My name is Aaron Tinsley

An eclectic collection of thoughts and projects on a variety of (mostly) tech topics.

[Tasker] Control OpenHAB using Android phone or tablet

Above picture provided by vagueonthehow via / CC BY Introduction Today, I’m going to show you how to control OpenHAB using Android by using the Tasker app. Some of you may recognize that I’ve already written about this topic (OpenHAB using Tasker), but the method I used in that[…]

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[Teaser] Amazon Echo controlling Plex

Above photo by Scott Beale via / CC BY-NC-ND Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates lately.  I’ve been too busy to work on any real home automation projects, but I found some time (and inspiration) over the weekend to work on an idea of mine. Without further[…]

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[How To] Control your OpenHAB Items using the Amazon Echo

Above photo by MjZ Photography / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND Introduction Having a digital personal assistant, like Jarvis from Iron Man, is the ultimate geek dream.  Over the past few years, most of the major tech companies have attempted to turn this dream into reality.  Apple has Siri, Microsoft has[…]

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[Tasker Tidbit] Tasker Sleep Timer for Android

Above photo by JD Hancock / Foter / CC BY Introduction I have a confession to make.  I’m a huge nerd.  Sometimes when I lay in bed at night, I have a tough time falling asleep because I’m dreaming up a new project or thinking of ways to improve an existing[…]

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[How To] Tasker Battery Saver Mode on Android Lollipop

Above photo of Nokia phone by twicepix / Foter / CC BY-SA.  I know this post has nothing to do with Windows Phone, but it’s a great picture! Introduction Today, I’m going to show you how to toggle Android Lollipop’s built-in Battery Saver mode to create a “Tasker Battery Saver Mode” that[…]

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OpenHAB Presence Detection with a DD-WRT router

Above photo of WRT54G by webhamster / Foter / CC BY Overview of Presence Detection Presence detection is an essential part of any home automation system, but it’s also one that many people struggle to get right.  I went through several iterations of presence detection for my OpenHAB system, but[…]

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