Monthly Archives: November 2014

Use a free Amazon Prime trial to get free shipping this holiday season

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Judging by the sound track at my local mall, the holiday season is upon us. This Thanksgiving I wanted to thank everyone for making this blog a success, and for all the interesting people I’ve met and ideas I’ve collaborated

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 27

Upgrade your ISY994i firmware to 4.2.18 for more secure connections

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The Universal Devices ISY994i has long had the ability to use secure connections for access, and wasn’t even vulnerable to a major, recently discovered security hole. Nonetheless, the good folks at Universal Devices have continued to enhance the security posture

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 26

Turn off outdoor water spigots to prevent freezing

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With the cold weather upon us now is the time to prepare your outdoor pipes to prevent freezing and bursting. If you have any hose-based systems (like the one I wrote about this summer), you’ll want to drain and/or disconnect

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 18

Insteon OutletLinc Dimmers are only for 2-prong lamps

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We’ve talked about the Insteon OutletLinc before, including installing a new Insteon OutletLinc, using one to control stairway lighting, and using one for other indirect lighting. OutletLincs come in a variety of models with different features like SwitchLincs (dimming, dual-band,

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 13

Paper tabs on the back side of screws: genius!

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I’ve done a ton of electrical and media work in the past couple months (at the cost of not spending as much time on Intellihome – sorry guys for the delay in those new features). I’ll be writing about these

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 1
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