This @jack situation is making me rethink my phone number strategy. I've been treating my SIM number as disposable and easily replaceable, where the number I use for 2FA is a google voice number. But now I'm thinking treating my SIM number as a password is a better plan.
I've reached the point that a day trip to the Bay Area from Portland is effectively the same as a "long commute to work". I'm also pretty sure this is still shorter than some peoples' commutes within the Bay Area.
Having one of those moments where I feel like I need to tear up my entire office and living room and reorganize things and get rid of clutter, but that is not a project I should start at 5pm on a Sunday
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the home automation experiments continue tonight...
now attempting to disable the on-board bluetooth of the raspberry pi and replace it with a USB dongle to see if that improves things
So far out of all the home automation devices I've connected to this Raspberry Pi, the most reliable ones have been 433mhz transmitters and ESP32s on wifi. I've been getting spotty performance of Bluetooth and Z-wave devices. Could be that the Pi isn't powerful enough, or could be because simpler is just better.
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!