Harvesting Addresses

Have you ever wished you could create a list of all of the email addresses that you have communicated with over the years? Perhaps you’re building an email distribution list or need to notify everyone that you’re changing your address. …

Arduino & The Internet of Things

If you tinker with technology then chances are you already know what the “Internet of Things” is all about. If you don’t know, then my question to you is, where have you been!? For those of you not in the …

Home Automation 2.0 – Pt 3

In my first post, in this three-part series, I wrote about how I physically interfaced my Ademco Alarm Panel to my Home Automation computer.  In this article, I will show you how to capture the data stream that comes through …

Home Automation 2.0 – Pt 2

In my last post I wrote about interfacing my Ademco alarm panel into my Home Automation (HA) network. Since I completed the installation I have had an on again and off again problem with the Mac receiving output from the …

Home Automation 2.0 – Pt 1

I have gone through many iterations in the applications that drive my Home Automation (HA) system but so far I have held firm to the underlying Insteon technology that powers it.  A long-standing goal for moving to the next level …

Insteon Serial PLM to Mac Interface

I have an extensive home automation implementation that I have built over the years based, for the most part, on Insteon technology.  I recently decided that I wanted to integrate my Ademco security system into my setup so I could …

Homemade WebDAV

I have had an open item on my To-Do-List to set up a WebDAV Server for well over a year now.  I needed a good distraction from my work activities for the weekend so I decided I would –finally- make …

Gaming Challenges and Open NAT

My son has a number of game consoles and has really been into his XBOX 360 of late.  He recently acquired a new title that was complaining about our network configuration and refused to let him play. After hearing his …

Making Your Smart Home Smarter

Back in October 2009, I wrote an article about Home Automation and mentioned that one of my next tasks was to figure out a way to “sense” my garage door status so I would always know if it were open …

DIY Backups – Part IV

We are finally ready to complete this series and leave you with a fully functional and cost free backup solution. Now that you have your server setup and have an initial copy of the data you want to backup on …