Or for the more standards/budget friendly: MiCasaVerde Vera turns various ZWave/X10/RS232/IR devices into standard UPnP endpoints.
The MiCasaVerde Vera "glues" protocols together by presenting everything as a UPnP device. It doesn't matter whether it's X10, Zwave, Zigbee, or some proprietary IP protocol with an appropriate LUA driver, a basic on/off switch presents a device with BinaryLight/SwitchPower interface.
This seems to work well in practice, although I haven't seen anything take advantage of this. Every third party UI I've seen uses MCV's remote access APIs.
To use HomeLink with a rolling code garage door, you first teach HomeLink your remote. I suspect it is simply detecting the type rolling code opener you're using. At this point the HomeLink will transmit a code, but it still does not open the garage door. You now need to press the "Learn" button on the opener and transmit a code from the HomeLink to get it to accept the codes. This, incidentally, can be quite a pain if you only have 30 seconds to get down from a ladder and back into your car to push the button.
it is a big deal because unlike a universal remote, security systems are supposed to be, well, secure. you shouldnt be able to hack a security system with a 20$ toy.
The article is about hacking an $8 security system! I don't think anybody is going to purchase it thinking it's going to protect them against hackers with sophisticated reverse engineering knowledge.
> Invariably when the TV comes fully on, it switches the input on my receiver to a dormant device (usually the Apple TV but sometimes it's the BluRay player).
HDMI-CEC is one of those things that should be awesome, but AV receiver manufacturers are simply too out of touch or don't care enough about how consumers actually use their products. Plus, they usually re-badge it to some proprietary name such as Samsung's "Anynet+", so they have an easy out when that Samsung TV doesn't work quite right with that Pioneer AV receiver.
I had the issue you described. Manufacturer's attitude is that ALL of your devices must support the CEC "ecosystem", otherwise you're supposed to turn it off. Good job guys. I really expect Comcast, Time Warner, DirecTV Tivo, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft to work together to support something that will pretty much always be turned off by consumers since almost no one has a compliant collection of components.
Now I finally understand the purpose of Old Glory insurance.
AZ is great for generation, but homeowners would need a very large system to offset those ACs that run "24 hours a day". Because of the power demands, I don't think AZ can get away with having high electric rates without bankrupting its citizens. A quick Google search says that AZ customers in Phoenix pay around 9 cents per kWH.
In California, it's much easier to make the numbers work. We also have a lot of sun, but we pay up to 3 times what AZ does for power which makes the return on investment faster. We have less demands because the temperature is more moderate. We can fully offset our usage with a pretty reasonably sized system. I paid around $14,000 to save around $2000 per year. The system just about fully offsets our yearly power usage. I'd like to say I get the most satisfaction from being "green" but really - what's priceless is not paying out the nose to our crooked utility company.
It would be especially awesome if you could also pump the extra energy "into the grid" so to speak during the day. That can even make it profitable. I heard they have some program like that in Germany. Too lazy to google to verify.
That's exactly how it works here in the US! It's called "net metering". The power company doesn't have to do anything special to enable it. Even my 15 year old mechanical meter simply started spinning backwards when I turned the PV array on, though it's since been switched to a smart meter that tracks incoming and outgoing power separately.
My PV array often generates more than I can use. That goes into the grid (my neighbors end up using it). If at the end of the month, I've generated more KwH than I've used, my power company, Southern California Edison pays me 22c per kwh. SCE's Net metering customers typically get switched to annual billing. So, I get 1 electricity bill per year. California recently passed a law that the power company has to give you a check if you generate more power than you use in that year. Prior to that passing, you would "lose" any excess generation at the end of your 12 month billing cycle.
I've had my system for a couple years now. I "make" money in the spring and fall, and use up the credit in the summer and winter. It's a no-brainer if you live in an area with high electric rates.
The most obvious reason adoption was slow is that's not that easy to fill even a GBE pipe. Spinning disks typically don't do much over 100MB/sec anyway. Sustained writes in a disk speed test is one thing, real-world tests like copying a folder full of home photos and videos is another. Not only is 10GBE not needed for home use, the need for big bandwidth is actually lessening as streaming options improve. I was very excited to get my network up to gigabit in the early 2000's, when I used to copy DVD images down to the HTPC in order to play them. Trying to mount the image remotely would result in stuttering and buffering issues.
Today I can stream a 1080p 3D video across a 100mbps MoCA adapter without much thought. Media players and codecs have all been tuned to deal with internet-based video, so local traffic is a snap. Sadly this house doesn't have CAT5 going to the home theater like my last home so I'm stuck with MoCA, but I've found that it's not really limiting.
I'm all for 10GE becoming standard, just for those times when I want to transfer data from one laptop to another, but it's not something I've been waiting with baited breath for. It might have been more interesting if technologies like PXE network-booting had gone more mainstream.
You can get unlimited talk, text, and data through Straight Talk or similar for less than $50 a month. Bring your AT&T phone and just buy a new SIM card, if you like (usually around $15 or less). Or if you're not overly concerned with having the fanciest phones (which these days doesn't make nearly as much difference as it did 2-3 years ago), you can get a phone on Verizon's network and possibly have better coverage.
Yes, I think you're nuts.
You're forgetting the value of the subsidized upgrades. That's worth something, especially when you can sell the old ones on eBay. AT&T's coverage is significantly better than Verizon in my area.
StraightTalk would not be a good deal for me. I pay $120 per month for two unlimited-data iPhones and a basic no-frills emergency line for Mom. We get at least 1 new subsidized phone every year. I do have limited minutes (550 shared) and limited texts (200 per iPhone), but I have tons of rollover minutes that expire every month and with iMessage, reaching the 200 text limit is rare. As long as AT&T continues to let me upgrade and keep my rate plan, I'm sticking with them.
I don't trust MVNO's anyway. I'd probably try that route if I were a new customer, but the "tower owners" have them by the balls. I wouldn't expect the good deals to last very long.
I got my very first programming job not because of the classes I took in college, but because I spent my spare time heavily modifying a BBS software written in 'C'. The firm that hired me needed someone to write a dial-in remote access module, and I had general coding skills combined with experience in the area that they needed me to have experience in. I learned far more working for that company than I ever did in school!
Did Tesla have to pay a penalty for early repayment? You know, like banks will do if you want to pay a mortgage off early. Or is it a different set of rules?
Most normal home mortgages do not have a pre-payment penalty.
Personally, I like the ban, since the idea of having people inches away from me, on each side, and behind and in front, all shouting away on a cell would drive me nuts. It's bad enough as it is now...
People can already use their cell phones in the plane, on the ground until the cabin doors closes. And, you're already legally allowed to use them when taxiing back to the gate after touchdown.
I'm not sure why so many people are trying to make this issue about something it's not. People wanting to be able to read a book on their kindle has nothing to do with annoying people yacking on a cell phone. If you leave the requirement to switch to "airplane mode", it will still stop cell phone chatter, but allow book reading. And anyone who uses the argument about it "only being fifteen minutes", clearly doesn't fly often enough to understand this issue.
Other then the new Super Mario Bros Game. I literally have no use for my Wii U at the moment. Once the new Nintendo franchise games start rolling out I would expect to see quite a rise in sales again.
Nail meet head. Zelda: TP was released alongside the Wii. The Wii U doesn't have a killer launch title. New SMB is good, but it's not a what I consider a "next gen" game. Wii U needs a new Zelda and maybe a new Metroid Prime game to get going.
Wind Waker HD is not a new Zelda game. In fact, it's Wind Waker is worst Zelda game I've ever played, and I don't think I could stomach playing it again unless I get confirmation that they've removed the busy-work "fluff" they added to cover for the fact that they didn't finish all of the dungeons they had planned. Rehashing wind waker suggests Nintendo isn't even close to ready with an A-list title, which is worrysome.
WordPerfect was great for DOS. The early Windows/WYSIWYG versions were not great. I remember going back to the DOS version for most things because the GUI was too clunky. It just didn't behave like a proper Windows application. By the time it worked well, it was too late. MS word had picked up marketshare for people wanting to use a Windows word processor.
I do remember finding it maddening when MS-Word would decide to do something unintended with styling, and I had no true "Reveal codes" function to fix it easily like I could in WordPerfect.