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Marketplace / Re: controllable thermostat less than 5" wide?
« on: July 10, 2013, 05:21:59 am »
My suggestion is manipulate the space.  A good finish carpenter with a good selection of router bits can cut into the molding of each vertical piece and refinish the cut out to look intentional.  It's pretty common in older homes when switches were added after construction.

Alternatively, could a z-wave thermostat be mounted inside the HVAC closet?  If your orbiter controls it there is no real reason to get to its display.  In my home the 2gig thermostat is fairly hidden behind a door that is almost always left open and in the main hallway where the old thermostat was mounted is a cradled WebDT. 

I set that orbiter to "Hallway" as a room, and created over a dozen scenes that only appear when in room 'hallway.' 

Entire house climate scenes: 65, 70, +1, -1.
Hallway scenes: 65, 66, 67, 68, etc...,  heat, cool, fan on, fan auto, +1, -1,

Custom scenes I have tried but couldn't get going: energy save heat, energy save cool.  Where the 2-stage unit uses its slow response mode to slowly reach a temperature.

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Users / Re: Core continually "finds" hard drive.
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:45:49 am »
Allow me to try and explain based on my understanding.  If there are technical points described without complete accuracy someone with better familiarity will need to correct me.  I can resolve the notification issue however.

LMCE does not keep media partitions mounted.  Part of the radar that detects new drives does an occasional /mount (performs checks?) and then /umount.  So far as I understand it, you may test to verify, a partition needs to be mounted in order for xine/mplayer to read from it.  While doing playback of a movie known to exist on that drive do you still see the notice every 15 minutes?

To change notifications for individual orbiters, there is a setting in webadmin>orbiters>advanced which from memory is simply called "notifications."  There are no tips for this input to display all options but choices I have discovered are:

All
Important
-I assume there is a null/0/none/off setting but I haven't found it.

On my WebDT, weborbiter2 devices and theater setting on-screen orbiters I use "important" though a zero setting would be ideal.  For the onscreen orbiter of my hybrid (which is a 23" desktop monitor) I prefer the all setting as I am kept up on system workings, the downloading of new packages etc, when I am presumably more able/willing to make corrections or adjustments if necessary.

*I reread your post and wanted to ask specifically how you told LMCE to use the 1.83TB(-install size).  Most of my core setups have used smaller disks for boot/OS and larger disks for media.  I may again be wrong but my understanding here is that "all on one drive" setups would bottleneck streaming content to MDs while trying to copy a DVD on another MD and manage database read/writes all at the same time.

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Users / Re: Adding a special "room"
« on: July 01, 2013, 09:30:33 am »
I have decided to go ahead and build these controls into a much smaller tank for the time being.  When I begin on the much more expensive 125 gallon tank I will hopefully have some lessons learned.  I have most of the plumbing set up but am now pausing before cementing pipe together to plan out actuated valves.  The cost of RainBirds controlled valves is very reasonable and allows me to open/close water pathways for various effects.

Z-Wave has several radiator and in-floor heat devices.  Has anyone used these and had any issues creating events?  I am in the US, if availability changes my options.

Dimmable (standard socket) LED bulbs?  Anyone have any recommendations based on the above few posts?

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Users / Re: Adding a special "room"
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:30:53 pm »
In the reef-tank world there are lots of ready made options and several have PC connectivity and web-browser control/monitoring.  Digital Aquatics has a simple temp monitor that can have expansion modules connected for O2, CO2, water level etc.  If I was building this for a customer I would recommend that route but the hope in using my excess automation gear (x10, z-wave, gc100 relays, etc) was to both use some excess and to have access via the same orbiters that control the rest of the house.

With seperate floor plans and assigning all aquarium devices to this "room" I could have exceptional visibility not to mention alarms and notices broadcasting to all MDs or if critical limits are exceeded it could kill power to malfunctioning devices.  For something typical such as an overflow clogging I could install a float switch to stop the return pump, but I could also connect the float switch to a gc-100 sensor and get a notice that tells me I need to get home or have a roommate/neighbor check if out.

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Users / Re: Adding a special "room"
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:44:37 pm »
Thank you for your input.  I had not considered an ardurino but now that you mention it, that could be exactly what I am looking for to handle some of the special on/offs such as my weather effects.  Going that route I am assuming the ardurino program is performed when an event triggers LMCE to send an "execute the thing you do" command?  This would help with some of my on for x seconds, off for y & then on for z.

I have struggled so far in my prototypes with water temperature so am still prototyping my chilled resevoir idea.  What I could really use assistance on to move forward with control is LED light selection as now I think I may move away from the open top and instead do a cooled canopy.  Here are my new questions:

6500k Dimmable LED (as recommended for aquariums)
Somewhat moisture resistant (probably less than shower area)
Dimmable to very low % levels
Wide illumination pattern (no spotlight effect)
Plays well with z-wave dimmers

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Users / Adding a special "room"
« on: June 23, 2013, 10:49:48 am »
Greetings old friends!

I am still happily using 10.04 in my home and have enjoyed LinuxMCE for about 5 years now.
For reasons of roommate consideration, I have downsized the number of rooms with devices and dramatically reduced the amount of control and automation active.  -Of special note to those who have watched me struggle with old/unsupported equipment, this means only the best, most supported, newest equipment is in use now.

With extra time and automation equipment on my hands I have decided to pick back up the aquarium/vivarium hobby and think I could greatly benifit from some of my unused equipment and all I have learned about automation with and in LMCE.  My first question is about lights as I ran out and bought before asking before.  Following that question I will list a few ideas I have and if anyone is interested in following along or discussing this application I would be happy to update.

Innotech? Z-Wave Dimmable Light switch controlling 1-3 5000k LED bulbs?  Dimming with CFLs was not very successful for me using this switch and having watched TSCHACK's LED dimming YouTube video I have my doubts. (Congratulations btw TSCHACK on your recent family addition)
These lights will ideally provide a gradual increase in brightness each morning to simulate dawn and then a gradual reduction in the evening for dusk.  I am hoping for input on wide coverage bulbs that don't "beam" a narrow area, work well with z-wave fed fixtures and dim in small increments to very low intensities.

The whole picture of this new "room"

125 gallon (72x18x20) eurobraced glass aquarium w/ 40 gallons extra in refugium and sump
Paludranium (spelling may be off) meaning 50/50 water and land with many live plants
Two juvenial axolotls will call this home

Non-typical or creative aquarium ideas

Axolotl require cooler water than most aquariums (60-64F) and do like intense light.
Sumps and refugium overflows will function normally but I would like to add a refrigerated resevoir which would pump to 'cool rain' sprinkler heads when the tank goes above 64F. My thought is to use the relays on the gc100 to open automatic sprinkler valves but I have not found a good submersible temp sensor that could talk to LMCE.
Rain simulation would mainly be used as a cooling method but will also be added to accompany seasonal changes around breeding time.
Lightning storm effect: simple x10 or z-wave wall outlet would need to quickly turn on and off a cheap strobe light dialed in to lightning flash speed and mounted in the canopy.
Cloud movement: my idea is to have dark areas of a rolled film pulled horizontally from roll to roll between the lights and the glass top to give a moving cloud shadow effect.  Z-wave blind controls?
2gig z-wave thermostat: used to control the air temp inside the dry top half of the tank.  It would be cool only and would output to PC fans on either side of the tank.  Battery life of the thermostat or supply of voltage through a wall wort adapter are my thoughts.
Closed loop x10 use? I have a cm15a and a dozen x10 devices I would like to have on an isolated circuit for various sound effect, moonlight control, other effects.  Is there a way to isolate x10 or does the signal have to return to the breaker box each 'loop'
Mechanical or gravitational failsafes for all light/cooling/water level automation.
Event logging
Notifications, audible or email/text/VoIP recordings for out-of-spec conditions, water change or maintanence reminders.
Database logging and note taking (ideally via orbiter near the tank) for last fed, how much, breeding info, health etc.
Aeon-Labs energy monitor switch: connected to a mini-fridge housing my chilled resevoir.  This would turn on when the tank water temp nears my high limit, preventing wasted power keeping the cooling water cold when not needed.  This could also show me power usage and give me notice of other cooling issues.
Finally...
Long term scheduling to automate seasonal changes in light and temperatures.  I can pull weather info from these amphibians natural range and duplicate those settings in my enclosure.

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Users / Core HDD Size Estimates
« on: June 01, 2013, 08:18:25 pm »
What are other users seeing for total space required per MD for their core?

I am looking over things from a few previous installations while I gather hardware for a reinstall and have found some areas I want to look into further.  Specifically I am looking at logrotate and some run-away folder sizes.  The issues causing these coredumps and crash logs of course will need to be located and addressed individually.

Healthy Core (OS partition)
Total disk space used?
Total number of MD?

With enough input I will add a portion to the wiki pertaining to hardware selection covering suggested drive size based on max number of potential future device, or room count + outdoor areas if that reads easier.  Thanks.

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Tireless developers and administrators:

I am using Facebook business pages to promote my home-business.  The large majority of electronics in my home are operated by and use LinuxMCE menus, displays, logos, etc.  I am requesting proper procedures for displaying images and videos of these devices, while giving all credit to LinuxMCE for its operation.

I do computer repair, non-glamorous "fix this PII so I can get on facebook", hardware upgrades and similar the majority of the time.  On occasion I do,  and my company goal is, to move into more and more customization, product development, installations and yes... home automation.  I will type it here nice and clear so it is communicated and can be quoted:
Quote
I will not offer for sale LinuxMCE or any software that is not entirely my creation.  I will not sell equipment that I am not able to make operational for my customers without the use of LinuxMCE, as this would burden LinuxMCE's developers with supporting customers I profited from."

There may be a situation where a customer is inspired after visiting my home office or seeing images/videos of LinuxMCE operating and despite my declaration of the quoted above, wishes to install LinuxMCE.  Should this occur I will refer to any instruction I am given here or contact an admin directly.  So far no customers of mine (that I am aware of) are using LinuxMCE.  The few used pieces of compatible equipment I have sold were configured to operate stand-alone or with that customers existing OS/control devices.

I realize that the mention of profit makes for immediate uneasiness.  I apologize though as I prefer a direct post and request such as this to any doubt about my intentions.  Links to GPL documentation, feedback from developers and responses from administrators is 100% welcome.

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"Cheap" is my favorite word!  Well maybe second favorite...

There are always exceptions, clearance, thrift shop finds etc, but for the most part you truly do get what you pay for.  Forgive me if I leave any out as there is a ton of work making this operational.  The wiki sums this up better, but your options for orbiter 'types' is:

web-orbiter 2.0 :  laptop, pretty much everything with a browser.  I have used this on a Nintendo DSI XL.  No streaming cams to this, unless you tab switch away from the orbiter and open the cam url directly.

embedded orbiter (such as webdt-366, cisco 7970 and similar):  I believe this is what you are referring to when you say Linux OS running.  Supports streaming cams on devices I have tested. 

JavaMo:  have not tested

iOS apps :  (Dianemo S, Roaming Orb) :  Andrew will have to correct me here if I am mistaken but I believe cams are not supported for linuxmce on dianemo S due to their integration of kmotion??

qOrbiter:  This is exciting!  I do not currently have a capable device to test but the work being done is game changing.  Again you are going to get what you pay for in performance.  A tablet that was mentioned to me as pretty standard hardware capable of taking advantage of qOrbiter would be the Nexus 7.  Something very important to consider here btw is that investments here are not "home-bound,"  a tablet away from home functions like a tablet, when home it also becomes an orbiter.

One more point of clarity, I am used to having to make this distinction when introducing the system to family members.  Security Cameras being the exception, an orbiter does not play media.  Orbiters control Media Directors which play media.  If you can remember Media Directors as moon## devices the orbiter reference becomes easier to swallow as orbiters can control (orbit) a moon.  To cement this open an on-screen orbiter and change its room.  This one is the hardest for people to grasp i feel because a TV screen/monitor is viewed as a single image.  What you are seeing though is:

you       on-screen orbiter (living room)     media director (living room) display

change the onscreen orbiter in the living room though to  bedroom and you get:

you       on-screen orbiter (bedroom)         media director (living room) display

Play a movie using the onscreen orbiter now and the bedroom tv wakes up and starts playing.

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Users / Re: Z-wave plugin module - security light issue
« on: May 07, 2013, 11:41:41 pm »
I had an odd similar issue with one Z-wave module that supported load detection.  My guess would be that like the Z-wave module, the security light needs constant power to keep its detection circuitry alive.  This draw could be telling the module that local power (via Amp draw) is requested.

I am fairly familiar with some of your other projects so will recommend getting a meter and experimenting/testing to see how much draw the light needs.  Perhaps there is a way in the zwave-api to turn off certain features like local load switching? 

To get around it another way you could use the zwave module to turn off a relay placed between the devices.  Wired normally open this would allow you to kill attached devices regardless of any 'leaked-power' they try and pull.  Good Luck.

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Users / Re: New Feature: USB Gamepad Support for on-screen control
« on: May 07, 2013, 11:20:53 pm »
Result:

Quote
lmce-usb-gamep 2.0.0.45.13020

For the sake of completeness I checked version on my hybrid and three media directors where I have gameplayer running.  I also performed:

apt-get update
apt-get install lmce-usb-gamepad

This returned that I had the most current version.

My work around as I said basically kills all orbiter remote functionality by disabling and removing its keymapping.  Here are some environmental variables that may be helpful.

Install method for gameplayer:  Select gameplayer from web-admin>media directors>edit modules?>checkbox>save>close>reload router.  Gameplayer-plugin is unassigned to a room so I put it in the room with the hybrid since it is category 'controlled by dcerouter'

Install method for usb-gamepad:  Plug it in, gamepad detection picks it up within a few seconds, use as an orbiter remote is automagic, open gameplayer and individually map buttons for each system the way I like them (ie, 1 button consoles using the bottom button, 2 buttons using top and right, genesis using left, top, right, etc)

Connections:  Gamepads are disconnected when not in use,  typically connected after a game is initiated via orbiter.

Equipment variables: 
LivingRoom MD - MSI P45-Neo3 w/ usb-uirt 0056, gyration 'fiire clone' dongle, cm15a & occasionally a generic USB keyboard making up lsusb. 
Den MD - Revo R1600 (mem upgraded, hdd ignored) w/ occasional USB mouse or USB keyboard on lsusb.
Desk MD (hybrid/core) - Asus M4A785TD-M EVO w/ USB keyboard, USB mouse full time

lsusb -v from Revo when connected: Sidewinder & GameFoundry (unused hub info removed)
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root@moon64:~# lsusb -v

Bus 002 Device 005: ID 045e:0027 Microsoft Corp. SideWinder PnP GamePad
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               2.00
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceSubClass         0
  bDeviceProtocol         0
  bMaxPacketSize0         8
  idVendor           0x045e Microsoft Corp.
  idProduct          0x0027 SideWinder PnP GamePad
  bcdDevice            1.05
  iManufacturer           1 Microsoft�
  iProduct                2 Microsoft� SideWinder� Plug & Play Game Pad
  iSerial                 0
  bNumConfigurations      1
  Configuration Descriptor:
    bLength                 9
    bDescriptorType         2
    wTotalLength           34
    bNumInterfaces          1
    bConfigurationValue     1
    iConfiguration          0
    bmAttributes         0xa0
      (Bus Powered)
      Remote Wakeup
    MaxPower              100mA
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        0
      bAlternateSetting       0
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass         3 Human Interface Device
      bInterfaceSubClass      0 No Subclass
      bInterfaceProtocol      0 None
      iInterface              0
        HID Device Descriptor:
          bLength                 9
          bDescriptorType        33
          bcdHID               1.00
          bCountryCode            0 Not supported
          bNumDescriptors         1
          bDescriptorType        34 Report
          wDescriptorLength      57
         Report Descriptors:
           ** UNAVAILABLE **
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            3
          Transfer Type            Interrupt
          Synch Type               None
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0003  1x 3 bytes
        bInterval              10
Device Status:     0x0000
  (Bus Powered)
Quote
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0e8f:0003 GreenAsia Inc.
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               1.00
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceSubClass         0
  bDeviceProtocol         0
  bMaxPacketSize0         8
  idVendor           0x0e8f GreenAsia Inc.
  idProduct          0x0003
  bcdDevice            1.07
  iManufacturer           1 GreenAsia Inc.   
  iProduct                2 USB Joystick     
  iSerial                 0
  bNumConfigurations      1
  Configuration Descriptor:
    bLength                 9
    bDescriptorType         2
    wTotalLength           34
    bNumInterfaces          1
    bConfigurationValue     1
    iConfiguration          0
    bmAttributes         0x80
      (Bus Powered)
    MaxPower              500mA
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        0
      bAlternateSetting       0
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass         3 Human Interface Device
      bInterfaceSubClass      0 No Subclass
      bInterfaceProtocol      0 None
      iInterface              0
        HID Device Descriptor:
          bLength                 9
          bDescriptorType        33
          bcdHID               1.10
          bCountryCode           33 US
          bNumDescriptors         1
          bDescriptorType        34 Report
          wDescriptorLength     101
         Report Descriptors:
           ** UNAVAILABLE **
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            3
          Transfer Type            Interrupt
          Synch Type               None
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0008  1x 8 bytes
        bInterval              17
Device Status:     0x0001
  Self Powered



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Developers / Re: html grabber source
« on: May 07, 2013, 09:51:45 pm »
I saw the notice.  I consider what I am proposing would be personal use, I am just having dcerouter/mythtv pull this information off my personal browser for me on my behalf, for my use.

I have no problem contacting SiliconDust for written permission but wont waste their time if I am not able to actually do what I am asking to do.  Maybe it is the exception to the rule but I have found that requests such as this are granted most times, even more so when you are not asking them for any new information. 

So again, I think the information is there and could be fairly easy to access but I am not capable of writing this and getting it into the initial mythtv build that lmce does.  If someone is interested in assisting me I will take care of the permissions and do as instructed with the coding.

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I held the Picture-In-Picture analogy for a long time before I accepted that the images you see on-screen are not bound like typical AV equipment,  overlays are possible because what you see is generated for you at that moment. 

Using UI2 w/ alpha blending the screen for single cam view is actually not that bad and because the audio track to what I am watching continues, I don't miss dialog.  If you forced your media into a cam view of quad-cam audio could be an issue.

I am very familiar with "I think I heard something" or "is someone here?"  In our house we handle this with touchscreen orbiters.  The media continues on-screen (unless of course it is telecom, security event etc) and these quick-checks of the cameras are done with orbiter/web orbiter/qtorbiter.  Now to get streaming video you will want true orbiters for this, as web-orbiter 2.0 just gives you a snapshot unless refreshed.

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Users / Re: New Feature: USB Gamepad Support for on-screen control
« on: May 06, 2013, 06:27:02 am »
I understand the button mapping 'should' change when in gameplay.  When I say BACK I mean the gamepad beings up the onscreen UI just as it would if I was at flicker art and wanted to see the menu or wanted to exit a media file grid.  Because each remote labels these buttons differently I have a hard time explaining...

On the simple 4 button remote.  The topmost button works as a left mouse button would, rightmost button works like a right mouse click.

Enter gameplay. Super Mario Bros NES for example.
Topmost button = A (menus, fireballs)
Rightmost button = B (jump)

Pressing the rightmost button jumps but it also brings up the UI overlay.  This is bad because until you press "B" again, all directional key presses navigate the UI and "A" works like "enter". 

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Users / Re: New Feature: USB Gamepad Support for on-screen control
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:49:17 am »
I wanted to list a few of the usb-gamepads I have used and their detection issues, performance and what I have done to get them working as game remotes. 

Common Problems:
USB-Gamepad is detected and two devices are created, usb-gamepad & usb-gamepad remote.
Use as controller for onscreen orbiter works very well however the device is not "grabbed" by the game player.  When a game is being played pressing back still brings up the onscreen UI.
I overcome this problem by using the remotes exclusively for gameplay by disabling "usb-gamepad remote" and deleting its key settings.


MicroSoft Plug & Play Game Pad (part no. X04-97602)
Comfortable, very much like a madcatz 'stretched' PS2 remote feel.  4 buttons with L & R triggers.  D-pad is not analog but works well for older titles using very clean UP, DOWN, etc etc without rolled diagonal inputs being common.  Good little gamepad for people who prefer very deliberate key presses, also the most simple of my game pads as in it doesn't require toggling between modes or having too many unused buttons.  Short usb cable requires an extension to play comfortably

Game Foundry USB GAME PAD (G60310A)
Used as my main living room gamepad, dual analog (doubling as buttons 9 & 10), d-pad, esc & enter located centrally where start select would be, 4 front buttons, 2 L & 2 R shoulder buttons, "mode" button.  The mode button toggles use of the analog controls which for most of the games playable currently are just a tad over sensitive.  Pressing down on the analogs for buttons 9 & 10 is disabled when "mode" is not illuminated.  Some titles for reasons I have not resolved also require "mode" while others do not, regardless of if d-pad or analog stick is used...   Good cord length does not need an extension in small to medium rooms.

GameStop branded Mad Catz Xbox 360 wired controller
Horrible, sorry I have nothing good to say about this controller under lmce as a gamepad remote.  As a orbiter remote I have nothing short of 4 letter words about it.  The sensitivity is just so high that trying to select Lights on UI2 could easily end up bringing up KDE desktop!  Maybe for some of the later MegaDrive games this could be useful but I haven't come across a use for it yet.

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