25
March
2018

Wrote my first Medium post and how to cross post…

Was a different kind of tool, but the guide to Smart Home is started and is up. Kind of a pain to use a different tool, so off to figure out how to cross post from WordPress. I’ve tried the Social plugin, but the fidelity is low. Medium doesn’t seem to like Markdown and the […]

23
March
2018

Uploading to Instagram from a Mac with Windowed.io

It’s kind of surprising what is allowed and not allowed. One problem is that the iOS Instagram client makes it essentially impossible to navigate through a big photo library, you can search and it is really intended just to load the most recent photos. Plus it’s a tiny screen to scroll through 7,000 photos and […]

20
March
2018

Headlamps redux

Wow it used to be that a 200 lumen headlamp was great, but with LEDs comes even better stuff. Here are the top rated things I’ve found thanks to Outdoorgearlabs.com and Switchback Travel: Coast Optics. Buying smaller brands can be great, this is a Portland company and their HL-7 is top rated, but the FL-85 which […]

20
March
2018

Large uploads to iCloud… continued

OK, I’m trying to see if iCloud Photo Library is a good place to store things. So I tried uploading 6K (that’s actually a small percentage) of my photos up there. What I found is that Mac Photos hangs after a while. It is showing strange messages in the console like cloudphotod sending spurious data in […]

16
March
2018

Chevy Bolt 14.4.2 Firmware Update

Man having a Tesla vs having a Bolt, it really does feel like a Mac vs Windows. Normally with Tesla updates, you get an icon and a popup saying an update is available (I’m dying for 18.10.1 by the way for the new vision updates). But if you have an early model Bolt, then over […]

14
March
2018

Relook at Comcast with Data caps and pricing get the intro offers

We got our Comcast bill down quite a lot (believe me I’m not looking to how much we will have to pay with net neutrality gone :-(), but I was surprised to see the bill pop to $80/month just for Internet. Here’s what I learned: TL;dr. If you are in Seattle and don’t need a […]

14
March
2018

Managing Photos across Android and iPhones privately

This is actually pretty hard. You either have to just accept the lower resolution you get with Whatsapp or iMessage, or you have to go to great lengths to share high resolution photos. here’s a guide… If you don’t care about privacy and let Google index everything you own: Also if you want full resolution, […]

14
March
2018

AirBNB and currency conversions

One annoying thing about AirBNB (there are many things to like!) is the way it handles currency conversions. If you just take the defaults, then you end up paying in your home currency and not the local currency. AirBNB actually charges a 3% conversion fee and it is not clear how to get around it. […]

11
March
2018

LED, Smart home and decoder ring light bulbs

We have an old Lutron system that works well and we’ve been waiting for the turning point when LEDs are really affordable in all sizes (see below). They are supposed to last 10x longer than incandescent and be 10x more efficient although the ones we’ve used earlier have definitely failed early: Philips non-dimmable 100-watt equivalent […]

01
March
2018

Fakespot is awesome

So glad that someone did this, but wirecutter.com uses fakespot.com to look at reviews and determine which ones are fake. Seems to work well.

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