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How to control your Apple TV with a TiVo remote

It all started with the story of a swiss company making a better Apple TV remote, and what a bummer when I learned you couldn’t get one in the US. A few weeks later I tweeted about a new set-top box being developed by TiVo, and how much I wanted one just to use that … Continue reading How to control your Apple TV with a TiVo remote

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:59:55 +0000


Re-keying every lock in your house all by yourself

A few months ago, I moved into a new house on a couple acres with a few outbuildings. I don’t know why the person who built the place did this, but they put both a deadbolt and a locking door handle on every building door (sheds, barn, coop), including multiple outside doors on the main … Continue reading Re-keying every lock in your house all by yourself

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:19:44 +0000


✅ finished my LED strips for lighting stairs

I’ve got a long walkway with five stairs going down it leading to my door and everything is a dull grey Trex-style decking that makes it hard to discern where the steps end, especially at night. I could have put a line of black grip tape on the end of each of the steps but … Continue reading ✅ finished my LED strips for lighting stairs

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 04:55:12 +0000


Brian Hull's Disney impressions

I stumbled upon a bunch of videos of a guy named Brian Hull doing incredible voice impressions of disney characters at disney parks. Watch a few: Aside from the bang-on impressions, the bit I love most in these videos is when the person playing a character at the park—let’s be honest, probably an aspiring actor … Continue reading Brian Hull's Disney impressions

Sun, 05 Jan 2020 03:04:50 +0000


Making painless guest wifi with QR codes

You ever go to a friend’s house, need to send a photo to someone, and realize it’d be way faster if you were on their wifi network? Then you ask and the host goes yeah, join my (punny-named) network, and then you ask for the password and it’s like 25 random alphanumeric characters someone has … Continue reading Making painless guest wifi with QR codes

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 22:52:37 +0000


Puddle & Pile—the app that predicts when your puppy needs to go—is freaking amazing

Last month, my family got a dog. It was our first ever dog after a lifetime of cat ownership. In the preceding months I asked everyone I know for advice on how to raise my someday dog. At a conference dinner this past summer, my favorite food writer on earth, Helen Rosner mentioned one piece … Continue reading Puddle & Pile—the app that predicts when your puppy needs to go—is freaking amazing

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:17:45 +0000


Cleaning up my closet/my first networking rack

Here’s the before shot of my home DSL modem attached to a Unifi Cloudkey Gen 2 Plus and a Unifi Security Gateway, then a Unifi 16 port powered switch, a mess of cabling from my wifi points and wireless point to point network, two Raspberry Pis, and then the five internet-of-things hubs I have to … Continue reading Cleaning up my closet/my first networking rack

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 19:10:15 +0000


My first LED project

A few weeks ago, I stumbled onto a couple interesting videos on YouTube, namely these two: Both videos blew my mind about what’s possible with cheap off-the-shelf stuff. Thanks to the tech boom and drive for ever cheaper LEDs for all sorts of uses, the gear for building light strips is ridiculously cheap, while the … Continue reading My first LED project

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 21:21:37 +0000


Extending Apple’s homekit through Homebridge

I’ve been doing a lot of weekend house projects lately. I started with hours on YouTube watching videos on how to wire up wall switches because I wanted to control more lights on my network. I followed the Wirecutter’s roundup of the best IoT wall switches and jumped on their cheap pick, the Kasa HS200 … Continue reading Extending Apple’s homekit through Homebridge

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:20:46 +0000


My first hour with Airpods Pro

Off the bat you should know that I have tried in-ear canal headphones a few times over the last couple decades and they’ve never been comfortable or offered such great sound quality that the uncomfortableness was worth it. Instead, headphones that go into and down your ears have always felt like medical equipment to me, … Continue reading My first hour with Airpods Pro

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 22:52:38 +0000


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