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Andrew Hoover

Please Remember the Cost of Social Isolation

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How has this past year been for you? Stressful? Lonely? Maybe a bit of hopelessness?
Now that the vaccines are being distributed, are you feeling a bit more optimistic?
It has been over a year since our society went home to our bubbles of isolation but for people with disabilities or other limiting factors, the pandemic was just more of the same.

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Andrew Hoover

How a faulty washer may have saved our lives

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Have you ever had one seemingly trivial issue open up a torrent of "opportunity" and possibly may have saved your life? I believe we may have.

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Andrew Hoover

My Home Automation Project - 2 Years In

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So, I have two years of projects and ideas behind me. With all of the fits and starts, labored undertakings and successes and failures, what does the next year hold?

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Guest — EShine
thanks for sharing but i need to know this things taken a two year for working
Thursday, 27 August 2020 08:15
Andrew Hoover
Thanks for your question. No, it doesn't take two years to add smart switches, bulbs and a hub. If you go the consumer route (buyi... Read More
Thursday, 27 August 2020 14:20
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Andrew Hoover

Planning for your new Smart Home build

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So, you're building a new home and want it to be ready for the Smart Home Revolution. Well, not to burst your bubble but, it won't be - not entirely. Until there are standards in place for that future home, you'll just have to make your home as standardized as is currently possible and probable.

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Guest — Matthew Reis
Excellent read and some great points! I'm in the process of building now and this will definitely help me make some decisions on w... Read More
Saturday, 30 May 2020 15:30
Andrew Hoover
Thank you! I'm glad you find this helpful. It is a question that does seem to come up often.
Saturday, 30 May 2020 15:34
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Andrew Hoover

What is a Life Worth?

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A couple of years ago, I responded to a post on Facebook with a personal story that I have rarely shared. I don't talk about these events in my life often and not because I don't think of them as important or central to my identity but rather, because I do. I have kept it to myself largly because, it is a fundamental piece of me - one that is sensitive and utterly personal.

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Andrew Hoover

Using Facebook as a Forum

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I'm back on Facebook.
Now, before you get that look on your face, let me also note that I'm a FB Ghost. My profile only contains the items that are required to register and I have zero friends. I turned off all of the available settings to find me and it isn't possible to send me a friend request. So, now that look on your face probably looks puzzled. Let me explain.

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Andrew Hoover

Moes 3-way smart switch in a 4-way configuration - YouTube

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I'm testing the Moes 3-way switch at the power end of a 4-way configuration. It does seem to work but I'm getting an unexpected leak voltage on the load when the circuit is off. Travis at DigiBlurDIY, confirmed that he was seeing similar low load results. It does appear that this is expected behavior and that a higher current load will drive the leaking voltage down.
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Andrew Hoover

[Update: resolved, API reinstated and commitment to keep it around] Logitech Harmony removes local API - Home Assistant

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If you think that the cloud powered device that you bought really belongs to you, then you might want to check this out.

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Andrew Hoover

UPDATED: Why I'm Done Giving Social Media my Time

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Ok, this one is short and simple. Later Facebook and Twitter! So long and thanks for all the fish!

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Andrew Hoover

The Language of IoT

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Internet of Things, Zigbee, Z-Wave, X10, MQTT, nodes, pairing! What is all of this? In this article, I'm going to go over the common language of home automation and try to help you make sense of all of these terms and concepts. *NOTE* this article is alive and will change as time goes by.

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Andrew Hoover

Anet A8 Notes and General 3D Printing Links

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Since buying my printer early last year, I've had a lot of questions about it, like 'where to get one', 'how good is it compared to others' and 'what kind of prints can I get out of it'. What follows comes from numerous emails and private messages with folks over the last year and a half. This document will change as I find new useful info. 

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Nice article. Very much informative. Keep writing and share information
Monday, 13 January 2020 10:50
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Andrew Hoover

Choosing a Home Automation Hub - How Hard Could it Be?

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As I mentioned in the introduction article of this series, there isn't a standard yet for smart home devices to talk to each other. However, the advertising and hype sure makes smart homes look like an easy care free way of life. Well, it isn't. If someone is telling you it is, beware! Snake oil will soon follow!

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