Over the past few weekends I've been overhauling my home automation systems. At the core, as I decide what to buy and how to configure it, there are three primary principles:
• Manual override: Everything automated has to still have the ability to be controlled manually • Keep it at home: No "cloud" services unless absolutely necessary (e.g. push notifications to a phone) • Open: Avoid vendor lock-in, use open source and open protocols where possible
So far, I've removed my Dropcam (acquired by Google/Nest), removed SmartThings (acquired by Samsung), and replaced everything with the best alternatives I can find, and making a few sensors myself as well.
It's been a fun experience for sure! Not something I would recommend as an "out of the box" solution, but I've learned a lot, and have a lot more ideas still! I'm planning on doing a full writeup once I get a few more things hooked up.
A lot changes in 4 years. It used to be there was only one guy driving a taxi between Ontario and Redlands. Now there's a Lyft pickup location at the airport! Very glad I don't have to rent a car anymore!
Relatedly, I'm back at Esri HQ tomorrow for the first time in 4 years!
Shoutout to the very nice @United agent who spent an hour on the phone with me to bump me to this earlier flight and got me a ticket while it was boarding. Now departing 30m later than the original Air Canada flight, but it was then completely cancelled so I guess that's a win.
my fingernails grew like an inch last night and it finally got to be too much to handle so I spent $2 on nail clippers at the airport and clipped my nails in the airport restroom and this is so much better now ask me anything
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Some thoughts on adding identity to OAuth XYZ, a new draft spec to be discussed at #ietf105 next week.
If we're going to re-think OAuth from the ground up, we should build in support for common use cases.