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Listened to Connected 288: The God of Beginnings, Gates, Transitions and Duality

Mac Madness is down to the final two machines. Then, Federico takes everyone on a tour of high-resolution audio apps for the iPhone and iPad … which are all *wild.* Lastly, we check the temperature of the room on Apple’s Dark Sky acquisition.

By Connected

 

Thank God for the Bob Appetit Test Kitchen on YouTube. Hours of entertainment.

 

Things get tense for the remaining castaways during a chaotic tribal council. Also, a kind gesture could paint a target on someone’s back, and one person is the last one standing in a taxing immunity challenge.

Watched on Trakt

 
 

Listened to Upgrade 291: The Ugly Potatoes Are Used for Fries

This week Myke got a new iPad Pro, so he and Jason compare notes. Then we enter the Conspiracy Room™ for talk about that iPad, pro iPad apps, and ARM Macs. Plus: Whimsical iPad cursors and ol’ Tim “Contingency” Cook!

By Upgrade

 
 

No *you’re* crying during the Schitt’s Creek finale.

 

I’ve named my digital sign for notifying my family of my work status (Do Not Disturb, Quiet Please, and Available) the “Daddyboard.” Today, I also spent a little time integrating it with Hammerspoon, so I can switch statuses with keyboard shortcuts. Lua FTW!

 

I also fully endorse this promising project.

 

Listened to 372: Things Are Degraded

Casey’s storage tale of woe, Apple buying Dark Sky, and Amazon’s in-app-purchase policy exception.

By Accidental Tech Podcast

 
 
 

Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way.

Watched on Trakt

 
 

Set up the tent in the back yard for some “glamping” with the kiddos tonight. We are watching a movie using the projector, and snuggling up. 🏕🎥

 

Hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison unlock the secrets to making the best Roast Boneless Leg of Lamb with Garlic, Herb, and Bread-Crumb Crust. Equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top pick for traditional 12-inch skillet, and test cook Erin McMurrer makes Bridget a showstopping Lemon-Olive Oil Tart.

Watched on Trakt

 

Reinventing the traditional house slipper as a sneaker; an online mentoring program that helps high school students and their parents navigate the college admissions process; a bedding product that reduces the time needed to make a bed.

Watched on Trakt

 
 

Hey, Siri... Don't Bother Daddy!

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In the new world, where many of us are working 100% from home, it can be really difficult to find quiet and focus. Distractions abound, especially if you have kids. As I mentioned yesterday, closed office doors don't seem to get the message across to my children, so I thought it would be great if I could have a digital sign on my offce door. Well, I made it happen.

I'm really happy with how it turned out! How did I do it? It was pretty simple, really. I had a really old Amazon Fire tablet that hasn't been used in years, as the kids have both transitioned over to iPads. So, I charged it up, installed a "full screen browser" app and a hack that lets you keep the screen awake perpetually. Then, I wrote a quick web service to track state, and hooked it into HomeKit and Siri using Homebridge and this excellent plugin.

Tada! Now I can toggle the state of the sign using just my voice, or with automations. I can even automatically flip the status to "Don't Bother Daddy" when my calendar shows that I am scheduled for a meeting.

 

I now have a battery-powered, Wi-Fi connected, Siri-enabled digital status sign on my office door. I'll post some pictures, videos, and details later, but its pretty awesome to be able to say "Hey Siri, don't bother daddy!" 🙅🏻‍♂️