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  • rmasonjr
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    Originally posted by Rotech View Post
    Is this in XP?
    No.

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  • mark_anderson_us
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    Originally posted by stevea View Post
    IAlthough I don't know that it is reallly cool, I also do multiple layers of backups using robocopy and HS scripts, backing up all our personal data each day, keeping about 30 days of backups in multiple places on my network (two FreeNAS machines, as well as external drives on our two Media Center boxes that stay up all the time). HS makes that kind of thing very easy to do.


    Steve
    Not sure what HS adds to this. Can't you do all that with regular Windows scheduler, or is there a whoel piece of HS functionality I know nothing about :-)

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  • Rotech
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    Originally posted by rmasonjr View Post
    +1 on robocopy... It's one of the best kept secrets in win7...
    Is this in XP?

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  • rmasonjr
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    Originally posted by stevea View Post
    Although I don't know that it is reallly cool, I also do multiple layers of backups using robocopy and HS scripts, backing up all our personal data each day, keeping about 30 days of backups in multiple places on my network (two FreeNAS machines, as well as external drives on our two Media Center boxes that stay up all the time). HS makes that kind of thing very easy to do.

    Steve
    +1 on robocopy... It's one of the best kept secrets in win7...

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  • stevea
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    I haven't been really following this thread, but there certainly are some cool things everyone is doing.

    The things in my system that I consider the coolest are (somewhat selfishly) all built around my own script packages posted in the library forum:
    1. Using SnevlLatitude, an anouncement is made over the house speakers when my wife or I arrive at work, leave work, or are at the grocery store.
    2. Using Snevl CID to manage blocked names, blocked numbers, and customize announcements.
    3. Integrated Snevl CID and Snevl Latitude to announce where my wife or I are at when we call home. E.g., instead of just "Steve is calling" the announcement is "Steve is calling while at the mall".
    4. Snevl_bb displays all sorts of useful stuff on our two LED signs in the house, including weather warnings (from Snevl Weather Warnings, or course ), Caller ID, breaking news, news headlines, etc.
    Although I don't know that it is reallly cool, I also do multiple layers of backups using robocopy and HS scripts, backing up all our personal data each day, keeping about 30 days of backups in multiple places on my network (two FreeNAS machines, as well as external drives on our two Media Center boxes that stay up all the time). HS makes that kind of thing very easy to do.

    Steve

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  • Raptor
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    +1 on the thermostat from work or mobile. in this heat it has proved very useful.

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  • TomTom
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    @Wpiman - Brilliant! Really Nice. Great solution, thanks so much.

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  • wpiman
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    Some pictures.....

    This was the board I built. This one looks quite bad as I used a Radio Shack soldering iron. The other ones I made look a little better. I put these in a plastic container, drilled holes in in for the wires, and ran some to the hot points in the washer and dryer. I solders those on. The container resides inside the washing machine and dryer, and the TTL leads come out to the Flyport.
    Attached Files

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  • mark_anderson_us
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    Thanks!

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  • wpiman
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    Originally posted by mark_anderson_us View Post
    would you mind sharing how you do the washer/dryer stuff?
    I used an optocoupler from Avago as a voltage detector and a Flyport Wifi.

    http://www.avagotech.com/pages/en/op...tor/hcpl-3760/


    HCPL-3760

    http://www.flyportamerica.com/

    If you download the app note (1004) from Avago, I built the circuit that is shown
    in figure 10. I think there is some calculation needed for the
    resistors. I think they were somewhere around 35k, but don't quote
    me. Need a cap, 10uF, across the DC inputs. This was for 110VAC.
    Change the numbers for 210 and maybe 50Hz as needed.

    The VCC and ground come from the flyport. I configured the inputs to
    be pulled up.

    You then need to probe around your washer/dryer to find a voltage that
    indicates the state. If you have an LED or something on it, that
    would be the most practical. You might even be able to get a light
    detector to see that as well. BE CAREFUL when probing around.
    Ideally, if there is an on/off led, you might not even need to open
    it. You could sort of do what the guy in the Ardunio video did and
    just detect the light. The Wifi Flyport has a analog input that could support this.

    If your flyport is configured, you should be able to see the inputs on
    the default webserver screen. I have a script post that will read the
    XML into Homeseer.

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  • mark_anderson_us
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    My favorites are:

    Buttons on my Logitech IR remote for "cocktail break". Pauses what's playing, raises lights, turns on kitchen (liquor storage), stairway and bathroom lights.

    Living room lights increase/dim when movie/TV is paused/stopped or played respectively. Still impressed every time I do that

    Monitor sump pump (3 water levels) with text message ans hourly and daily usage of main and backup pump

    Bedtime button: sets alarm, turns on hallway, bathroom and bedsie lamp. kill all lights after 2 mins (except bedside)

    Change thermostat and lights when alarm is set (just adding bluetooth prox for this)

    Wall mounted Kindle Fires

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  • mark_anderson_us
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    Originally posted by wpiman View Post
    My wife is very appreciative of the text messages she gets when the washer and dryer are complete. She gets one when they are complete, and then reminders if she doesn't open the door.

    The alerts from the family cape house for flooding, temperature, and humidity are liked as well. Also, using location based settings is great. I track 4 phones, if any are within 10 miles, the temperature controls will start working.
    would you mind sharing how you do the washer/dryer stuff?

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  • mark_anderson_us
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    Originally posted by TeleFragger View Post
    not cool.. but email on alarm settings and sump pump stats
    Ditto

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  • travisdh
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    Finally got around to putting up a youtube video of how my fire response system works for those that are interested:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ZZkAnORoU

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  • Code
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    My personal favorite is the ability to remind my wife (or anyone else in the house) that the main door was left open for more than 5 minutes. Basically I have three events and scripts using my Schlage LiNK deadbolt.

    1- The first one its triggered when the deadbolt is unlocked and creates a global variable holding the date and time when the event runs.

    2- The second script is time triggered and checks every minute if the lock is open, if it is it compares the current date and time against the variable created. If more than 5 minutes passed from the moment the deadbolt unlocked, it will pick one of 5 random (and funny) phrases to alert using the kitchen speaker client.

    3- Third script is triggered when the deadbolt is locked, if the door has been opened less than 5 minutes it will just delete the variable. But if the door was opened for more than five minutes it will speak "Thanks!"

    After that, I love my iPhone UI on HSTouch and an event that turns off lights, adjusts the A/C turns fans and check doors when I go to sleep.

    BTW, this thread is awesome, I've learned a lot ended up with a lot of new ideas for future projects!

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