Of Z-Wave, SmartThings, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Kwikset Deadbolt and the colossal failure that is connecting them all – aka β€œHome Automation”
· β˜• 5 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
This is a huge rant I sent to Jo. Some backstory: Few months back Jo bought a Kwikset 910 deadbolt) (more like I asked her to buy - hindsight I should have done more and better research) and I was trying to setup the remote locking feature using Alexa/Google Assistant via SmartThings Hub. Here’s a copy-paste of the entire message. I’ll have a separate post on my home automation setup.

Monday Tunes #15
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

Monday tunes is here again. Let me know how you like the songs! 🎢🎡


Monday Tunes #14
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

Monday tunes is here again. Let me know how you like the songs! 🎢🎡


Monday Tunes #13
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

Monday tunes is here again. Let me know how you like the songs! 🎢🎡


Monday Tunes #12
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

Monday tunes is here again. Let me know how you like the songs! 🎢🎡


Monday Tunes #11
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

Another series of Monday tunes! Let me know how you like the songs! 🎢🎡


Monday Tunes #10
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

We’re on double digits! Let me know how you like the songs! 🎢🎡


Monday Tunes #9
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

Another week, another set of tunes. Enjoy. 🎢🎡


Monday Tunes #8
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

Songs of the week/fortnight/month is now Monday tunes. Will be regular. Mother promise. Till then, enjoy tunes. 🎢🎡


The Passport Seva Kendra Experience
· β˜• 5 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat

So I just got my passport reissued this week and I’m amazed how far things have come. I got my passport done close to a decade back when I had to fly to Austin. Back then getting a passport done was a pain - I had applied from Mangalore in Tatkal and since Mangalore didn’t have a tatkal processing system, it was forwarded to the Bangalore passport centre. I still vividly remember the day I visited - I stood in queue at 8am (was told to go early because the counter was open only till 12pm), stood there for hours after some initial confusion on where to go(which lost me a whole bunch of spots) and when I was 2 spots away from reaching the counter, the guy at the counter shut down saying they’re doing for the day even though it was 11:45am. Was so pissed but really couldn’t do anything but go back. The next day I went and stood in the line at slightly before 7 and somehow got through the document submission and had to patiently wait.