Smart Home shenanigans


#83

Not a big fan of the notion of an always on listening device tbh. It’s possibly a bit tin-foil-hat territory, but the more I see of the likes of Facebook and Google, the less I want that sort of thing.


#84

Seems like a fair amount of faff for very little benefit to me, but each to their own.


#85

That’s what I don’t like about it as well!

I have radio 4 on in the kitchen most of the time, using a Squeezebox Boom. It’s great, and can also play my own music and Qobuz. What I want is that, plus something that works well for recipes - I use my phone for that, and it’s a bit rubbish, especially when doing things with the kids.

Actually I think I’ve basically decided against it, and I’ll repurpose one of my old tablets as a kitchen device. There’s one that is only used for movies on the go.


#86

I don’t understand why you would do this. Hive can work as a normal programmable thermostat, indeed it’s very easy to program. The ‘smart’ things can be turned on or off.


#87

His mate now has Hive :grin:


#88

Some people also record their CDs to tape. Once a Luddite…


#89

Yes they can and yes all I required of hive was to act as a programmable thermostat. Sadly, in my house it was shit. Not only is it incapable of getting the temperature of the house correct but with an old high ceiling, thick walled, 4 storey property, it’s system of communication with the boiler was useless, losing contact if it wasn’t on the same floor as the boiler. This resulted in a house where 1 floor was freezing, 1 ambient, 1 too hot and a sauna. The most annoying thing though was the pretentious interface, switching the heating on and off at predetermined times is a simple task and doesn’t need to be called an ‘event’ FFS.


#90

Luddite - yes, lunatic - no :+1:


#91

Many people buy new LPs thinking they’re analogue & have never been digitised at any point.

It takes all sorts. :grinning:


#92

Many people aren’t afraid of digital because they understand that it’s not inherently inferior. :wink:


#93

You are the devil and I claim my £3.50 (reduced due to Brexit)


#94

Not inherently - the applied compression sorts that out :rofl:


#95

Inherently being the operative word. Practically it’s usually a bit Meh.


#96

You mean the compression which tape applies when you push the level? Oh yeah, we don’t like to talk about that. Or the poor bandwidth. Or the hissssssssss. :rofl:

You lot should just admit it’s about the faff and dick size by proxy. At least BBQ faff is tasty.


#97

Tape envy, its such an ugly thing when it rears its head!

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#98

I like the faff of records it’s all I’ve ever really had. I did have a R2R in the 80’s ( when HMV still had at least half a dozen racks in stock permanently, just nothing I was vaguely interested in) I only ever had 5 or 6 tapes so sold it. I do buy digitally mastered new release records fully aware that the transfer process makes them inferior to a digital file. I put this down to a desire to own and a deep cerebral programming to have a bigger and better record collection than my mates, something we revelled in as 12 year old kids.
So dick size by proxy absolutely :grinning:

Edit- I’ve given the hiss and faff thread the blue spot of boredom since mafioso was mentioned :roll_eyes:


#99

My hands would be waiting in the background too


#100

Hate to be a bore… but … If you are ever getting work done, with a house as you describe, you really need to be getting your heating ‘zoned’.

Expensive, but will pay dividends.

Eventually. :slight_smile:


#101

Yeah, you’re right. I looked at that but as you say spendy. I wanted to get thermostat controls on the radiators, trouble is the wife thinks they ruin the look of our expensive radiators :roll_eyes: