Dumb lessons in smart home tech – Smart Bulbs

So it begins…  Z and I just moved in to our latest abode and I want our apartment to be smart.  I may not be the brightest bulb in the house but it’s probably due to being a smart bulb plugged in to standard dimmer switch controlled light socket. Smart home technology isn’t quite cheap and at the moment it isn’t even really smart.  It comes with a sweet “wow” factor but diving in to it there seems to be a big logic gap between the technology, the understanding and the implementation so herein I’m going to log my wins and losses while I climb the smart home learning curve.

To begin with, I’ll explain why buying a smart home hub with two smart lights doesn’t make any sense. Read more

Make a Belkin F5D7230-4 v1010 Useful with DD-WRT

While moving to Greeley my Netgear WNDR3400v2 fell a part.  Being lazy I had super glued it to the inside leg of a metal desk I had and removing it with force didn’t work out so well so I borrowed an an old Belkin F5D7230-4 from my brother in law only to realize the firmware on it was horrid.  It only supported WEP encryption and you couldn’t even turn the wireless of.  It was a mess and rather than even wasting the time attempting to update the proprietary firmware I flashed it with DD-WRT firmware.  It took less than 5 minutes to get rolling with the DD-WRT Micro.  It was super simple to install from my Mac.  Here’s how I got it done:

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Moving in to Greeley, Colorado

We’re excited to check out Greeley, Colorado for a short while.  Interested in checking out one of the most affordable places to live in Colorado Z and I acquired a short lease at University TowerRead more

A trip to Steamboat Springs

Weekends are always too short when you’re having fun!  I had the pleasure of hanging out in Steamboat Springs for the first time just this last weekend.  Five of us got together to celebrate 3 of our birthdays and enjoy the wonderful town of Steamboat springs.  Read more

Books I read in 2016

Thanks to my sister in law I really picked up reading books this year.   As most people do I read a whole lot of the internet content and as most programmers do I tends to google solutions to my problems so I learn a fair bit from sites like Stack Overflow.  This year though I broke that loop and read read books.  I know, crazy right?   Here’s the list books I read (in the order I read them) and my synopsis of each. ^_^ Read more

A TMTorn Adventure!

I had the pleasure of taking a 4 day mancation hosted by TMTorn Adventures.  It was wildly educational and intense fun in a relaxed and super safe atmosphere.  I learned effective combat techniques, shot lots of guns, rode ATVs & dirt bikes and enjoyed great food and drinks during the all inclusive getaway at their camp. Read more

Pro Tips for Road Trips

As Z and I are cruising along I-80 West on our way back from Wisconsin I figured I would share some of our tips and tricks for road tripping.  We like to enjoy the trip just as much (if not more) than the destination.  We don’t spend much money and we always have a great time!

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What I Love about Denver

I have lived in and around Denver for a few years now and have really come to love it.  Z and I intend on settling down here eventually after we explore some other places the world has to offer but before I moved away I figured a short post about what I love about Denver is in order. 

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40th Anniversary Renaissance Festival

40th Anniversary Colorado Renaissance Festival

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Camping at Eleven Mile State Park

Camping at Eleven Mile State Park is awesome!  There’s lots to do and see but be prepared for the wind! Here’s my takeaway of 11 mile State Park.

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