I started messing with home automation when I was 12. My first electrical experiment happened
when I found a car headlight in the trash. I cut the end off of a household extension cord,
hooked up the two wires to the headlight, and plugged it in. That's when I first learned the
difference between AC and DC (AC hurts more).
During those teenage years, I continued my adventures by wiring up speakers throughout the
house and setting up secret microphones to monitor things like slumber parties (geez, don't
tell my sisters). I took the usual electricity
and electronics classes in high school, which yielded such things as a florescent desk lamp
(the one right here on my desk), a car stereo power booster, and other things like that.
Back in the 80s, I impressed my new girlfriend by adding phone jacks to her house and
replacing light switches with dimmer switches (oooooh). Of course she married me and now
she affectionately calls me the Electro-Wonder-Man (well, okay, I kind of got her to call
Over the years, I had heard about X-10 technology, but for some reason I just never got around
to trying it out. On Wednesday, June 3, 1998, I plugged in my first X-10 appliance module
and from there I was hooked. I've pretty much been a gadget geek all my life and I don't know
how I've survived all that time without a daily X-10 fix.
Since I develop web programs for a living, my first X-10 experiment was to develop a
web interface to control my home. I was pretty pumped when it worked! So I have cleaned up the
the code and made it available for you to download for free.
I suppose I'll use this web site to organize my thoughts and provide some info about what I'm
up to with home automation. If you happen to find the information useful, cool. If not, cool.
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