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Smart Appliances

LQ will soon be coming out with a line of smart appliances that can almost replace most of what your live in maid does. The SmartThinQ are all connected and come with a smartphone app to manage everything. They start to implement this on a few stores and gaming services in them,  it was working […]

Window 8 is like a big phone.

New Windows 8, coming into beta this month, is moving to a more touch friendly UI.  Looks like they see more and more consumers are replacing their laptops and desktops for tablets and they don’t want to loss the boat. The new start feature feels like a big Windows Mobile phone with “apps” you can […]

Virtualize Homeseer

I have been working to totally virtualize my computer technology including my servers and even my media server.  So in reality, I had two systems left to virtualize which was my automation server, Audrey and my desktop workstation.  I am working now to move my desktop into a VDI so my last piece would be Audrey. […]

Better Presence

One of the critical things that Audrey needs to know is if someone is actually in the house, and who.  This will help her make decisions like setting the house in an economy mode or turning on security monitoring. My first choice was motion detectors and although a good choice, had some shortcomings.  If there is a […]

Virtualize Windows Media Center

In my quest to virtualize my computer technology, one problem I wanted to solve was around my media.  I use Windows Media Center extenders to distribute and consume media around the house and needed a PC to be the Media Center server.  With advice from Andrew Grant in his “Virtualizing Media Center on Windows Home Server“, […]

Taught Audrey to Track Hurricanes

I am heading to the Bahamas but of course, I pick the tail end of hurricane season.  But not to worry, I taught Audrey to track storms and let me know when my cruise is at risk. I found Weather Underground’s RSS feeds for storm tracking and wrote a script that gets all storms in […]

Move to Virtualization

Finally took the leap and decided to virtualize my computer systems.  Some will say “ummm, huh?”.  Well, I am going to help you sound like a smart geek at that next cocktail party. What is Virtualization? Virtualization is a technology that allows your computer to run several different computers inside of it.  If you saw […]

Automating One Day Deals

One days deals from outfits like LivingSocial and Groupon has become a huge hit in the trendy but financial conscious times since you can get steak dinners and full body massages for $8.  I want to take advantage of deals like these IF I would care about them and not be flooded in my inbox.  […]