DoorBot/Ring Acquired

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FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Back in early 2013 I bought something on a Kickstarter like crowdfunding site named the DoorBot. It was a doorbell that was also a camera and two-way communication device.  I loved the concept, ordered it and waited until early 2014 for mine to arrive...

Angry About Your Google Issues

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FEBRUARY 22, 2018

I get it, trust me, I do.

You are angry that you are not ranking well in Google or that Google sent you a manual action downgrading your rankings, or maybe someone hacked your site, maybe Google Search Console sent you a indexing or AMP or schema issue...

Why I'm Returning The Apple HomePod

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FEBRUARY 20, 2018

Last week, I stopped by the local Apple Store and bought myself an Apple HomePod.  Today, I returned it to the very same Apple Store.

People are asking me why I returned it.  They know I am an Apple fan boy and for me to return something from Apple is shocking to some...

Google Improving Web Ad Experience

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FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Google is a powerful company and they use that power, sometimes, to try to improve the overall web experience both on desktop, mobile, voice, etc...

Siddur App Now With iPhone X Support

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FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Our iPhone Siddur now officially supports iPhone X.   

Version 7.4.1 is now available in the App Store for download, which brings native iPhone X support to the popular smart Siddur app...

Predicting Blog Post Success

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FEBRUARY 6, 2018

For some reason, people I speak with that are aware that I blog a lot think that I have some tips and advice on knowing which blog posts, articles or stories will become a big success before I write them.  The truth is, that is not the case...

Insurance For Insurance

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FEBRUARY 1, 2018

The topic of insurance is not a popular one for really anyone, including individuals or businesses.  In fact, most people I know hate the insurance renewal period because it often means less coverage for more money...

Getting Ready For GDPR

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JANUARY 30, 2018

General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR for short, are a set of new requirements and regulations that aim at protecting the members and subjects of the European Union.  There is an official web site set up for this at eugdpr.org and acts as an aid for both members and companies on what is...

Mevo Camera

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JANUARY 22, 2018

April 2016 I bought a tiny camera named Mevo produced by the folks at Livestream.  Since then, it is my camera of choice for producing video content for conferences, meetings, my weekly search videos and even my kid's school plays...

Internal RustyBrick Meeting

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JANUARY 17, 2018

A few years back, one of the developers at RustyBrick came to me and asked me to do an internal presentation within the company to tell everyone what is going on at the company.  Often employees are working on projects but don't really know what their coworkers are working on...

LinkedIn Connections Gone Wild

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JANUARY 16, 2018

In the past 8 hours, I have received over 50 connection requests from people on LinkedIn.  On average, I probably get 5 requests from people to connect on LinkedIn per day.  Something happened overnight where I have received 50 new connection requests in the past 8 hours...

Google Arts & Culture Selfies

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JANUARY 15, 2018

Over the weekend, Google came out with an update to their iOS and Android apps for the Arts & Culture apps.  With that, you can take a selfie of yourself and Google will match it to art found within their museum of artwork...

Slack Downtime = More Productivity?

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JANUARY 9, 2018

At around 2:15pm EST today, Slack went down.  Slack, for those that do not know, is by far the most widely used internal business communication tool for businesses that I know...

Bomb Cyclone - Exploded Soda & Frozen Pipes

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JANUARY 4, 2018

Today there is a "bomb cyclone" in the northeastern region of the United States and the RustyBrick offices is getting our share of snow and wind...

Smart Garage Door

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JANUARY 2, 2018

In continuation of our IoT series, first with c-wires for Wifi thermostats and then smart wireless light switches, now I want to discuss smart Wifi enabled garage doors...

United Flex PQM

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DECEMBER 29, 2017

In 2017, I flew a lot less than I flew previous years - which means I did not reach United Airlines Premier Platinum level...

Chinese Food At Office

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DECEMBER 25, 2017

There is a RustyBrick tradition that on Christmas Day at the office we sponsor Chinese food for those who come in to the office to work this day...

Christmas Morning Emails

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DECEMBER 25, 2017

The screen shot above is showing you the number of emails I received between 11pm EST December 24th and 5:45am EST December 25th.  

Yes, only 27 emails!   It is Christmas and it sure feels like it...

Wireless Light Switches

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DECEMBER 21, 2017

This is my second post in what I hopefully will call my IoT, internet of things, series. The first one was about wireless thermostats and how to install a C wire on a heat only boiler system...

Unsolicited Calls With Familiar-Looking Numbers

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DECEMBER 18, 2017

The number of unsolicited spam phone calls I get on my mobile phone has been so bad, I simply do not answer phone calls anymore unless the number is from a contact already in my phone...