Ready to Re:Invent 2018

I traversed the barren landscape and followed the AWS neck chains to the Venetian Sands Showroom to register for AWS Re:Invent 2018 last night. The Ping Pong tables and heavy beats were in full force. Love the geometric furniture this year! The registration was seamless but albeit on clunky HP laptops. Took my picture and … Continue reading Ready to Re:Invent 2018

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Mocking Service Fabric & Azure Services with Dependency Injection vs. Inversion of Control (IoC)

In retrospect, in my youth as a software designer I recognize that I often had a preference for the technically elegant. This would sometimes override what was practical from a maintainability standpoint. I was recently asked about the Dependency Injection approach on a project and why we weren’t using an Inversion-of-Control (IoC) Container such as … Continue reading Mocking Service Fabric & Azure Services with Dependency Injection vs. Inversion of Control (IoC)

SmartThings Battery Replacement Cheat Sheet

I’m a heavy SmartThings user. Sometimes it can be pretty tricky knowing what batteries I need when I get notifications from different sensors telling me that they are running low and need a replacement. Battery Cheat Sheet: SmartThings Multi-Purpose Sensor Doors / Windows / Garage Doors 2450 SmartThings Water Leak Sensor Sinks / Appliances / … Continue reading SmartThings Battery Replacement Cheat Sheet

Planning a Home Automation System using SmartThings

I recently helped my Aunt and Uncle in California to plan a home automation / home security system using SmartThings and Arlo. In order to get the system setup they needed to make some upgrades to their home network. Their objectives were the following: Add better security to their detached garage Prevent packages from being … Continue reading Planning a Home Automation System using SmartThings