A Very Cool Weather Website: Windy.com

This website, windy.com, punched through the noise of my RSS feeds. It’s a live view of these weather conditions around the world: wind, waves, rain & thunder, temperature, clouds, air quality, and numerous other weather variables. What makes this site so interesting to me is the way this realtime data is presented (animated) graphically – which a simple screenshot (above)… Continue reading

Second (Follow-up) Review of the Roborock S7 Now with Its RockDock

Back on June 19th I wrote a rather detailed initial “first impressions” blog post about our Roborock S7 Vacuum and Mop robot. You may recall that I really liked this robot. In fact, after having it for only a couple of days, we bought a second one for downstairs. Roborock S7 on the RockDock We also pre-ordered the RockDock–a docking… Continue reading

Texas Power Companies Control Residents’ Thermostats Remotely

Wow! Texans are always very verbal about government telling them what to do. They won’t have it! They want freedom – whatever the hell that is. Yet they let corporations control their home thermostats remotely. Now, that’s FREEDOM! Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers’ homes amid the state’s ongoing energy shortage.Residents with Google’s Nest… Continue reading

First Impressions: Roborock S7 Vacuuming & Mopping Robot

Article Outline Click or touch a subheading to jump directly to it. IntroductionRoborock S7 Strengths and FeaturesSetupI found these YouTube videos helpful.Preparing for the First Mapping/CleaningInitial MappingSuggestions for Your First CleaningEditing Our MapSchedulesAreas of Lesser StrengthSuggestions for Improving the S7 SoftwareS7 Concluding Thoughts & SummaryDisclaimer Introduction Living right on the Pacific Ocean is too awesome! During the summer we often… Continue reading

Working with Sonos Playlists

SONOS CONTROLLER VERSUS APPLE CONTROLLER w/ AIRPLAY I find the Sonos app significantly more stable than Apple AirPlay when playing Music through our Sonos system. To be sure, neither is as stable as it should be! Both have speaker connectivity issues, but AirPlay is far, far worse. This aggravates the hell out of me as I prefer to use the… Continue reading

Impressive Deadbolt

Having just purchased a house, we need to rekey the property. We prefer keyless locks because we don’t always have our keys with us. And this, being the largest property we have ever had, makes walking out to the shop (a quarter mile from the house) only to realize you don’t have your key to the shop1 a real pain.… Continue reading

“They” Really Are Listening!

This is a true story. I don’t know who “they” actually are, but you can draw your own conclusions: Is someone really listening to our private conversations through our digital devices? I have concluded someone absolutely is! Here’s the true story: Several months ago, near the beginning of the pandemic lockdown in Atlanta, Steve was in the kitchen cooking dinner.… Continue reading