Jul 20 2017
I decided to try setting up PGP email again. Not sure how it will work on my phone but on my work desktop it works great in a browser (Gmail). If you want my public key, let me know.
Jul 19 2017
After playing with my Echo Dots for a couple of days I really want to start replacing outlets & switches to make a full smart house. Do I need to, no. But the ability to turn a light on or off by speaking would rock. Especially in our bedroom, where I have to stumble past the bed to my wife’s side in order to turn her nightstand light on. Currently looking at just a TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini for her lamp because it only takes up one outlet. There are other options that only take up a single outlet, but I’ve read good reviews on them.
Jul 17 2017
Got the two free Echo Dots that I got for pre-ordering my phone. Both are setup, one in the living room and one in the bedroom. Looking then so far. Kind of worried that the one in the bedroom will end up lighting up in the middle of the night. Hoping not though. Really disliking the skill for my Sensi thermostat though. All I can do is set a temperature I want, raise or lower it n degrees. I cannot turn the AC/heat on/off. Hopefully it gets updated to allow this.
Jul 17 2017
My phone got its full Alexa integration today. So far its pretty neat to use. Adjusted the temp on my home thermostat a couple of times to try it out and verify that worked. Also got in the beta test of the skill for the Monero mining pool I’m in, that is awesome too. Also got my code for my free echo dots last week, they arrived today. I’ll get them setup tonight and hopefully not confuse myself with saying the key word (thankfully you can update it on the echo devices, can’t on my phone). I’m planning on putting one upstairs and one in my bedroom, and eventually getting a smart outlet for my wife’s nightstand lamp (and possible other lamps too).
Jun 19 2017
I am officially running a Sia host at home. Currently at around 4.8997TB of storage. I need a lot more SiaCoins for collateral though. Currently at around 12,000SC and I’m thinking in need somewhere around 1,000,000SC for the amount of space I have. But this combined with my Monero mining & Bitcoin loans are a way to make some extra money so I’m happy.
Jun 5 2017
Well, I am working on an Android app for supportXMR.com which is the Monero mining pool I am part of. I’m using Xamarin so I can code it in C# (which I know better than Java). Its going ok, but I’m running into an issue communicating with the API. I hate TLS, it is so difficult to troubleshoot.
Jun 2 2017
Well, I am getting really fed up with my Moto G4+. It has started to suffer from the phantom touch issue they can end up with. It is getting worse and worse too. I pre-ordered a through Sprint since they are my carrier and I also get two free with it as well. I haven’t had a HTC phone for quite a while, so I hope it is good as it sounds like it will be.
May 25 2017
I got back into the cryptocurrency world. I’ve been mining XMR at https://supportxmr.com/. Really good people there. I’ve also been investing in Siacoin and offering storage to people. Finally I’ve been using the Poloniex Lending Bot to automate Bitcoin loans to make more money. I’m just about to the point where I can afford a remote starter for my car. Really looking forward to that since my car no longer has the time to warm up on my drive to/from work.