Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #533 "Paul Braren with an Insteon Departure, the EV Decider and Heat Pumps for the Win – HGG533"
Thank you again Jim, for you being you, and for inviting me again! Always fun to catch up, here's some ideas, just in case you'd like to explore any of these a little further.
Jim’s Podcast episode and video announcement post:
Follow-up on Insteon, which was a "tech success" that I mentioned last time I was on Home Gadget Geeks in July of 2020 episode 451 called "Paul Braren with Tech Challenges and Successes"
Here's what just happened:
- InsteOff - Insteon abruptly turned off its cloud and (should have) ceased sales, many devices continue to (mostly) work using local controls
Heat Pumps for EVs and for homes?
High Temperature AWHP (Air to Water Heat Pump) to replace my gas furnace? I have baseboard heat, very common here in New England. This means natural gas is combusted in my basement to heat water, and an electric pump recirculates that water throughout my basement, first floor, and second floor zones as needed. Like my home, it's 27 years old, so I'm starting to shop around as I look to replace it.
Wondering why heat pumps are a big deal? Well, oil independence is one very good reason, as is the move to sustainable living. But even bigger is cost. While the up front cost may be a bit more than just getting another gas boiler, long term, it should cost a bit less to heat my home with an AWHP than it did on gas, even here where electric rates are among the highest in the US.
So much to talk about, kind of relates to Jim's recent Kara Water water-from-air episode. See also always amazing Technology Connections' Why Heat Pumps are Immensely Important Right Now.
Talk a bit more about range anxiety and automated driver assist systems, as discussed on Jon Biggs with Health and Fitness Tech Tracking – HGG530, at this spot, where Jon mentions long trips in his Model Y.
See also my very relevant article with videos about this very topic:
- Tesla Model 3 Boston and New York City Road Trip Tips - safely handled rain, snow, and heavy traffic with ease and efficiency
Mar 24 2022
which highlights how much stress is reduced in heavy traffic both from the ADAS, and from the increased range at slower speeds.
as well as my closely related article:
which highlights the many challenges that face many folks across the US that live nowhere near a dealership that has EVs at sticker price, or nowhere near a Tesla Service Center.
Many new EVs, I've got a partial list of the newest ones listed here, long story short, fast charging speeds matter greatly for road trips.
Apple Watch, Virgin Pulse workplace challenge.
See also Apple's Set up Cardio Fitness Levels which is about VO2 max, something I've just started to keep an eye on as I try to exercise more regularly.
Also mention meal kits like Freshly, Home Chef, and RealEats, contrasting them with one another, and with cooking it yourself.
See also at TinkerTry
- My Ring Video Doorbell story starts a new chapter with Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Apr 29 2016
All Home Gadget Geeks appearances, in reverse-chronological order:
Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #429 "Paul Braren Podcasts from the Tesla 3 and Buys Another"
Jan 12 2020
Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #340 "Paul Braren and Vintage Tech, 70s thru 90s Head Phones, Cell Phones, Camcorders and Video Games – HGG340"
Jan 07 2018
Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #325 "Paul Braren with Updates on VMware, the World’s first look at Intel Optane P4800X, eero and much more!- HGG325"
Sep 08 2017
Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #299 "Paul Braren from TinkerTry, Now With VMware- HGG299"
Mar 04 2017
Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #259 "Paul Braren, Hands on with the Ring Pro and Echo Star Wars Day – HGG259"
May 08 2016
Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #211 "TinkertryIT@Home Founder Paul Braren on VMware 6 and Virtualization Options – HGG211"
Apr 25 2015
Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #188 "Catching Up with Paul Braren in Germany, Travel Tech in Europe"
Oct 14 2014
Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #161 “Using a Chrome Extension for Hangouts, Ditching VoIP with Latency and Climbing Stairs"
Apr 04 2014
Featured on "The Home Tech Podcast" Episode #146 "IBM Watson APIs, Cable Modems, Routers, Google Takeout, Please Upgrade Your XP Box and USB 3.0 with Anker"
Dec 06 2013
Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #133 "Window To Go with Windows 8 Enterprise, Remote Backup with WS 2012 R2 Essentials, What’s New with VMware ESXi 5.5, Safe Podcast Listening"
Aug 29 2013
Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #123 "We are talking Home Servers!"
Jun 20 2013
Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #119 "The first one about Virtualization"
May 29 2013
Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #115 "Laptops #2"
May 04 2013
Google Hangout on Air: Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta Deeper Dive [Domains, Backup speeds, Storage Spaces]
Jul 15 2012
Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast" Episode #76 - Linkedin Disaster, LastPass, Hangout Lower Third, NASA, Flight Aware
Jun 13 2012
Google Hangout from 36,000 feet! Tales of travel tech, streaming, and online gaming [venturing to Anaheim California & Cambridge Massachusetts this month]
Jun 08 2012
- Things we learned doing Google+ Hangouts today, testing potential for podcasting and/or training purposes
Apr 22 2012
Found this video so very interestinghttps://t.co/1jdetJxRpB— Paul Braren | TinkerTry.com 🖥️🔌☀️🔋🚗 (@paulbraren) May 2, 2022
a) I drive these exact spots in Boston often.
b) I worked with clumsy IR based eye tracking in 1993.
So cool to see what @iMotionsGlobal can do with stress measurements too!#FSDBeta @NYKChannel
+ @UndecidedMF pic.twitter.com/QTpYBb9F94
My most comprehensive set of EV road trip ride-long videos everhttps://t.co/IF7LEZhUJP— Paul Braren | TinkerTry.com 🖥️🔌☀️🔋🚗 (@paulbraren) March 24, 2022
featuring tips & stats for
- snowy driving to Boston
- heavy traffic to New York City means more range
- safe #FSDBeta testing
Tons of driving safety tips for less stress & no range anxiety. https://t.co/TT6LHp07bc pic.twitter.com/NY5Bcatmua
Power is back. Voltage under heavy load (both 32A/40A EVs charging, oven & drier on) better (111.2V), still not great. 50 kVA transformer replaced, might need 75 kVA and a bigger pole to support it, or rebalance qty. of houses on each transformer, continuing to monitor for now... pic.twitter.com/yG3fdY5Jfq— Paul Braren | TinkerTry.com 🖥️🔌☀️🔋🚗 (@paulbraren) March 2, 2022
We created nearly 100k direct new jobs in just one decade – and are planning to grow for years to come ✌ pic.twitter.com/xSAcfvyT0s— Tesla (@Tesla) May 6, 2022