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My Nest thermostat review

Posted 2013-05-12 20:04:31 | Views: 6,724
My Nest 
Thermostat
Review
She’s pretty tech savvy, she’s been using computers since the punch card days. But every now and then she’ll ask me silly questions like how to email pictures from her iPhone.

I've known about the Nest thermostat for awhile now but it never occurred to me it would be the perfect gift. They market it from an energy savings angle, and stuff like that doesn't interest me. My mom lives in Miami so I doubt the Nest would be much of an energy saving thing. During most of the year, especially in the summer the air conditioning is on all day. But to be honest, I didn’t really care... It looks beautiful and it’s connected to the internet, the cool factor does it.

I sent the Nest website to my Mom for the “OK” and she was amazed.

Nest is beautiful. Interacting with it is a delight. After it was installed I found myself adjusting it just to touch it. It’s really nice. The only negative, if I had to give one, is that the screen isn’t high resolution. Everything else with the hardware is awesome.
The hardest part to installing Nest had nothing to do with Nest

On the Nest website they have a guide tool. It walks you through the process of figuring out if you a/c is compatible with Nest. You can also email them pictures of your thermostat and they can figure it out for you.


Since the Nest is so nice, I wanted the wall to look perfect. When I removed the old thermostat I plastered, sanded and painted the wall (Home Depot color match paint is a lifesaver). It took hours to get the wall ready and was the longest and most annoying part. Installing the Nest took literally like 5 mins.


It's like the first time you used a remote to change the channel on your TV

The Nest is connected to the internet via your Wifi. After you install and set it up (zipcode, wifi password, software update and link your phone), you can control it from your phone or the Nest website. This is the my mom’s favorite feature. I think this is Nest's best selling point.

It also learns your daily routine and programs itself accordingly. It also provides reports and history stuff so you can totally nerd out on use stats of your house.

My Mom is super happy with it. It was fun installing it for her and it looks beautiful! It’s a bit on the pricy side. 
 
I wanted to get my Mom a gift that she would use every day.

JJ Abrams is doing the next Star Wars

Posted 2013-01-28 20:31:24 | Views: 5,541
It's official folk!  J.J. Abrams is doing the next Star Wars!

How to cut your nails in space

Posted 2013-01-19 19:06:39 | Views: 7,263

How to cut your nails in space


Paul Ryan shirtless - Really?

Posted 2012-08-11 16:30:08 | Views: 8,135

He might be the next Vice President of the United States and all people care about is his chest??? No wonder people vote for Obama. 

Fucking clueless idiots

Paul Ryan

The most popular seaches for

is... this, really?


Government doesn't grant you your rights

Posted 2012-06-28 21:32:34 | Views: 6,332

Your rights come from God.

It's the Government’s job to protect your rights and nothing else.

 

The people grant rights to the Government.

The right to govern, is granted by the people.

The right to tax, is granted by the people.

 

When the Government thinks it has rights to offer us, destruction follows.

 

Everything the Government has, is taken from the people.

If the Government starts offering 'rights' it will destroy

everything it touches.

 

Social Security is at verge of going bankrupt

The Government thinks everyone has the right to retire.

They pass laws and tax you Social Security. They back

the funds but spend all the money.

 

The housing collapse

The Government thinks everyone has the right to own

a home. They pass laws so everyone qualifies for a home

loan. They back the loans but people cant afford the

loans and don’t pay.

 

The looming student loan bubble is ready to pop

The Government thinks everyone has the right to an

education. They pass laws so everyone can qualify for

student loans. They back the loans but people cant afford

the loans and don’t pay.

 

Health insurance – to be decided

The Government thinks it's everyone’s right to have health

insurance so they tax you and force insurance companies

to cover everyone…

 

Is the health insurance industry being setup for collapse?

 

If you want more freedoms

and more rights, look to God,

not Government.

The Government doesn't grant you your rights.


And liftoff for the Space Shuttle Enterprise

Posted 2012-06-06 18:18:41 | Views: 5,739

And liftoff

for the space shuttle enterprise as it begins its quick trip to the deck of the USS Intrepid


Happy Birthday Ownzee

Posted 2012-03-08 17:57:18 | Views: 6,657

Happy Birthday!

Ownzee turns one today :-)


GitHub will take over the world

Posted 2012-02-24 22:53:49 | Views: 6,145

The Meta-Story:

How Wired Published Its GitHub Story on GitHub

Earlier this week, Wired published a story about GitHub, the “version control” site that’s taking the internet by storm. But it was more than just a story. It was an experiment in version control. In addition to publishing our GitHub story on Wired, we published our GitHub story on GitHub


GitHub was originally designed for software developers. It lets programmers upload code and share it with other developers. It keeps track of who made what changes where. And it helps merge all those changes together. It “controls” the various versions of an open source software project.


But nowadays, it’s also being used to oversee stuff outside the programming world, including DNA data and Senate bills that may turn into laws and all sorts of other stuff you can put into a text file, such as, well, a Wired article.


At Wired offices, you hear the question over and over again as we work on stories like the one you’re reading now: “Are you out of the story? I want to go in.” We have a version control problem. We publish Wired.com on WordPress. It’s a decent publishing tool, but when two people change a story at the same time, one of them doesn’t get her changes onto the final story.

 

Keep reading on Wired



The government solution to a problem

Posted 2012-01-16 12:25:06 | Views: 6,850

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.

Milton Friedman


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Posted 2011-12-11 19:18:50 | Views: 8,742

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