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Amazon & Walmart Deals / Re: Prime Discounts at Whole Foods
« on: May 17, 2018, 01:06:30 PM »
Misleading. They’re not offering “Prime membership discounts”, they’re offering discounts to Prime members. Big difference.

Sorry for the confusion - meant to say the latter

Tech Talk / Re: Smart homes
« on: May 16, 2018, 09:57:31 AM »
Read your review, and thank you. I have several of the schlage  FE595 locks, and my understanding from the engineering department over there is that when set to mechanical mode it is fully mechanical, and there is no logging of any sort. In your research does that make sense?

The logging issue, AFAIK, is primarily for locks that are internet connected - i.e. those that you can open with your phone.

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Prime Discounts at Whole Foods
« on: May 16, 2018, 09:50:12 AM »
Amazon is starting to offer prime membership discounts at whole foods - They're starting in Florida, and will spread to the rest of the US by summer.

Deals/Deal Requests / Polar M600 and M200 Watches $50 off.
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:55:35 AM »
Woot is selling new Polar M600 Watches for $249.99 $50 off of the list price of $299.99 -

They're also selling new Polar M200 Watches for $99.99 $50 of the list price of $149.99 -

These are older watches (both launched in October of 16) but are quality running/biking watches. Both of these track activity, have optical heartrate

 The M600 also supports the latest version of Android Wear (Wear OS).

Here are some reviews:
M600 -

m200 -

I ordered 3 dozen On Monday. Just got an e-mail from Amazon cancelling the order - anyone actually get these balls?

Tech Talk / Re: Google Apps for Work vs. Office 365 Email
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:40:35 PM »
I have Office 365 and enjoy the exchange service at $4 per email
I assume you mean $4 per email address and not per email - that could get pretty expensive :)

I actually would love to "try" Google but i don't think you can just try it
I would have to switch everyone over

Correct - and those cutovers can get messy, and take up to a couple of days even if they're setup right.

Tech Talk / Re: Google Apps for Work vs. Office 365 Email
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:35:55 PM »
So I am looking to transfer my work email to either Google Apps, now known as G-Suite, or Office 365 Exchange. Anyone here have experience with both?

I am leaning more towards Google Apps as I don't need the Office package and the Google Apps, scripts, voice (I want to cancel my voip line and transfer my number here as it's not used that much), is more enticing.

Anyone have any experience with both??

I signed up for google apps when it was free for small businesses <50 users, and I'm grandfathered in. I've only used Office 365 sparingly.

One other caveat with Google - your account isn't truly a gmail account for all services. There was a period where they'd only open up new services to Gmail accounts - for example, Google Fi - and it would take a long time for Google To port Google apps accounts.

I think that the big difference is that with Office, you can still use the Desktop versions of Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook and save everthing either locally or in the cloud.

With Google, everything is web based. I honestly have not tried to use it offline, but I would imagine that the MS Experience is better.


Tech Talk / Re: Smart homes
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:41:22 PM »
I write about the shabbos issue with smart locks (and other smart tech) on my blog at  I think all smart locks have issues with Shabbos but presented some options that can address some issues.

Your original article was where some of the suggestions came from - namely putting the smart lock on an alternative door. Like you suggested in the article, the garage door  is a good option for most people - specifically because most people will not need to be opening their garages on shabbos.

But that begs the other question - do Hotel Locks log anytime the lock is opened - regardless if you've used a standard or an electronic key.

I assume that most shomer shabbos people will ask for a standard key in a hotel but if key turns are being logged, does it make a difference?


Tech Talk / Re: Smart homes
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:05:51 AM »
Here is how easy it is:

Tech Talk / Re: Smart homes
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:02:20 AM »
Two thoughts for you:
- You *could* Disconnect the battery before shabbos and re-attach it after shabbos. It's an easy operation which you could do without tools, and it doesn't effect key operation.

- If you live in a house, you can take an alternative approach - put the smart lock on a side door or garage door that you're not likely to use on Shabbos (you're obviously not going to drive your car on shabbos).

I imagine that today's world in general poses a lot of halachic issues in the sense that we're being tracked and unaware. For example, AFAIK, a lot of hotels will give shomer shabbos people physical keys so they don't have to use the electronic ones, but I can't imagine that those aren't being tracked either. So if the issue is that turning a key is causing a computer to log your actions, you can't leave your room on shabbos.

... and if they have locks that use physical keys and don't log, you should buy one of them :)

Tech Talk / Re: Smart homes
« on: January 31, 2018, 06:08:13 PM »
Can you recommend a specific digital combination lock

Look at the Schlage Locks they're about $150 or so on Amazon, some points:

- They have two lines:
- Sense, which is designed to work primarily with iPhones and Apple homekit - you can only use this lock locally, and need to use an optional adapter to control it via the internet.
- Connect - which uses Z-Wave. You can use their app or your z-wave app to add/remove PINs. If you have a z-wave to internet gateway, you can remotely open and close the door.

- Here is a link to their sense line -

Shabbos Warnings:
- Obviously, make sure it has a key as a backup option.
- Most of these locks, even if you use the key and/or the knob, will log each time the door is opened or closed. Please consult your local halachic authority as to if this is permissible

Tech Talk / Re: Smart homes
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:47:44 AM »
Just found this now, couple of things:

- I have had "smart" features in my home for years. I primarily use z-wave switches and a Wink hub, and essentially I set my shabbos timers once and never touch them - save for when I add the days of the week for the yamim tovim.

- The Wink/Smarthings hubs are pretty good about being able to bridge technologies, but it's not always clear what exactly is and isn't supported

- Instead of using a ring doorbell, why not try this approach: Get 1) A digital, connected combination lock with a key backup and 2) a web cam on the front door.  This way during the week you can view the door via the cam, and use an app to open or close the lock. On Shabbos you can shut the webcam off, and get into the house via the key.

- As for thermostats, I'd suggest looking at the ecobee4 (which I don't own). It's screen seems to be always on, and it has alexa built-in. One of the other features it has over nest is that it also has remote sensors which you can add to other rooms in the house to help balance out the temperature

Tech Talk / Verizon LTE Smartwatch - $50
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:28:55 AM »
Verizon is selling their LTE-enabled Android-Wear smartwatch for $50. While the LTE on it is locked to Verizon, you can use it with whatever android phone you'd like, but without the LTE Coverage.

While this is not a great-reviewed smartwatch, IMHO it's not a bad pickup for $50 - details below:

On The Road / Re: Silvercar Master Thread
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:23:42 PM »
Got an e-mail about the Q5, it also had a code for 40% off of a 5+ day rental - WEEKLY. Only good through 3/31.

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