Good, Better & Best for a Smart Home

Smarthome guys published “Good, Better & Best Product Recommendations for a Smart Home” on their site. Sure they promote hardware and software which they sell. But it may give you a right idea for automation your home. The article split by automation area – climate, security, entertainment, light etc. There are also different recommendations for retrofit and new constructions. This is reasonable because for existing flat or house it’d be difficult add automation stuff without breaking an interior finish. But you can reduce damage by using proper hardware. For example, some popular wireless technology such Z-Wave, ZigBee or INSTEON.

Anyway, read thet recommendation and make your choice 🙂

LinuxMCE Version 1.1 is released

LinuxMCE logo
Plutohome fork LinuxMCE started its own life. The version 1.1 is released today. The new LinuxMCE is based on Kubuntu Feisty and integrated with KDE Desktop. The problem with Gnome was that ” the window manager in the Gnome desktop in Ubuntu does not support compositing and some of the other extensions needed to deliver a rich multi-media experience.” With new implementation LinuxMCE is running as a normal application and simply appears as an extra KDE desktop.
New version of LinuxMCE is available for downloading via BitTorrent. But remember that Kubuntu Feisty should be installed first. All bug reports can be posted here.
I already downloaded Kubuntu Feisty. So tonight I’ll install it on VMWave and download LinuxMCE 1.1 ISO (I hope).

Smart Search Beta

I’ve setup a Smart Search engine which already includes more than 30 sites. This number will be increased as new intersting sites about smarthome technologies will be found. If you’re an owner of good site/blog about smarthomes or just know some, please, contact me and I’ll add it to the Smart Search.

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