The website FunForGeeks.com offers one-stop shopping for basic home automation equipment. They're working closely with the developer of Indigo to make sure everything they sell is ready to use with your Mac. They even hand-test every controller before it's sent out. Go browse their catalog, it's nicely organized and easy to read. I'm betting you'll enjoy it.
Dana Dratch's article for Bankrate.com, Beefing up your home's security, provides a nice overview of your options for home alarm systems. Dana interviewed me for the article; she's a bright and attentive professional, I'll be watching for more of her work in the future. If you've considered getting a home alarm system, your time with her article will be well-spent.
Residential Architect magazine reviews Smart Home Hacks in Hackable House. One of the best parts about this review is that it acknowledges the 27 other people who contributed to the book; which is well-deserved.
Last night's presentation (see this post) at the North Coast Mac User's Group was just plain delightful. Good turn out, good questions, and the nicest folks. If you're a Mac user in the Sonoma area, you should definitely consider joining in.
As promised, here's a quick-reference to the products and web sites we discussed. I hope you enjoy learning more.
Home automation software for Mac OS X
Weather software for Mac OS X
Hardware and Devices
- Hacking Projects for Geeks
- Smart Home Hacks
- An article about MisterHouse that I wrote for the O'Reilly Network.
This Tuesday, March 15th 7PM, I'll be speaking at the North Coast Mac User Group in Rohnert Park, California. If you're in the Santa Rosa area, and want to learn about automating your home using Mac OS X, come on by! If you're not a member there's a $5 admission charge, but if you live in the area and haven't joined the group, you're really missing out. Hope to see you there, please be sure to say hello.