Monday, July 25, 2016

Controlling Philips Hue lights with an Amazon Dash button

So I have read around online that people have found a way to hack Amazon Dash buttons. Without doing much research, I jumped on buying a few Amazon Dash buttons for $1 during Amazon Prime Day. Once I got them and started working on hacking them to do what I wanted, I realized things were not as clear-cut ready as I thought it was. But luckily a few people had a great head start and it didn't take much tweaking in order to succeed.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trying to charge my MacBook 2015 with a Quick Charge 2.0 USB wall charger

What is Quick Charge 2.0?


The Apple MacBook 2015 charges using a USB-C cable and a 30 watt wall charger. When using a generic USB charger, they usually output 10 Watts at 5 Volts and 2 amps. Maximum possibly being 12 Watts at 5 Volts and 2.4 amps. Quick Charge 2.0 is capable of outputting a maximum of 18 Watts at 9 Volts 2 amps. Since that is more powerful than generic USB charging, can the MacBook take advantage of it?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Running HomeBridge on my Synology NAS to interface SmartThings with HomeKit

I have gone through a few platforms and configurations in my home automation adventures. I've used openHAB and the Wink Hub. Recently, I have stuck with the SmartThings Hub V2 for almost half a year. Apart from some instabilities, which they have been working on, I have been happy with the setup. It interfaces with my Amazon Echo perfectly for voice control, which is great! Because of this, I have not really bothered with trying to get Apple's Siri plugged into my home. But I have been seeing HomeBridge come up in many discussions which allows Apple's HomeKit to work with devices that are not approved. Since it got me curious, I decided to set it up and see what it's like!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Using a Particle Photon as a small WiFi controlled IR blaster


I have written about using a Raspberry Pi as a Wi-Fi controlled IR blaster. Eventually I was left with just using my LogitechHarmony Hub to control IR devices in my living room. Recently I moved some things around and put my Winix Air Purifier in my bedroom. I no longer had the Raspberry Pi set up and purchasing another Harmony Hub for my bedroom is just too costly.

I purchased two Particle Photon devices that I was going to use for another project which ended up failing. Since they were just laying around, I decided to try and see if I can set them up to be little Wi-Fi controlled IR blasters. And luckily, after a bit of head scratching and cursing, I got it to work!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Reviewing the Hootoo HT-UC001 USB-C Hub for my MacBook

I recently bought myself a Hootoo HT-UC001 USB-C Hub for my Retina MacBook. As the Retina MacBook only has a single USB-C port for everything, I needed a hub that is capable of handling multiple things yet still be portable. I have had the Hootoo hub for a week now, and I would like to share my experiences. 


Monday, April 11, 2016

Using iSCSI to store your Apple Photos library on a Synology NAS

You got yourself an Apple computer, but it does not have enough space to store all your photos? You happen to have a Synology NAS and want to know how to use it to store your photos? I will show you how with iSCSI!