My 2023 Smart Home: New Additions and Recent Evictions!

Ever since I ventured into the realm of smart homes in 2016, upon moving into my newly constructed abode, I’ve been managing a variety of gadgets such as thermostats, garage door openers, security cameras, alarm systems, and more, all via the Apple Home app on my mobile devices and Mac. My smart home journey has …

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The Most Significant Update to Photoshop in 20 Years

Fasten your seatbelts, Adobe Photoshop enthusiasts! Ever since we embraced the Creative Cloud subscription model in 2013 – yes, a thrilling decade has flown by – Adobe has been faithfully delivering updates, making your Photoshop experience smoother and more efficient. However, brace yourselves, because today’s update is a game-changer, ready to send shockwaves through your …

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How to Store and Backup Your Photos Like a Pro

Now that my network upgrade is complete (see my Networking gear guide here to see every item I put into my new server racks), it’s time to focus on something I’ve been putting off for way too long. It was time to replace my 2012 Mac mini Server and Drobo 5D. During the COVID-19 pandemic …

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How I Solved My WiFi Nightmare

I have 1GB Internet (1200Mbps down/35Mbps up), and when everything went downhill, this was the AWFUL WiFi speed I started getting. I’m not an IT guy. I have had to learn about networking out of necessity, not out of desire or fascination. I view a home network as something that should just work, and you …

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Take advantage of Siri Shortcuts

Most of you know I’m a fan of smart home technologies. I spend a lot of my spare time thinking of new Automation ideas. However, not every device or application is compatible with smart home systems. For example, Apple HomeKit has no category for robot vacuums. I still can’t believe that robot vacuums aren’t a …

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I put two of the newest smart locks to the test

I went from being apprehensive about adding a smart lock to my smart home to having one on every entry door. I’ve tried a few different models and just finished comparing two of the latest and best, especially if you have an Apple HomeKit smart home. Level Lock+ vs. Schlage Encode Plus These two locks …

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Solar + Battery Storage = Power Grid Independence

Two Enphase IQ 10 Batteries were installed in my garage Those of you who have been around me or this blog for the past few years know that I’m a fan of tech, green energy, electric vehicles, and of course solar power. At the end of 2019, I went solar and documented it here. My …

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My Live Streaming Studio Setup – 2022

2022 UPDATE: Not a lot has changed since my 2021 setup/post. I switched my main camera to a Sony ZV-E10, my demo computer is now a 2021 16″ M1 MacBook Pro and I’m using Restream.io to multicast each stream to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Behance. Ok let’s get to it: Last year when I …

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