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Halo Smart Smoke and CO Detector

The Halo Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a hard-wired connected smoke and carbon monoxide detector. It has a rechargeable backup battery the manufacturer claims will last for ten years. If you need a battery ONLY detector, these units will not work for you. The Halo and Halo+ (with weather alerts) use visual alarms, a LOUD beeper, and a clear voice warning to let you know if you have a smoke or carbon monoxide problem. The units are compatible with Samsung SmartThings hubs and with the Lowes Iris home automation systems using a ZigBee protocol connection. The Halo is equipped with both photoelectric and ionization sensors to more quickly detect dangerous conditions. Additionally, there are temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure sensors built into the … [Read More...]

Reality Hits You Hard, Bro

Let's get the title reference out of the way, click here for the YouTube where an Arizona resident reminds us that, sometimes, reality hits you hard, bro. The realities that hit you hard in this matter are convoluted but not complex. Aggressive Council Moves The City of Glendale City Council voted 5-2 to negate an existing contract with the Coyotes at a contentious June 10, 2015 special City Council meeting which had been scheduled one day earlier. Reasonable people recognize scheduling a voting meeting and giving your business partner one day's notice to prepare as an extremely aggressive move, especially given one of the two councilmembers supporting the Coyotes was out of … [Read More...]

Halo Smart Smoke and CO Detector

The Halo Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a hard-wired connected smoke and carbon monoxide detector. It has a rechargeable backup battery the manufacturer claims will last for ten years. If you need a battery ONLY detector, these units will not work for you. The Halo and Halo+ (with weather alerts) use visual alarms, a LOUD beeper, and a clear voice warning to let you know if you have a smoke or carbon monoxide problem. The units are compatible with Samsung SmartThings hubs and with the Lowes Iris home automation systems using a ZigBee protocol connection. The Halo is equipped with both photoelectric and ionization sensors to more quickly detect dangerous conditions. … [Read More...]

Obamacare Lesson Coming in Minnesota

Minnesota is preparing a state plan to deliver health insurance premium assistance to citizens adversely effected by premium spikes for 2017 ACA plans. This is a good thing, a response to a real problem that may impact 120,000 Minnesotans. If one is astute and wants to actually do the work necessary to read the actual legislation, the coverage assistance looks wonderful. Very few voters have the time, energy, or motivation to spend on that pursuit, of course. The problem is it was quietly gutted into something that is NOT wonderful. This is manipulation that needs to be stringently monitored at every level of government,. It isn't easy, we couldn't find the changes quickly using our … [Read More...]

Fear is Personal and Real

Social media is abuzz with people dismissing fears expressed by others concerned with where the next Presidential regime will take the United States and how it will affect them. Protesters marching the streets of cities across the country are being characterized as babies, wimps, whiners, and sore losers. The list of reported racist incidents after Trump's victory continues to grow. Some of these incidents are probably not directly related, some may be manufactured or fictional, and some may be overblown. But, it's a long list. Nationwide Angst An incident at an International Baccalaureate middle school in Michigan where, in the presence of adult supervisors, seventh grade children … [Read More...]

Samsung SmartThings Hub (v2) – Really Good

The most common challenge to automate a home is tying pieces together from multiple vendors and the Samsung Smarthings hub is up to the challenge. The SmartThings hub is the best combination of ease of use and interoperability on the market today. Installation and setup of the hub is simple, although your grandmother might need […]