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  Home Automation with Mac OS X, Part 1
Subject:   Can it be made to work WITHOUT a computer ?
Date:   2004-02-16 07:32:35
From:   ygor
I would love to set up my home with this stuff, but I do not care to dedicate a computer to the monitoring of it.


Is there such a critter as an intelligent interface that can handle timed events and such ?

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  • Can it be made to work WITHOUT a computer ?
    2004-02-16 20:24:51  mnewman [View]

    You don't need to dedicate a computer to running home automation with Indigo. What I did was set up a separate user that logs in automatically and uses KeepItUP to start and keep running Indigo and Oculus (web cam software). That user stays logged in 24/7. Then just use fast user switching to log into your own account.

    (I used to have a dedicated OS/9 box running Xtension. I liked Xtension but there seems to be no OS/X version in sight.)

    Indigo is quite flexible and can be programmed to overcome some of the known problems with X-10 hardware.

    And, this is not expensive. For a couple hundred US$ you can get started with a simple system and expand as your needs and creativity dictate.

    I look forward to subsequent articles in this series.