Talking to my house – Amazon Alexa (Echo) and SmartThings

Amazon recently competed their Alexa/Echo integration with SmartThings after previously integrating a number of other home automation hubs like Wink and Hue. I jumped on it as soon as it was available in the Alexa iOS app. Setting up SmartThings with Amazon Alexa (Echo) As with other SmartThings integrations, the first step will request an […]

Fixing CrashPlan 4.3.0 on Synology

CrashPlan Issue For Synology – Fixing the 4.3.0 update If your Synology NAS can run docker, you may want to consider an alternative to the CrashPlan package. See here: CrashPlan and CrashPlan Pro on Synology using Docker Note, see bottom of page for information on DSM 6 and CrashPlan 4.6.0 Recently CrashPlan updated to version […]

Fixing CrashPlan 4.2.0 on Synology after DSM 5.2 update

The latest round of updates from CrashPlan (4.3.0) has broken the CrashPlan package on Synology again. Please see http://chrisnelson.ca/2015/07/02/fixing-crashplan-4-3-0-on-synology/ for the newest instructions. Archived information for 4.2: After installing Synology DSM 5.2, CrashPlan recently pushed an update (4.2.0) which broke the CrashPlan package Patters had created for Synology. The log for the failing CrashPlan package […]

Fixing CrashPlan on Synology after the 3.7.0 update (Synology repairing upgrade in /var/packages/CrashPlan/target/upgrade/1388728800370. )

If you recently upgraded to DSM 5.2 and had CrashPlan break, this is likely due to the CrashPlan 4.2.0 update. Please see http://chrisnelson.ca/2015/05/12/fixing-crashplan-4-2-0-on-synology-after-dsm-5-2-update/ NOTE: This manual fix should no longer be needed after the 0029 update from Patters: 0029 Updated to CrashPlan version 3.7.0, improved detection of temp folder (prevent use of /var/@tmp), added support […]

Home Automation dashboard for SmartThings

SmartThings does a lot of things well, but their main failing has been support for larger screens. If you have a tablet, you can run the phone interface, but it doesn’t take advantage of the larger format. For use on my desktop computer I installed an Android emulator to have access to the app on […]