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Wiznet Configurator

[wiznetboard.jpg]Wiznet makes an excellent ethernet to serial board that is inexpensive and is fully supported by XTension unfortunately they ne...

Alpha Clock and xBee

Over the weekend I assembled an Alpha Clock Five kit from EvilMadScience.com. I have built several EvilMadScience kits and the polish and attent...

XTension Updates

Been working hard on XTension updates. One thing missing from our Home Automation list of supported devices were thermostats. You could always g...

xBee and XTension

xBee radios are awesome. They provide a mesh network and lots of analog and digital input and output options for about $25 a piece. For remote c...

Garage Augmentation

When we moved I knew that the garage was smaller in the new house than the old one, but I thought somehow that it would be OK or that we would q...

A Dozen xBee Radios Arrive

[xBees.jpg] Yea... I guess you could say I’m serious about using these things. Having a big box of them almost makes up for the one I...

115 volt DC power supply for LED holiday lights

Nobody likes flickery LED christmas lights! You can put a full wave bridge rectifier and a capacitor on them but then you’re then supplying a lo...

Diavolino! Arrives and is instantly assembled.

Got my package of blinky blinky from Evil Mad Science today. Among the various fun LED’s and other things were the main reason for the order a c...

You CAN run X-CTU on the mac to setup XBee radios

It runs just fine with wine. Shame on the XBee manufacturer to only provide a windows binary of the initial necessary configuration and firmware...

Arduino Chimes

Previously I had finally gotten out an arduino board that had languished unloved in a drawer for a year or more and actually sent it a flash...

Arduino At Last

I have no idea why this has taken so long for me to get around to beginning to play with these. I don’t know why I decided to get out of bed and...

Expensive printer taunts me

I hate my Epson Artisan 800 printer. I hate it, it's not got long to live until I salvage it's internal organs for motors and gears to use in ot...

Kitchen Bookshelves

It has become necessary to begin a small woodworking project for the preservation of sanity. The kitchen needs a skinny, open frame book shelf f...

Poor Wiring

I have some lamps in my bedroom that simply will not regularly turn themselves on and off via X10. I moved plugs around yesterday and spent some...

Multimeter Support for XTension

When I learned that there were multimeters out there that had documented serial protocols I added that to my todo list for XTension support. I b...

Under cabinet LED lights

Really nice new house, but the lights under the cabinets are so ancient that the tubes actually have a starter and click click light BZzzzzzz. T...

feels so good when the pain stops...

I haven't blogged any more projects since moving as moving and summer with the children home is enough of a monumental task without having to do...

X10 Controlled Nightlights

First project in the new house worth documenting is the install of some X10 controlled LED nightlights. These got a high level of spousal approv...

A reason to buy an iPad?

So I Oooo'ed and Ahhhh'ed along with everybody while reading about Apple's new iPad. But apart from a desire to develop remote control apps for ...

22.5 degrees

Or how I learned to stop worrying and embrace the protractor... Did I mention cutting crown molding was a black art? Those corner units ne...