The rough edges of HomeKit, Siri, and iOS show themselves a lot more now that I have multiple HomePods in the house. I have a strong suspicion that the teams behind these products aren’t designing them for a fully integrated and automated home. Let’s just take the case of HomePod control.
I can use a voice command to tell the HomePod to play on either of my HomePods. I can tell it to play in multiple rooms. But the baffling part to me is that to actually control these HomePods through my phone, I need to use this sub-view of Control Center:
There's really no app for controlling the HomePod. If I want to search in the Apple Music app for something to play on my HomePod, I also have to go through Control Center, select that HomePod, tap on it and then the Music app switches to the speaker for the destination. Whatever you think of the Sonos app, Apple's alternative seems worse in every way.
Now that I've added a HomePod I'm finally getting around to configuring HomeKit with all of my devices. One Hue Bridge was no sweat but I have a second Bridge at a far end of the house. This Bridge refused to associate with HomeKit. I’ve left it ...
From Moving Electrons comes a nice tip about executing remote commands over SSH from Pythonista. It's simple in design:
- Connects to the server.
- Executes the command passed as an argument to the script in Pythonista in the remote server (more info in the following section).
- Once the command is ...
That little green airplane in my menu bar means something important. It means my Macbook thinks it's sitting at my desk plugged into my Thunderbolt display and on Ethernet. It also means that my NAS remote disks are mounted and ready for action.
Whenever I plug in my Thunderbolt ...
I've been beta testing the IFTTT iOS app for the past month and it really is great. I like it better than using the web interface for managing rules. The Macstories review is pretty definitive but I'll add one thing: The calendar view lets you see what rules ...
I've been meaning to highlight the Hazel tutorial over at MacOSXScreencasts.com for awhile. I wanted to make it all the way through the tutorial first. I have, and it's worth the $13 price tag.
If you are new to Hazel or consider yourself a novice at automation ...
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