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Smart Home Hacks Tips and Tools for Automating Your House

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ISBN-10: 0596007221

ISBN-13: 9780596007225

Edition: 2004

Authors: Gordon Meyer

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So much of what is commonplace today was once considered impossible, or at least wishful thinking. Laser beams in the operating room, cars with built-in guidance systems, cell phones with email access. There's just no getting around the fact that technology always has, and always will be, very cool. But technology isn't only cool; it's also very smart. That's why one of the hottest technological trends nowadays is the creation of smart homes. At an increasing rate, people are turning their homes into state-of-the-art machines, complete with more switches, sensors, and actuators than you can shake a stick at. Whether you want to equip your home with motion detectors for added security,…    
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.94" long x 0.87" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

A Foot in the Front Door
Know the X10 Address
Turn On a Light
Master Your Appliances
Send X10 Commands
Send X10 Commands Wirelessly
Keep Watch with Motion Detectors
Turn On the Lights When You Enter a Room
Turn On the Lights When They're Needed
Ring a Bell to Alert the House
Sense What's Happening
Control the Uncontrollable
Groom Your Home for X10
Set Addresses for Modules Without Dials
Increase the Spousal Approval Factor
Unplug Your Computer
Add a Brain to Your Smart Home
Get to Know XTension
Get to Know Indigo
Get to Know HomeSeer
Sync with the Sun
Choose the Right Controller
Maintain an X10 Library
Shop for Secret X10 Devices
Welcome to the State Machine
Remember Important Events
Keep the Lights On While You Work
Know Who's Calling
Broadcast Announcements to the Whole House
Announce Events with Recorded Announcements
Send Pager Messages
Broadcast Messages on Your Home Network
Control Your Printer from Afar
Phone Your Home
Control Your Home with Phlink
Forward Phone Calls
Silence the House when You're on the Phone
Kitchen and Bath
Brew Your Morning Coffee
Detect the Beer Thief
Install a Kitchen Terminal
Install a Home TV Server
Control Your Heating Remotely
Monitor the Refrigerator Door
Heat the Toilet Seat
Detect Flooding
Monitor the Litter Box
Avoid Battery Memory Problems
Educate Your Alarm Clock
Put the House to Sleep for the Night
Lighting for Insomniacs
Adjust Lights as the Sun Rises
Simulate a Sunrise
Motorize Your Window Blinds
Outdo Big Ben
Garage and Yard
Monitor Your Driveway
Know If the Garage Door Is Open
Control Your Garage Door
Control Your Home from Your Car
See Through Walls
Use Indoor Modules in the Great Outdoors
Control Outdoor Lighting
Track Fuel Consumption
Know When the Mail Arrives
Mow the Lawn
Get the Weather
Safely Water the Garden
Foster Green Pastures with a Smart Sprinkler System
Stop Watering During Rainstorms
Adapt Sprinkler Schedules and Solar Water Heating to Available Sunlight
Check for an Empty Home
Know Who's Home
Avoid False Intrusion Alarms
Nobody Here but Us Ghosts
Send Notifications of Home Events
Who's There?
Secure Your Construction Site
Monitor Your Summer Home
Protect Outdoor Cameras
Know When Windows and Doors Are Open
Bark like a Dog
Unite Your Alarm and Home Automation Systems
Instill Peace of Mind for the Elderly
Monitor Your Home with a Network Camera
Advanced Techniques
Improve the Response Time of Motion Detectors
Check for Dead Motion Detector Batteries
Outsmart Motion Detectors
Improve X10 Reliability
Avoid Common X10 Problems
Streamline Your AppleScripts
Harness Your Hamster to Power a Night Light
Get More Out of Your Motion Detectors
Track Home Events with iCal
Chart Home Automation Data
Share Your Home Automation Mac with Other Users
Remap X10 Addresses
Control Lights in a Group
Block Units for Easier Scripting
Calculate Elapsed Time
Identify Trouble Spots
Control Your Home from a Web Browser
Which Way Did She Go?