Tag Archives: Java

Alexa on the Raspberry Pi

UPDATE June 16th 2016: I was wrong about Alexa not being able to access my UK Amazon account. It appears that my UK an USA accounts are linked, so when I said “Read my Kindle”, Alexa started reading me my … Continue reading

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Java on the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

I have been working for the last month on leJOS for the LEGO MindStorms EV3. leJOS stands for LEGO Java Operating System. On the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, it really was an operating system, as it replaced the firmware on the … Continue reading

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Python version of HouseControl

I am beginning to write a python version of HouseControl. It is more convenient to use python on the Raspberry Pi and it will be interesting to see how easy it is to convert. As communication is by sockets the … 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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Tutorial: Your first house.xml configuration file

This is the first of a series of tutorials on how to use HouseControl. This tutorial creates a simple XML file, house.xml, to describe your home configuration. It assumes that you are using LightwaveRF and have your transceiver running, and … Continue reading

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HouseControl plugin architecture

I have now restructured by HouseControl (previously known as ORControl) Java software. It now has a plugin architecture. This means that all control of devices and other features is implemented by a plugin. Each plugin has a defined interface and … Continue reading

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