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For door locks, I went with the medium-tech approach: electronic keypad locks. Schlage, for example, makes a line of electronic keypad locks that can generally fit into existing door lock holes. For me, it was a simple matter of unscrew/remove old lock, screw in/install new lock, and program new lock. However, possible downsides include (this is for the Schlage electronic deadbolt that I use): * The visible parts of the locks are a bit big/wide. * It's a keypad: if someone sees you enter your combination, you're screwed. * Unlocking with a key is slightly funky: insert key while holding handle, turn key 90 degrees without turning handle, push key in, turn handle to lock/unlock. Related:  Home Improvement

Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo Agreed. Linux users get no love from LH :( Most linux users don't need any love;) Sorry, that came in mind when I'd read your comment. The author didn't want to have to bring up KDE's "activity" support that lets you change background, widgets, multple desktops, running programs, etc. all at once according to an assigned "activity". "A user likes web comics so they add their favorite web comics via the comics widget. The user now has a full desktop activity dedicated to their favorite web comics. -KDE user guide Windows users would get jealous, OSX users' reality distortion field would collapse, and Ubuntu users... well, they're still trying to figure out their new user interface so they probably haven't been able to read this article yet. :-) So, for the greater good a Linux version had to be omitted. :-)

How to Put a Movie Theater in Your Home on the Cheap Great Post! I did a setup in 2009 in my largish garage for about $1000 Aussie. That included ... 1. A $400 xga projector from ebay, (like the article says, resolution isn't everything) 2. 3. 4. $ 150 on three big couches from ebay 5. $65 on a massive old window airconditioner from ebay - total bargain but a licence to spend money on electricity! 6. I had an old amp and some nice old studio monitor speakers with really long cables. So, I had the computer and amp on shelves beside the main couch and could have the KB in my lap and the mouse sitting on the right hand arm rest - simple but comfortable and effective. For a lot of people (including several who were laughing at me as I made the screen), until you've seen something like this in action you don't realise how awesome it is ...

Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo I appreciate what you're saying here, but I tend to disagree with most of it. I think things like text expansion actually offer an alternative to the shorthand writing conventions that have been ushered in with the era of SMS and Twitter. Text expansion is able to yield identical results in fewer keystrokes. This promotes efficiency, not laziness. In fact, I would argue that text expansion actually serves to mitigate some of the adverse effects of laziness. Naturally, I would expect you to respond that there are certain circumstances and modes of communication among which "laziness" is excusable, if not appropriate, and I'd have to agree. I can't agree with your comparing the writer to a musician playing an improper chord either. k thx 4 reading thru that ^ =p lol P.S. Yes, writing is crafting sentences and love of language and fashioning patterns and weeping over beauty. Lighten up, Mr Angsty One True Writer. I can see your point.

10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips Home maintenance isn't restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks--when performed regularly--may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and it's inevitable that they do), we have some backup plans that you can try before you grab the phone to call for pro. Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but they also often can be the simplest to care for. From the gutters to the living room carpet, there's a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained. The quickest fix is to not have the problem in the first place. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Cleaning your gutters is the chore you abhor. THE QUICK FIX Make gutter cleaning easier--and safer (no ladder required)--with a long spray wand made from a 1/2-in.

Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo @hahn: I don't know about all that. With the right safeguards in place, I think this would be secure enough for my tastes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Believe it or not, I'd feel a bit more secure with this system (with some tweaks) than a traditional lock-and-key system for the same reason I feel better about having extraneous cards in my wallet: If my phone (or overstuffed wallet) is missing, I'm going to know it.

How To Clean Your Dishwasher Previous image Next image It might sound unnecessary to clean the actual dishwasher, but it is a necessary evil if you want your dishwasher to run efficiently. What You Need Distilled white vinegarBaking SodaMicrofiber cloths or soft ragsToothbrushStainless steel or multipurpose cleaner Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. If you have rust stains, you can tackle them with a dishwasher-safe rust remover. If you have problems with mold and mildew, bleach will work effectively by adding ½-1 cup in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full cycle. 9. 10. Additional Notes: It's good practice to do this (or a briefer version), about once a month. Images: Kimberly Watson

Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo @Domo: That's what he gets for being too slow! @Navin R Johnson: Couple of flaws with that. 1. They can take off their mask and get more 2. @BigCanada: 1. 2. I envision a system that recognizes that a group has arrived, estimates the number of people (erring on the high side) and dispenses candy. Voice prompting from the system will help the trick-or-treators to know what to do. Multiple trips to the door will result in multiple candies, yes.

How to Clean and Refinish a Wood Deck Then this is the tutorial you want. A beautifully refinished wood deck not only looks great, protects and extends the life of the wood but it may also help improve the resale value of your home and allow it to sell faster (if that is a goal). Refinishing a wood deck involves some basic steps such as: Deck InspectionDeck CleaningPower Washing (deep cleaning)SandingStaining and SealingWaste Disposal In this tutorial I'll walk you through the steps involved in a professional looking deck refinishing job that you will be able to complete yourself.

Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo SExpand @macrumpton: Click the image for the full size to see what I'm talking about. Here's a side-by-side shot of Miro and MPC, both playing the same frame of "Pioneer One" S01E01 720p (h264) mkv file. Even if you don't want to go the media center route, and are content with Miro for downloading, I highly suggest you get a good graphics card (if you need one) and a separate program to decode and play back the files. Miro is not comparable to a true Media Center by any stretch of the imagination. Things Miro is lacking: • Good support for remotes and internet/eventserver based control for phones. • Proper databasing (sort by name, aired date, release date, actor, genre, MPAA/TV rating, duration...) • Auto-discovery of missing supplemental media (Fanart, screen caps, cover art, subtitles and lyrics etc.) • Boot as an OS for HTPCs • User login with parental controls • Scripting and skinning extensability • Media flagging

Simple Test to Determine If You're Using Too Much Laundry Detergent When it comes to laundry detergent, the phrase "Too much of a good thing" rings ever so true. If you use too much, you'll shorten the life of your laundry. It can make your laundry look dull and dingy, and feel stiff and rough. Use too much laundry detergent and the residue will accumulate over time and damage your washing machine. First- Place 4 to 6 laundered bath towels in a front-loading washing machine. Second- Start the machine on a regular wash cycle. Third- To remove excess detergent from your laundry, you'll need to wash it 1 or 2 times in water alone. To better clean the tub- run the washing machine through a regular, hot-water wash with 1 cup of white vinegar added to it. Remember- Newer types of washing machines that use less water, plus concentrated products, mean you don't need to use as much detergent nowadays.