HomeKit Eve Energy Switch & Power Automation

For all of us good and geeky people we like the idea that we can live smarter by making full use of technology. You’ve got the excellent Philips Hue light bulbs which you can connect to Wi-Fi and control from your Siri enabled devices. There are the smart thermostats such as the Nest and the one from Ecobee and these learn your behaviour in the house and adjust your heating Read More …

Apple HomeKit Security and Automation in Use

Overall I can say I’m enjoying living with Apple HomeKit security. The installation of the HomeKit automation came about because I needed to set up some home security. A nearby house was broken into recently despite there being a policeman living just a couple of doors away. I’d been thinking about either buying a full security system, the same as used by my neighbour. Another possibility was to use a Read More …

How to Set up HomeKit Accessories – Home Security

I bought a set of five Elgato Eve door/window sensors from the Apple Store to set up homekit accessories for home security on my house. They arrived late yesterday afternoon and I couldn’ t wait to get started with them. It was a simple job to set them up. The first job was to insert the battery and open up the Eve application on my iPhone. You open up settings in Read More …

Raspberry Pi Home Security Camera

One of the reasons I got myself a Raspberry Pi is because I wanted to set up a Raspberry Pi home security camera. I’ve had the Raspberry Pi for some time now and the first project I did was to create a home-made Amazon Eco. That little project worked out very nice and I got it all working as it was supposed to. Not quite as good as having an Read More …

Apple Home Kit And Home Security

There was a break-in at one of the neighbours houses nearby recently. So we’ve decided that it’s going to be a good idea to have some home security. My neighbour has an alarm and has been pretty happy with it and my first instinct was to get the same. After waiting two days for some response back from the company selling the alarm on a couple of questions I’m looking Read More …

Good and Geeky Weight Management Tech

A year and half ago, maybe two years ago I decided I was going to lose weight. I had reached about 91 kg and I was starting to feel fat. I don’t like feeling fat and it’s really not very healthy. I needed some weight management. The whole of your life tends to start feeling very sluggish. My wife also noticed that having extra weight tends to make a person Read More …

A Day with Scrivener and iBooks Author

The latest book I put out onto the iTunes bookstore “The iPad Artist” I neglected to put into the Amazon bookstore. Yesterday I began the process of getting it ready rectify this. To do this I needed to open up the book in iBooks Author and start putting it piece by piece into Scrivener. It would be nice if I could just have a simple export out of iBooks Author, Read More …

Panorama Shot in the French Pyrannees

Walked high in the mountains to get this shot In actual fact this is seven photographs stitched together in Affinity Photo. The application does an amazing job of stitching together the photographs so that you can’t see the joints. All you have to do is to select your photos and let the app do its work. I did a lot of climbing over rocks and under branches, around trees and finally got Read More …

Nest thermostats and home security cameras

My son’s house has a Nest Thermostat and I would be tempted to get one for my house. The cost would be around €250 for the Nest and I would probably have to spend more so I had wifi in the garage for the Nest to work. I have lots of brick walls and solid concrete floors which block a lot of the wifi signal. The trouble is I live Read More …

Travelling in Ireland VPN and RAW Photos

So far I have only needed to add megabytes to the mobile phone data once. I couldn’t get on the Airport wifi and I needed to send a message and do some other bits and pieces. Don’t forget to use a VPN product when you are on unsecured networks like at the airports. I have Hotspot Shield VPN. Good job I sent the message because my son arrived at the Read More …