Web dt375

I purchased a Web DT375 (webpad). I plan to use this as a touchscreen in my house I am building. Hopefully I will be able to get my hands on 2 more of these. I have just received a Cisco Aironet 350 PCMCIA card to stick into it to test it out. So far so good, the orbiter works and I can control The Squeezebox (which I also recently purchased), the squeezebox will be going outside in the alfresco.
I can also control one of the media directors (MD). An orbiter is basically a glorified remote control. I also have some PLCBUS switches in my current house and they too can be controlled via the webpad.
It is all coming together slowly.

I will be using wired nics for the webpads and making up some POE injectors so all that is required at the mounting points is 1 x Cat5e run. I plan to put one at the front door, in the kitchen and most likely at the back door. I also have a nokia 770 which is being used as a portable orbiter.

I will take some photos of the kit I have and post it up here shortly.

Red Ale

On Saturday 24/5 I brewed another Red Ale (yeast was pitched on the sunday). I use a No chill method. This recipe was based off of Aldan’s Irish Red, with a few minor changes. This is the third time I have brewed this particular ale, first time was for myself and the second time was for a friend of mine. The OG was 1060 and I expect the FG to be around 1020. It should turn out nicely. The batch for my friend is ready to be racked into the secondary container and then I will bottle this one. I have an Amarillo APA in the cube at the moment but I will be filtering this into a keg on the weekend and force carbonating it. So hopefully it will be ready for Sunday/Monday (Monday being a public holiday of course). I am not sure what my next brew will be but I will definitely be doing one next weekend, after all you must always have a stocked fridge.

Samsung Discrete Codes

For anyone interested this is an awesome list of codes that work with most Samsung LCDs etc.
The only problem is the DTV code is a toggle not discrete for both my LCDs :~

LinuxMCE device Template

So it turns out that when you create a “Device Template” in LinuxMCE you should allow it to create a “Device” because it can cause problems.  In this particular case I was trying to create a “Device Template” for use with my Samsung LCD(s) using IR.  Basically when I first created the template I could add/teach it IR codes, but as soon as I saved it and closed the template window I could no longer go back into the template to make additional changes/learn more IR codes. So after a couple of hours of sulking, I noticed it had created a Device with this Template so I deleted it and *bang* I can now edit the Template!! wooo. 

*stab samsung*

Last night I emailed Samsung and requested the discrete codes for my tv, and this was their response.

“No can do, in this instance, unfortunately, as korea HQ considers this information proprietary, and therefor does not supply it, even internally to other subsidiaries, inclusive of Samsung Australia.”

So they are gonna make me read the codes from the remote control Luckily some of the codes from 
actually work.  

So now I just have to filter through what I can and can’t use.

First post about Home Automation


So I succumbed to the lowest of the low. I am now a blogger…. *sniff*
The reason for this blog is to allow me to document my progress into the world of Home Automation.
I am going to be building a house soon with all sorts of cool Home Automation gizmos, and this seems like the best way to document it. It will also allow the HA gurus to point out mistakes and stupid things in my design and thus helping me along the way to HA enlightenment…

First Post about HomeBrew

While I am posting random crap about my Home Automation Journey I thought I would kill 2 birds with one stone and use this space to write about my Beer Journey.
I have been doing a fair bit of Home Brew lately, none of this “kit and kilo” shit, but the proper all grain brews. I don’t mean to toot my own horn here but they do taste really nice!
I current use the Brew in a Bag (BIAB) method which does a great job, but I will eventually get to a 2 tier micro brewery system. I am currently drawing up the plans for this and will hopefully post them soon.
So I guess if you are interested (which I fail to see why anyone would be interested in Reading up about some random making beer) you should umm keep watching this space I guess…

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