January 2013

My New 2008 Braun Entervan XT

State of Maine Charging me an Extra $800 Sales Tax For My Wheelchair Van!

Time for a major rant! This little doozy has been gnawing at me for over 4 months, ever since I purchased my new to me, but definitely used handicap accessible van, and got charged $800 sales tax by the State of Maine for handicap equipment that had already been taxed once
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Dragon Mobile Assistant

Samsung Galaxy S3 – Totally Hands-Free with Dragon Mobile Assistant

This post is about setting up and using a cell phone completely hands-free.  While it is heavily tailored for those with high-level disabilities it could also be very useful for anyone looking to use a cell phone hands-free while driving. Okay, so I’ve finally found a totally
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Selling my Ford Econoline E-150 Wheelchair Van - Getting Loaded up on the Car Carrier

The end of a legacy… Goodbye Big Black!

Sold my old van this weekend, and you know what… I got all choked up, sentimental, and almost cried as I watched it drive away. Thinking back over my lifetime of vehicles, I’ve always thought it’s kind of crazy this deep emotional bond we attach to our vehicles, the memories we
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  • No Buttons Headset BlueAnt Magnetic Hands-Free Headset
  • Hands-Free Bluetooth Speakerphone BlueAuntS4
  • Dragon Mobile Assistant Hands-Free Virtual Assistant Android Phone Application

CALL TO ACTION – Completely Hands-Free Cell Phone?!?

Reaching out to all of you to help me find a completely hands-free cell phone for a higher-level quadriplegic who reached out to me through Quadomated. I’ve been researching this all day with my Samsung Galaxy S3, and while I’ve gotten close I still need a home screen or headset
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Fujitsu 15RLS2 Mini-split Heat Pump System

Fujitsu Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps

Loving the passive solar effect on those sunny days, but often finding myself with a shiver on the cloudy/overcast days.  That’s one of the annoying things about being a quadriplegic, I’m always cold unless it’s 76+ degrees, but I hate to keep my room that warm all the time
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  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Wireless Controller
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - Taking the Wireless Controller Part
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - Jumpering a Button to Make It Work
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - Tracing out The Terminals We Needed
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - The 8 Conductor Cable
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - The Wireless Remote and the Cable Mocked in the Place
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - Soldering up the First Button
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - A Closer View of the Board, Solderable Holes, and Connections
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - The Wireless Remote and the Cable Mocked in the Place
  • Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation - Interfacing with my HAI OmniPro II

Do-It-Yourself Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable Bed Automation

Had one of the funniest/most rewarding geeky evenings last night figuring out how to automate my Tempurpedic Ergo Adjustable electric bed with my good ole automation buddy Andrew.  Since getting this whole Quadomated home automation stuff together one of my biggest wish list
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  • Windows Media Center - Home Screen
  • Windows Media Center - TV Guide
  • Windows Media Center - Live TV
  • Windows Media Center - Music Library
  • Windows Media Center - Photo Gallery
  • Windows Media Center - Netflix Streaming
  • Windows Media Center - Media Browser Movie Library
  • Windows Media Center - Media Browser Movie Detail

Media Awesomeness – My Home Theater PC Setup

One of the centerpieces of my automated smarthome, and definitely the most enjoyable part of my Home Automation/Media Distribution System is all the awesome home entertainment features that can be enjoyed around the house through my HTPCs (Home Theater Personal Computers). So
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  • Beautiful Sunny Winter Day - Low Sun Angle on 1/2/2013
  • Family Room Windows - A beautiful, sunny, blistery winter day - 0°F with 20-30 mph winds
  • Family Room Windows - Lookout Deep the Sun Radiates into the Space
  • Beautiful Sunny Winter Day - Caleb Enjoying the Sunshine

The Passive Solar Effect

It’s a bitterly cold day outside.  The outside temperature is around 0°F, 20-30 mph winds, wind chill close to -30°F and I couldn’t feel toastier!  Oh how I love the passive solar effect!  Sunshine streaming in through the windows, a concrete floor soaking up the radiant heat,
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