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More progress on the LAN of things project - a dry run for homestead control (this is one of two anticipated controllers for the homestead automation project), and a dry run for remote controlling my fusor.
You could call this a beta test, or perhaps an alpha, since it's not yet in the building it's supposed to be in. That will change real soon now. More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904&p=5557#p5557 as usual.
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+John Smith I actually DO have some multi-channel strip chart recorders, from an old Grassman-Telefactor polygraph machine we bought to test tactile-visual "hearing aids" effectiveness (?) for profoundly deaf infants.  After messing with pens and inks that might as well be hazmats (try cleaning up a spill) - I'll stick with computer plots and laser printers.
The old stuff was fun indeed, but too large, too power hungry, too expensive to run, and too slow.  High cool factor, though.  I still use some of that ink in methanol as a leak detector dye on my TIG welding for vacuum...it doesn't take much...
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Do It For Denmark! | Spies Rejser: http://youtu.be/vrO3TfJc9Qw
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I want to click so bad but I am at work...
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Part of the "LAN of things" project is simply building things more rugged than what I do to just get things going on the bench, and make them serviceable easily later on...This is being described in more detail on my forums here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=910&start=0 And here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904

This is all open source, I'll be making the code and various diagnostics available as I have them and they are tested. Some is up already.
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And after NSA reflashes your drive or bios firmware undetected? That one's no longer classified, and the only way to verify the firmware is with code in that firmware. Once they gave every cracker the idea...it will be in the wild very soon. Read Bruce Schneier etc.
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If this would run through everyone's head every single time someone promises something too good to be true - hope and change (not being partisan, this is all pols), outsized returns, a great life you don't have to earn yourself, though cynical - it'd be a better world.  I've learned this firsthand over a rather long life.  It sucks, but who wants power?  Those who deserve it?  No, they're too smart - or honestly humble (since no one is omniscient and we all make bad decisions) to want it.   Want it bad enough to lie, and somehow even to themselves about it. Mainstream media sells eyeballs.  Facebook sells ads.  And so on.  You're the product.  This is how they work.  I didn't say I like it - it's just how it actually is.  Fool me once, shame on you...why do people fall for it again and again?   Why is it not your own fault when you do?  Yes, they are good at it, but...you're supposed to have judgement, personal responsibility, insight, and live a life YOU create, for YOU, not their benefit.
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I liked that song when it came out.... :-)
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Watching the likely doom of my plumbing in another building on my campus despite putting as much heat in there as I can.  Our previous low since 1979 here was 9f.  Going to 2F tonight along with high winds.
Ugh.  At least this is all with software I wrote for the arduino/raspi pair doing the logging and sending data back here for my plot program (in perl) from a nice warm seat.
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Nice...you and all your data aq!  That's bitch'in to see the plots of even just a few things...who needs a "nest"?   :p
I'm glad you made it though.  ;)  Cheers!
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Just testing Kazam for linux along with an arduino sketch I'm working on for controlling my water system (totally off-grid, rain collection and selective dump to cistern if the water is good). Nice compact video by comparison, at least.
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Hey Doug....I haven't used google+ in a while, and it's looking really nice these days...just noticed your post. How do you like Kazam? There is an alternate that is popular on windoze called Wink that also runs on certain linux versions.
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Getting somewhere on LAN of things. This is one of what is to be a box per building, being tested on my bench downstairs, but showing us its guts from a nice fast machine in my comfortable upstairs, kind of a nice feature for later when the remote machine is well, remote and probably in a not-fun place for humans to work.
This is all a dry-run for eventual use in remote controlling my fusion reactor from a safer distance.
As usual, more here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904&p=5553#p5553

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Thanks.  I'm sort of bringing modern tech to the ancient art of homesteading to make my life easier...and as a test run for another important project.
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Progress on the "LAN of things" project to help automate the homestead. I'd like to know when my water is about to freeze, when to put a stick in the stove, the weather, and various other things (security camera not shown here, but it's there).
More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904&p=5533#p5533
If this can do all of putting this in a DB, doing control things based on the data, and doing motion detection and live streaming camera video all at once - and it can, barely, it'll fly on a Pi-2, which I have coming.
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Sounds good...we used to have a cistern in MO so I know the headaches of that freezing up.
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I'm working on a "LAN of things" to help me around the homestead. I believe that the "internet of things" is a very stupid idea, after only a little of this - I can tell every time someone uses the plumbing (and how much), opens a door...does nearly anything, even with minimal data acquisition. No way I expose that to the data-miners.
Hey, I'm not home, come rob me! More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=904 as well as other links on my forums - I'll be updating that as I progress.
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Yeah...I was doing a startup 2005 or so related to this and I called it Ubiquitous Networking.....internet depended on the device....most use cases were local.
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A quick look at how I get high voltage into a fusion reactor reliably. Good to document things that just work, so others don't have to waste the years I did on stuff that doesn't. As usual, more here http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=902&p=5497#p5497
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Stats for my Chevy Volt, 2012 model, picked up Oct 2011, last year (2014) , since Jan 1 2012, and lifetime. I drove it a lot on gasoline at first to break it in - and I didn't have enough solar to really run the car then. Now I do and it shows. This car hasn't been charged on grid power since it left the showroom. More here: http://www.coultersmithing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=759&p=5481#p5481
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I get them in pallet lots from suppliers who sell to installers, you generally get the best quality and the best price (assuming you choose brand wisely).  My best are made by Schott, the German glass outfit, but they are no longer sold here...they went kind of thin on the glass part...the oldest are BP (Solarex) no longer made, they stupidly shut down their plant just before filling the Gulf with oil.  I'd suggest not-chinese based on other's experiences, and avoid thin-film.  Polycrystalline are the way to go for longevity.  Often under $1/watt anyway, but you need a lot of them to play games with things like cars.
I have a theoretical 8kw worth of panels here.  What's nice is the car can be an extra battery to put energy into or take from - I have that going either way at this point.  No small thing, it's the most efficient backup generator made when used in that mode, and it takes itself to the fuel station.
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I could add more, but it only gets more disgusting from here.
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Jesus +Doug Coulter running football plays in High School was easier than this at least we had different colored uniforms!
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