35 posts • joined 13 Jan 2012
Have a look at Vera?
<<<Are there any systems where you can get: wireless, battery operated radiator valves without thermostats; wireless battery operated thermometer (for each room); wireless on/off control for the boiler; one smart controller (with webapp and/or mobile app) and; maybe a handful of basic room controls for simple overrides ?>>>
Check out Miacasaverde, the Vera Z-Wave controllers can do about all you described. I use a Vera 3 to control the hot water and override (when necessary) my smart thermostat.It can control radiator valves as well. My installation also controls various lights via PIR sensors that communicate with the Vera. I have a home in Florida as well (I live in the UK) with a Vera 3 installed, where it also controls the pool pump, pool heating, outside lights... and the air conditioning along with the lock on the entrance door.
The downside of the Vera is that it is a little rough around the edges and it really requires plugins (free) to enable it to do more complex tasks - but it is worth a look.
...a (very expensive) PA/Secretary.
"The chief of staff position involves organising meetings and customer events, working closely with the channel and making sure daily duties performed by Whitman run smoothly, sources told us."
Followed the link...
...and I couldn't figure out what the fcuk it was about. So, it must be wonderful and a bargain for us tax payers.
Re: Radio Silence in Cars ?
"Many manufacturers (even including BMW) still sell cars with only FM."
My BMW has a DAB/FM receiver!!!
However, because of the crappy reception in and around my area, and the consequent frequent drop-outs, I have the thing switched to FM most of the time. The sound quality on FM sounds better to my ears than that delivered by DAB.
Will I be able...
...to watch all this footy down the 1Mb/s broadband connection that BT gives me?
"Simon Sugar, Alan's son and Amscreen CEO, said: "Yes, it’s like something out of Minority Report but this could change the face of British retail."
Keep taking the pills Simon.
Change the face of British retail - what a muppet.
Re: Dear Dyson
>Henry's are shit<
I would just like to take the time to thank you for your insightful, well considered, thought-provoking and valuable contribution to this discussion.
Re: Wonder what they've broken this time
It's odd that naysayers pop out of the woodwork whenever a new distribution of an operating system is released. Maybe they feel they need the attention?
As a naysayer counter, I can state that I have been using SUSE/OpenSUSE since version 7 and I cannot remember that last time I had an upgrade/installation problem - it just works. That's despite using the oft slagged off Yast and RPMs. Even Windows Update works pretty flawlessly for me, even I do not really like Windows or Microsoft products at all.
Tell me about it...
Several years ago I was asked to compile an asset register (of networked IT equipment) for a medium sized multinational company. The only feasable way of doing it was to run a discovery application. Said application was loaded into an idle server in UK head office computer room and left to run for 2 weeks.
On examining the output it revealed almost twice as much IT equipment that even the most optimistic (pessimistic?) guess from within the company. Even more interesting was the revealed existance of two small server rooms on the far side of the globe which contained several servers and network switches and nobody seemed to know why they were there and exactly what they were doing.
I exited stage left and let them get on with it.
Why didn't they call me...
...I would have "cleaned" them all for half their estimated cost and thrown in a celebratory "We've beaten the virus" BBQ and beerfest.
...is the wrong solution to these type of problems. The company simply raises its tariffs/charges/rates to the enduser/victim and Bob's your uncle - back to the Champagne and the huge pension. The banks' fines are a good eaxmple of this - guess how they will "recover" the costs of these fines (Libor etc...)?
No, what should happen is that the directors of the company should be held personally responsible and accountable for the mis-deeds of the companies they run. These fines should be directly extracted from these directors pockets. This will make them think twice before engaging in dodgy practices or simply being lazy.
Re: What about flats
No, it was a Sqariel.
Re: So London will be saved!!
@xyz: I live not 16 miles from the nearest transmitter but because of the wooded hills between it and my aerial I needed to install a big f**k off aerial to get decent Freeview reception. So, being near a transmitter is no guarantee that you will get a good signal.
Off topic: because of the spacing of the original analogue channels I had to install a wideband aerial and this may leave me at risk to overload of the 4-way distribution amplifier I use to distibute the signal around the house. The current muxes are all well away from the 800MHz band but I'm not going up on the roof to change the aerial - I just hope I am not affected.
And the 2e2 management...
...walk away with suitcases full of money having a right old laugh at the poor employees and the suppliers they conned.
Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?
Just out of curiosity - what is wrong with the Sky modem/router, apart from the fact that you cannot (easily) get at all the settings?
Re: Yes, very impressive BT.
@Phil O'Sophical - I don't think so; the County Council has handed out over £13M to BT to deliver a "broadband plan" (whatever that is - I've never been able to find out).
The last time I looked the Council got most of it's money from me, and other tax payers. So paying again would be sort of stupid - just like your comment.
Yes, very impressive BT.
It's a pity that they will not be improving my sub-1Mb/sec broadband connection, on the outskirts of a biggish town for, and I quote, "the forseeable future and maybe never" because I live in a "lane" and getting a fibre anywhere near me, and the other 20 houses in the "lane", would be "difficult". Apparently it was not "difficult" to get it to the numerous houses 30-50 metres from me.
I notice that if you have a masthead amplifier AT800 will only cover the first £50 of fitting a filter between it and the aerial! Most aerial techs will want more than £50 just for driving to your house.
Why should anyone pay anything for a solution they are forced to have that is caused entirely by an problem not of their own making?
ARM as well!
I have used openSUSE since release 8. Dabbled with Debian, Ubuntu and Mint but always found them not to my taste after a short while.
As a bonus there is now a pretty good ARM release of 12.2. I run it on a Pandaboard ES as a gateway system with a firewall, Masquerading, DHCP Server, DNSmasq, SQUID3... and the Xfce desktop - it works a treat.
So now we (the taxpayers)...
...are giving money to Telefonica, and we all know how hard up they are for a bob or two. And I guess they will hand out (a proportion of) the money to a crowd of get-rich-quick-jack-the-lads who will (maybe) produce some worthless smoke-and-mirrors "app" or whatever, and have a good old laugh at our expense.
Re: Broadband Speeds
I'd be happy with half of Aberdeen's 9AM figure here in Hampshire (1Mb/s and flakey as well).
Just threw out a Belkin WAP...
For some reason that neither I nor Belkin "support" could fathom out, it would just not work with a new laptop at home. This particular laptop worked fine with any other wireless router/WAP that I could find. It caused me a couple of weeks of extreme frustration and I'm glad to see the back of it. So, as well "never again" to Belkin kit I suppose the same will now go for Linksys gear.
...and they last for XXX years...
What a lot of baloney. I decided to replace eight downlighters in my kitchen with eight 4W LEDs. I did this about 14 months ago and I went for the quality end of the LED market - not eBay rip-offs. I guess, on average, these lights are on 10 hours per day.
In the last 14 months 3 of these LED lamps have failed :-)
What a deal
They paid £2 for the company and now get back £50M now it's gone bust! That must be the deal of the century.
There is something fundamentally wrong when this sort of thing is allowed to happen. The fat cats/pigs at the trough walk away with a $h!tload of cash, just for running the company into the ground, while it is left to the rest of us (as taxpayers) to pick up the bill. I just hope they have a really $h!tty Christmas and a diabolical New Year.
Re: Altas 2
What nobody mentions is the size of the support utility room. It was as big as the computer room and crammed with motor-alternators, vacuum pumps, pressure pumps and a water chiller. What a nightmare.
Re: Altas 2
I was working on Atlas II at the Cambridge CAD Centre until I left in 1974. I may have even bumped into you :-)
Pre-pulses - those were the days!
Re: Integrated Costs
...Have you repaired the ECU on your car engine recently?...
Well yes, actually. Cost me £60 + Postage to get it repaired, instead of £650+VAT for a replacement :-)
Can I just have...
...something better that the crap 1.5Mb/s that I currently have? I live on the outskirts of a fairly large town in southern England - not on some remote island. I would happy with an 8Mb/s *reliable* connection.
I'm confused about Mio/Navman. I intended to buy a Navman a couple or years ago and I got steered to a Mio web site that purported to have taken over Navman. I ended up buying a Mio but I've never been particularly happy with it and it seem sub-standard compared to my old Navman. Now I see that Navman are still available - what gives?
It all means bugger all...
...to a lot of people. "My" exchange was "upgraded" two years ago and nobody near me has an FTTC connection, and we are told by BT that they do not know when they can be bothered to connect us.
Just more headline-grabbing bullshit from BT.
Re: the entire catalogs of Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise or Oliver Stone
Spot on, except I must have Ben Afflick and Piano Reeves included :-)
More BT bull$&!*. I currently have a 768KB/s broadband "service" from BT - it will not go any faster without endless dropouts. There are a couple of FTTC's within 200 yards of my house but BT tell me they have no intention, within the foreseeable future, of connecting me to one because "you are on the wrong side of the road"!!!
BTW - I live in a well well populated area of a large town (around 170,000 population) in southern England - not in the sticks by any stretch of the imagination.
It's amazing how some people know exactly how a camera will perform without ever even touching it, let alone trying it or seeing an authorative review.
I am sick and tired...
...of telling my customers exactly this "If you haven't tested your disaster recovery plan, you don't have a disaster recovery plan." or "If you have not realistically and regularly fully tested your DR plan, I promise you IT WILL NOT WORK.".
Thunder is all they are capable of.
I used to be a Unite member but became disillusioned with the so-called leaders. I met a couple of them and talking to them was like communicating with North Korean thought-police. The last straw was the election of the current leader who, from a brief conversation I had with him, appears to have the intellectual capacity of a rather backward slug. Why did he have to get elected when there were other much more worthy candidates :-(
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