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Linux Thermostat [Jun. 27th, 2002|02:20 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I can't sleep... I've been thinking of making my own thermostat. The one in this house is el cheapo: a couple wires & a vacuum tube with some mercury. (I opened it up)

In particular, it lacks functionality to turn itself off at night, to set turn on/off temperatures, etc.

Plus, I wanted one that would accomodate my laziness and back off (let house get warmer or colder) a bit when I'm not around. And then I thought: a good heuristic if I'm around is if I'm using my computer.

And the interface to the heat/AC system is trivial: a couple wires you cross and it goes.

So, I set out to start researching thermostats and found that somebody has already done this (of course) except they took it ten levels above where I'd go:

http://www.stratis-ltd.com/gpl/nic-aerc/
http://www.stratis-ltd.com/gpl/nic-aerc/rationale.html

How absolutely hard-core is that?

Now I want to build my own more than ever. :) But *sigh* ... I have enough projects. Maybe I'll just cave and buy one at a store.

P.S. This is also rad.
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2002-06-27 02:49 am (UTC)

you never listen :o\

i told you. whack it, and try again.
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[User Picture]From: lordremo
2002-06-27 04:23 am (UTC)

Thermostat?

That's it Brad. We're not letting you near the Microwave now!
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2002-06-27 08:50 am (UTC)

Re: Thermostat?

LOL I am also worried about what he might do with a blender...:) PLEASE tell me he doesn't have a Cuisinart!! hehe
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[User Picture]From: krow
2002-06-27 10:16 am (UTC)
If you build this, I would like one too :)

That and I have been wanting to put temperature probes throughout the house and somehow monitor them via the computer.
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[User Picture]From: elscorcho99
2002-06-27 12:42 pm (UTC)
He he that spaghetti scenario on that link is hilarious! ahhh the horrors of automatic everything.
God damn i dont know how I stumbled on this journal.
But I think your great because you lice in beaverton.
I used to live in oregon city. God I loved it there.
Now I live in slc.
good god I must move.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-06-27 02:39 pm (UTC)
that's..... insane.

the X10 stuff is great, I own a few pieces (and the original big bulky X10 color kit with no sound) is a wonder to have. lots of homebrew projects people have worked on to make it do all sorts of things. throw in motion detectors.. hm. if it dosen't detect motion for X amount of time, adjust temperature, etc..
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[User Picture]From: twistah
2002-06-27 07:02 pm (UTC)
You haven't had any problems with the X10 stuff, especially recent? No voltage problems, crappiness, etc? Was just curious; I've heard mixed things.
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[User Picture]From: saymyname77
2002-06-27 03:52 pm (UTC)
hey crazy, congrats on the move IN, try to get some sleep now.
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From: whey
2002-06-27 06:00 pm (UTC)
You have serious problems. Who the hell actually thinks about building their own thermostat?
Yes, I know. Brad.
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