Operation Gadget: Home Automation in the Apple Ecosystem

  • Operation Gadget Currently Features Minimal Theming

    I hope you are enjoying reading Operation Gadget since I rebooted it a little more than a week ago. I wanted to write briefly about the visual design of the site. I’m experimenting with WordPress Block Themes in order to better understand them. This is primarily because they are a new WordPress website design option […]

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  • When Did Operation Gadget’s Focus on Home Automation Begin?

    In November 2020, a number of things changed in the lives of my family. We bought a house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that had living spaces on three different levels. Also, the HomePod mini became available from Apple. After watching the HomePod mini announcement, which was part of Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event on October 13, […]

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  • Eufy Security Cameras: Video Was Not Encrypted as Promised

    AppleInsider reported that video from Eufy Security Cameras have not been properly encrypted as promised, when that video is sent to the cloud. Eufy is a brand of Fantasia Trading LLC, better known in the United States by its largest brand name, Anker Innovations. According to the article: Anker has admitted that its line of […]

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  • Sockitbox Makes Indoor Smart Devices Work Outside

    As you add more Home Automation to your home, you inevitably run into a few situations like these. All of which may be remedied with a Sockitbox Weatherproof Connection Box: I was stymied by these problems on a few occasions, but then I discovered what has turned out to be a simple solution: The Sockitbox […]

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  • Operation Gadget is an Amazon Associate

    Operation Gadget is part of the Amazon Associates Program. Purchases you make from Amazon.com or a related website after following a link from this website to one of those websites may result in a small commission being paid by Amazon.com Services LLC to the publisher of this site, After6 Services LLC. We provide this disclosure […]

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  • Allicaver Outlet Shelf Frees Counter Space

    In a previous article I mentioned that we currently have six HomePod minis installed in the house. One thing that you will realize if you install multiple smart speakers is that a well-designed outlet shelf frees a surprising amount of counter space that would otherwise be taken by the speaker. Lots of people seem to […]

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  • Why Home Automation in the Apple Ecosystem?

    A couple of friends have asked, “Why is Operation Gadget’s subtitle ‘Home Automation in the Apple Ecosystem’?” I guess they’re asking, why not cover all aspects of home automation? Or perhaps they mean, why not pick Amazon.com’s ecosystem, based on the Alexa voice assistant and Ring security products? Or even Google’s ecosystem, with the Google […]

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  • Welcome Back to Operation Gadget

    Today I’m relaunching Operation Gadget, a website that will focus on Apple home automation. I originally launched Operation Gadget on November 17, 2003. At that time, it was a weblog devoted to electronic gadgets, software, and related products. Believe it or not, hardly anyone had a weblog about gadgets at the time. My name is […]

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  • Zip-It is a Better Solution for Slow Shower and Tub Drains Than Drain Opener

    I want to share one of the ways I quickly resolve slow shower and tub drains at my house. For the last few years, I’ve been doing a lot of the household maintenance for my family. One of the pain points we run into when my wife lets her hair grow a bit longer is […]

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