Monthly Archives: June 2013

Why do I need 5, 6 or 7 boxes to watch stuff on my TV?

All I really want to do is listen to music and watch stuff on my TV. And my granchildren want to play some games. Why is it so hard? In my living room, like many people, I have a large … Continue reading

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Logging electricity data to Xively

The free Internet of Things data logging service: first it was called Pachube, then Cosm, and now it is Xively. My Cosm feed was changed to a legacy feed, and the graph disappeared when it changed to Xively. Xively has … Continue reading

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Media control using APIs

I am having fun trying to control various media programs via their APIs. Currently, I am concentrating on Spotify, XBMC and iTunes. I run Spotify and iTunes on Microsoft Windows, and XBMC on a Raspberry Pi. I also occasionally run … Continue reading

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Remote computer control

I have completed most of the restructuring of HouseControl, but decided to do things a bit differently. I have introduced two new devices: “speech” and “computer”. Previously I had speech as an action in media devices, but the majority of … Continue reading

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Remote HouseControl commands

I am planning to restructure HouseControl a bit to allow more commands to be sent to remote computers. This will allow me to have a network of HouseControl nodes each with different devices attached and with different local services. Currently … Continue reading

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I am now an OpenRemote contributor

I am now an OpenRemote contributor. I am adding text to speech, sending emails and a generic serial device (suitable for driving Arduino projects), to OpenRemote. I have had to change the text to speech generation for licensing reasons. FreeTTS … Continue reading

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