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re: Getting started in home automation...suggestions needed - RickAstley
I'd recommend starting off small and building your way up. And also stick to name brands that have been around for more than a couple of years. As you expand, you will want to strongly consider a hub if you want to start including sensors into your ecosystem. The good news is just having a smart spe...
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re: Wink Moving to a Monthly Subscription UPDATE - Deadline Extended - RickAstley
The reaction to Wink's announcement is starting to heat up: [link=(https://9to5mac.com/2020/05/07/wink/)]Wink accused of extortion as it says smart home products now need subscription[/link] [quote]Smart home company Wink has been accused of extortion by customers furious at an announcement ...
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re: Wink Moving to a Monthly Subscription UPDATE - Deadline Extended - RickAstley
I've been using a Samsung Smartthings hub for nearly 2 years now. I had 0 problems transitioning from Wink to Samsung as far as getting devices paired and setting up routines. The interface is different, but overall it is easy to learn. Like some of the others have said, if you want a more DIY ap...
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Wink Moving to a Monthly Subscription UPDATE - Deadline Extended - RickAstley
For any of you looking to part ways with Wink, today has never been a better time. Wink is moving to a monthly subscription starting on 5/13. Here's the release: [quote]Wink’s mission for the past 5+ years has been to provide users with a ‘Simpler, Smarter Home,’ while maintaining privacy for our...
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re: Questions about Longer-Term Storage (drives) - RickAstley
I'd be very cautious about the YouTube route. All it takes is one person to report a complaint about one of your videos for YouTube to pull the plug on your account. Unlikely to happen based on what you're describing, but we are all targets on the internet. It would be a shame to lose your footage i...
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Ideas for Old Cellphone - RickAstley
I upgraded my cellphone over Christmas, and I have an old Samsung Galaxy S8 laying around. I want to hold onto it as a backup in case my new phone craps the bed (or gets broken). In the meantime to keep it in use, I've been thinking I could use it as a smart home remote for guests that stay at my ho...
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Drainage for New Gutters - RickAstley
I'm looking for advice on drainage. Last week I had gutters installed around my house. Right now the downspouts are emptying near the edge of the house. What's the recommendations from the board on taking the next steps to routing the water further out from the downspouts? Should I just look for con...
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re: Sellers of Ebay - RickAstley
A couple of years ago, I walked into a Bargain Hunt store and bought a $5 dri-fit polo and a new $25 wink hub 2. I sold the wink hub for $74 on ebay. I'm still in the green with that particular Bargain Hunt store. I'm more familiar with flipping tech products that were bought from stores in small...
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re: Wireless Headphones - RickAstley
I'm currently experimenting with a pair of Samsung galaxy buds. Audio quality and the comfort of the earbuds is good. However, the bluetooth connectivity is spotty and the mic quality is poor. If the mic quality was better, I'd be pretty sold on the wireless earbuds. At work, I use a pair of wire...
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re: 401k/Roth IRA question - RickAstley
You shouldn't get rid of your IRA just because you don't 'need' two accounts. At worse, stop contributing and let it grow overtime. At best, you contribute to both accounts, and you build up savings outside of the accounts. Roth IRAs are nice because you can treat the contributions as an emergen...
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re: Smart Light questions - RickAstley
There are a ton of benefits to Alexa. I don't disagree with including an echo in the discussion for a hub. One other alternative for internet enabled devices, IFTTT is a good way to build logic into your day-to-day. ...
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re: Smart Light questions - RickAstley
If you're looking into purchasing a hub, Samsung Samrtthings is a good option. I started with a Wink Hub, then a Wink Hub 2, and swapped over to Smarthings 2. We just got all our indoor and outdoor Christmas lighting setup last weekend. All the lights come on and off throughout the day depending on ...
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re: Cyber Monday Deals: Philips Hue? - RickAstley
As CAD mentioned, 4 white ambiance bulbs in the box plus a Hue bridge....
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re: Cyber Monday Deals: Philips Hue? - RickAstley
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re: Cyber Monday Deals: Philips Hue? - RickAstley
I bought 10 boxes of hue white ambiance bulbs on clearance at Home Depot recently. $38.03 per box plus $3.80 in tax. I've got 4 that I have either gifted or sold. I'm willing to sell a few of the remaining 6 for what I paid ($41.83) plus shipping if interested. I've done some trading in the past wit...
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re: Best online savings account? - RickAstley
I signed up for Discover last year. It was a combination of need (previous savings account had a 0.01% rate), and they had a $100 sign up bonus. It was convenient since I already had a CC with them. Overall, my savings account experience with Discover has been positive. I'm not attached to them by a...
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Google Play Unsafe App Alert - RickAstley
I received an alert today that was new to me. Google Play reported that CamScanner was an unsafe app for advertising purposes and to uninstall it. This evening my phone went off with a reminder for an appointment titled 'Free Netflix for a Year' with a link to a survey site. I checked the appointmen...
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re: What is your mortgage rate?? - RickAstley
Our current rate is 4.25%. We are a little over a year into the loan. I'd love to get the rate below 3.6%. I don't know anything about refinancing, and I'm cautious to jump the gun too soon if the rate will dip a little further....
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re: Credit Card Rewards and Points Discussion - RickAstley
I've got a few CC questions for the board (attempting this without starting a brand new thread and not reading this entire thread). 1. What are the most recommended credit cards for Hilton and Delta rewards? 2. What cards should I consider maximizing rewards for a vacation that will likely cost...
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re: Kauai Must Do's - RickAstley
Looks like a good list. My wife and I went about 5 years ago and had a great time there. Be sure to ask concierge for deals. We got half off rates with the sunset cruise and a helicopter tour through the resort we stayed at (Hanalei Bay Resort). We stayed the entire trip on the north side of the isl...
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