11. January 2004 18:55
It came to me today that my ideas on a Multimedia PC really falls under Home Automation. I think a lot of things I want to do with this PC are directly related to Home Automation and the media player portion of the tasks are a subset of the Home Automation device. So I am going to change the Namespace on my Wiki from Multimedia to HomeAutomation once I get a chance. This will make the wiki a little broader in it's content. I Think I will also change the Multimedia Blog category to Home Automation.
11. January 2004 08:37
Dad and I hiked part of the Ford Canyon trail at the White Tank Mountains Regional Park
. We started at the #9 Area on Ford Canyon road and hiked in 2.5 miles. We ended up short of the Abondoned Dam but it was real pretty. The trail started to get tough at about 2.0 miles in where you start getting into the canyon. Take a look at the Hiking gallery
for a couple pictures.
9. January 2004 21:49
I have an old PC that isn't really doing anything so I decided to make it into a multimedia PC for my home entertainment center. I looked around a little bit to see if there are any freeware applications that will handle this application. I found Freevo and MythTV. Both of these applications are Linux based which is ok for some people but I am a .Net developer so I wanted a Windows .Net solution. I haven't found anything that is written in C# so I decided to start my own for now to see how far I could take it.
Here are some things I want to do
- Play MP3
- Play My Home Videos
- Slideshow pictures
- X10 Home control
- Speech and Voice recognition
- Record TV Shows
- Monitor Home Security
- Get News feed with speech
- Weather reports
- RSS Aggregator
- Internet Radio
- Home Wiki
- Audio/Text Message center
- Allarm clock
- Play Games
I started a Home Automation Wiki Wiki to keep notes on my progress.
7. January 2004 22:06
I just finished a bug in the FlexWiki project that had to do with the System.Web.Caching.CacheDependency object. What a cool object! You can tie a cached item to a collection of files. When one of the files is changed the cached item is cleared. I did not relize the System.Web.Caching namespace had such an object.
7. January 2004 06:35
I finished an Xml Transform enhancement for the FlexWiki open source project late last night. I plan on using this feature to extract XML configuration information from the integration and test servers that run multiple instances of a web application. It is always painful to keep the documents up to date on what versions of the software are installed on the machines. Now I will be able to navigate to a wiki page and display the information.
This is the second enhancement I coded for the FlexWiki project. The first enhancement allowed a user to restore a previos versioned page as the current one.
I plan on contributing more to this project as time allows.
6. January 2004 07:45
My commute to work has extended to almost 60 minutes at times here in Phoenix Arizona. Nothing good seems to be on the radio anymore either. So today I grabbed one of the .Net Rocks internet audio talk shows and burned it to CD. The ride into work was a lot more informative:) You can also get the shows from MSDN Hosted .Net Rocks. I think I will be doing this more often.
5. January 2004 20:48
I have been using MegaWiki
on my Sony Clie for about 2 weeks now and I love it. It allows you to do WikiWikWeb
like mark up in any text field on a Palm OS device. I currently only use it for organizing my memo pad notes. It makes navigation between notes a snap. Now I can use my PDA as a note taking device when I am in a remote location without my computer.
5. January 2004 13:48
I have tried several blogging services and software packages and I finally decided to use .Text on my own web site. I felt I had more control over what I wanted to do with my blog if I used my own site and a package that came with the source. So far I really like .Text and I can't think of anything I would change currently.
4. January 2004 20:59
I took to the park today and flew the Slow Stick. I had a 2 cell Lipo powering it. It flew about 15 minutes before I had to call it a flight. It sure is nice using Lipo power packs over nicads. The weight differance allowed me to use half throttle and still climb.
4. January 2004 13:30
Well I am in the process of moving over to a new webhosting service. I used to use Flarehosting but I changed to WebHost4Life. The new service is cheaper and provides more capabilities. So far I am very impressed with the service. The control panel used to configure your web site gives you a lot of capabilities. I now have subdomain capability without additional cost.