Best Fathers Day Gift for a Perfect Steak every time!

I enjoy steak, but for some reason its always better in a fancy steak house than it is at home.  I have gotten pretty good at cooking it the way I like, but its never quiet the same twice.  After asking once at a fancy steak house how they got […]

$9 Smart WiFi Mini Plug Review

Home Automation and smart home gadgets are great, but they can be expensive especially when you need a bunch of them to get this working the way you would like.  Recently I had a chance to try out a Nine dollar Smart WiFi Mini Plug from VANZAVANZU. The switch is […]

Amazon Echo Spot Review – A interesting device.

I have been using Amazon Echo devices in the house for a while, I have a Amazon Echo, a couple of Echo Dot’s and the FireTV so I avoided Amazon’s new offering of the Spot as I thought it was just another Echo!  I recently got the chance to try […]

3 MILLION Dollar Smart Home Tour 2018

Have you ever imagined what its like to live in a multi million dollar home? How about one that has been fully outfit with the latest and greatest smart home automation gear from professional companies like Crestron. I recently had the chance to tour this amazing smart home with Chris […]

Google I/O 2018 – Future is AI

This week was Google’s annual developer conference and during the keynote Google demonstrated that they are not moving away from AI like that seen in the Google Assistant.  In fact I would say they are going full speed ahead as it is becoming part of everything they do.  Here is […]

Lorex 4K Ultra HD Security System Review

So I have never been one for security cameras, I always felt if there were security cameras, there must be something wrong!  But seems I am in the wrong and for good reason as more and more of my neighbours have been installing them with only positive things to say.  […]

Smartthings Hub in 2018

Smartthings home automation is one of the best hubs you can buy.  If you are looking to make your home a smart home this is a simple place to start. In September 2012 SmartThings secured $1.2 million through a Kickstarter campaign.  In August 2014, SmartThings announced that they had reached an agreement to […]

What to expect with a new Bichon Frise / Shih Tzu puppy!

So typically my blog is reserved for technology and home automation reviews, but our new puppy seems to have taken everything over. He is a welcome addition to the family, even if he has been waking me up at 5am! Meet Mylo! So if you are thinking of a new […]

OpenHAB2 Z-Wave Setup

So you have your smart home automation up and running, now it’s time to really expand using a Zwave mesh network! Zwave is a low-energy wireless protocol that is very common with home automation devices and makes up a large part of the IOT marketplace. Hubs like SmartThings, Wink and […]

openHAB2 Setup – Web Based Rule Engine

So you have openHAB up and running, now what?  Time to create some rules and make things happen. Traditionally creating rules in openHAB has been accomplished using config files written in a form of programming language.  They are fairly simple, but can be pretty intimidating for someone just getting started.  […]