Thursday, February 25, 2010

Solar Panels Installed!

Here is this final product - a Sunny Boy inverter and 16 230W Sharp panels. Installation took only 1 1/2 days. It's all ready to go, just waiting on the utility to swap out the meter and for the city inspector.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

ChromeOS on Acer Aspire Netbook

Just tried out this build of ChromeOS. It boots fast, but doesn't work well with my netbook. The trackpad barely tracks and the tap to click trackpad feature doesn't work. ChromeOS really is just the web, but I need Remote Desktop to access my servers. I see no reason why ChromeOS can't have an RDP client - my Nokia N800 does. I liked Jolicloud on the netbook better, as it's really more of an OS than ChromeOS.

Monday, February 15, 2010


I just bought a DLink DNS-321 NAS. I'm hoping to use this for SageTV recordings, which are currently stored on the media server. I want to do this since I hibernate the SageTV server a lot, but would like the recordings available.

I'm going to be evaluating whether or not I can dump 4 HDHomerun streams to it while playing from 2 HD200s. I'm guessing no, but it's going to be an interesting experiment. While I was copying the existing recordings over, the maximum bandwidth I was able to achieve was 100 Mbps over gigabit links. An existing 1 hour HD recording took 5.5 GB, so that's about 12.5 Mbps. Four streams would be half of the maximum bandwidth I've seen and that doesn't include playback. If it doesn't work out, I play on using it for backups.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dog Feeder Demo

There was a recent thread on Cocoontech about pet related automation and this is a rehash of my post there about our automated pet feeder. Here's a snippet from a screencast I did that demo'd some parts of our HA system. This clip shows the automated dog feeder and how it's controlled from our GUI, including calling our dog over using TTS and watching the result via a camera popup. (The TTS audio is dubbed in for effect - it's what was pushed out of the garage MP3 player to the backyard speakers.)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jab2Twit - IM your Tweets

I've just released Jab2Twit, a small app that shows up in your chat client friends list, and lets you IM your tweets. Read more and get it here.