously i’ve had it mounted on a surface mount box which still involved the unit wobbling as you pressed buttons on it, it didn’t look particularly nice either. Finally decided to use one of the loxone Euro style back boxes. I don’t do a lot of the physical installs, that’s what I have […]


Cheap Charts – Find Bargains on the Itunes store

Recently we’ve started buying movies from the Itunes store. One thing I’ve noticed is that it’s easy to miss the keenly priced films, that is until I discovered an app called Cheapcharts, someone, somewhere is monitoring the store for media that’s either on offer, or price reduced. Whilst i’ve used Cheapcharts for movie purchases, they also list books, audiobooks, apps, music and TV shows in the app itself, you can also view the same deals plus Mac apps from their […]


Loxone IR Air Control

Hard to believe that this module is now 4 years old, i was one of the fools who invested in the originaly IR Module, which I have to admit caused us no end of problems Back in 2014 when we first installed my system, we managed to blow up 2 mini-servers in day by wiring the IR Module incorrectly. 24volt accross the inputs on the mini-server really didnt go down to well, and produced a not inconsiderable amount of smoke […]