What’s up Everybody, I posted by far my most popular post and then I disappeared for a month… wha’ happened?… Well, unfortunately our house got broken into. My home automation system alerted me when they broke in. I had been using a Razberry and Domoticz for a home automation server for about 2 years now and it served me pretty well but it’s really never enough. I use motion sensors to turn on the lights when we walk into a couple rooms. When the first alert came in while I was at work I thought maybe a battery was dying, but when the second one came in I knew something was going on. My Lady called the cops and I came home immediately, I remoted into one of my computers and turned on the stereo with my AppleTV via AirPlay. I know it worked because the stereo was on when I got home. It must have scared them off, but they still got away with a ton of our stuff. I’m a bonafide Apple Fan Boy and that’s really all they cared to take. All of this to say that I couldn’t really make any progress on any of my toys nor my projects while we were waiting on investigations and insurance to replace al our stuff. We have since installed a full suite of security cameras and the Ring Pro doorbell system. In retrospect it’s insane to me that I didn’t have at least the Ring installed prior but hindsight is always 20-20. We also installed a purpose built home automation server as opposed to one I cobbled together. We went with the SmartThings and so far I’m super impressed.
But I’m BACK and I have a new toy that I’m excited to show y’all and get back to normal life playing with my toys.