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Martin Wong
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Hearing about the news of Leonard Nimoy (RIP) yesterday, watching Night at the Museum 3, and generally feeling unwell makes a sombre start to the weekend.
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Added a #Nest Protect but with all the fuss recently, I hope I'm not making a mistake...

Anyway, setup was a breeze apart from a slight issue with the firewall... yet again! Also, this thing is rather loud, and that's just the spoken stuff, not even the actual alarm!

Time will tell if this is going to work out for us, but if there is even the slightest whiff of misbehaving then I'm ready to take it down.

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+Martin Wong oh wow! Well FWIW I have never had any issues with mine.

I do love the title of the article, "This Google Nest protect video is like a dystopian nightmare." ;-)
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Don't get me wrong, I would love a smart lock, but it's these type of scenarios that have ran through my mind that prevents me from buying such IoT devices.

"The August would smack-smack-smack that deadbolt into my doorframe, fruitlessly, and then give up. The scary part: it would always report back that the door was successfully locked, even when it most definitely wasn't."
Four months ago, we called the August Smart Lock superb. I knew that sooner or later, I'd invite one into my home. I got my chance a few weeks ago with the August Connect dongle, a $50 add-on that gives the lock internet access so you can control it from anywhere in the world. Sadly, it also revealed the lock's nastiest flaws.
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Before, it was much easier to pass the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) but with IoT devices, it's now the much more difficult WAT (Wife Acceptance Test-ing) that plagues my mind nowadays!

But seriously, even if I'm happy to be a beta tester, no tech should be a hassle for the rest of the family and I'm mindful of that when buying such gadgets. Sometimes, even work seems trivial in comparison!


"It’s fine when your app crashes; at worst, you reboot and move on. But when you spend $250 on a connected door lock that your husband was a bit dubious about in the first place, and he comes home with his arms full of groceries and gets stuck on the doorstep because the lock didn’t open, you can’t tell him to reboot. That lock is going to get returned."
For the last two years I’ve been reviewing connected devices as part of my role as Gigaom’s internet of things reporter. I’ve spent hours fiddling with radio networks, sliced my fingers open attaching wireless hubs to my garage door opener, giggled with my daughter while weighing out sugar on a connected scale, and generally had…
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Copresence, is that you?! 
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RPi2?! This guy has posted his experience of it so far. Interesting tidbits include the slightly higher power usage and differences in kernel required.
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Question, what can you use a child safety-lock opener for, apart from its intended usage?

Answer, anything that requires a strong magnet i.e. a makeshift stud finder!

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Yeah, I was all for buying a proper stud finder when I realised that there were basically just strong magnets, and remembered having these openers lying around.

Those are good tips +Sam Moore! I think I'll find the other opener and some string before I start making some holes!
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This is what the IoT has to overcome before most people will buy into it..

"Feature-free as they may be, most conventional home products just work. For instance, there's about a century of development, debugging, and user testing behind truly simple home technology like a cheap old light switch. So when you come home in the dark and turn those lights on, they turn on. It's an old-fashioned solution! But it's also affordable and dependable."
A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were about to watch a surprisingly bad scifi movie in my crowded apartment. One of them asked if we could dim the lights, and started to head to the switch. "No, no, I've got it," I said, reaching into my pocket. "He's reaching for his phone!" said the friend. This was the moment I'd been waiting for. Time to show off my smart home.
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This and solar panels = awesome whole house UPS?!
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A case of tacit knowledge?

( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacit_knowledge )

_"I'm saying there's a lesson to be learned here about how we approach daunting questions, whether they're scientific conundrums, difficult tasks, or game show queries. What I'm saying is the difference between an unsolvable problem and a tractable one can occasionally be traced to our first impression of the challenge at hand."_
Here's a fun clip from BBC Two's collegiate quiz show University Challenge. Host Jeremy Paxman asks the contestants what day of the week it will be 100 days after Monday. A player named Binnie responds quickly: "Wednesday." Paxman's face contorts. "How did you know that?" he asks, astonished.
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Makes sense.

"...But when someone does care enough (about you, about the opportunity, about the work or the tool), the ball is in your court.."
But if we did, it would take a lot to speak up in a useful way. It's difficult to be a generous skeptic. Not only do we have to be clear and cogent and actionable, but we cross a social...
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- I spend way too much time on the internet, a buzz user since the beginning and now on plus.

- I'm a windows/linux/mac person; windows at work, linux at home and hackintoshs mainly to see what the fuss is all about!

- I started off with windows mobile many moons ago, had a fling with the iPhone in between but it's pretty much exclusively Android now. I love my N1 dearly, did sport a Galaxy SII but now a SIII

- I like to take things apart and put them back together but mainly for the purposes of repairing them naturally!

- I do love to build things, mostly computers and some ikea furniture but on occasion, something more interesting. e.g. Multi-Console Pro Arcade Stick & DIY Spherical Speakers

- If you give me an interesting problem/project, don't be surprised I take it way too seriously!

- I guess I'm a bit of an introvert and recently, more or less made up my mind that I should be an INTP although I am still working on it...

- I have a blog which I update irregularly, probably because of the above, but I do try and make an effort.

- I'm also into the other stuff like reading, video games, music, food and more recently photography amongst other stuff!
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Great Vietnamese food here that was recommended by my Vietnamese friends... that speaks for itself I think! The Pho is just awesome! The noodles have that kind of al dente texture, cooked with just the right springy texture when bitten into. The soup is hot and very very tasty! This place is usually packed so it's recommended to arrive early or call them beforehand to check availability that day.
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