Category Archives: Technology

Trying out my new Nikon 35 mm lens, WD My Passport Wireless SSD, and Adobe Lightroom for iOS

For the upcoming India trip, I wanted to get some additional photography gear. For one thing, I’ve had my eye on a 35 mm fast prime lens for street photography and headshots. I’ve been using a 50 mm prime lens … Continue reading

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I purchased and installed a Nest Protect – it’s okay but doesn’t integrate with Google Assistant

I’ve been exploring life with the Google Assistant and comparing it against the Amazon Alexa AI. We have many products in our integrated with Alexa, and only a few devices integrated with Google Assistant. While I’ll admit that the Assistant … Continue reading

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Exciting home updating news – new TVs (and new devices) in interesting places

We had a $200 credit from Verizon / Samsung after upgrading our FiOS plan. It had sat around unused for many months because I didn’t know how to use it. We could use it towards a new TV, Chromebook, tablet, … Continue reading

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I’m trying something new – life with Google Assistant, the Google Home Hub, and Google Mini

We’ve been using the Amazon ‘Alexa’ AI assistant through their Echo Dot product since Oct 2017. After about a year of heavy usage, I still think it’s interesting. The family and I have various uses for it. I like that Amazon … Continue reading

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New additions to my life – the Sonos Connect and Klipsch in-ear headphones

I’ve always loved music. I’m a visual person at heart, but music has always been important. I enjoyed my music classes in junior high school. I played string bass for 8 years before college. I keep an extensive local music … Continue reading

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I have no money — all of my money is tied up in fancy garage doors

I think it was July or August when our main garage door broke. Specifically, one of the torsion springs snapped, and we’ve been unable to open the door ever since. I had a company come out to look at it … Continue reading

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Goodbye old laser and inkjet printers. Hello big honking new color laser printer.

I’ve been complaining about our printers for a while now. We all  have been complaining about our printers. They’re old. They’re wonky. They don’t respond when you send print requests. They weren’t good relationships for us.  We bought the black & … Continue reading

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I’m building a new Plex / media server using a Synology DS918+ and Seagate IronWolf NAS drives

We have a primary media / backup storage model, but I don’t like it. If I had a million bucks, I’d structure things differently. Wouldn’t we all? When you have needs but finite resources… what to do? [Trigger warning – … Continue reading

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We renewed our contract with Verizon and upgraded to the FiOS Gigabit plan

We’ve been out of contract with Verizon for their FiOS service for maybe two years now. Every time I went online to check their plans, any renewal would require me to increase my monthly spend for TV-internet-phone service another $30 … Continue reading

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Landscape lighting refresh project – Phase 2

Phase 2 is halfway done. The kids and I went out in the hear this afternoon to add a new line of landscape lights to the side of the house. We added two wall wash lights and a spotlight on … Continue reading

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