Raspberry PIs have become somewhat of a standard in home automation setups. But if you have recently upgraded to the latest Raspbian image you may have been caught out with one of the latest changes (especially if you don’t use DHCP on your network). Continue reading
Like many people working in IT, I have a small server running at home doing various background jobs like sort my Email, provide network drives, monitor my house etc. This doesn’t require much processing power, and there are a great range of small Linux devices out there that are perfect for the job.
However there are times when a bit more power is required. So rather than have a high powered machine running all of the time, I thought of using two. One to do the lower power stuff, and another that kicks in when it’s needed. Continue reading
Regular visitors will notice some changes to the site today.
Over the last few months the number of spam comments have dramatically increased. Whilst Akismet keeps most of this away, I thought it about time I made some changes to the database and servers.
So welcome to the new look blog! I’m starting with a clean wordpress install, and then re-importing some of the old content – mainly the more technical articles. This will take me a few days, so sorry if something you are looking for isn’t available immediately.
I’ve just been reading the latest blog by Rory Cellan-Jones (the BBC’s Technology correspondent, in which he talks about Microsoft (Xbox One) and Sony’s (Playstation 4) attempts to give us “the all-purpose device that will give us all the entertainment we need” – one box to rule them all indeed. But I think he’s missed one crucial issue; the problem lies in the massive choice we have… Continue reading
In my previous site, I talked about watching a talk by Steven Goodwin at Barcamp Berkshire. He’s been into Home Automation for quite a while now, and his system is based around a X10 for network. X10 has been around for a while (since 1975 apparently) and despite its critics it still remains one of the dominant protocols used today. But as I knew from doing a little reading, it’s far from the only contender. Continue reading