Updates

House

We’re in the home stretch, so to speak. That stage in home construction where you wonder, “What else is there left to do?” – but there’s still two months left until closing. I’ve been through this before, but it’s still a grind.  I’ve exhausted all my “pass the time” techniques – window shopping and planning on furniture, planning the network/home automation, etc. All the lists are made and waiting on closing. Dog Days of Summer, indeed.

Moving

In preparation for the move, I’ve been trying to find the cheapest yet most efficient way to move the wine collection. Yesterday I discovered BungoBox – and I think that will work out perfectly. Lay a towel in each crate and stack the wine. I’ll be handling the moving of the wine myself. For everything else we’re hiring movers.

With travel, etc., July was a big month. We’re happy to lay low for August.

Some Wine News…

This is a first for me, so I’ve been sitting on the news for a day to ruminate on how to approach it.

Ehler’s Estate – the winery that made my epiphany wine – just announced they have a new winemaker. Such things happen, but it was a surprise nonetheless, as the previous winemaker Kevin Morrisey was very much the heart of the operation. No mention of him or why he left was given in the email.

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Network Planning – Part 2

Ubiquiti’s Controller software has a nice feature that assists in planning. You can upload a floorplan, trace the walls (with the defined wall type selected), and then place the AP version to see the signal strength.  I laid out the first floor of our house here:

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I’ve discovered from this tool that I will have to rethink some of the devices I had originally planned for. Very nice.

Home Network Planning

Continuing on the topic of planning the new home automation, I’ve been researching and earmarking various components to kit out the network/server rack.

The new house will have all the structured wiring converge in the master suite closet, as is the practice here, so I plan to place the rack in the same location.

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