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Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: December 08, 2018, 08:49:05 PM »
Most items seem to be covered for core functionality,  but may have special features that need a custom driver. For instance,  a switch might also report humidity. It would work generically as a switch but the complete driver would allow it to execute actions as a switch OR humidity sensor.

Hubitat's 'problem' is that it can seemingly use any device if someone writes the driver ...and there are hundreds of devices with more pouring on the market.  But there are favorites,  so they have been operating on a triage system.

Water Cooler / Hell, I'm going with 22s
« on: December 06, 2018, 07:17:16 PM »
My 90s-early 2000s Grand Caravans got decent highway mileage -probably 21. They had 15-inch wheels.

My 2010 Grand Caravan has 16-inch wheels and gets 23mpg at 70mph. I'm impressed, given the frame size and load capacity.

Last year, I picked up a low-mileage 2015 GC with power-everything.  It has 17-inch wheels.  Six hours on the interstates averaging 75mph with a heavy-ish load and it's clocking in at 25.5mpg. I'm really impressed.

Water Cooler / Re: Companies lie
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:46:29 PM »

Water Cooler / Re: Whats Your home assistant called?
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:37:30 PM »
" Nurse Ratched represents the oppressive mechanization, dehumanization, and emasculation of modern society"

Monetization / For-Profit College Closes Operations, Surprising Students
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:43:10 PM »
Birmingham, Alabama-based Education Corp. of America said it was closing schools operating as Virginia College, Brightwood College, Brightwood Career Institute, Ecotech Institute and Golf Academy of America in more than 70 locations in 21 states. The company said in October that it had more than 20,000 students, although more recent documents indicate the number may be closer to 15,000.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:28:37 PM »
Damn, with all the reading I've done, I keep turning up important layout info buried deep in forums. 

If you have more than 32 ZigBee devices total, you'll also need repeaters since that's the limit for direct connection to the hub (devices routing through repeaters don't count against the hub limit, though each repeater has its own limit as well).

Water Cooler / Re: Whats Your home assistant called?
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:07:57 PM »
I've been thinking about this as well. It came to the forefront when I extended the household jabbernet's reach by linking it to lighting control.  We use 'echo' as we have a granddaughter named Alexa.  I'd like to have some naming parameters that allows for more natural-feeling commands.  We're also having some issues with room names --too many types of 'den lights', for instance.

Water Cooler / Re: Outdoor Christmas Decorating
« on: December 05, 2018, 03:01:00 PM »
>big tourist attraction

My dad did utility grid & power transmission line design "off the cuff" for cities, counties, REAs.  They owed him a lot of favors.  So.....

One day, bucket trucks and hook-n-ladder fire trucks showed up in our back yard along the waterfront, which was across the river from one of the main causeways entering our small downtown.  The crews spent the day stringing massive strings of line-voltage, colored lights (these were full-sized weatherproof bulbs, it was before the days of mini-lights).  The tree was an ancient, huge, *very* tall (80-90 ft) cypress.

I don't remember how long it took to run power out to this tree, but when they finally threw the switch one evening traffic stopped.  You could see that tree for -literally- miles.  The town couldn't compete.  After a few years, the town strung lights on their water tower and outdid his tree.

Luckily, I wasn't forced labor on that job ...but it was an omen of things to come.

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Water Cooler / Re: Outdoor Christmas Decorating
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:15:01 PM »

>help from my 6 year old. Without his help it would have taken 30 minutes.

Don't get me started about my slave-labor years doing decorations with my dad. That guy was a Christmas-decorating nut.  (As a business owner, I suspect he charged it all off to advertising.)

Water Cooler / Re: Outdoor Christmas Decorating
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:08:11 PM »
>My grandfather would put a clear dry cleaning bag over it and carry it to the storage room after Christmas.  That was the best 1970's tech could do.

Christmas was a *HUGE* deal for my mom, but as she got elderly she couldn't do much decorating.  So, after she moved to her condo, she called the florist and told them to decorate a 5ft commercial-grade artificial tree with wired-on ornaments, garland, lights and come set it up. It was gorgeou$. After that, all I had to do was put it on the elevator and move it back & forth to a walk-in closet in a spare bedroom.  Perfect!

Water Cooler / Re: Outdoor Christmas Decorating
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:18:30 AM »
>PITA tree

OK, you beat me with the ceramic one ...but I'm getting close.  Last year I gave away the huge, fiber-optic-lighted tree. I replaced it with a lighted pop-up tree with ribbons & ornaments permanently attached.  I clipped out the lighting and replaced those with led "fairy lights.' I tossed the crappy oem pole and base and fabricated a taller, sturdier one.  The whole thing folds flat into a storage bag.  It took 15 minutes to set it up this year, if you include the 10 minutes it took to drag it out of the attic.

Louise then spends 45 minutes adding additional ornaments, but I don't care 'cause that's not my job.  Tree ends up looking great.

Started with something similar to this:

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:04:40 AM »
require a change in the wiring?

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:09:23 PM »
27 30 devices installed so far, all but 1 are zigbee. Interior and exterior coverage is good.  I have about 8 more devices yet to install, but the mesh is in place and working well. 

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