12. February 2005 08:38
Just noticed that ActiveHomePro
has an SDK
that allows you to script your own X10 programs. It also allows for monitoring of X10 commands. Craig Andrea
is using it to monitor his build status
. Cool idea!
30. December 2004 07:16
I think the Creating Desktop Application Remote Controls with the .NET Compact Framework (Part 1) article will prove to be helpful when I begin to build my Home Automation project. The Pocket PC can act as a remote for my entire system.
Couple things I might have it do:
- Play audio
- Control video equipment
- Turn on/off lights
- Enable/Disable the security system
17. December 2004 19:23
Well I got my Dell Axim x50v before xmas so I had to give it a spin. First thing I wanted to do was try some Video and Audio out on the Media Player. Well as long as you have a file under 10 mb the mp3s would work ok but over 10 mb the player would pause. Sounded like the player was having an issue with memory when trying to play a large file. So I searched around a bit and I found MortPlayer
. It is a freeware application that handles the larger files. I played an 18 mb mp3 file with no problems at all. This application looks like it is packed full of features. I am sure it will replace Windows Media play just fine for my audio needs. Now I just need to find a good video player.
10. December 2004 04:33
I have run into the "Failed To Enable Constraint" exception many times while using datasets. I always find it to be a very tedious job to determine what the actual error is. Here is a good post
that shows how to trouble shoot this problem.
10. December 2004 04:25
I like to have one solution with multiple projects that compile DLL's to a common folder that all other progects reference. The problem is that VS.Net locks the DLLs. Well this article
tells how to get around this.
10. December 2004 03:47
I got a chance to try out SendMSN just a few minutes ago and I wanted to pass along my input.
The binaries are built on .Net 1.1 so I was unable to use it on my work machine since we are stuck on 1.0 Framework for now. I suppose I could have recompiled it on 1.0 but I wanted to give it a spin right from the download.
The configuration is very simple. All you need is your screen name and MSN Messenger login information.
The command line options are easy to use also. /m:"my message" /r:email@example.com
You can even use the Emoticons in the message. The recipient must have you on his/her buddy list or else the message will not get to them.
- Caller ID notification for Home Automation
- Stock Allerts
- IP Address change notification
- Home Automation Alerts
- The door bell rang. A URL could be sent along in the message that can take me directly to my video camera pointing at the front door.
- The Home Security detected a break in My home
- Video cameras detected motion
- The snail mail arrived
- Build notifications
- Message was left on my answering machine
Since SendMSN needs to log into the Messenger, send the message and log out of Messenger there can be a delay before the message actauly reaches the destination. I might want to create a Windows Service that stays logged into Messenger to speed up the notifications for things like Security alerts.
I noticed that SendMSN can detect if the recipient is online or not. I may want to change the code so that a message can be guaranteed delivery. If the recipient is offline wait for him/her to come online and then send the message. I may also want to email the message if the recipient is offline.
9. December 2004 20:40
Just found a small article that details how to unit test web pages
using Cassini. This is an alternative to using NUnitAsp. I have not tried this out yet but I thought it was interesting.
7. December 2004 13:50
I have to check this out to see how it works. I would like to send messages from my home automation system. The SendMSN command line tool allows you to do just this. It is built on top of the managed MSN messenger library called dotMSN.
2. December 2004 20:37
I was looking at the Engadget site and I noticed this little Wifi Enabled Remote
device. My first thought was that it would us your Wifi to control your media device anywhere in the house
which is exactly what I wanted to develop. But it turns out the device uses Wifi for programing and updates.