Sunday, October 25, 2015

Picking up the Aukey Aluminum Dual Bay Hard Drive Enclosure

My setup has consisted of my Macbook Pro connected to a WD My Passport 2TB USB drive which hosts my Photos library, iMovie library, and other large files which I don't need stored on my internal SSD. While I was pleased with it, I originally got the drive because I liked the idea of having a portable hard drive I can take everywhere. But eventually I realized that it never left my desk. Since it was a small 5400RPM drive, the speed wasn't the greatest. So I started looking for what I could replace it with.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Using the SmartThings Hub V2 as my primary home automation hub

My Previous Setup

My home automation setup had consisted of WeMo switches for controlling lights and appliances, a Logitech Harmony Hub for controlling my home entertainment system and a Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat. I was using OpenHAB, on my server, as the backend in order to automate everything.

Then I decided to buy the Wink Hub and GE Link Lightbulbs in a combo from Home Depot which they regularly have for $50. Although it had bad reviews, the reason I got the Wink hub was because:
  • It worked with my thermostat natively
  • It was the first hub to be supported by Amazon Echo
  • The combination with the lightbulbs was cheap