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Thermostats

At its simplest, a thermostat is easy to understand: it’s a switch that opens when it is warm enough, and closes when it is too cool. The switch controls the heater. When it gets cold, it turns on the heat.

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Shine a little light. OK, a lot of little lights.

I’m sure you’ve seen this: A summer night. After dark. The porch light is on, and there are moths and bugs swirling and swarming around it. We know what causes this. Turns out moths and some other insects use the

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Update: Locks

I ordered a Danalock for the back door. It’s pretty nifty. Before I ordered it I asked them if it would work with my Medeco lock. They responded that they didn’t have experience with Medeco, but their lock was designed

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Update: Z-Wave

As I mentioned, buying a Z-Wave controller/gateway was in my future. Well, it’s tax return season, see. So I ordered a VeraLite Home Controller. This one I linked to comes with a repeater/range extender for the same price as one

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Wireless Babylon

There’s a lot of signals potentially going through my head. The Internet Of Things™: WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, to say nothing of more traditional radio-controlled junk…there’s potentially a lot going on in the airwaves of my house. And that doesn’t even

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Work, my mechanical minions!

I’m a big fan of not doing housework. I have a couple of robots that support me in this: The first is my trusty Scooba, Jacques. Jacques is a rescue pet. Someone was offering him up for free on Freecycle,

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Electronic Locks

I don’t like locks. I’d much rather live in a world or at least a place in the world where (to reference the old cliché) you don’t have to lock your doors. Partly because I would like to be that

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