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Archive: HOME AUTOMATION

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Mayfair Greenhouse Project

18th of March, 2014

Progress reports and fun photos. Settling on a control system based on Arduino (of course) and the CC3000 wireless shield. For now, I am just going to use a DHT22 Temperature and humidity sensor I got from Adafruit. I am also experimenting with a Weather Shield by Sparkfun too. So in my layout, I have

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Mayfair Greenhouse

27th of February, 2014

Version [BETA] I have been working on a greenhouse design. The greenhouse in the photos below is not the actual greenhouse. It is the prototype I set up to help me figure out the automation systems and climate stuff. The real greenhouse will be built from what works on this model, and will probably be

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Startup Engineering

24th of June, 2013

+ I started taking the Coursera class, Startup Engineering. So far, it’s interesting and it forces me to look at node.js which I have been trying to get to for a long time but just never found the reason. This class uses it for the assignments and so that should prompt me to jump in

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Connecting my things

29th of May, 2013

Things on my mind this week: + Xively + Adobe Edge Code + FlipClock + Amanda Palmer’s “Connecting The Dots” talk + Framer + A Starters Guide To iOS Design is pretty good. + I like Python. And I like APIs. And Flask is neat. So this post is interesting to me. + There are

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8th of May, 2013

This week I am crankin’ on pixel pushing and a bunch of back end connections in the cloud bleezy blaazy blow. This goddamn site is getting hammered by the WordPress spam dingdongs who still think it’s viable to pollute the web with toxic waste. I got the sound studio back online and it’s working great

No More MisterHouse

19th of September, 2010

MisterHouse you are dead to me. After years of on again and off again development and experimentation, I have finally realized that you will never be ready to run a home control system. You gave it a decent shot and were a pretty good introduction to the idea of home automation, but your awful interface,

I have been workin’. That’s all.

17th of August, 2010

Yeah, I have been working long hours (and playing even longer hours) so I have not been too involved with the ol’ “updating of the blog thing.” But that’s ok because lots is happening around my technology planet. Briefly, just to throw up some fresh news, I have been working on some cool stuff and,

My calendar is a remote control?

31st of March, 2009

Here is what I think I should be able to do: I want to be able to control things around me using the date. I think about watering my lawn. That particular task is based on a couple of things. For one, time, and the other, because I live where lawn-watering is restricted, a date.

New Mobile Connectivity

18th of March, 2009

I have been using my iPhone more and more as a means to remotely access both this blog (http://secretengineer.com) as well as my own personal Apache2-based server via my own domain. From the user interface, I can control the blog posts, such as this one, as well as the server using Webmin.  My home automation