How do you know if your iPhone will automatically adjust for the time change?
The apple iPhone has a setting that will allow your phone to automatically update and adjust for the time change that is coming on March 8th 2015 at 2AM.
Daylight Saving will not update if the Settings are incorrect within your iPhone menu. I am going to break it down for you in one simple infographic with six steps.
Monarch butterflies and milkweed plants now have their own Podcast in iTunes.You are invited to listen to the all new Grow Milkweed Plants Podcast. I am podcasting to tell a story for the monarchs.
I appreciate that everyone who has seen a monarch butterfly or raised a caterpillar on milkweed has their own story to tell.
Listen to my story by clicking the iTunes or Stitcher link below.
Your opinion matters to me and the monarchs! If you have listened to the Podcast, then I would love to hear your feedback.
I would love to hear your ideas for show topics. Is there something about milkweed or monarchs that you feel is important to share with everyone?I am listening...
These are two ways to provide immediate feedback today.
1. Comment below and I will read everything you have to say.
2. Rate and Review the podcast while you are in iTunes.
Some future episode will talk about; the latest population numbers, milkweed growth in the Spring, tips for starting milkweed from seed, raising monarchs at home and chasing monarchs around my
community through the summer months.
Brad Grimm at GrowMilkweedPlants.com
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In an unexpected place I met a man who changed my socks forever. It was the summer of 2009. I was traveling on a Delta Airlines regional carrier in First Class from Boise to Salt Lake City. I was wearing a Costco cotton sock. He was in the textile business and working with new technology that basically blended PTFE onto the cotton to create NanoGLIDE™ In effect reducing a heat creating friction by adding a teflon substance to the cotton. Those socks were a good step up from cotton. But I found they would shrivel after repeated use. An example is the Asics Kayano. Their good at first but become rough.
Now click on the Amazon product link on this pages right side to see reviews from other customers like myself.
What is running the water fountain? Solar!
The week I began to write about my solar water fountain I was pretty excited to share how it worked. Despite my excitement there was a big wind storm that caused my 15 watt panel to fall from the fence onto some rocks. It resulted in a cracked panel that had little to no power output.
The broken panel was a real bummer. But I wasn't going to let the dream of a solar fountain die there. Running an extension cord across the patio wasn't an option. So I press on.
Bigger, Better and with more power. That's how I chose to rebuild.
With a strong motivation to get the fountain pumping again I set out to rebuild the solar water fountain pump. I decided I wanted to replace the 15 watt solar panel but I chose to increase the size of the battery to a full size deep cycle battery.
Below is an image of the set up as it is today.
My source of power is 15 watt solar panel. I purchased in in June 2014 from Harbor Freight. The cost of the panel was $56.01 after using a 20% discount coupon.
You can see the panel frame has changed from the one that broke. It now has a plastic shroud frame rather than aluminum. I was easier to secure to the fence because there are four pre-fab attachment holes near each corner.
Placement was simple. On top rail of fence out of the shade cast by a nearby tree.
From the solar panel power is directed into the solar charge controller. Its a simple plug in connection. The solar charge controller has two additional connections. One is to the battery and another is an output to the device it is powering.
The solar charge controller limits the power being put into the battery. It will throttle back the voltage into the battery when the voltage reaches a number pre determined by the solar charge controller.
It is usually voltage between 13.7 and 14.5 volts when it limits additional charging.
The heart of the solar water fountain is the Marine/RV Deep Cycle Battery. This battery is currently the most expensive component of the solar water fountain setup. I spent $91.56 at Batteries Plus, on an impulse. The previous battery I was using was an old AGM sealed 7AH battery from a universal power supply(UPS).
This battery should be able to provide sustainable power to the solar water fountain on the occasional cloudy day. I do not plan to power the fountain at night. I only plan to run it during the days while I am home. I really hope this battery has a long lifespan.
As the energy travels from the solar charge controller to the solar water fountain pump the current changes from Direct Current(DC) to Alternating Current(AC). I do this by attaching a DC cigarette lighter adapter to the solar charge controller.
A simple inexpensive 80 watt inverter with a lighter adapter plugs right into the DC cigarette lighter port.
The solar water fountain pump cord plugs into the AC power outlet that is provided on the 80 war inverter. There is also a USB output if I want to charge my phone in the garden.
The final product is a solar powered water fountain in the back yard. I got this fountain from a Goodwill store for $20.
I added a 300 gallon per hour submersible water pump. I purchased the 300 GPH water pump from my local Home Depot.
The solar powered water fountain runs flawlessly all afternoon with very little voltage drain to the battery as measured by a multi-meter.
Everyone is happy there is no bright orange extension cord running across the back patio.
2. Nest learns your desired temps and creates a schedule.
From day one nest begins trying to save you money. During the first week or two nest will monitor the temps that you set. It is also using internal sensors to determine when you are HOME and when you are AWAY. It will notify you when the schedule is ready. From that first schedule you can refine the times and temperatures for even better energy efficiency.
3. Energy History is easily accessible in the app.
Curious if your using a lot of energy by heating & cooling your home? Nest tells you when your equipment was active and for how long it was running. It even tips you off about the cause by telling you that it was above or below average outside temperatures for that day. On hot days in Nevada nest saves us money by only running the A/C when need it to.
4. User option to set nest to AWAY or HOME remotely.
With three taps on my iPhone screen I can tell nest that I am AWAY or HOME. Tap one: open the app. Tap two: press the currently displayed HOME or AWAY. Tap three: Confirm the option or dismiss the message. When in AWAY mode nest will use the default Max & Min temperatures you have set. Nest will not adjust to the scheduled temps when it is set to AWAY.
5. It's more than a thermostat. Its a multi sensor.
Living in Nevada is dry. There isn't the humidity here that most of the country has. I blame the Serria's for wicking away all moisture from the air. As a result we run two humidifiers in the home around the clock. I love the simple display reporting the current relative humidity. This is a small thing that adds a great amount of value to Ashley and I.
6. Nest app easily supports multiple learning thermostats as well as the all new Nest Protect.
Easily expansion of the product line. Here is an image of the nest app displaying the 'All Clear' from the Nest Protect. The nest Protect combines a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector, both essential for every responsible homeowner. Nest Protect is built right into the app and a new Protect is easy to set up right out of the box.
If your home has two independent zones such as a first floor zone and second floor zone. Two nest learning thermostats may be used. They will each run independently of one another. Although they will share some data when useful. Like, the upstairs nest will know you are home in the nest on the first floor says you have walked by recently. That same communication is built into the nest protect.
7. Simply open the app on your way home and adjust the thermostat to the temperature you desire.
I have reviewed the nest - 1st generation. If you are interested in all these great features and a smaller form factor then you may want to view the item detail below.
Automatic connects to your cars OBD II port. It gathers numerous statistics from your daily driving. It links to your smartphones GPS for location. During my last week of driving I was assigned a score. My score is pictured.
As you can see I am an aggressive driver. Lol
Automatic requires bluetooth on your smartphone to work properly. It is easy to set up and tracks a lot of data. I don't consider the data gathered to be perfect but It does do a good job of collecting a lot of driving data with minimal effort on your part.
How I use Automatic along with IFTTT to take it to the next level
Automatic will remind you where your parked
When I park in a big parking lot at work I try really hard to remember which space I'm parked in. Sometimes after a long day I simply forget where my car is so I peek at the Automatic app. It marks the location of my car when it was last turned off. As a result It knows where to find the car.
The blue location marker is the GPS coordinates of my car. While the marker was mismatched by about 10 feet. I think you can see in this example how useful this feature can be. If you can't find your car when you are 10 feet away than you have bigger problems. Imaging how useful this is when Christmas shopping in a big mall.
If you are interested in getting an Automatic of your own or buying one as a gift then you may want to go thru Our Store page to have one mailed right to your door.
The monthly rate is increasing by $1 per month for new Netflix online streaming subscriptions.
Current subscribers will continue paying their current rate if they bought a term longer than a month. When Ashley and I purchased our 60" Samsung flat panel TV it included a $100 credit to be redeemed for a variety of services. We chose to redeem the credit for a one year Netflix subscription. We have a locked in special offer rate until December 2014. At that point we will be asked to pay $8.99 per month if we chose to renew.
Rate before increase: $7.99/month
Rate after increase: $8.99/month
A note to current members.
Netflix says in their email. "Price is guaranteed so long as you remain a member on your current plan." So if you cancel for a month then return to Netflix you will be required to pay the higher rate. If you continue to keep your current plan active then your rate will remain at $7.99
This blog entry is open to comments. Please share your opinions.
Review: Jackery Giant High-capacity Premium Aluminum Portable Charger 10400mAh External Battery Backup Power Bank. Dual-Port with Ultra-fast Charging Speed. For Apple iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad, Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note, Nexus, LG, GoPro.
The internal battery does take a full 10 hours to charge. So plan on setting it to charge overnight or a day before you plan on using it. It uses a fairly common MICRO USB cord for charging. So if you misplace the charging cable a friend may have one you can use.
I use Jackery Giant to recharge my iPhone 5. As the name includes: Giant. It is a powerful battery backup. I brought it along on a trip to San Diego on the first weekend. I would keep it in a backpack and run the iPhone charge/sync cable to my backpack side pocket.
Charging speed is very good. I get from about 10%-100% in 90 minutes. Thats 1% per minute which is the same as I get when connected to an AC outlet. About 2.5 full charges before it flashes one light on the charge indicator LED. It's likely that it could go another round but I never need more then two charges in one day even when navigating with location services all day.
One way that I have been using it lately is by tossing it in my pocket and working in the yard while recharging the iPhone 5. I have a Lightning to USB Cable (2 m) that I thread thru my belt loops around my waist. In one pocket is the Jackery Giant. In the other pocket is a charging iPhone 5 with length to spare. Usually I am listening to podcasts on the go.
Thats why I prefer carrying the Jackery Giant and choose not to set my phone on a charger. I have not had any complaints about the size or weight. It is now June 2014 and I continue to use the product.
I recently discovered the IFTTT app and some of its uses.
Use IFTTT for weather alerts.
This blog is updated by Brad with feedback from Ashley.