Archive for November, 2007

Another HD theme for MythTV


Metallurgy is a wide screen theme for MythTV. It fully supports ratio 16:9, even for OSD (On-Screen Display). Additionally, the theme is available in four colors: Blue, Red, Green and Purple and uses transparency to show OSD.

Metallurgy is supposed to be used in Mythtv 0.21 (dev). So, you have to build it from the source to be able to test that theme.

P. S. Developers of Metallurgy are not going to release the version for ratio 4:3. That fact pushes me to think about buying at least HD-Ready Plasma of LCD TV.

CEDIA 2008 Awards


CEDIA 2008 Awards completion was started. There are twelve different categories:

  • Best home cinema installation under £20K
  • Best home cinema installation £20K – £100K
  • Best integrated home under £100,000
  • Best integrated home under £100K – £250K
  • Best integrated home over £250,000
  • Best multi-dwelling installation
  • Best dressed installation
  • Best special project
  • Best marine
  • Best trade supplier
  • Best stand at CEDIA Expo 2008
  • Best shell scheme stand at CEDIA Expo 2008

Look at the budgets – over £250,000! It’s really impressive! Waiting for results 🙂

DYI: controllable 1-wire thermostat

1-wire thermostat

A cool example of creation of controllable 1-wire thermostat. The author claims that there is a production thermostat with similar functionality tagged at $54.82. So, it depends to you buy it or make it by yourself.

SiteController for Irrigation & Lighting

SiteController for Irrigation and Lighting Controls

When I made a research of irrigation controller for our smarthome project one of the best options was Rain8. It satisfied all conditions except one – non-Windows user interface (our home automation system is Linux-based). SiteController for Irrigation & Lighting is deprived this lack. It includes built-in web servicer. So you’ll able to configure the SiteController using any web browser. Additionally it provies:

  • 16 stations standard, expandable to 48, with master valve control
  • Simple integration with home automation systems
  • Programmable sms, email and pager alerts
  • Standard 10/100 ethernet connection (possible add WiFi module)
  • Support for local weather station
  • Weather Resistant polycarbonate enclosure (NEMA3/IP54)
  • Simple front panel controls for test and maintenance
  • Optional two-wire expansion bus for additional sensors and controls

The SiteController for Irrigation & Lighting is available for pre-order at price $1,295.00.

HomeSeer Advanced Z-Wave Installation Tool


Recently HomeSeer released a new software – Z-Tool. It offers a quick and easy way to set up Z-Wave home networks and then transfer the USB interface to any Z-Wave enabled automation system for total home control. Z-Tool can be on on any PC with Windows OS. It supports popular Z-Wave USB interfaces including those from Cooper Wiring Devices, Intermatic and Wayne-Dalton.

The HomeSeer Advanced Z-Wave Installation Tool is tagged at just $29.95. So, it shouldn’t be a big deal to buy to make your life much easier.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

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