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Pinkie: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?
Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinkie. Try to control the world!

From: Stephen Speilberg's "Pinkie and the Brain"

Jan 2011

Well we've got some really cool toys to add here and some we're working on.

  • 2011/01/02 - Yes, I've switched to a different date format. :-) I'm still working on home automation and not ignoring this project. Current I'm working hard on my next Trenton Computer Festival (TCF) (see my blog for details). All of this is culminating in my DollHouse project. Which seems to be turning into a hardware and software solution.
  • 07/25/2009 - I've decided to create a software SC (the hardware HCS II supervisory controller) using Java and Groovy. It's been two years since I've worked with Bob's HCS-C board and I'm pretty sure I won't be able to catch up the work. Since I still want to use the HCS comm-links this seems like a good solution.
  • 01/01/2007 - I've been giving this a lot of thought and my efforts have been moving towards building a HCS II like home automation setup based on Linux. That's what these pages will be for. I'll still be working with Robert Morrison's HCS-C board.
  • 08/20/2006 - I've posted an RFC (Request For Comment) on the Circuit Cellar BBS, under the HCS forum. Titled: RFC: HCS-L. I think this is the future of the HCS project and I'd like others to comment on my thoughts. It is my effort to merge this project (the Linux HA project) with the Open Source HCS project.
  • 08/14/2006 - I've finished my book (Linux Smart Home For Dummies / Support pages) and it's now available I'm putting together my list of things to work on (Insteon PLC, HCS II, comm-links). One of the things I really need to do is update the look of these pages (HCS II and this page).
  • 07/04/2006 - I now have the CM15A, CM19A, USB Insteon PLC (iplc) and Labjack drivers working properly under Linux 2.6.15. I didn't do any testing other than using insmod to add them to the module table. I am using the CM15A driver with my cm15d daemon. I can set the clock and send simple X10 commands such as A1AON. I'll get to work on the iplc driver and Misterhouse soon. I'll try to get the drivers posted tonight.



The initial purpose behind this project is to provide a standard interface to various HA controllers. I have a number of them and more will be released. At this time I want to concentrate on the daemon code and getting a stable interface to at least one of the controllers. If you're interested in a user interface that will come later. I don't intend on replacing a project such as Bruce Winter's Mr. House. In fact if the daemon is written correctly it should be possible to run Mr. House on machine A and the daemon on machine B and still be able to control it using Brand X software from machine A-Z.

Further Home Automation software can be found at This is the admin's personnal home page.