Ring Alarm security system

2021 Home Security/Home Automation Re-Design [ Part 1 of 3 ] I’ve been an ADT customer for almost 20 years. When we moved to Florida in 2001, our house already had a hard-wired alarm system put in by the previous owners so subscribing to ADT’s monitoring service was one of the first “utilities” we set …

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A week without remote access … (the blog is back!)

In case you hadn’t noticed (and if not, why not? ūüėČ ), windracer.net was down for the past week. This was because my cable modem decided to lock up just hours after I left town for Christmas in north Florida with family. I called Spectrum (formerly Brighthouse Networks) from my in-laws’ house hoping they could …

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A Farewell to Trillian

I’ve been a Trillian Pro user since 2004 but the time has come to drop my favorite cross-platform instant messaging client. Apparently Yahoo is shutting down the legacy servers that run the old Windows/Mac client versions of Yahoo Messenger (in favor of the web¬†and¬†mobile versions) on August 5 so Trillian will no longer work with …

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Farewell Google Reader, hello Feedly

Why does Google keep killing the stuff I actually use?¬†First iGoogle¬†and now last week they announced they will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1st. I immediately went on a quest to find a decent replacement. After trying out a few alternatives like The Old Reader and NewsBlur, I got a recommendation from a …

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Going “all in” with Google

Two weeks ago I came across this post on The Verge that talked about using CardDAV and CalDAV to sync Google information to iOS devices which, along with the new GMail app promised better synchronization and better battery life and a break from the current ActiveSync/Exchange method I had been using.¬†I’ve been using multiple Google …

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Replacing iGoogle with … My Yahoo?

I’ve had iGoogle set as my browser homepage for years (before even the¬†much reviled update¬†that moved the tabs from the top of the page to the side back in 2008). Before that, I think I was using¬†Excite. Now last week Google announced that it will be retiring its iGoogle personalized homepage service in November of …

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The Great Firewall of China

If you follow any tech news or podcasts you’ve most likely read or heard about China’s national firewall that the government uses to block its citizens from accessing¬† “objectionable” material on the internet. My wife and sister are experiencing the effects first-hand during their stay in China this week. My sister first discovered that she …

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