There were a few challenges to getting it set up. The Domoticz tar package didn't run on Mint Linux, so I built it from source, which was great, but it required the OpenZWave library, and defaulted to static. There's no OpenZWave package for Mint, so I had to build OpenZWave from source and install it, which was easy, but produced a shared library install in a weird location, not a static library, which CMake for domoticz was expecting. So it took me a while to learn CMake enough to understand why it was defaulting to static and fix it.
Once I got those bits working, it took me a bit more time to figure out how to get the power strip to pair with the controller. Turns out you have to put the controller in scan mode and then press a cleverly hidden button on the power strip that tells it to pair. Once that happened, the whole thing lit up, and I was able to configure it in the Domoticz GUI. Pretty sweet.
The video just demos domoticz control of the power strip from the web UI. You can tell which outlets are on because they have bright blue LEDs next to them (ugh). Obviously when this thing goes into production, it's going to have electrical tape over all the LEDs.
(That's "corruption of Englishmen in their mother tongue," for those of you who have so debauched their notion of English that they can't understand the plain and ordinary speech of the mid-15th century. Seriously! What's with education these days?)
Unfortunately, the construction site in the foreground, which is quite visually interesting, was also producing a hell of a lot of noise, which continued into the night, finally stopping sometime around 1am. Didn't wreck my sleep or anything, but wasn't nice.
Would definitely stay here again. Very easy bike ride to Union Station (I took the Vermonter because it was an easy way to get a bike down to D.C. with me).
And then I did surgery on two of the other difficult signs, so that now they can just be attached to the existing sign posts with bolts, instead of the haphazard method I was using before. These will make life a lot easier for the person who is doing substitute sign duty, whoever that turns out to be.
The key details that that person needs to know, which is the main reason I am sharing this, is that you can basically just whack the sign up against the post (with a little fiddling, perhaps, but hopefully not much, to get the bolts through holes in the sign post) and then let go of the sign while you grab a pair of nuts and washers out of the little Ace Hardware bag in the cookie tin and tighten them on.
We really, really need to learn to chill the fuck out. I don't mean the people in the airport--I mean the whole country.
I like to think I'd be able to maintain situational awareness and not get caught up in the hysteria if I were in this situation, but when I've been in crowds, the kind of aimless confusion the author describes has been the rule, not the exception. Even if you aren't afraid, you still have no real idea where to go or what to do.
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