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Monthly Archives: June 2011
I purchased an Avago HDLS-2416 display from eBay a while back for my refrigerator monitor project (Fridge Squid FTW!). This is a really nice compact 4-character 5×7 alphanumeric display, extremely bright and readable. Unfortunately it was the wrong part; the 2416 … Continue reading
While taking stock of the components I had on hand last weekend I found a small box of sample components that I had ordered from Maxim a while back; Two each of several components: DS2717 RTC, DS2438 Smart Battery Monitor, … Continue reading
I’m still paying for a POTS telephone (land) line. Whether it’s just basic paranoia or a product of growing up in the 70s, I just can’t bring myself to get rid of my land line. For some reason, this cold … Continue reading
Between one daughter’s wedding and another daughter’s surgery I haven’t had any time to play with this stuff this week. I did, however, clean out my friendly Ebay vendor’s supply of $5 sensors for my collection, adding a few more … Continue reading
It’s been asked. Why bother? Seriously? HomeHeartbeat was hot sh*t back in 2005, but isn’t it showing it’s age now? All valid questions. Consider this, however – let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you were just now getting … Continue reading
I rarely write up book reviews except in extreme cases. I admit that I am a harsh critic; rarely do I find a book worthy of praise, and when I do my reviews tend towards being large volumes in and … Continue reading
If anyone is interested in following along, I’ve created a new project on GitHub: HomeHeartbeat on GitHub This will be a simple Python interface library.
I received a box chock full o’ Eaton Home Heartbeat devices today. They are nice little devices, fairly well designed (if a bit boxy). I was up and running with a basic installation in a matter of minutes – very … Continue reading
I have purchased several devices from Embedded Data Systems (EDS) over the last few years. Their HA7Net Ethernet 1-Wire Host Adapter makes integrating 1-Wire devices utterly painless; it is a solidly constructed, well-engineered piece of hardware. It is also very … Continue reading
Developers new to the OpenZWave project are often confused by system behavior immediately after the application is started. I thought I’d quickly write up a blog entry detailing some of what I’ve learned about the system, hopefully this will be … Continue reading