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Hello everyone. I haven’t written anything in a while and thought I would write something this morning.

I have been moving forward pretty aggressively with my home automation/media center setup. As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I was able to secure a Ceton InfiniTV tuner card for my HTPC. I am now streaming media from that box to 3 (soon to be 4) XBoxes located throughout the house. The quality is amazing. I did hit a few bumps with network issues with one of the XBoxes, which was solved by just re-terminating the CAT5 jacks. The Ceton provides me with the ability to record up to 4 channels simultaneously – which is very cool.

I am also starting to build more macros within Homeseer. If you walk into the kitchen after the sun has set Homeseer will turn on the under-cabinet lights, providing some nice ambient lighting. If there is no motion in the room for more than 5 minutes, the lights will turn off. It is nice function that prevents that horrible blindness one experiences when turning the light on in the kitchen if you get up in the middle of the night. If you want to know how I did it, let me know I will post the DooMotion code.

Here is a product I am starting to focus on:

Remote Potato:

From their website:

Remote Potato is the missing part of Windows 7™ Media Center. You can manage and watch your recorded TV shows over the Internet from any web browser. Browse the EPG, record shows, watch shows, listen to your music library. Home late from the office? No problem, just open a web browser and tell your Media Center PC to record that sitcom, so it’s waiting for you when you get in. On holiday? Stream that sitcom you recorded direct to your hotel room!

If you have used Remote Potato, please let me know. I am curious how it works in your existing application.

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