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Setting Up ZWave on Home Assistant

ZWave is wireless technology used in home automation products like lights, switches, sensors, and more.  It works by pairing ZWave devices to a ZWave controller.  This article describes how to setup ZWave on Home Assistant (setup the controller, pair devices, control devices, and renaming devices). Parts: Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Z-Stick, Gen5...

Setting Up a New Raspberry Pi

Here are some quick steps to setting up a new Raspberry Pi: Format your SD card with MS-DOS (FAT) This is a critical step if you are on a Mac or if you have an SD card larger than 32GB. Download and extract the Noobs offline and network installer Copy...

Fixing Aspect Ratios for MP4/M4V Videos

A squished or stretched video can ruin one’s viewing experience. Normally correcting bad aspect ratios involves manually changing your TV, computer, or application’s aspect ratio or at worst case re-encoding the entire video. This article describes how to permanently change the aspect ratio of any MP4/M4V video within seconds. Download,...

iPhone 6 Dock Mod

This video shows you how to use and modify an iPhone 5 dock to fit your new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with any case.

Macbook Pro 15 Inch

Top 5 Macbook Pro 15” Tips

The 15 inch Macbook Pro is a slim yet powerful top of the line laptop with a gorgeous retina display.  It also costs a pretty penny comparatively to other laptops on the market.  To maximize your investment and experience, here are my top 5 tips for the Macbook Pro 15 inch...

Bad Automatic Updates

Disabling Wordpress Automatic Updates

Did you know that your WordPress site automatically updates itself? Depending on if you’re running the standard or development version, your site may be updated several times a day. Automatic updates are great to conveniently fix problems but they can also break things at extremely inconvenient times. To completely turn...

BugMeNot.com

Bypass mandatory website registrations & logins

If you’ve ever visited a website that forced you to register or login just to view information, download files, or more, check out BugMeNot.com.  From there you simply enter the address of the website “bugging” you and they’ll return usernames and passwords you can use. http://bugmenot.com

Automated Video Processor (AVP)

Videos purchased from iTunes come in standard and or high definition, perfectly formatted for your iDevice, and include features like cover art, movie ratings, description, cast and crew names, subtitles, and more. While purchasing from iTunes is convenient, it can quickly grow to an unacceptable expense (especially if you already...

MacBook Air

Tame Your MacBook Air’s Noisy Fan

Does your Mac Air sound like a hotel hair dryer?  Is the fan running even when your computer is doing nothing?  You can easily fix this with an SMC reset: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964 Here is the section you need: Shut down the computer. Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power...

Adding or Removing Subtitles within MP4/M4V Videos

Whether you need to add that foreign subtitle because your distant relatives are visiting or need to remove them because your DVD/Blu-ray ripper has gone crazy, adding/removing subtitles on the Mac is a snap. Adding Subtitles Download and install Subler If you need subtitles, download your SRT (subtitle file) from...

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