Home Technology

It’s usually our goal to hide our electronics as much as possible.  This is especially true for all of the things that are hooked up to our TVs.  It’s so much nicer to be able to focus on the screen rather than all of the “boxes” and wires that go with it. So, this leads…

When Haley was born and we converted our old guest room into a nursery, one of the things we worried about was maintaining a consistent not-too-hot, not-too-cold temperature in her room throughout the night.  Since her room is heated by the furnace in the basement, it is on a separate thermostat than the rest of…

A couple of months ago, we swapped out our old programmable thermostats with new Nest learning thermostats … and we’ve been really happy with them.  Although there’s a lot we like about the Nest, one of the features we’ve missed from the beginning is the ability to analyze all of the data collected by the…

Nest Thermostats

Over Christmas vacation, we installed two new Nest thermostats.  One was a Christmas gift and (after seeing how cool it was) we ordered the other online and installed it upstairs.  We’ve only been using them for about 6 weeks, but so far we’re really liking them. We love the way they look in both locations…

While walking through Lowe’s this weekend, we saw a new end display of products for monitoring energy usage.  One of the new products on display was the Kill-o-watt, which we were happy to see is now available locally – we looked everywhere for one a couple of years ago and finally had to order online…

New iMac for the Kitchen

Over Christmas break, we decided it was finally time to upgrade our kitchen computer and bought a new 21.5″ iMac.  Our old computer had been an original Mac Mini, which was getting really slow even for simple stuff like browsing the web.  We were also really tired of the mess of wires, power bricks, etc….

A little over a year ago, we built a new computer to use as a home theater PC (HTPC) in our family room.  The PC runs Gentoo linux, with the MythTV front end  – we use it as a DVR.  We’ve made a couple of improvements since we initially built the computer to set it…

We took a break from our project to fix the deck yesterday and decided to work on running some speaker wire and ethernet cable to it instead. We usually have an old boom box with us when we’re out on the deck so we can have the radio on in the background.  Since it’s not…

A few months ago, we bought a Linksys WVC54GCA Wireless Home Monitoring Camera and put in the office looking out the window to the front yard.  Chad then set it up to work with some open source software called ZoneMinder (which is much more powerful than the software that came with the camera) to record…

Almost a year ago now, we built a new Home Theater PC (HTPC) that we’re using in our family room so that we can watch the content recorded by MythTV on the television.  When we built the new PC, we didn’t worry about getting a regular remote control working with it immediately … we figured…

In our kitchen, we have a Mac Mini with a small 15″ monitor that we use mostly for surfing the web and watching television that was recorded on another computer using MythTV.  For as long as we’ve had the Mac Mini, we’ve always used a wireless connection with it, which has worked pretty well for…

New Home Theater PC

Last weekend, we finally decided to order the components for and build a new home theater PC (HTPC) for running MythTV (DVR software). We really have a need for two computers to perform this function: one for the home theater on the third floor and the other for the family room that we’re setting up…

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