Sep 19 2017

Guide - Use a Letsencyrpt certificate with Unifi Controller and Unifi Video on Microsoft Windows

I do not mind Linux, but if I am completely honest Windows is more my thing. It is just more comfortable. So generally when there is a Windows option I go for it, instead of spinning up a Linux VM. Usually this pays of in setup time, but occasionally has the pain where I later have to figure out how to do something that is well documented/scripted/supported in Linux.

Having recently setup a Unifi network and video system at my house, the self-signed certificates the services use started to grate on me after a while. Chrome will not save credentials for self-signed sites, and Unifi Video does not work properly in FireFox, so last night I got fed up and decided to figure out how to install letsencrypt certificates to both services. The following steps are how it is done.

Sep 17 2017

News - Dolby Vision update rolling out for Denon AVRs

Looks like the promised Dolby Vision HDR update for 2017 Denon AVRs has started rolling out. At least for the AVR-X3300W. Will have to check the AVR-X4300H in a bit.

Sep 17 2017

Guide - Ecobee + electrical box = problem

Having recently moved into a new[ish] house, the process of installing some “smart” gadgets has begun. The list is long, but with a couple decidedly unsmart thermostats present it was important to get that sorted ASAP. There are a few smart thermostats available; each with their own plus/minus. For me the most important feature was a strong multi-sensor approach to temperature management. Which is the main reason I ended up going with a couple Ecobee 3s. As expected in a modern house, the basic installation was really quick. Although I did go off-script after discovering that while the original thermostats didn’t use the “C”, the low voltage wire bundle had a free wire, so it was really easy to use it and skip their power extender kit. Unfortunately I hit a major snag when it was time to close everything up – with the Ecobee lacking any sort of electrical box mount.

Sep 17 2017

News - mid-2017 HDR primer @ flatpanelshd

4K is great, especially if you have a large display, but it's not nearly as interesting as HDR. If you're in the market for a new TV, or just want to stay updated on what's going on with the technology this write up is a great place to learn more.

Sep 07 2017

News - Epson announces Home Cinema LS100 short throw laser projector

As home theater enthusiasts we all want a projector. That's a fact. Of course our housing, lifesytle, cost, and partner choices come into play - which is why most of us probably don't have one Smile. Short throw models make it much easier to install and place a projector, but have carried a massive price premium for the convenience. With a MSRP of $3,000 Epson's HC LS100 has made the cost problem much smaller; we'll have to wait for some reviews to see if it can deliver the requred PQ.

Aug 25 2017

Blog - Why Blu-ray is Still the Reigning King

The DVD was unleashed on the Japanese public all the way back in 1996 and the Blu-ray format has been around for 11 years already, meaning we were absolutely due for another shakeup. That transition began with the introduction of the Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray format and the first movie releases in early 2016. A year and a half later, we have a couple hundred UHD releases on disc, streaming content from the likes of Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and Vudu, plus straight to your DVR from several cable and satellite providers, among other sources. Discounting the fact that many early UHD releases were simply upscaled versions of existing films, to the untrained eye, it would appear that the revolution was well on its way. However, the truth is far more complex because UHD still has a long way to go before it becomes as ubiquitous as the Blu-ray format it is trying to supplant.  Lest you be led astray...

Aug 22 2017

News - Epson announces five (yes five) affordable home cinema projectors

In what must be an attempt to corner the affordable projector market Epson has announced five home cinema projects ranging in price from $359 to $900. Which means there should be something for pretty much anyone considering a projector to add to their maybe list.

Aug 22 2017

News - LG UP970 reviewed @ HTR

As someone in the market for a UHD Blu-ray player, this review is quite timely. As one of the only players that supports (cough, will support) Dolby Vision (OPPO's will as well) it piques my interest. Just not sure that for the same $, Dolby Vision is enough of a bonus compared to the extras I would net from the XBox One S - even as a non-gamer. Decisions, decisions.

Aug 16 2017

News - Ikea is entering home automation market with Zigbee devices

I love what Ikea did for the lightbulb market, so if they can replicate that success with a line of Zigbee devices. I'm all for it, as long as they are HAC agnostic, and will play nice with any Zigbee compatible network.

Aug 16 2017

News - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt gets Android compatibility

Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

I'm more of a total solution guy when it comes to home automation (think HAC + Z-Wave/Zigbee devices), but totally get that there's room in the market for the less committed. That's where the smartphone hosted smart devices like this Schlage Android lock come in. Isn't hard on the eyes either, or wallet. MSRP is $229.

Aug 09 2017

News - Nuvyyo Tablo OTA DVR Reviewed @ HTR

We haven't paid for cable in a few years, but it would be hard to go without access to OTA TV. Personally, I've been using the SiliconDust DVR but obviously that's not for everyone. If you've been looking for an OTA DVR, might want to check out this review.

Jul 27 2017

News - Yale announces slim smartlock

I just added a couple Yale Z-Wave locks to my house. They look great, and have the functionality I wanted. Unfortunately, they aren't nearly as slick looking as these new deadbolts. 

Jul 18 2017

News - Olloclip rolls out limited-edition Filmer's Kit "curated essentials for mobile videography, photography and live streaming" kit

 

 

 

If you are looking at complete mobile photographer kits Olloclip announced a limited-edition Filmer's Kit for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. The kit case includes multiple lens sets, a Core Lens set and Active Lens set, and an articulating mobile video grip.


Jun 30 2017

News - DIY - Smart Home Network walkthrough @ instructables

I don't think this would have much SAF, but it looks like a fun project to setup and have a play with.

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