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Comment Get ready for some work (Score 2) 189

The home automation landscape has options differentiated by bandwidth, price point, device compatibility, and software capability. Low bandwidth devices are cheap but lack reliability, e.g X10. Expensive devices are often limited in device compatibility, Leviton. Basically, to make it all work you have to get the devices you need, then decide on a way to connect them all to a central server that can access them --- then start programming. You can see my home automation presentations at http://momjian.us/main/present....

The reason this is hard is that there is so much variety in what people want to automate. With a car, the manufacturer totally controls the environment, and when you buy a new car, everything is new. With home automation, the home automation provider rarely controls the entire environment, so implementing home automation always requires customization. I suppose the only easy option is to buy a new home and have the builder install everything from scratch with home automation designed from the start. However, that rarely happens because people rarely want home automation from the start, and even if you do that, the home automation landscape changes so frequently that it would soon be obsolete.

Comment Re:GUADEC? (Score 1) 376

No where does it say what GUADEC means, only that it is a GNOME conference. The larger point is that it wasn't even clear the news item was related to GNOME until almost the end of the news summary.

Comment Re:OpenDNS (Score 1) 646

Agreed on using DNS as a filter solution because it covers all Internet devices in the house (assuming they all use the same public IP address). OpenDNS is a great choice because it has a single filter console and is free for homes. Details of my setup are here: http://momjian.us/main/blogs/blog/2012.html#February_21_2012_2

Comment Ending of TOS filming (Score 1) 368

The "Turnabout Intruder" (TOS episode 79) was the last filmed episode (though not the last broadcast). The episode ends with a down-beat Kirk/Spock/Scotty walking down the corridor. Was that down-beat ending chosen to reflect the sadness of the final episode? I know this was a long time ago, but I always wondered about this.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 344

But you can set it at the transaction level:


This parameter can be changed at any time; the behavior for any one transaction is determined by the setting in effect when it commits. It is therefore possible, and useful, to have some transactions commit synchronously and others asynchronously.

Do not underestimate the value of print statements for debugging.