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HomeKit backup app Apple should have made

HomeKit backup app Apple should have made

Controller for HomeKit backup configuration I can’t get no satisfaction Sometimes I think the Rolling Stones knew about the missing Apple HomeKit backup app back in 1965 when they released this song. Apple smart home fans struggle with HomeKit. It’s got a lot of...

Do battery testers work?

Do battery testers work?

Power to the people Batteries are a major part of our lives. Even the most mundane devices often require batteries of some kind. So we use battery testers to measure them. In the past I’ve used rechargeable batteries instead of regular AA or AAA aka lines, but in the...

Smart lock locked you out of your home?

Smart lock locked you out of your home?

What is a smart lock? One of the more popular smart home products is the smart lock. It certainly is tempting to be able to open, close, lock, and unlock your door without having to carry around a notched piece of metal with you at all times. Keys have been around for...

Secret settings to convert a Lutron dimmer to a switch

Secret settings to convert a Lutron dimmer to a switch

You say switches, I say dimmers - no cheating! Previously, I’ve written about the difference between dimmers and switches used to control lights. I’ve also mentioned secret manufacturer codes that can be used to reset many smart home devices back to their original...

“Cheat codes” for your smart home reset?

“Cheat codes” for your smart home reset?

Cheat Codes for smart home devices Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A Do you recognize the famous “Konami” video game cheat codes? If you played classic video games as a kid, or are intro retro gaming now, you might still have these memorized. It’s the...

Are 4K HDMI Cables All The Same?

Are 4K HDMI Cables All The Same?

I was wrong about 4K HDMI Cables? Or Was I? I just ran into a situation hooking up 4K HDMI cables that caused me to re-think a strongly held position. I’m usually an easy-going type of person, but once in a while, a few things really bother me. As a consumer, and...