Talking HomeKit on The Smart Home Show

The Smart Home ShowI joined market analyst Michael Wolf again on The Smart Home Show to round up the latest news. There’s plenty for me to rant about in this episode, including the state of HomeKit today, some recent security concerns in connected home tech, my scepticism around some social “analysis” suggesting that smarthome interest is waning, and the state of retail for smarthome technology.

On HomeKit, Mike tempers my usual HomeKit rant with a pre-emptive reminder that Apple’s decisively slow movements to ensure a secure smarthome infrastructure are to be commended. I’ll give him that, but I’m still gonna rant.

As for retail, I might be on to something here with an idea about who could succeed in selling this stuff to consumers [Hint: you might end up buying a smart bulb and sensors with your next FLÜGR bathmat or BILLY bookcase].

You can find the episode at Soundcloud [auto-plays episode] or in iTunes.

Talking Windows 10 on Pop Tech Radio

cover170x170I appeared on the syndicated show Popular Technology Radio again this past weekend, on Saturday, 8/1/15, to discuss why you may not yet want to make the leap to Windows 10. [SPOILERS: Windows Media Center is gone, and the tablet experience isn’t as good as with Windows 8.x.]

We also discussed some of the challenges people are experiencing with the new products available for Apple’s new home automation framework, HomeKit. My advice to the general consumer remains unchanged: wait a while (longer) to see how this all shakes out. If you really want to dive in, though, the HomeKit-compatible ecobee3 thermostat is a good bet.

The show is available now in iTunes and online at

Ritual Misery beta 41

The Ritual Misery PodcastWith Kent away last week, my friend Anthony (aka Amos; aka Ethan) asked me to co-host the latest episode of The Ritual Misery Podcast with him. After discussing the dangers of wireless headsets, I share my frustration about a disappointing TED Talk from Nest CEO Tony Fadell.

Our conversation about the recent supreme court decision on marriage equality (i.e., marriage for same-sex couples) leads to the bigger questions of “why is the federal government involved in this?” and “WHY DOES ANYONE CARE?” Finally, Amos likes Apple Music, but I’m not so impressed.

You can find the episode at or in all the usual places, including iTunes. As always with The Ritual Misery Podcast, this show is explicit and is not safe for work. Oh…and if you’re [any segment of the human population], we may offend you.

HomeTech Podcast #67 – The HomeKit Roundtable 2015

Screen+Shot+2014-04-13+at+8.09.56+AMSmarthome products that work with Apple HomeKit are starting to roll out, and between the lack of coordination, consistency, and information, this much-anticipated launch is pretty messy. I’m kicking off my HomeKit smear tour (just kidding…sort of) with an appearance on the HomeTech Podcast. Seth, Jason, and I discuss Apple’s moves in this space, considering everything from the new product releases to the lack of news on how to pull it all together.

You can find the episode at HomeTech.FM or in iTunes.

HomeKit and Home Automation on Popular Technology Radio

cover170x170It’s been a while since I’ve been on Popular Technology Radio, so this weekend, on Saturday, 6/13/15, I appeared again on the syndicated radio show to discuss Apple’s moves into home automation. Apple’s HomeKit framework will ultimately allow consumers to buy smarthome devices with confidence that they’ll all be able to work together, to be centrally controlled and managed by their i-devices. But is HomeKit just another “standard” competing with the likes of Google and others’ offerings? My advice to the general consumer: wait a while to see how this all shakes out. This is still early days.

The show is available now in iTunes and online at

Talking Amazon on The Smart Home Show

The Smart Home ShowNobody’s really surprised that the Amazon Echo is suddenly able to control connected lighting and other smart devices in the home. But market analyst Michael Wolf believes that there’s much more to it. Drawing some lines between the dots (and Dashes [I couldn’t resist the bad pun]), Mike believes that Amazon is making small, but calculated moves to support the smart home. While I wouldn’t today call the Dash Button a smarthome device, I do agree that it’s a piece of the larger picture that ultimately leads to Amazon’s stake in the smarthome market.

You can find the episode at Technology.FM or in iTunes. This show comes on the heels of Mike joining me on the latest episode of Home: On.

My Current Podcast Subscriptions

As a podcaster, I’m periodically asked what shows—podcasts—I listen to. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and with a few exceptions, most of the shows I subscribe to are about technology—news, topics like home automation, consumer tech, etc. And since I also host and produce shows of my own, I’m pretty picky about production quality. I have little patience for bad audio, poor editing, or sloppy production. So if you’re interested in similar topics, check some of these out…I expect you’ll enjoy them. Some of these have faded or are currently on hiatus, but it’s well worth checking out past episodes. Also note that some are explicit and will not be safe for family or workplace listening.

CordkillersDaily Tech News ShowEntertainment 2.0Eye Chart RadioGet It Done GuyGrammar GirlHome: OnHome Server ShowHomeTech.fmInside the MagicThe IoT PodcastIt's a ThingMac OS KenMac OS Ken Day 6Marketplace

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Podcasters' RoundtableReply AllThe Ritual Misery PodcastSerialThe Smart Home ShowStartupTech's Messagetell it anywaythEndUsrThrowing ShadeUndisclosedUXpodWait Wait...Don't Tell Me!Windows WeeklyYou Look Nice Today

Updated 6/26: Added MarketPlace and Undisclosed; removed Wired UK.

The Ritual Misery Podcast

The Ritual Misery PodcastIf you have any interest in catching my lighter, less filtered side, check out my latest guest podcast appearance, this time on episode 27 (beta) of The Ritual Misery Podcast. Amos and Kent are two military guys who invite you to listen in on their weekly conversation about life, tech, and TED talks. I first met Amos at a CNET Buzz Out Loud event at SXSW several years ago. Speaking of which, we talk a lot in this episode about our plans to attend events at SXSW again this year (which, BTW, turned out to be pretty awesome). We also discuss Shwood-isms, thought plateaus, Amos’s misguided beliefs about gold iDevices, and my guilty TV pleasures.

You can find the episode at or in all the usual places, including iTunes. Note that this podcast is explicit and is not safe for work. Oh…and if you’re [any segment of the human population], we may offend you.

Talking TiVo on Popular Technology Radio

cover170x170On Saturday, 2/28/15, I appeared again on the syndicated radio show Popular Technology Radio, this time talking about TiVo. TiVo is rolling out a new feature for TiVo customers called OnePass, which integrates traditional and streaming video more tightly. OnePass replaces TiVo’s popular SeasonPass feature, now giving customers season-by-season access to show episodes, regardless of whether they’re recorded or available online through Netflix, Hulu, VUDU, or Amazon.

The show is available now in iTunes and online at

HomeTech Podcast

Screen+Shot+2014-04-13+at+8.09.56+AMI had the honor of filling in for Jason Griffing on the HomeTech podcast this week. Jason’s co-host Seth Johnson invited me to join him in discussing a recent Kaspersky Labs post about IoT security, the benefits and dangers of smart locks, and one of my favorite smarthome technology topics: Insteon. Seth is in the process of renovating a home, and he’s evaluating different technologies for lighting control and security. Do I think Insteon is up to his standards? Absolutely.

You can find the episode at HomeTech.FM or in iTunes. But why just record one show when you can do two? Seth also joins me as my guest co-host this week on Home: On.


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