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Keep Mike Rollin’ – A Thank You to so Many

I sit here this morning, thinking about the past week, and especially last Thursday night trying to come up with a suitable way to say thank you to so many, but also express so much more. It’s so difficult to put to words what the last week meant to me, and honestly I’ve got
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Medicare is Broken – Trying to Get a New Wheelchair for over 6 Months

That’s right, Medicare is broken and not just a little bit either… In writing this, I want to make something very clear from the start; I’m doing this in hopes of making some sort of positive change, in hopes that a congressperson or a representative, or someone very high up in
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Almost died the other day…

Complacency, that’s what almost killed me this past Wednesday.  Carefree, doing something I’ve done 1000 times before, without a care in the world, thinking everything would just be okay. Let me tell you what happened, not so you’ll feel bad, or be like “Mike…!  I’m so gl
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A look back on 2013, where’d Quadomated go?!?

Okay, okay, okay, you’ve got me… I haven’t been much of a blogger these past 9 months. A few of you have even written me personally to make sure everything was okay, and I’m sure many of you have wondered what the hell happened to Quadomated?!? Well I’ve been great, everything
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  • Ski Racing a Big Rock

Growing up in Small Ski Town USA

My father takes a left-hand turn on to the Graves Road with our rusty old station wagon, as we bump up the dirt road into the parking lot of Big Rock early that Saturday morning. It’s 7:20 AM, more than an hour and a half before the mountain opens for the day, and there are only
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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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  • 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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