Nest Learning Thermostat

I’ve always looked forward to making my house the best it can be in relation to tech and the Nest thermostat was something I couldn’t pass up especially for half off the $250.00 price point it’s marketed at. I love home automation and use Alexa for just about everything. I installed the Nest earlier today and it has been a privilage to use it. The pacaging includes everything you need to get started and has great clear and organized instructions. I first saw the Nest about a year ago when a YouTuber did a review on it. I was eager to learn more. For the past few months, I’ve been debating wether to get the Ecobee 4 or the Nest Gen 3. Let’s talk about the Ecobee. The Ecobee 4 has basically everything the Nest has with a few extra bonuses – built in Alexa, and room sensors for more accurate tempature managment. At first I thought this was a great alternative to the Nest – it is. I was purswaded by Nest though because I plan to expand my Nest home in the future. In the about hour I’ve been able to use it, I really like it. I installed the Alexa skill on all my Echos and have every person in the house set up with the simple app. It has never been more simple to change the tempature of your house. One of my favorite features of the Nest is the display. It’s sharp, bright, and even lights up when you walk up to it with whatever you choose. Overall, my first impressions on the Nest are great. I think the thermostat could inprove in a few ways but I’ll touch on that later. For now, I need to get to bed and probably go play with it more in bed. I like it.

First day with Logitech Harmony

I’ve always loved the home automation and smart home technology since was created and just couldn’t pass up the Logitech harmony hub that can connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Home for a completely hands-free experience. The harmony hub acts as a big IR blaster that sends infared signals to each device in a home theater setup allowing for a “smart” way of controlling each device without a remote. The setup process for the hub was quite simple, just long. If you’re looking to buy this product make sure you have at least 30+ minutes to set it up. Once everything was setup I got to play with it. I really like how my “Movie” preset turns on my tv, receiver, soundbar, subwoofer, switch, blueray player, and dims the lights slightly in the room. This does take a few seconds because the IR immiter can’t send out multiple signals at once because everything would go crazy. Basically for those who don’t know IR is basically a form of light that we can’t see. Overall, I think it was worth $100 for this setup and I look foward to purchasing one of the remotes in the future to add.

Time with the ATH-M50x Headphones

Some of you know that it was my birthday on the 2nd of November and everyone has to get something on their birthday so I bought me some new studio headphones because my old ones were getting tired. Actually I’m listening to music in them right now and I can say they produce a very true to real life sound. Personally I like a little more bass when listening to music for a bigger “punch” so I’ve EQed them on my mixer but even with a flat EQ they still sound better than my other pair. I’ve never been a really big headphones guy and always preffered using big speakers as my computer speakers but that might change soon. Anyway, I’m quite satisfied with my choice and will probably pick up the bluetooth add-on / amp / portable dac to go with them.

Update about me

So as most of you know I’ve been experimenting with iOS 11 for the past few weeks when it released and I love it but my one and ONLY complaint about it is the slowness and lagginess. My iPhone 6s went from a 2507 single-core score to a 1384 and a 4380 multi-core score to a 2493 on Geekbench. These tests were done before the iOS 11 update and after Apple released their 11.03 update a few days ago. This is my frustration. Pushing that aside, I’m thinking about uploading more youtube videos again and pushing the content forward. My uploads wouldn’t be regular, probably not as much gaming, but more industry & tech related videos. If you have any ideas for any videos I should upload or do tutorials on please contact me with the information below! If you haven’t checked out my Minecraft server yet I would highly recommend it! I put a lot of time into creating a balanced expedience on there and have spent countless hours on it. (I’m not that into Minecraft anymore but enjoy spending time on the server and managing it with our wonderful staff) Anyway, I’m going to go to bed now because I’m feeling tired and why not. Goodnight internet! 🙂

MastersCraft Server IP:
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MastersCraft Staff Apps are open!

MastersCraft Staff Applications are now open!
We’re specifically looking for another admin and another helper or two! A few more builders would be nice along with a few more active youtubers! Basically we’re looking for everybody right now. Something that isn’t listed on the form is the DEV rank. Basically this rank develops custom plugins for the server in Java. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected] or message me on Discord! I’m @ZnAvids#2742!

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A quick update – iOS 11

I just wanted to update you guys quickly with my experience with iOS 11. I love the features the new version has to offer but I feel that it could use some work in the “don’t drain my battery to 0%” department and possibly a few performance tweaks even for the new phones with the new A11 bionic chip. Even with the new update (11.01) I still feel as if things are still a bit laggy. 3D touch enabled things take a long time to respond when triggered and just the constant crashes and incompatibility I’ve experienced over the past week makes me think twice about updating. I still think the goods overcome the bads though. iOS 11 is still my preferred version of iOS currently and it will be even greater when Apple finally released some bug fixes and performance improvements!

Second day with iOS 11

There are definitely present bugs in the new version of iOS but that didn’t stop me from updating. Speaking of one bug that annoyed me the most was the lag when using 3D touch. There’s a framerate (stutter) issue and a bit of delay when I engage it. I’m confident Apple will make changes in the software to fix this issue but for now I’ll have to deal with it. Now that I was actually able to take my phone into the real world to try out some cool new things I was able to “show-off” some new features. One of them being ARKit. I downloaded a variety of apps that supported AR to try them out and so far, I love it – and people around me think I’m crazy. I was playing a bit of mini golf in AR this morning at my school and I got some of the most strange looks I’ve ever seen! Anyway, I won and that was cool. I’m probably going to bed now so goodnight internet!

My thoughts on iOS 11

So I’ve been using iOS 11 for a few hours now and I have to say, it’s a big step for Apple to make some of these changes. There is one thing I wish the new iOS still had and that was the 3D Touch App Switcher / Multiview. I honestly used that way too much. With that aside though, these are a few of my favorite features in iOS 11:

  • The new control center
  • AR (augmented reality)
  • New HEIC codec for photos / video
  • Siri Improvements
  • Screenshot tool
  • New notification layout
  • No titles for apps on the dock
  • QR code scanner built-in to camera app
  • Files app (One of my fav’s)
  • New animations / logos for apps make the experience more pleasing
  • Drag and drop

These are my favorite changes so far with my experience with the update. My opinion might change as new updates are rolled out and I have more time to play with all of it but as of right now the new version of iOS is (so far) big free for me and a great upgrade! I still do recommend waiting a week or two until iOS 11.1 comes out so Apple has a chance to fix any major bugs, etc!