Author: Nifty

If you look at the tech press and in fact the normal press these days, you will regularly see stories of people, businesses and hardware being hacked, ransoms being demanded, and devices being broken. We don’t deny that there are criminals out there who will look for any way to take advantage of technology to commit crime but there are also ways you can minimise...

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Eliminate low level stress Of the many physical things the Nifty Brain® can do for you, the one area we haven’t written about is an emotional one, the removal of low level worry and stress. No, we’re not saying that Nifty is now selling herbal remedies and cosmic karmic solutions but that what we install can help make life easier and calmer...

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It’s a punchy title and most of us will fall asleep reading this but this has been a painful set of lessons in what to do when installing a Z-wave smart light switch. What are the components we use? We love the Fibaro Dimmer-2 module, Varilight light switches, plates and anyone for the Pattress boxes and wiring. What are the issues we face? Size, size and size again. Yes,...

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Because many of our site visitors asked for them. The feedback on the site, was that it was great for giving people idea’s and explaining what can be done with z-wave and IoT enabled kit but less good at costs. We also found that our visitors liked being able to go away and choose the hardware they liked based on what we had said but...

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Don’t Panic, no stress

So it’s been a pretty mad Christmas for technology and the home, we’ve given Alexa, Google Home, Ring, Hue and all sorts of fun and small IoT stuff to friends and family. In turn we have received various toys and bits of kit to further automate our houses.   I know that Alexa had a few issues over Christmas with all the new bits of kit being...

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Younger woman showing concern for an older one

One of the biggest questions we faced when talking with people about what we wanted to do and why we wanted to look at assisted and supported living solutions, was how do we balance enabling people to provide support with the supported person’s desire for privacy.   As we live longer lives and modern medicine can enable us to live independently, we have the chance to live...

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Line and Point drawing of a human running, sensation of speed given by the lines and style.

Like the human body, the backbone of your house network is one of the most critical parts of your house. It enables everything to talk with each other, lights to come on at the correct time, locks to unlock and to be there when you want to add something new. A badly installed or one that is too small for the house and your requirements,...

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holiday home with views of a sea

Owning a holiday home is both a blessing and a pain from when you arrive to when you have left, there are checklists of things to do, meters to read and locks to shut. All of which can be summed up in:   Security The Environment The Welcome Back The Departure   Security How can you simply and effectively protect your holiday home when you are not there? Nifty...

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