Homekit Geolocation Door Lock Workaround

I started to get into home automation in the last year and because I’m an Apple fanboy I went with Homekit from Apple.  The good part is that Apple tests every product to make sure they are high quality and don’t have vulnerabilities.  But, this also means you get fewer products and you are at Apple’s mercy for abilities.  Generally I like this walled garden approach but the most glaring problem is using geolocation triggers to unlock/lock a door. Continue reading “Homekit Geolocation Door Lock Workaround”

Engagement Ring? – Don’t get the Wells Fargo Jewelry Advantage Card

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As some of you know, I recently proposed to my long time girlfriend (and she said yes!) during a trip to London and the hunt began for a wedding ring.  I didn’t dare pick one out for her since I know she had very specific ideas on these things, so I proposed with a cheapish Tiffany’s silver ring and told her we’d pick out a ring together when we got back to the states.  We found one relatively quickly that we both liked but it was way more than I had budgeted.  It wasn’t her going crazy but more an issue of me not realizing what jewelry costs.  Luckily, the store had 0% financing through Wells-Fargo so I thought I was all set.  This is what I wish I’d known then. Continue reading “Engagement Ring? – Don’t get the Wells Fargo Jewelry Advantage Card”

First Post

Woo! First post!  I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to posting on here, but I made this blog for two reasons: 1) to reserve the mwwalk name since that’s the name I use for everything and I may want it in the future.  2) to occasionally blog about the projects I’m working on.  It’s a way for me to document what I’ve done without having to worry about backing it up while also sharing it with others.  No promises on the frequency of updates but here’s hoping.  I’ll leave you with this quote by my favorite webcomic XKCD:

“The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I’m sitting here refreshing my inbox. We live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out before us. We see the same things every day, we respond the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of societal norms. We act like if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us And no, I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know how to jolt myself into seeing what each moment could become. But I do know one thing: the solution doesn’t involve watering down my every little idea and creative impulse for the sake of some day easing my fit into a mold. It doesn’t involve tempering my life to better fit someone’s expectations. It doesn’t involve constantly holding back for fear of shaking things up.  This is very important, so I want to say it as clearly as I can: FUCK. THAT. SHIT.”  – http://xkcd.com/137/