Using IFTTT with Alexa Routines (Plus Home Assistant!)

Using IFTTT with Alexa Routines (Plus Home Assistant!)

This week, Amazon Alexa Routines received two really nice upgrades.  The first was the ability to name your Routines something.  A small enhancement but super ... Read More

How to Name your Alexa Routines

How to Name your Alexa Routines

I noticed recently in my Alexa app, that Amazon has enabled the ability to name your routines!  This functionality was somehow lost in the first ... Read More

Upgrade EMC/Dell VxRail Best Practices (4.7.100 to 4.7.301)

Upgrade EMC/Dell VxRail Best Practices (4.7.100 to 4.7.301)

Time for another VXRail upgrade post!  This time we are upgrading from VxRail 4.7.100-11859441 to 4.7.301-26249014.  This will bring the underlying vSphere environment up to ... Read More

What happens if the Wink Platform goes out of business?

What happens if the Wink Platform goes out of business?

The Verge recently reported that the company that owns the Wink Smart Home platform is running out of money.   The company i.am+ owned by Will.i.am ... Read More

Creating a Website in Amazon Lightsail for ~4 Bucks

Creating a Website in Amazon Lightsail for ~4 Bucks

I have written before about my migration from Blogger to an Amazon EC2 instance and it was recieved very well by readers.  The EC2 instance ... Read More

VMware User Environment Manager (aka Dynamic Environment Manager)

VMware User Environment Manager (aka Dynamic Environment Manager)

The end of year is coming up and I’m cleaning out all of my Evernote archives and getting all of my posts up and out ... Read More

The Wyze Smart Lock

The Wyze Smart Lock

Today, Wyze released the Wyze Smart Lock for early access.  It’s a limited run and available on both their site and the Wyze app for ... Read More

Upgrading VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1 to 8.1

Upgrading VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.1 to 8.1

Recently at a client, we preformed an upgrade of VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) version 6.1 to SRM 8.1.  The process was pretty uneventful and ... Read More