Apple – It Just Works – Kind of…

It Just Works – Kind of! One of the big things about using an Apple computer, whether it be an iMac or your iPad or iPhone is that it just works. You don’t need to do any messing around with arcane settings of any sort, you plug things in and they work. For the most part this is still true. There are occasions though where you can get just as Read More …

Not too Old to learn to Code

The geekiness of learning to code The height of being good and geeky is using code or programming to get things done. I can remember way back when, I had a book about how to construct webpages. I specifically remember reading through this book while lying on a beach in the sunshine. These days I would do that reading on my iPad and I’d be using an e-book or maybe Read More …

Home Automation Systems – Which One?

Using Home Automation Systems My preference for home automation is always going to be with HomeKit due to my liking for Apple and the components/accessories that will work with it. My experience so far with HomeKit accessories is that it’s been very easy to setup and use. The whole thing of – It just works! I have HomeKit accessories for my home automation from two sources at present. These are Read More …

Affinity Photo Is Nothing Short of Black Magic

If you’ve been following this blog for some time now, you’ll know that I’m heavily into photography. My photographic interests are wide and varied, but in the main would go in the direction of street photography and art photography. The street photography side of things is to create portraits of people. I’ll also make images without people, but are nevertheless interesting in another way. I have a preference to use Read More …

Good and Geeky How to Use SwarmApp

I’ve just got back from a trip to Ireland and I used my mobile tech devices as per usual. Obviously I had my iPhone with me and I also carried my iPad Pro with me even though I didn’t have so much time to use it. I took the Mac keyboard with me so I could do some typing and I never used it once. This was partly due to Read More …

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 …