VDRAdmin-AM v3.6.4 is out


A new version of VDRAdmin-am – web interface to the VDR, was released today. There are not so many changes in that release:

  • Added: Use “.update” in VDR’s video directory to check if recordings cache needs to be refreshed.
  • Added: CACHE_REC_ENABLED option in vdradmind.conf to enable (1) or disable (0) recordings caching.
  • Changed: Encode.pm now is optional and no recoding will happen if it’s missing.
  • Updated: Finnish translation

Using VDRAdmin-am allows to manage times, records, see EPG, change channels, watch current channel via HTTP. The VDRAdmin-am v3.6.4 can be downloaded here.

VDRAdmin-AM v3.6.2 is out

30th of June was released a new version of VDRAdmin-AM – alternative web interface for VDR. The v3.6.2 contains following major changes:

  • No need to set the VFAT option in VDRAdmin-AM any longer as both filename codings will be searched for.
  • Include UTF8 locales by default.
  • Added support for modifying EPGSearch blacklists.
  • Show stream and switch buttons in prog_summary on channels without EPG information.

Additionally a few translations was added and minor bugs were fixed.

VDRAdmin-AM is a fork of VDRAdmin. It became more popular than its parent. It’s a result of good localization, quick bug fixing and implementing requested features, support of all well-known web browsers.

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.

Web module for Bye Bye Standby

Bye Bye Standby web module

Bye Bye Standby has announced its new controller which provides a web interface to control its sockets, outlets and other modules. The controller should be connected to the internet. To communicate with Bye Bye Standby devices it uses radio frequency 433 MHz. So, you don’t need additional wiring.

To be able to use that feature Bye Bye Standby offers a web service. You need to create an account, register your controller and after that you can control your appliance, check its status and monitor energy usage from anywhere in the world via the web. Additionally, Bye Bye Standby on-line service offers sending notifications by email or SMS. But SMS is not free. you should pay for them as well as for using the service.

Sounds good but a bit now clear for me. I prefer to have built-in web server in the controller to avoid using such web services. Moreover, the service is not free. You should pay some monthly amount plus cost of SMS. But if you already Bye Bye Standby devices that controller might be interesting for you.

Bye Bye Standby Online Kit is available at price £84.99 inc VAT and three months of subscription to its web service.

[via AutomatedHome]

BlueLava: CGI interface for x10

BlueLava is a Perl web application which allows to control your x10 devices via Internet. It’s run as CGI script (it’s old school but many providers support CGI and its configuration is extremely simple) and uses various commandline x10 utilities. The latest version – v0.4.1 offers WAP interface. So you’ll able to control your home devices even from your mobile phone. Demo version of BlueLava 0.4.3 can be found here.

BlueLava is developed using Perl under GPL license. So if you’re Perl geek you can extend it easily and share your result with other people.

BlueLava v0.4.3 can be downloaded here.

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