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Let’s make our old garage door smarter!

As part of our home automation project, we would like to get a smart garage door opener, one that can give us remote access and also alerts when we are away from home.  Have you ever have that question in your mind after you left your home and while...

OK Google, let’s be brief!

I’ve been using both Google Assistant and Amazon Echo devices at home, they are very handy devices that will listen to your voice commands and execute them, specially when your hands are tight up like cooking, holding a baby, or taking a shower. I will write a few reviews...

React or Angular?

JavaScript is a very important part of the web, and there are many framework and library to make the development process simpler.  React and Angular are two names that you probably hear the most within the development circle. In this article, I’m going to do a simple comparison table...

Switch Expressions in Java 12

Java is a wonderful language, but it’s syntax tends to be a bit too verbose sometimes. It is good to see that in Java 12, the new Switch Expressions will now use pattern matching to provide simpler coding standards. Below is a simple example to illustrate the differences: In...

Alexa in your car?

Voice assistance devices are quite handy and can provide a pleasant hand-free experience in places where your hands are occupied.  So I was quite interested when I heard Amazon announcing the new Echo Auto, basically promise to bring Alexa into your car 🚗. This is not something new, car...

Z-Wave vs Zigbee

Home automation is quite popular now in most household and it is common to see retailers dedicate quite a lot of display space to them.  I was in a local Best Buy store recently, and was delighted to find a few aisles of home automation products on display and...

Secure Remote Admin Access with Duck DNS

Now that you have Hass.io running happily on your Raspberry Pi, the next thing in your mind is probably how to access the admin console remotely from the internet, so that you can control your smart home even when you are away from home. One elegant and free solution...

Access Configuration Files with Samba

Hass.io is the latest all-in-one installation for Home Assistant.  It is the simplest way to set up Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi.  You can now manage your Hass.io with a web console. Once you have Hass.io setup and running on the Pi, you will find that one of...