How to Copy Variable from Chrome Dev Tools Console

I often need to copy a variable in Chrome dev tools console to my clipboard. Fortunately, Chrome has this feature built-in using the copy() function.

  1. Save the variable or right-click an object in Chrome’s console and select Store as Global Variable from the context menu. It will return something like temp1 as the variable name.
  2. Use the copy() method, so copy(temp1) in the console should copy that object to your clipboard.

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Turn Your Dumb Air Conditioner Into A Smart Air Conditioner

Recently I moved into a house that has a Diakin mini-split system (FTX12NMVJU / RX12NMVJU) in the bonus room. Mini-splits are known for being extremely energy efficient but unfortunately, I was not able to remotely control the unit on a schedule as I did with my Ecobee smart thermostats, so unless I remembered to manually turn the unit off at night, it would run for no reason. Definitely a first-world problem. I research options Diakin offered. From what I could find, the only option to turn the dumb unit into a smart unit was to by a Daikin Wireless Adapter that required taking the unit apart. Not to mention, the wireless unit cost around $165 so I started searching for other options. Read More

Best Screenshot Tool

I often need to take screenshots and annotate them with arrows. I’ve tried several screenshot programs over the years such as the default print screen that comes on macOS and Windows. They work but as soon as you need to draw an arrow, copy to clipboard or resize, they can be a pain to deal with. Read More

Smart Light Switches

Ever wanted to control a light switch on a schedule? What about turning them on when your Wyze camera detects motion?  Smart light switches are great for automating lights on different schedules, voice commands, and other events such as motion from cameras. Most smart switches work with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. If you prefer Siri on iOS, make sure you pick one that supports Homekit. Surprisingly they are affordable at around $20. Read More