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...

Winter Cycling Workouts With Zwift

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DECEMBER 14, 2017

During the Spring and Summer (and a little into Fall), I use cycling as a way to stay fit and enjoy the sun.  2-3 times a week I will commute to the office purely using pedal power...

Connecting C Wire Heat Only

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DECEMBER 13, 2017

Over the past month or so, I've been adopting a new hobby around IoT, also known as Internet of Things.  On the most simplistic level, IoT is about connecting devices of all sorts to the Internet so you can control them remotely or trigger them to do things based on algorithms or data...

My Original iPhone

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DECEMBER 12, 2017

I was one of the few crazy people to buy the original iPhone back in 2007.  This iPhone did not allow third party apps on them but we all knew that third party apps were coming...

Apple Maps Drove Me Over Water

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DECEMBER 11, 2017

Sunday, December 3rd at about 4:15am EST, I was driving over the Hudson River in New York. Well, at least I was literally driving through the river according to Apple Maps...

Three Synagogue Conferences In One Week

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DECEMBER 7, 2017

As you know, we were exhibiting in Boston and Atlanta this week for ShulCloud, our synagogue management software.  In fact, we went to three different synagogue conferences in a single week.  Both the NATA and USCJ conferences overlapped with each other...

URJ Biennial In Boston

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NOVEMBER 30, 2017

We're coming to Boston this Sunday for the whole week to talk to our existing ShulCloud customers and meet some prospective customers.  ShulCloud is the largest and fastest growing synagogue management platform on the market...

Google Home & Assistant

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NOVEMBER 28, 2017

It is no secret that the future of computing interfaces and search interfaces is over voice search.  A few years ago no one talked to their phone, now it is hard to find someone who doesn't...

Mincha Minyan

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NOVEMBER 27, 2017

For the past several years at the RustyBrick office we have held a weekday Mincha, afternoon services, at 1:30pm.  

We started the minyan when Ronnie and I lost our mother a bit over five years ago and called it the RustyMinyan for short...

Feedly: One Of My Favorite Internet Tools

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NOVEMBER 21, 2017

People ask me often enough to share with them what my favorite third-party web tool is.  Well, without a doubt, the tool I use most outside of email and Slack is Feedly. 

Feedly is a popular news aggregation software application that works both on the web and on iOS and Android...

Consistency

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NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Those that know me, know what to expect from me on a daily basis.  I am incredibly consistent to the point that if I am a few minutes out of my routine, people ask me if I am sick or something...

Wireless Charging Phone Is Nice

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NOVEMBER 13, 2017

I honestly didn't think I would appreciate the wireless charging feature on the new iPhones, specifically iPhone 8 and iPhone X but I do...

iPhone X App Updates

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NOVEMBER 6, 2017

It upsets me to read some of the comments iPhone X customers are saying about some of their apps.  They expect all their apps to fully support the new iPhone X before the developers actually have a physical iPhone X in hand...

Jerk Of All Trades

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NOVEMBER 2, 2017

As most of you know, RustyBrick does not outsource our development or design work.  We like to control the timelines, deliverables and everything about how we deliver product.  Sadly, no matter how many times I write about it here, we still get tons of phone calls asking us to outsource...