Pandemic fashion: fuzzy lined leggings, thermal top (long sleeved), hoody, fuzzy slippers, and a blanket. The trick is wrapping the blanket around my waist so the hoody can hold it in place whenever I need to get up and move. ๐Ÿค“

I’ve lost a USB C cable. Only, it’s not just a USB C cable, it’s one that also charges and transmits display data. I have plenty of other USB C cables, but they don’t seem to work. Standards are hard.

I’ve just set up my parents with IKEA smart blinds and HomeKit automations. I’ve kept it super simple for them, auto close the blinds at night, auto open if no-one is at home, and open all of them when they open the bedroom blind.

Their Apple TV needs updating too!

I’m really please the magnetic CD amount for my car grabs the MagSafe charger securely, which in turn holds up my iPhone perfectly - and chargers it. That and a Bluetooth audio adapter has upgraded my DIY CarPlay!

XBox or PlayStation? I already have a Nintendo Switch, and I’ll be getting something that has a Blu-ray player anyway, so I might as well have more games choices, right?

I’m currently experimenting to see if I can sense if curtains are closed using a window/door sensor, and some magnets above and below it (a few cm away) to hold the curtains closed around the sensor. It seems to work!

Today I set up one grandmother with Apple Pay, and wowed the other one with a robot vacuum! ๐Ÿค“

I’m getting really nerdy with custom widgets on iOS 14, I’m using WidgetPack, Scriptable, WidgetSmith, and am about to dive into MFC Deck. What are your favourite widgets and how did you create them?

How far is too far with home automation? Making a dumb tumble dryer smart is great though!

There has been a lot of work in my new place! Today’s jobs for me: assembling a small bookcase, and this TV unit. I hope the toolbox doesn’t become a permanent fixture and I can move the unit along!

IKEA Besta TV unit with navy blue drawer fronts, TV on top. large black toolbox on the left with 2 saws in the lid.

So I’m curious, what’s your favourite home gadget? Thread on the Mac Power Users forum.

Wait, there’s a pages editor in iOS 14?!

No HomePod Mini? No problem! (The extension lead will be mounted on the underside of the cabinet later today!)

IKEA Symfonisk and Echo Dot with built in clock

Moving update: I found my glasses! Which is better than needing my contacts to see. ๐Ÿค“

Big day today! ๐Ÿ˜

My rebellious side is showing. I just had the rest of the after dinner chocolates for breakfast!

Turns out I had leftover Easter chocolate!!!

Bag of Galaxy Enchanted Eggs

Internet organised ready for move in at my new place!

Now, I might also need some kitchenware…

Me: I’m only a little taller than the length of my desk top.

Followed by: spending 15 minutes collapsing the seats in the back of my car and lying in it at various angles to see if the top of my desk will fit.

It does not, I’ll need help moving!

If it’s this hot tomorrow I’m not going to work. I’ve struggled every day this week and I’m doing my best - but I have time booked off tomorrow anyway and may as well use it to relax as well as get things done!

It’s ice cream o’clock!

My hand holding a cornetto ice cream.

Me: The wifi in this back bedroom is not great, can we do something to fix that for when I’m podcasting?
My parents: ๐Ÿคจ
Me: So, I’ll just run a 20m ethernet cable from the router, up the stairs, across the landing (upstairs hallway), and plug that in, ok?

2 days and 4.5 hours of packing… Thank goodness I have two days to recover before the moving van arrives!!

I bought a portable monitor, 15.6”, USB C powered (5V, yes, a phone charger will power it - also a battery pack!).

This will be good for everything from a second monitor while on the road, to a portable TV (with my Chromecast/Nintendo Switch/Pi Zero W), and is also really handy while moving as I sold my regular monitor and wanted to be able to use my Mac Mini but not have to buy and return a regular monitor! Now, back to dreaming of 15.6” of Nintendo Switch gameplay whilst on a plane ๐Ÿค“

There are very few tests you want a negative result on, my COVID-19 test so as not to need to quarantine in Austria was one of them - and I got it!

I’m pleased I’m not asymptomatic ๐Ÿค“