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Quitting Smoking the Fun Way

4/12/2014 8:53:55 PM
This post is aimed at current smokers, but fellow vapers might find it a good read as well. ...(More)


4/6/2014 3:25:38 AM
Work on BETI continues to progress in features and in coolness as my Z-Wave network expands. This one might actually see the light of day. ...(More)

BETI 3: House Rules

3/22/2014 10:57:54 PM
As I learn more about a problem domain and rethink my designs, I tend to run through a series of prototypes. This is the third such BETI, and hopefully the last. If so, perhaps this is the one to evolve into a product. I continue to make changes to BETI as my Z-Wave Network continues to increase in awesomeness. ...(More)

My Expanding Z-Wave Network

3/16/2014 6:42:23 AM
Once you get started with Z-Wave, you really don't want to stop. At least I found that to be my case; ever since I found the LuuP API, I've found myself plugging in more and more devices, and doing what we software developers do when we find a sweet new API. Here's what I've got so far: ...(More)

Z-Wave and BETI: Bionic Electronic Terminal Interface

3/13/2014 12:08:24 PM
As you already know, I recently bought a house, and naturally decided to automate it. Therefore I've been playing with the LuuP (LUA uPnP) API. ...(More)

Undocumented Z-Wave API

3/10/2014 1:35:34 AM
As you know, I've been playing with Z-Wave Home Automation ever since I bought a house. Before taking the plunge, I had researched Z-Wave in great detail. I found several SDKs and APIs that looked like I could integrate Z-Wave into a C# application fairly painlessly. ...(More)


3/8/2014 7:18:25 PM
Being a geek and new homeowner, naturally I started looking into Home Automation. I bought a VeraLite Z-Wave Controller and hooked it up. Complication 1: It didn't seem to get an IP address, so I had to hook it up to my laptop and switch it over to the correct subnet manually. ...(More)

Text To Speech and Speech To Anything

3/8/2014 12:57:37 AM
Two days ago, I wrote a software feature that can read text aloud. Today, I wrote a feature that can recognize words. Imagine what I'll do tomorrow. ...(More)

Husband and Homeowner

3/6/2014 3:02:56 PM
I haven't posted in almost a year, and nobody called me out on it? Well, I see how it is. Fine then, on with the show. Since last we spoke, I got married and bought a house; but not just any wife, and not just any house. ...(More)

Deep Thoughts with Thomas Jefferson: Draft of the Kentucky Resolutions

4/22/2013 11:39:45 PM

[video] October 1798 - The proper size and scope of the federal government, right from the horse's mouth. Thomas Jefferson was involved in writing the Constitution, wrote the Declaration of Independence, and was the third President of the United States. I think he had some idea what this country was supposed to be ab ...(More)