Chamberlain & Dropcam – Working with Nest

As you have probably read somewhere, I am trying to automate my home and make it smarter. I have gone through and upgraded my thermostat with the Nest Learning Thermostat, I have replaced my smoke detectors with Nest Protect and more recently have decided to take it up a notch and get the Chamberlain Garage Door Opener and a Dropcam. These are both certified with the Works with Nest label which means they can automate some aspect of your home.

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Alices first (real) word….

Fatherhood is one of those things that I always thought I would enjoy and then it happens and it is more awesome than IĀ could have imagined it. Being responsible for another human being that you helped make is one of the greatest joys I have known. It can also be stressful knowing that someone can be that dependant on you and you need to work your hardest for them everyday.

One of the many joys I have gotten to experience since I work from home is my daughters first words. Personally, I would have liked Dada (since I am the more fun one out of me and my wife) but I am just excited to see her grow up and learn new things every day. Check out below for my daughters first word.

Very exciting stuff and I thought I would share it with those reading. Let me know if you have kids and what their first words were in the comments below.

Home Automation – The Electricity Strikes Back

Full disclosure, this should have been posted back in 2014. Alas there is so much time to do things with a 7 month old around the house and a full time job. Some time ago I posted about setting up the Nest Learning Thermostat and the hoops jumped through to get it up and working. Well, I decided to take the plunge and instead of paying someone smarter than me in the field of electricity, wire my own Nest Protects.

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