home: Alarm.com via Homebridge guide and NordVPN

To make Alarm.com work via Homebridge to Apple Home is a little bit complicated. The main issue is that even when you install the Homebridge Plugin for Alarm.com, you also have to find the 2 Factor Authentication cookie and put that into the user interface. The way to do this is pretty obscure, nearly as […]

apple: International iPhone e-sim for travel

Well, there was a time when international roaming was a real hassle. You had to find a store (typically at the airport, then get a new sim, you had to bring a separate phone to make this all run). The move to eSims: From iPhone X to iPhone 14 iPhone lets you use two SIMs […]

TV: Flat panel choices for 2023

Well, the 2023 models are out and supply chains have normalized so Bob asked us about what flat panel to buy. The main thing is that the 4K HDR television market has really stabilized and prices are pretty reasonable but if you want super high quality here are some choices The best three TVs seem […]

Tech: xFi Gateway hang don’t quit setup and return

Ok, so against my better judgement I decided to save $5/month and get xFi Complete. You basically use the xfinity cable gateway (a combo cable modem, WiFi access point and switch) because it comes bundled with the $30/month unlimited data. What a mistake! The box arrived and it plugged it in. First of all it […]

home: Outdoor lighting long term, they don’t last long

Well it’s been three and a half years since the start of the pandemic and one of my projects was to fix all the lighting around the house from very high-energy incandescent to LED. So I have a set of lights from 2017 that have been going for six years and a set from 2020 […]

web: Christmas is over with Google Unlimited Storage, Comcast, T-Mobile and lots of others

For a long time, it seemed like it was a decades-long Christmas of lower prices with better services, well no more. So now is the time to be a little more careful with what you are doing. The good or bad news is they are going to discover how price-elastic people are. There are definitely […]

Home: Best discounts and free streaming, delivery storage and other services

Well with the lockdowns ending the new competition basis for service providers is a dizzying array of ways to optimize the rising inflation in streaming services, delivery and car services. So here’s a master thread on this. It’s inverted from normal. That is it covers categories rather than providers: Streaming Someone finally noticed that streaming […]

Apple: Screentime Password for account changes

apple.news/A2AFAVmudRwiLpKxLLJ-4PQ This is actually a super good idea. Thieves are now watching you type your passcode, then stealing your phone and changing your Apple account password locking you out and stealing your second factor. The fix is to turn on Screentime Passcode and then enable Content & Privacy Restrictions and disallow to your for passcode […]

app: Google Slides multi-select and Slide View on iDevice and remove bullets

Man, I’ve been using Google Slides for years and there are two things I’ve never been able to figure out. The first has to do with the many differences between the Web app and the iPad/iPhone. There are many things that have bothered me, but the biggest one is multiple selection (and the related align […]

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