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Kris Benson
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Current Approach
As I mentioned in my Connected by TCP post, I'd be doing things a little differently if I started my home automation implementation with what I know now. Basically, here's the approach I'd take: start with the Vera Plus controller use Z-Wave switches and di...
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Connected by TCP Lighting
When I started drafting this post, it would have had a very different bent, as I was impressed by the price point of the Connected by TCP system and had implemented it in a few areas of my home. Unfortunately, development all but ceased in 2014, and support...
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Acurite Weather / weewx
Acurite Weather / weewx
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Sell experience, not product: "GoPro has sold consumers not on the camera, itself, but on something the smartphone can’t easily replace: the experience of using the camera." http://www.wired.com/2014/06/gopro/
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The technician that arrived was rude, unprofessional and felt that it was appropriate to leave domestic animals outside for the duration of his ~2 hr service call.

Nevermind the fact that he was 20 minutes later than expected from the phone call from his dispatcher... most of which was spent sitting in his truck in our driveway before ringing the doorbell.

The cost of this service was egregiously high ($420 - other companies quoted after the fact at $280).

Avoid at all costs.

FOLLOW-UP: If I could drop this another star, I would.  I discovered the next day that the technician had mis-wired the system, resulting in damage to my $250 thermostat, a blown fuse (which I had to then go find a replacement for), and a general headache.

Summary: not only was the technician rude and unprofessional, he was also incompetent.  We were better off BEFORE he came -- at least we had a somewhat working system at that time!
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"We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." -Albert Einstein #management #leadership 
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