‘Life of Graham’ Blog
The following articles were posted on the ‘Life of Graham‘ blog and detail in more depth the sorts of IT and Smart Home projects we get involved with:
After 2 years of research and development, I am pleased to announce that we are launching CallGenie, the “Skype for the Elderly” solution that plugs into a television. CallGenie can be purchased from either the Smart Life Solutions website, or the new CallGenie website, as a fully-configured CallGenie appliance which includes all the necessary hardware…
In this post I explain the importance of computer backups and disaster recovery planning in preventing loss of data on a computer or server. In addition, I will describe affordable backup solutions for individual PCs and Macs as well as small business networks. Protecting your valuable digital assets It doesn’t matter whether you…
Recently I have been asked by a number of my customers to revive their trusty Mac computers and return them to full health after a malware attack or some type of hardware failure. If they had undertaken preventative maintenance for Apple Mac computers they might not have needed my services. It is Apple’s…
This post describes how to use a Logitech Harmony Hub to remotely control an old person’s television over the Internet using smart home technology. This is great for situations where the elderly person presses a button on the television remote control that gets the television in an unknown state they can’t rectify.
I’ve been looking for a solution which would enable me to watch live and recorded Freeview HD channels using either a 4th or 5th generation Apple TV. My ultimate aim is for every television in the house to have equal access to ‘free to air’ content and everything I’m subscribed to. I guess my ideal…
We show you how to get the BT Sport app running on an iPhone or iPad to AirPlay its picture to a television using an Apple TV
Review of smart home automation using Philips Hue smart lighting connected to Apple HomeKit using iOS11 and tvOS11
We try out the Logitech Pop Smart Button and see if it brings the Logitech Harmony Hub and Belkin Wemo switches into the Apple HomeKit smart home.
Using Homebridge and Home Assistant to extend Apple HomeKit to enable it to support complex automations using motion sensors and switches.
Home Assistant and Harmony Hub, with a little glue, provide the ultimate Skype Solution for the Elderly
How I built a solution for automating Skype for the Elderly using Logitech Harmony Hub, IFTTT and some VBScript.
How do you choose a new television - Ultra HD 4K? Size? Curved or flat screen? OLED or LED? Smart TV? Or just price?
Smart home technology reduces the complexity of a Skype for the elderly solution. Video calling can be automated using a Logitech Harmony smart hub to manage a television and a Mini PC running Skype that can be remotely controlled by a relative of the elderly person.
How to ensure the best home network performance to support TV over the internet, TV catch up services and video on demand
My mother has Alzheimer’s and lives on her own with support from carers. As she is not very mobile I was worried that she was not keeping the house warm enough. Also the time on the central heating programmer is frequently wrong due to workman turning off the power and not resetting the clock. Therefore,…
We show you how to sync iCloud emails, calendar and contacts on Android using the Microsoft Outlook app
I recently wrote about “Saving Money on Sky Multiroom” and the reasons behind our decision to scale back on our Sky+ HD subscription. Having made the decision I needed to make sure it worked for us, and we got the most from our Sky and BT TV subscriptions. I established that as my wife…
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