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New Video – Introducing Amazon Echo: Firefly Edition (Meme)

A Firefly edition version of the 'Introducing Amazon Echo' meme, showing 'echo' crossed out and replaced with the 'firefly' logo.

I recently came across the ‘Introducing Amazon Echo’ meme on YouTube, and I noticed that none had been created for Firefly – my favourite TV show which was cancelled (too soon…) by Fox. Hence I created I light-hearted Firefly edition for this Amazon Echo meme, using voiceovers mainly from the Firefly TV show, but also … Read more

Smart Radiator Valves: Worth It? Or Just A Gimmick?

A standard (non smart) terrier thermostatic radiator valve fitted to a radiator in my house.

A single-zone smart thermostat can either put the whole house’s heating on, or off. It can’t control individual rooms (well, not without automatic dampers – which are rarely fitted in residential homes). In my opinion, this is one of the many flaws of smart thermostats. But what about smart radiator valves? Can these swoop in … Read more

Can Smart Locks Be Rekeyed?

August's Smart Lock Pro in exploded view, i.e. showing the individual constituent parts that make up the actual lock and smart lock.

Some smart locks are keyless, not requiring (or allowing) any sort of key at all. However other smart locks come with a physical key, usually as a backup option incase the smart functionality fails. But what happens if you lose your key – can you rekey this backup smart lock? This would be a nice … Read more

New Video – 5 ANNOYING Hue & Alexa Integration Issues (& How To Fix Them)

YouTube thumbnail for my 'Hue and Alexa integration issue' video, showing me looking annoyed in-front of an Echo and Hue bulb.

Whilst I like controlling my Hue smart lights through Alexa, there are some annoying integration issues between the two, which I explore in more detail in my new YouTube video: The timestamps of each issue in the video is: 0:36 – issue 1 – bulb/room naming confusion 3:56 – issue 2 – Alexa think there’s … Read more

Hue And Alexa Integration Problems (& How To Fix Them)

My Amazon Echo (with a blue ring, in listening mode) next to a Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance box.

I recently started to switch over to smart lighting in my house, and overall I really like the integration with Alexa. After all, being able to control your lights using voice commands to your Echo is much more convenient than pulling out your phone and launching the Hue app. However I have had some integration … Read more

Ecobee Sensors Guide (And Can You Use 3rd Party Sensors?)

An ecobee room sensor on a bookcase shelf.

ecobee produce a range of smart home devices, although they’re best known for their smart thermostat which rivals the Nest Learning Thermostat. ecobee also produce two smart sensors: a SmartSensor for their thermostat, and a SmartSensor for windows and doors (compatible with their ecobee Haven system. There’s also some support for 3rd party sensors. ecobee … Read more