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 of temperature over time, I want my lights to switch on without me being home and I want everything integrated with everything else – my alarm clock to switch on my lights, my telephone to tell me the current temperature, I could go on…
But most of all, it must have a high WAF that is it must have a high Wife Acceptance Factor. It must be controllable by the better half without having to pick up an iPad, log on to a computer or phone a specific phone number. All of the nice to have geeky features must be built on top of a rock solid ‘normal’ system that just works. If a computer fails, the system must keep running and still be controllable without having to spend hours re-building a linux server or re-installing software.
This blog is my attempt to document my ongoing struggle to equip my home with automation (HA) with high Wife Acceptance Factor (WAF).