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Linux Home Automation for the Masses
|of braille, making it easier to hit buttons in the night.|
|2009||All meshed up||My plan was to replace the unreliable X10 controllers and lamp dimmers with RF modules. Of course you could never guarantee that the modules could talk to each other directly, my parents have internal brick walls that really wreak havoc with anything wireless. So the network would need to be resilient to this type of problem.|
|2009||Smart Home Automation with Linux||Minerva's founder and chief architect, Steven Goodwin, has secured a book deal with leading publisher Apress to expose all the secrets of his smart home, and home automation in general.|
|2008||Optimus Maximus Keyboard||Time to take a second mortgage on your home or break into your kid's college fund - the Fabled Optimus Maximus Keyboard has Arrived|
|9th November 2008||Minerva at UKUUG||Minerva's founder and chief architect, Steven Goodwin, is to present a talk at the UKUUG conference and workshop in Manchester.|
|22nd September 2008||Moonbeam||
Moonbeam provides a simple way to keep track of all your bookmarks in a central location, instead of being attached to whichever browser you're currently using. This scores wins over services like del.icio.us because the data is kept on your server.
Additionally, each bookmark can be assigned an arbitrary number of metatags, so web sites that don't fit neatly into one category can be given both of them (e.g. geek, and humour), which also makes finding them easier.
|2nd June 2008||Smitten||
Smitten is a media centre application for playing movies, music, picture slideshows, and reading text on your TV or computer.
Smitten differs from traditional media centres in three major ways:
1. It contains no media playback at all! This makes it very small (and suitable for porting to embedded systems) and quick to initialize.
Essentially, Smitten provides an easy-to-use menu system that allows the user to navigate a hierarchy of files, and view them using an (external) tool.
|29th April 2008||Optimus Maximus Keyboard||It looks like this keyboard is really going to arrive. Wow! Just thinking about the reports and information that could be present for HA applications is incredible. After all, you'd no longer need a monitor - the expensive bit of kit (in terms of money, and chip space.)|
|12-14th March 2008||IPTV Forum 2008||We have been prowling around the stands to look for the perfect PVR that'll interface nicely with Minerva. We haven't yet found one, but hopefully someone will step up to the plate and work with us to support Minerva.|
|4th March 2008||Eleonex One||Is this our HA saviour? Possibly!|
|15th February 2008||Minerva at FOSDEM||Minerva's founder and chief architect, Steven Goodwin, is to present a lightning talk at the Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting on the 24th February 2008.||Video of this talk!|
|13th December 2007||Homebrew: Tea at the touch of a button||As part of the ZDNet Homebrew challenge, this video explains some of the features available with the Minerva system.||Video|
|4th December 2007||Five Subtleties of HA||HA is not about brute forcing complexity into your daily lives, it's about technology augmenting your life in a subtle natural way. Here are five examples of things I've implemented in Minerva.|
|29th November 2007||Build on Free Software||As most of you know, I do a lot of work within the Free and Open Source communities; so it's natural that my HA setup makes use of this. This post on my zdnet blog briefly outlines which majors pieces of software are featured.|
Linux Home Automation for the Masses