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Control

Cool thing of the week…

There’s a small Home Automation slant to this one, I’ve been looking at budget tablets to use as controllers for the house, and by budget I mean under £100. I picked up an HP stream 11 several months ago and have been impressed with it for the price. When I saw HP had released  a 7 inch tablet, I wondered how good it could be, I have to admit to being pretty impressed, even though its  an Intel Atom with just 1gb […]

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Music

Music Libraries.

I’ve been trying to get a workable music library of late, I’ve tried a number of ways, but have now settled on using iTunes match to keep the whole library, at 20,000 tracks i only have room for another 5000, i do wonder what apple was thinking when they set this limit. iTunes match works for all my apple devices, but the problem i have is that its no good to Sonos players, so I am left with syncing the […]

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Home Automation

What’s new on our setup?

Sadly no new hardware this week, but we now have the replacement hot water tank and configuration for the heating planned out, and just waiting to hear when it can all be installed, and I can finally remove the Hive heating controls from the house. I’ve made a few changes to the lighting scenes we have, increasing the number of scenes in both the living room and kitchen, but also changing the config so that a simple press of the […]

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Home Automation

Intercoms….

This week has seen me configuring a customer’s Loxone Intercom, its a very cool piece of kit, though I do have to admit to being a little disappointed in the documentation from Loxone, which is far from clear (imho) as to the configuration steps required to make it work inside and outside the local network. Once again though with the help of James and Omid at Loxone UK its become a lot more obvious how things are done. I just […]

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I finally get memory flags.

Well after a year of using and configuring Loxone setups, i now get the whole memory flag thing, they make my configs look so much neater, unfortunately you can’t use memory flags with the statistics tick box, but the number of virtual states I now have in my configuration has reduced significantly. They are brilliant, you use them as a direct replacement for virtual states to display figures or you can pass them through to formula’s, very cool indeed.

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Cool Stuff

Not home automation related at all!

Just bought one of these Blue Lounge Jimi USB extender for a customer, and thought they were a really handy product to know about. Basically its a nice little plastic extender that drops the USB port to beneath the bezel of the new ultra-thin IMac’s, making access to the port considerably easier.    

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Cool Stuff

How cool can a light switch be?

I’ve not really written much about CES this year, as to be honest after 3 years of attending, and uttering the phrase “i’m not going back next year” at its conclusion, I finally mean it. CES 2016 will be devoid of Activ8 Computer Solutions attendance! 2017??? well that’s a different matter! Anyway back to my post… How cool can a light switch be? The coolest thing I saw at the show was the Lucis Nubryte Console. A very simple concept, of […]

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Intelligent Heating Controllers!!! BAH!!!!

I’ve spent all morning working on a problem with the heating controllers on a Loxone system. They might be intelligent when they work, but…. feed them bad information and there’s no easy way to clear the history of statistics without creating completely new heating controllers in the configuration. My only real complaint about the whole Loxone setup is the lack of documentation, for instance with the Intelligent Heating Controller there’s no information about for instance how or more importantly when […]