Two Months Later, Blacksumac’s Piper Runs Smooth

Post By Bryce Haymond ~ 29th March 2014



A couple months ago I wrote a review of Blacksumac’s Piper device, the all-in-one home security and automation package.  I was pleased with everything this device was able to do, especially coming from a brand new crowdfunded startup company.  It had only been one day though, so I hadn’t experienced Piper for very long.  It was a bit rough around the edges.  This is a follow-up review, with some of my impressions of the device after owning it for two months.

So far so good!  Piper does what I want it to do most of the time.  It allows me to peer in to our home whenever I’m out, and know our home is being protected.  It protects our home at night so we can sleep in comfort.  It also lets us know when our doors are being opened.  For these major uses, I’m quite pleased. Read Full Post >>

First Impressions of Blacksumac’s Piper All-in-one Home Security, Monitoring, and Automation Product—the first 24 hours

Post By Bryce Haymond ~ 1st February 2014


Our Piper, “Peter,” atop his perch

As I wrote about a few days ago, there are a couple all-in-one products out on the market that are vying for a place in your home to help secure it, monitor it, and introduce you to the growing world of home automation.  Those two products are Piper and Canary.  I received my Piper yesterday (awesome!), and last night I had the chance to unbox it and set it up.  I love unboxing new tech products like this.  Below was my experience.  Note: it was not all fun and games, but promising nonetheless. Read Full Post >>

Piper vs Canary: The All-In-One Home Security Systems Face-off

Post By Bryce Haymond ~ 14th January 2014

There are two new Indiegogo crowdsource-funded products out there that are vying for the right and privilege to protect one of your most valuable possessions—your home.

In one corner we have Piper, designed and developed by Blacksumac. In the other corner we have Canary, designed and developed by Canary. These are both truly capable and interesting new devices that are meant to be super-intelligent brains and systems that will help you protect, monitor, and even automate your home.  Since they are so similar to each other, I thought it would be good to put together a little comparison chart, showing their similarities and differences.  If there are any errors or omissions, please let me know here, or in the comments below, and I’ll update the chart.

How to get LTE on your Google Nexus 5 with T-Mobile, or Not

Post By Bryce Haymond ~ 18th December 2013

So I recently bought a Google Nexus 5 phone direct from Google through the Google Play store.  When I popped in the SIM and connected it to my T-Mobile account it would only show H in the status bar for the data connection, and inside the settings it would only note that I was connected to HSPA or HSPA+ mobile network type.  Now you and I know that HSPA is not the same as LTE.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Note that the phone was set to “LTE (recommended)” in the settings, but was still only connecting to HSPA/HSPA+.

So why wasn’t the Nexus 5 connecting to T-Mobile LTE network?  I wanted to find out. Read Full Post >>

The Poetry of Apple Design

Post By Bryce Haymond ~ 10th June 2013

Apple kicked off its 2013 WWDC conference today with a keynote.  The very first thing they showed was a very simple animation and message that tells us all about Apple, and why they do what they do.  It’s rather simple, and they told us in poetic language.

if everyone
is busy making everything
how can anyone perfect

we start to confuse convenience
with joy
with choice.

designing something requires
the first thing we ask is
what do we want people to

then we begin to craft around our intention

it takes time…

there are a thousand no’s
for every yes.

we simplify
we perfect
we start over
until every thing we touch
enhances each life

it touches.

only then do we sign our work.

Designed by Apple in California

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