First steps into the Smart Home

Here’s a video where I look at three options for smart home lighting: Philips Hue, Ikea’s TRÅDFRI and Lifx.

I won’t give anything away about which of the three systems I choose. Please watch the video to find out!

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Networking update – the finished system

February 14, 2018

It’s been a while since my last blog post (over 2 months) however I’ve been active on my YouTube channel uploading several videos. One of them, is the fourth part of my networking series (above). In this video I get to the final stage of the process putting everything into the cabinet – very nice! […]

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iPad Pro 10.5 inch unboxing

November 30, 2017

Here’s a video where I unbox my new iPad Pro 10.5 inch and compare it with two older generation iPads. The iPads on show are the 3rd generation that was launched in January 2012 and the iPad Air from 2013/4. We look at the difference in screen sizes, bezels and thickness (or thinness as Apple […]

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Home office networking progress

October 7, 2017

It’s been a while since I posted part 2 of my network series, but finally after a short delay, I’m pleased to be able to post part 3 where we really get cracking with the install! In the video above you’ll be able to see me talk through the final few parts I bought for […]

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The home network revamp continues!

July 27, 2017

It’s time for the second part of my network upgrade series. This may be extremely geeky, and I’m yet to get to what will pass (even vaguely) as interesting in this project, however if you’re sticking with me over this journey then I’ll show my first purchases and, crucially, unveil the main event – the […]

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My office revamp. The big cable untangle!

June 30, 2017

My home office has had more or less the same layout since I first moved into my current home in 2009. Sure, I’ve altered things here and there and slopped a new colour of paint on the walls every so often but the basic layout has pretty much stayed the same. Until now. As a project for the remainder of […]

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I’ve finally bought a games console

November 22, 2016

I’ve never been what you might call a “hard core gamer” (and that’s not someone who plays video games in their underwear), however for some strange reason, at the ripe old age of (nearly) 47, I’ve decided to buy my first top of the range dedicated console. Why? When I first owned a computer in the mid-1980’s (a […]

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Changing from a Canon cartridge printer to an Epson EcoTank

September 10, 2016

For the last 6 years I’ve been using a Canon MX 870 printer. It was a good printer, the quality was fine and I liked the fact that it had multi-functions and 2 paper trays. However there was one fatal flaw with the device that meant that it just had to go! For some time now (years, […]

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Changing from an ISP supplied router to an Airport Extreme

May 30, 2016

Like many people, for some time I’ve been using the router that has been given to me by my internet service provider (ISP) and, mostly, it’s been something that I haven’t given an awful lot of thought to. However, network problems are not unusual so perhaps the time has come to think again. When I made my […]

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