2001-10-29 11:06 pm (UTC)
I have all of my X10 stuff *except* for the computer dongle, which I somehow lost just minutes after getting their "free" package. :(
it's not so bad, actually. i was all scared of mine too. basically i went up to the people at the little tables, asked questions about their jobs, told them how wonderful i am, and gave them a resume. i got a bunch of interviews through it, plus all kinds of cool recruiting goodies -- bouncy balls, t-shirts, pens, food, even a mini-walkman from a consulting company.
good luck! :)
She won't mind that it's so geeky
She who? There was no reference to that she, through me off...
And #2, good lord. Leave the computers to do their jobs and go buy a $10 electric timer
to turn on your heater :)
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the geekiness, but that's overkill :)
2001-10-29 11:32 pm (UTC)
I got the X10 module working in a few minutes but discovered it's capable of only 300 Watts, 1200 below the max usage for my Vornado.
nah, geekiness is the best. it's so damn cute. :)
glad you like what you see. ;)
Thats what I was thinking...
Or you can go with the clapper and stay in your warm blankets and clap your way to warmth...
vornados are rad- that shit'll heat up a room like nobody's business.
i tried to fork myself out into 10 processes, but it turns out i'm not reentrant so shit kept on getting screwed up. i guess my parents are to blame for defects in my code?
I could accumulate houses, cars, furniture, clothes, and countless toys!
IT IS A TRAP! Don't fall for it...you'd sell your soul for money, at an hourly rate.
Who will cuddle me and keep me warm tonight? Nobody and not even my blankets ...
I will! But you have to like Oklahoma and fat girls for that to fly...
Love Ya Brad.
dude! YOu sound really fucking cool! Caffine is my friend and I love to blow things up! YOu're kickin' ass cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lata!!!! Peace
Have you looked at the home automation stuff at the computer stores? Pretty cool stuff. You could hook up a lamp and have a link on LJ to let people turn it on and off. Or use one of those rotating red ones :-D
>> You could hook up a lamp and have a link on LJ to let people turn it on and off.
I like it! ;-)
I guess it's not an option to turn LJ into a money-making badass?
Dude, they make thermostats you can program. They are not incredibly expensive.
2001-10-30 08:44 am (UTC)
If our house heating system wasn't broken.
always helps to have every piece of info :)
Using cron from your computer through a serial cable to activate your heater... sounds like you'd learn a lot. Two other ideas:
1. The vornado is plugged into the wall? You can buy timers, the same kind that turn lights on and off when you're on vacation. This is a quick solution where you'd learn nothing.
2. I took an embedded systems class at the UW Bothell, and the professor (Arnie Berger, a great teacher) talked about how he built a hot tub controller using a Motorola 68000-series processor. He can telnet into it to turn it on. The 68k is a 16-bit processor and the assembly is pretty easy to learn. The 68k sells for a couple of bucks, I know you can get do-it-yourself circuit board, and I'm sure there are timers out there, or you could just cannibalize a digital clock. I guess you'd need some flash memory and a programmer... And an assembler... this is getting more complicated. Maybe a pipe dream... but I recommend taking an embedded systems class if you get the chance before you graduate, it was really interesting. OH! I just remembered you can buy an evaluation board from Motorola that has a processor and a bunch of peripherals like timers and I/O onboard. They're like $100, I think. Well, I'm just rambling now.