rachio smart sprinkler controller connections

Rachio smart sprinkler controller

The Rachio smart sprinkler controller has been on my purchasing radar for some time. It’s always a good sign when fellow IoT enthusiasts bring up the Rachio sprinkler controller in gadget focused conversations. I’ve delayed my own Rachio installation because of the many current and upcoming projects around my home. Irrigation has taken a low

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2 sonos one speakers in a jb-hifi bag

Sonos Playbar – Sonos One surrounds worth it?

Let’s just cut to the chase: The Sonos Playbar is awesome. When the Playbar is installed and accedes audio duties from your standard TV speakers, the jump in audio quality is measurably better. The clarity of high and mid tones rockets through the roof. Although lacking low tones (it’s not a sub-woofer after all) it

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vr virtual reality with the htc vive

Virtual Reality – A revelation in gaming

I had tried a “Virtual Reality” experience before (with my old Google Nexus mobile phone stuffed awkwardly into a Google Cardboard “headset”). The experience was lacklustre. Google Earth looked ok. A Beatles concert demo that allowed me to look around the crowd and stage areas was mildly entertaining. Other than showing the demos to some

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nicehash vs xmr-stak

nicehash mining profitability comparison

Please take the volatility of the crypto market into account when considering the 180 day mining time-frame of this blog post. Bitcoin reached almost $20k USD in late December 2017, then dipped to a low of $8k USD and is now trading at just over $11k USD. The alt-coin market had a similar bumpy run.

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efergy engage energy monitoring package

efergy engage wireless power monitor

I’ve always wondered how much energy my solar panels are producing at any given time. Occasionally, I’ll look at the tiny LCD read-out on my SMA Sunny Boy SM1700 solar inverter, and wait for the PAC (power actual in watts) and daily outputs to show on the scrolling menu. Same applies to reading my current

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swisstrax garage floor

SwissTrax – A perfect garage floor

When I first built my house, I thought that an epoxy-sealed garage floor would be ideal. I had lived in a previous house with a bare concrete/cement garage floor, and it was always dusty, and stained very easily with oil/chemical drips. Houses in Australia are almost always handed to new owners with a bare concrete/cement

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withings nokia body cardio scales boxed packaging

Withings (Nokia) Body Cardio smart scales

Withings (now owned by, and re-branded as, Nokia) Body Cardio smart scales – A comprehensive owner/user review UPDATED 23rd Jan 2018: Nokia will remove the Pulse Wave Velocity reading effective immediately. Any reference to the Pulse Wave Velocity capability in this review is now invalid. Here is the blurb from Nokia: We brought the Pulse

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