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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« Last post by totallymaxed on December 12, 2014, 05:22:16 pm »
I have run orbiter on an Adafruit touchscreen.  The screens are much too small to be usefull as a full orbiter, a minimal version *could* work but that is a lot of effort.  Running a weborbiter or something similar, as totallymaxed suggests, is likely the best option for the A+.


...we're looking at custom Orbiter UI layouts for very constrained resolution displays. These might just display say lighting controls and maybe audio/TV sources on the small display in-the-wall. It would be a full Athena Orbiter but the UI would limit it to delivering specific control functionality. That Ui change would be customisable for each Orbiter installed in a system just by editing the HTML5 code & CSS.

You could do something along these lines with the current LinuxMCE/Dianemo UI1 Orbiters too... but you'd need to design & implement a new skin in HA Designer and that is non trivial unless you know what your doing (and even then its still not easy!). Not sure about Qorbiter but I assume you could do something again along these lines in that too...

All the best

Developers / Re: Myth MD/Orbiter
« Last post by davegravy on December 12, 2014, 04:24:32 pm »
True, but if you think it get ugly here, it's much worse in the IRC channel.

Sometimes lurking in the IRC channel with a bowl of popcorn is better than TV.

Not that I've ever done that  :o

Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Building a super affordable Dianemo System
« Last post by totallymaxed on December 12, 2014, 03:34:02 pm »
We're always interested to hear from customers about their experiences and projects they implement with Dianemo. Recently I spoke to a customer that had put together a system around an Intel NUC PC and several Raspberry Pi's and i thought that I would give you an overview of his system.

The Intel NUC this customer used is this one

At just over £100 UKP this NUC PC makes for an incredibly affordable NerveCentre (our name for a Core). You need to add some memory, an SSD and a USB NIC to that but its still way affordable. The NUC is really tiny, just 190x116x40 mm in size, and it uses just 5w of energy when running which is incredibly low for an X86 based machine. The NUC is a completely fanless design and because you typically use an SSD with it there are no moving parts at all...and so it is truly silent in operation. This tiny, cold running & silent machine means you can basically locate it anywhere and it will not get in the way or make even a small bedroom buzz with fan noise.

Because this customers system was installed in a new, small 2 bedroom apartment it was decided that wifi was the way to go for all components of the system. Their are 4 Raspberry Pi's in this system - one is connected to the Living Room SmartTV for CEC control and audio and the others are used purely for audio streaming in the Kitchen/Bedrooms. All the Raspberry Pi's connect to the apartments Wifi network driven from the LAN side of the NC as usual. This system has a small NAS (not sure of the make) for streaming ripped video and iTunes via LMS - again nothing special there. There is also a sprinkling of ZWave devices in this system too - some lighting, PIR's and temp/humidity sensors.

The impressive thing about this system is that its doing all this on such affordable and energy efficient hardware and all over wifi too. Total cost of the hardware for this system was about £430 UKP (or about 675 USD) which is amazingly affordable.

For more information or questions pm me here or email me at

All the best

Developers / Re: Developing a Weather Plugin, videos
« Last post by cfernandes on December 11, 2014, 11:00:54 am »

I know not have an api or xml service. then it gets a little tricky to do the work script.

but let's see if I can help you what's wrong?

Developers / Re: Developing a Weather Plugin, videos
« Last post by bherbie on December 10, 2014, 10:00:40 pm »
I couldn't get your test script to work at all.
could I get your help making one for based

This is not my script but I did try it out and made some improvements to it as it did not work for me as listed.  First, if you aren't running the script from /var/www/lmce-admin directory, you will need to change the required file path to find the included file.  Also, if your city name has a space in it, like my city does and many others (i.e. San Antonoio, Las Vegas, etc.) you will need to urlencode the city name returned from the database query or the script fails.

Other then that, the script works fine in my testing...

Developers / Re: Developing a Weather Plugin, videos
« Last post by phenigma on December 10, 2014, 02:47:30 pm »
Portions of the weather plugin were missing from the binary releases up until about 8 weeks ago.  Some changes may have occurred during that addition.  All missing graphics should now be available and all items *should* update based on Thom's initial test script.

Developers / Re: Developing a Weather Plugin, videos
« Last post by darkwizard864 on December 10, 2014, 07:29:43 am »
I couldn't get your test script to work at all.
could I get your help making one for based
Users / Re: LinuxMCE HDMI-CEC control demonstration
« Last post by phenigma on December 09, 2014, 05:12:09 pm »
Let me know how you get on and if you have any issues, questions that I can help with.

Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Why choose Dianemo?
« Last post by totallymaxed on December 09, 2014, 04:35:12 pm »
How valuable is your time?

Why purchase Dianemo? Below we have gathered together some feedback from real customers about why they chose Dianemo;

"Because you want the most advanced, open and reliable Home Automation system available. A system that can be installed easily. A system that comes with support to get your system installed and working and also support that will be there in the future too, if and when you need it.
You also want a system that you can customise and expand yourself using whatever LinuxMCE skills you have - but also one that if you hit a problem you know that there will be expert help on hand to help you should you need it.
If you have a family you want a reliable working system right from the get go that they can use easily. You also want one that can be discretely installed and aesthetically pleasing too."

We think they are all great reasons to choose Dianemo too!

For many the biggest single challenge is simply getting a Home Automation system initially configured working - this is true of all makes of system. Many here will know that from personal experience. Dianemo has been optimised to make initial installation as easy as possible - and now with our support team actively helping you built into the purchase price - it just got even easier.

LinuxMCE & Dianemo share common roots and much of the underlying technology is the same in both systems. So most of your LinuxMCE experience, knowledge and experience will be just as useful & relevant  with Dianemo. Everything in Dianemo is open to you to customise or adapt just as it is in LinuxMCE. We don't hide anything and all our source code is available to you too. So if customising your system is your thing then Dianemo is a great place to do that.

But if you just want to get your system installed and working, and that is your main objective then Dianemo is a great choice too.

Whatever your motivation for wanting a Home Automation system in your home, often the single biggest cost is a hidden one - your personal time. In very many cases this cost far exceeds the purchase cost of Dianemo in fact. but however you measure the value of your personal time, whether its monetarily or experientially, the less time you have to spend getting your system working the more time you will have to enjoy it in whichever way you choose.

For more information, or to purchase Dianemo contact us at or
PM me here on the Forum.

All the best

Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI Update - Lighting Screen & Scenarios
« Last post by totallymaxed on December 09, 2014, 03:05:27 pm »
I've uploaded a short video today that shows some new lighting UI objects and discusses the separation of Web Admin config/functionality and UI design/layout/representation. Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks again for the kind words about Athena a number of you have sent me in recent weeks - they were very much appreciated.

All the best

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