2014 was in my mind a good tech year. For me the biggest tech of 2014 was Android Wear. The introduction of the newest smart watches has been one of the best creations of the past year, that along with all the new internet connected devices created something we had not seen before. So what is 2015 going to give us compared to 2014?
A majority of my blog posts lately have been about future tech and how great things are going to be months or years from now. I wanted to take the time to talk about a product i have had for over 4 years now, Sonos! Click on the read more below to find out more about Sonos and how it can serve you.
I have managed to get a hold of the Nexus Player, the device is yet to be officially released in Norway but some selected stores are selling the American version. Here is a short review after my first couple of days with the unit.
A while back i wrote about my Fibaro Doorbell setup, in that post i told you that i had ordered a Skybell. Well now i have finally recieved it, mounted it and i have had a chance to develop some first impressions.
Just last month Logitech announced their Harmony Living Home lineup. The new remotes are taking a big step towards total home control. Logitech have long been the king of controlling AV equipment through IR, RF or Bluetooth.
I was not quite sure what i was going to call this post, HTC One M8 update 3 or Zony Xperia Z3 because it is in fact both. As you might remeber i have written about the One M8 here, here and here. And it did not exactly end there. After lots of back and forth it ended up being the case that the warranty in HTS's opinion did not cover the fact that the power button got damaged because of a scratch on the back of the phone. Damage which was done to the unit while on service. Anyways the store where i bought the phone gave up on HTC and offered me a brand new one. Fortunately with all the faults i had with the One M8 i was able to choose another phone. I like the header states i ended up with a Sony Xperia Z3 and here is a short write-up of my first impressions
So most of the rumors were true. iPhone 6 in two models pretty much identical to all the leaks and the much anticipated Apple Watch. Apple have just finished their live event. Let's briefly round up tonight's launch.
I have been eagerly searching for a smart doorbell for ages now. Crowd funding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter have successfully founded a couple of great ones lately. Two of the most popular are problably Skybell and Doorbot. The bells are internet connected, have two way audio communication and live video of the person at your door. It seems that none of the bells available are a 100% stable yet and still have some bugs. After some reading though i decided that i would order myself a Skybell as it seemed like it had sorted out most of the start-up problems, it was easier to install with my existing doorbell system and had a smaller footprint.
I just wanted to give you guys another update on my HTC One M8 problems. I have written about the Camera Lens problems here and about the problems i had when i got it back from repair the first time here.
Back for repair for the third time...
The internet of things is a common phrase describing things being connected to the internet. And it is when i start summarizing the "internet of things" I own myself that i can see that we have come a way. I am thrilled to see so many dumb things being handed a "brain" to work for us human beings. In this post i will give you a short introduction to "My internet of things" and especially the IFTTT service i use to tie them all together.
I have had my LG G watch for just over two weeks now and a must say i am pretty satisfied. But that being said it has not been painless. In this post i am going to run you through Android wear, Google now and a quick review of the LG G Watch.
As promised i was going to give you guys an update on the HTC One M8 problems i was having. It all started with the back camera lens "scratches" which i wrote about in this post and has developed after that.
It has been quiet on this front for some time now. We have been on holiday in Rhodes. We have had a great summer here in Norway this year. With this beautiful weather, watering the garden is a must every night! So the project in hand before we left for our holiday was automatic garden irrigation. I set up four zones, but i am only utilizing two of them at the moment. Zone 1 is the front garden bed and zone 2 is the side and aft beds.
I am currently back to using my Samsung Galaxy S4 after recently discovering that the HTC One M8 camera lens has become scratched or distorted. It seems that the problem is affecting all the phones released in several different versions around various regions.
Those of you who are just a bit "techy" or like Apple products have probably read all about last nights presentation. I must say the last 4 apple releases have not impressed me but yesterday i was quite surprised to see some of the possibilities that coming in the next versions for iOS and Mac OS.
Kickstarter has given birth to a lot of products during it's time. SmartThings started a crowd funding here in Desember 2012 and became popular very fast. Smartthings packs sensors for ZigBee, Z-Wave as well as IP-accessible devices. Combined with a really smart app for both iPhone and Android devices the Smartthings product line could become one of the biggest within the smarthome industry.
Early this week i finally received my Fibaro motion sensors. I have been using the Aeon Labs multisensors since the beginning of my z-wave upgrade. The Aeon Labs sensors have worked great and i can not complain about them at all, but there is something about the fibaro products. I just have to get them, although i was planning on expanding on my motion sensors anyways. Since the Aeon Labs sensors can handle outside environments i am thinking of changing them out inside for the Fibaro ones. I must say they look absolutely astonishing. They are so tiny you would not believe it.
This has been a special month, first my Windows home server started to show signs of a close death. This resulted in me buying my qnap NAS. the following week my Samsung Galaxy S4 decided to quit on me and the same evening my Asrock Vision HTPC got a blue screen and died as well. I have not yet investigated the HTPC failure but i suspect that the SSD drive has failed somehow. I was looking into changing out this computer anyways so this was a good opportunity to try something new.
My intelligent home has expanded even more. A missing link for a long time has been the opportunity to be able to control my Somfy RTS enabled products. Somfy is Europs biggest and most popular way of controlling blinds, awnings, heatlamps and other house appliances.
For et par uker siden lanserte Google sitt nye operativsystem for såkalte "wearables" altså enheter man kan ha på kroppen. Det nye systemet har fått navnet Android Wear. Grensesnittet ser umiddelbart veldig bra ut. De fleste Android baserte klokkene frem til nå har vært noe knotete å operere. Jeg har som tidligere omtalt en Sony smartwatch 2. I all hovedsak så bruker jeg ikke klokken til noe annet enn å bare se på innkommende beskjeder, interaksjonen med klokken er svært begrenset. Men når Google nå kommer med en tilpasset versjon av Android vil nok dette endre seg. Så lenge bruken blir mer tilpasset til enkle finger bevegelser vil det nok bli lettere å bruke også. Det andre som er spennende er at operativsystemet blir kraftig tilpasset mot Google Now. Google Now er en søketjeneste som lar deg bandt annet bruke tale til å styre enheten, mye likt Siri for iOS. Google Now tilpasser seg også til din aktivitet og skal i prinsipper lære deg å kjenne over tid,. Fortelle deg hvor lang tid du vil bruke på å komme deg på jobb, automatisk vise flybilletten din på flyplassen eller anbefale aktiviteter for området du befinner deg i. Flere produsenter har gitt uttrykk for at de jobber med klokker eller lignende som skal bruke Android Wear.
Den mest interessante var etter min mening Motorola sin 360 klokke. Motorola har laget en teaser på sitt nye produkt på Motorola 360 sin hjemmeside. Designet er rett og slett "eye dropping" Hvis funkjson og byggekvalitet kan møtes i ren harmoni blir dette noe jeg SKAL ha! Klokken kan forventes på den Amerikanske markedet sent i sommer. Se forøvrig en liten teaser under.
So here it goes, my firs blog post in English. Reason being is that a lot of people on the QNAP and Plex user forum have requested more inputs regarding the matter i am going to write about.
I have been a windows home server user for many years. When Windows home server (WHS) came along it had a built in duplication method for data redundancy, this was removed in Windows Home server 2011, but third party applications later came with similar functionality. The duplication method meant that you would create a pool of hard drives effectively halfing your storage pool capacity for backup, At the time i didn't have a lot of data on the server, so that wasn't a problem for me. Media files have grown in size by time as HD became a standard and 4K resolution is going to take over.
Skal man handle z-wave produkter her til lands er ikke alternativene mange. Man har nettbutikken Fnky og Tronika. Jeg har brukt Tronika i lengre tid selv og har vært fornøyd med de på mange måter. Problemet er bare at fraktprisene deres er nokså høye, billigste alternativ med sporing er på kr 170,- noe jeg mener blir for drøyt når man skal kjøpe noe til 400-500 kr. For noen måneder siden tok jeg kontakt med Komplett.no for å tipse de litt om Z-wave. Det skjer nok ikke over natten at Komplett velger å ta inn slike produkter i sitt sortiment, men man kan alltids håpe.
Nå er det jammen lenge siden jeg har skrevet noe her. Det betyr ikke at jeg har teknifisert meg mindre, men jeg har rett og slett hatt veldig mye å gjøre. I februar begynte jeg i ny jobb på land, noe som naturligvis er tidkrevende. Jeg har også begynt å trene litt slik at dagene og timene etter jobb raskt forsvinner.
Når jeg mottok min Fibaro HC2 z-wave kontroller fikk jeg samtidig 3 stk røykvarslere. Fibaro sine røykvarslere er den nyeste Fibaro enheten som har blitt sluppet på markedet. Når jeg leste om detektorene på nett fortalte alle at de var veldig elegante og små i forhold til andre røykvarslere på markedet. De måler 6,5x1,8 cm, men det er først når du har dem i hånden at man forstår hvor små de er. De er omtrent samme størrelse i diameter som en vanlig innebygget takspot. Jeg må si at som med de fleste Fibaro produktene har den et utrolig minimalistisk og flott design.
Jeg har nå levd noen måneder med z-wave teknologien og må si meg svært fornøyd. Jeg startet i de små med Vera Lite boksen samt noen enheter. I starten fungerte dette helt greit. Likevel så følte jeg noe manglet. Jeg har lenge kikket på Fibaro sin HC2 hjemmesentral.
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