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Surfing like it’s 1997

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I’ve just been looking at the traffic statistics for my new website – the LightwaveRF Community at http://lightwaverfcommunity.org.uk. Looking at the browser stats there appears to have been during January, believe it or not, a couple of accesses from Netscape Navigator 4 which was released mid 1997. See above for a reminder of what that looked like at the time (and …

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The LightwaveRF Forum is dead. Long live the LightwaveRF Forum!

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Time to come clean about why I’ve been so quiet of late.  I’ve been busy! I’ve decided I needed a new pet project, so, bringing together my love of home automation and web development, I’ve built a new online community around the Lightwave RF product suite and taken over the unloved forum that was once the official LightwaveRF forum at lightwaverfforum.net. …

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Blog Refreshed and Relocated

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I have decided that my home broadband link is a little too slow to maintain a live blog on. I have decided to up sticks and host it at a commercial hosting company. I have chosen Tsohost, a UK based cloud hosting provider. At only £14.99 for a year’s hosting, it seemed a bit of a no-brainer to give them a …

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The Pi has landed

The Raspberry Pi has arrived along with a bunch of components to make it do interesting stuff. Watch this space…

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Absent, but not forgotten

Been a bit tardy updating my blog lately. Thats unforgivable and I should be ashamed of myself. So, what’s happened lately? Not a lot really!  I’ve bought and installed some more LWRF dimmer modules and they all work fine. However, more importantly, today I ordered a Raspberry Pi (or two ).  The expected delivery time is a fair few weeks, …

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Node 0

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I spent a couple of hours in the loft at the weekend mounting my rack mount server (at last) and tidying up some cables. I thought this might be a good opportunity to talk a little about my ‘Node 0′. Located in the loft I have a 12U wall mounted rack. In this rack I have a 24 way patch …

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Netflix UK on Wii – Quick Review

I’ve recently taken a free trial from Netflix UK with the intention of evaluating it as a replacement for Sky Movies. In this review, I note whether it is a capable replacement for Sky Movies. This review focuses on Netflix UK (because that’s where I am). I have no experience and cannot comment on Netflix US. I have a couple …

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Ouch!

I have just found out the hard way what happens when you accidentally touch the exposed wires sticking out of a broken fairy lamp while decorating the Christmas tree. They were 240V lights too! Perhaps I should not have had the lights on while doing it, or perhaps it was better that I did – had the little one found …

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First blog

OK, so, my first blog post. What is this about?  Well, I want to create a home which is comfortable, easy to live in and which appeals to my inner geek.  I want it automated.  I want to be able to control my lights and heating using more than just wall mounted switches and thermostats.  I want to see graphs …

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