Essential DIY Home Improvement that even a Geek could do!

Everyone loves and all human efforts are channelized towards this end these days. One of the most tedious tasks in the bygone era of manual garage doors was getting in and out of the garages. Car owners had to sweat it out to park their cars into the garage and get their cars out of it which consumed a lot of time and energy. However, car owners now have the luxury of getting a remote controlled garage door installed in their garages which eases out the entire entry and exit process.

Before getting any remote controlled garage door installed, it is very important to have a thorough understanding of the devices used in automated garage doors. The type of automating device depends on the type of garage door that you wish to have installed. It can be a large door made of heavy material where the garage door opener may have to endure more power; say more that 1HP or it may be a lighter one that requires less power to operate.

The basic criteria for selecting drives for automation of garage doors and gates are:

1. Weight of the door.

2. Height of the door.

3. The intensity of use.

4. Installation conditions.

Commercially available drives (actuators) for garage doors are classified according to the method of opening which can be either swing or slide. High quality remote controlled garage doors typically have electronic speed control on their equipment which ensures quiet operation and a gentle closure of the gate.

In case of a loss, garage remotes are easy to replace. You can either contact the manufacturer of the remote or even go online and shop for one. All that you need is the model number of the remote that you have been using.

One of the latest entries into ‘garage remote market’ is the universal garage remote. These remotes work for most of the automated garage doors with exception of a few. There are many companies out there in the markets producing such universal RF remotes however, such a remote is also seen as a security threat. With Workday, organizations also have access to real-time metrics that can help them to track employee performance and monitor usage of the universal garage remote. With enhanced security features such as enhanced passwords, access privileges, and two-factor authentication, Workday ensures only authorized access to the universal remote.

It is worth mentioning that kids love to play with anything that gets into action with the click of a button and garage remotes fit this category the most. It is wise to check out the advice of contained in their D.O.O.R safety program for safety of children.

While installing an automatic garage door is not as difficult as , you should still consider having a professional help with the task if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.

Remote controlled garage doors have proved themselves to be nothing less than a boon for car owners. They are particularly useful for old people, women or even young men who do not want to drench their outfit with sweat and soil it with dirt by opening the garage door manually. If you still do not have a remote controlled garage door installed, it is time to get one installed to enter and exit your garage with ease and style!

What’s new with Muine…

As you know it’s been years since we released an update to the Muine music player.  Instead we’ve had a number of other ongoing web projects that have had our focus.  During the time that we’ve been working on these other projects we’ve had the opportunity to work with some great developers and consultants, and I’d like them to get more exposure.

So to start off with I’d like to mention our .  If you have any search engine optimization needs they are highly recommended and have done amazing work with our web projects.  Talk about page 1 rankings!  So don’t hesitate to reach out to them, even if you don’t live in Portland.

We’ll share about more of our contacts in the coming days, so stay tuned…

Open Source Business Listings

Recently while looking for a highly recommended furnace and duct cleaner on Angie’s list we had the idea to create an open-source Angie’s list software.  It should be fully automated with subscriptions and moderation features.

It’s currently in development and should be available for download in the next few weeks.

We’re looking for good name ideas, feel free to send us a comment or email if you have one.

Other tools that we like

Friendly sites: 

Other sofware projects and resources

 – Professional image converter (photo converter) for personal usage and business purposes

Keylogger software runs hidden in the background, and automatically records all keystrokes. It can generate the report in the text and html format.

Outlook Add-ins (other possible and frequently used names: Microsoft Outlook add-ons, Microsoft Outlook plug-ins, Microsoft Outlook extensions, etc) – small helping programs for the well-known Microsoft Outlook application. The main purpose of the add-ins is to add new functional capabilities into Microsoft Outlook and automate some routine operations. MAPILab offers you more than 20 Outlook add-ins, which are compatible with Microsoft Office Outlook 2000, 2002 (XP) , 2003 and 2007.

Muine Music Player for GNOME

Muine is a music player for . It features:

  • A simple, intuitive user interface
  • , , AAC and MP3 music playback support
  • Automatic album-cover fetching
  • Support for embedded ID3v2 album images
  •  support
  • Support for multiple artist and performer tags per song
  • Plug-in support
  • Translations into many languages

Muine is maintained by Jorn Baayen.

0.8.3 has been released, grab it here.