Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Echo Dot is another winner from Amazon!

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Wow. You guys know about my love of Amazon’s Echo, my forays into developing Alexa skills, the thrill of trying out the ISY-994i integration the first time, and even the warnings about the placement of the Echo. The Amazon Echo

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 23

Power Insteon wireless devices with a DC adapter

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Tired of replacing batteries in your wireless Insteon devices like motion sensors or hidden door sensors? Power them from the wall with a 9v wall adapter. The process is similar to what we did making a USB connector, splicing the

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 19

Tivo Bolt’s skip feature is awesome

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Hi, my name’s Matt and I loath commercials. Care to join my Commercial Hater’s Anonymous group (CHA!)? Then check out the Tivo Bolt. I’ve been a Tivo guy for years now, but recently upgraded to the Tivo Bolt – and

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 15

FaceTime yourself to help with electrical work

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If you have an iPad and an iPhone, did you know you can actually FaceTime yourself? Why in all hell would you WANT to do this? If you do a lot of electrical work in your house alone, it’s a

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 11

Use a rotary tool to fix a sticking deadbolt

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I’ve got an electronic door lock that I control via my Insteon system to lock when I leave the house, and even monitor whether the deadbolt is set or not. But over the winter, I found that the lock was

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 7

Hide clutter in MobiLinc with a character prefix

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Here’s a quick and simple tip for you MobiLinc users out there: regardless of how your ISY994i folder structure is set up, you likely have a bunch of devices, scenes, or programs that you just don’t want to show up

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 3

Why do we do home automation? Because we can!

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Why do we do Home Automation? Because we can! Now get back to work!

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 1
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