Unlocked Galaxy S20 WiFi Calling Issues

I purchased my unlocked Galaxy S20+ for use on the T-Mobile network in late July. While I do love the phone for the most part, as of late there has been an issue where the unlocked Galaxy S20 WiFi Calling Preferences are randomly changed by the system. I have used…

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Channels DVR: Remapping Channel Numbers

We've been using Channels DVR to allow us to record and pause/rewind/fast forward live TV associated with our Locast, AT&T TV Now and Philo streaming accounts for the past two years. The one thing we weren't really happy with was the numbering scheme that Channels uses. I had hoped to…

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Home Assistant: Updating w/ Custom Components

A few months ago, I wrote a tutorial on modifying Home Assistant to allow for customizing Ecobee hold modes. Today, I'll explain how to upgrade HASS once you have this (or any other customization) in place. It's a little more complicated than just a straight upgrade as described in their…

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Adding CYA to a Pool

Adding CYA (Chlorine Stabilizer) Up until a few weeks ago, on the rare occasion when I'd need to add CYA (CYanuric Acid / chlorine stabilizer / conditioner) to our pool water, I would go to Leslie's and get their liquid conditioner. It is pretty much instant mixing. No need to…

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Ecobee: Customizing Hold Modes in Home Assistant

For more than a few years, I've been using Home Assistant to run our home automations and smart home devices. I've always loved pretty much everything about it. However, one of the few things I disliked was their integration of Ecobee thermostats - of which we have two. My main…

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Pantry and Cabinet Organization

Pantry and Cabinet Organization: Utilizing the Best Possible Storage Solution for Problem Kitchen Areas In this post I'm going to tackle two problem areas in my kitchen and walk you through my pantry and cabinet organization. The goal is for them to coincide better with our daily routine. Identify the…

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Putting Away Halloween Decor

Putting Away Halloween Decor: A Sad Task Indeed Full disclosure: I pulled or strained a muscle in my lower back.  This thwarted my grand plan of a complete overhaul of our downstairs for Day 1 of my November Home Organization project.I love changing things up in our home without breaking the bank, and I…

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Zone Cleaning

Zone Cleaning: A Location Based Approach When I was looking for a new alternative to my Day by Day schedule, it occurred to me to break the house up into "zones".  I tend to bounce around while cleaning, so using the old method, say on a Tuesday when my focus…

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Daily Cleaning

So, in accordance with today's other post about getting my life and home in order, I figure it would be good to explain how I clean. Now I wasn't always obsessed with cleaning, in fact I was kind of a hoarder for a good part of my life.  Not dirty, but…

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