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Water Sensor Saves Basement

6. November 2010

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Hello All: You cannot have an even slightly automated house without having a (or several) water sensor(s) in your basement. Last night, during a card game at my house, a friend came up the stairs from the basement and said, “hey, there’s a siren going off in your basement”. I was able to run downstairs […]

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Ceton InfiniTV Card Arrives!

27. October 2010

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It’s here! Back in May, I ordered a¬†Quad-Tuner PC Card from Ceton Corp. Unfortunately, Ceton had some PRETTY bad issues that pushed the delivery of cards back significantly. Some people waited nearly 6 months to receive their cards. Mine took 5 months. Last year, the PC that operated my entire house died. Rather than replace […]

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Ceton posts another disappointing notice re: InfiniTV Cable Card

10. July 2010

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I am in the process of building a full blown media center with streaming video to Xboxes throughout the house. The Ceton InfiniTV cable card was an integral part of this project. I found the card online several months ago and have been on the pre-order list since early April. The company was issuing a […]

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Google Powermeter aims to reduce energy consumption

7. March 2009

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Google recently announced a new service, Powermeter. As the name suggests, Google is attempting to use its expertise at gathering and organizing information to help reduce the electricity consumption of households. Ultimately, this would help people reduce their utility bills by making smart decisions regarding their use of electricity and reduce their carbon footprint. Although […]

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Setting up your own weather station

6. March 2009

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Photo by Law Leven Every morning when I wake up and head into my living room, my wall-mounted screen lets me know, via Homeseer, the current weather outside. It grabs the weather from the internet and posts it in a easy-to-view page. I am, however, unable to see the actual weather at my specific location. […]

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Microsoft’s Future Vision Montage – 2019

2. March 2009

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This is a peek into what the future may hold for us, compliments of Microsoft. Whether it is Microsoft, Apple or a startup, the graphic user interfaces (“GUIs”) shown in this clip are pretty amazing. It’s a short clip but is well worth the watch.

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I can grill LazyAutomation style?

19. February 2009

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This weekend, while grilling a pair of beautiful ribeye steaks on my Weber Barbeque, I realized that I have incorporated my lazy automation concept into cooking. Weber Grills are amazing pieces of equipment. I had a conversation the other day regarding the fact that the average Weber will cost you around $400-500 as opposed to […]

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Whole house audio system

3. February 2009

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Whole House Audio System Have you see those amazing whole house audio systems? You know, those neat, state of the art systems that you see in those million dollar homes? Could you envision yourself walking in to your house, touching a wall mounted touch screen, and suddenly music starts playing? How cool is that? Well, […]

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