TP-Link Smart Plug HS100


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The next step of having a smart home required me to add in power plugs which I could control with my iPhone or through voice-control of the Amazon Echo Dot (AKA Alexa). I wanted ones which did not require a separate hub, reasonably priced and works with Alexa. Hence I settled on the TP-Link HS100. Continue reading TP-Link Smart Plug HS100

Weekend breakfast


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Recently my wife’s colleague had given her a pack of Brazilian ground coffee, and we were wanting to try this out together. Hence while she made breakfast, I made the coffee. Continue reading Weekend breakfast

Flexible 3 watts Gooseneck Bedside LED light


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Recently I was searching for a bedside light and noted that there as an interesting flexible LED bedside light on Amazon for £14.99. Hence I ordered it to fit onto the headboard of my bed for easier access. Continue reading Flexible 3 watts Gooseneck Bedside LED light

Yonomi – control of Logitech Harmony with Amazon Alexa


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With the purchase of the Amazon Echo Dot and the Logitech Harmony hub, the next thing I needed to sort out was how to connect them together so that Alexa could communicate with the Harmony hub and turn on or off certain of my entertainment devices (as well as adjust light levels if desired, e.g. when watching a movie). Unfortunately the Skills to enable Alexa to do this is not available in the UK from Logitech Harmony (although available in the US). But there is a Skill called Yonomi available which is able to do exactly that. Here is how I have managed to get it to work with Alexa. Continue reading Yonomi – control of Logitech Harmony with Amazon Alexa

Logitech Harmony Hub


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The second device I bought for use with the Amazon Echo Dot and Alexa was the Logitech Harmony Hub. It promises to enable voice-control of the various devices that the Logitech Harmony Hub can control, such as the television and Digital set top box, sound system, games consoles, Apple TV etc. I ordered mine from Amazon for £99.99. Continue reading Logitech Harmony Hub

LIFX Colour 1000 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb


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Once I decided to get the Amazon Echo to create a Smart home, the first accessory I bought to pair with it is the LIFX Colour 1000 Wi-Fi Smart LED light bulb for my bedroom. As my bedroom light fitting has the bayonet cap holder, I chose the BC version from Argos at £53.99 (RRP £59.99). Continue reading LIFX Colour 1000 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

Amazon Echo Dot


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Having read about the Amazon Echo Dot for a few months now, I decided to take the plunge and buy it to introduce some voice-activated home automation into our house. At £49.95 thought it isn’t cheap, it is also not a very high price for what it offers, particularly as I am an Amazon Prime member and can make use of the Amazon Prime Music feature. Continue reading Amazon Echo Dot

Health parameters


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I have been watching my diet, exercising regularly and monitoring my body parameters with the Withings Body Cardio scales for over 6 weeks now. Being able to observe the improvements over this time, as recorded by the Body Cardio scales, serves to reassure me and motivate me that I am doing things right. Here in the post I will share the progress in the body measurements as recorded by the Body Cardio on the Withings Health Mate App. Continue reading Health parameters

£5 notes


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There has been the new £5 note in circulation for a while now. As I had both a new and an old £5 note with me, I thought I would compare the differences as revealed by a UV torch. Continue reading £5 notes

Pokemon Go – my latest new Pokemon + Tip 2


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Now that Pokemon Go has been out for over 3 months, interest in it may be waning with fewer people playing. But for those who continue to invest time into this game, there are still personal goals they are trying to achieve. One of these goals for me, is to complete the Pokedex by catching or hatching all the Pokemon on the list that are available. Recently with the Halloween candy bonus, it has been possible to get quite a few new Pokemon to complete that Pokedex. Continue reading Pokemon Go – my latest new Pokemon + Tip 2