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    Touché

    Likewise, there is no point in putting one of those stone circles on your Honda when pneumatic tires are available.

    Home automation isn't new, and there is a ton of hardware and software specifically designed for it. Cocoontech is a great source of information just like mp3car is.

    To answer your amplifier question, typically, A is designed for surround sound, and b is for multi room. Either one will work fine by them selves, but you typically can't run surround sound and multi room at the same time.

    LINUX MCE is based on Ubuntu and will do what you are looking for.

    Watch your pocketbook, and after you get in to it, you wonder why you ever thought you would have to "go to the screen.... then go back to the couch."

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    Quote Originally Posted by txspazz View Post
    Touché

    Likewise, there is no point in putting one of those stone circles on your Honda when pneumatic tires are available.

    Home automation isn't new, and there is a ton of hardware and software specifically designed for it. Cocoontech is a great source of information just like mp3car is.

    To answer your amplifier question, typically, A is designed for surround sound, and b is for multi room. Either one will work fine by them selves, but you typically can't run surround sound and multi room at the same time.

    LINUX MCE is based on Ubuntu and will do what you are looking for.

    Watch your pocketbook, and after you get in to it, you wonder why you ever thought you would have to "go to the screen.... then go back to the couch."
    Okay so if B is multiroom, can I only run the number of speakers there are enough jacks for? Or is there some way to add lots of low wattage ceiling speakers?

    And I won't have to go to the screen forever, that's mostly for guests to pick songs during a party and a cool slideshow screensaver when not in use so it looks just like a picture frame on the wall. Eventually it'll be a screen sitting on the coffee table and also bluetooth linked to an application on my Blackberry or iTouch.

    A lot of people say there's hardware/software already out there for this.....is it open source? Can I change it? If not then there's your answer. I could buy Streetdeck but I want RoadRunner because it's open source.
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    1) it all depends on the impedance your amp can handle and the impedance of the speakers.

    3) Is it open source? some is. Can you change it? most of it.

    If your going to go all in with a project like this it's best to start with the hardware that will control the rest of the hardware.

    This is typically a control panel like an ELK M1 . It's a fusion brain on steroids. It has inputs and outputs and can run without a PC. Out of the box it can handle security and automation including your X10 and easily integrates with anything else you want to do.

    Are there other ways to do it, sure there are. Use a simple control board like a fusion brain and use it to turn things on and off.... before you know it you'll have a stack of fusion brains hooked up to a PC wishing you had just started out with a controller installed out of the way in a utility closet.

    Anyway..... you asked for opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    Why not, I think we have come along way from those stone circles.
    Have we? reallly?

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    Missed the last few posts in this thread, keep the opinions coming.
    I was looking at the Harmony 1000 today, it's a wireless touchscreen that controls lots of other hardware like DVD player and television. I think it'll actually control some computer functions as well, but I don't want the proprietary software. So I'm still looking for a wireless screen that I can run custom software on if it's out there. Otherwise it'll just be wired for now and I'll just have to wait until I write a Blackberry application to control it completely wirelessly.

    I'm also wondering which media centre software is out there......is LinuxICE any good? I have Ubuntu on the media computer and that's the way I'd like to keep it.
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    my dad used to do a lot of the x10 work. had the house setup for it and all. he named the control thing alfred. fitting since it was a butler in a box. he used to set them up mostly for disabled people. they've come a long way since then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    Missed the last few posts in this thread, keep the opinions coming.
    I was looking at the Harmony 1000 today, it's a wireless touchscreen that controls lots of other hardware like DVD player and television. I think it'll actually control some computer functions as well, but I don't want the proprietary software. So I'm still looking for a wireless screen that I can run custom software on if it's out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    Missed the last few posts in this thread, keep the opinions coming.
    I was looking at the Harmony 1000 today, it's a wireless touchscreen that controls lots of other hardware like DVD player and television. I think it'll actually control some computer functions as well, but I don't want the proprietary software. So I'm still looking for a wireless screen that I can run custom software on if it's out there. Otherwise it'll just be wired for now and I'll just have to wait until I write a Blackberry application to control it completely wirelessly.

    I'm also wondering which media centre software is out there......is LinuxICE any good? I have Ubuntu on the media computer and that's the way I'd like to keep it.

    I run a Harmony 880. Basically the 1000's little brother. It runs pretty much anything you want and controls multiple devices at once, depending on setup. I wouldn't use anything else. It will control anything you can bind to an ir command (I think the 1000 also does RF commands). I control TV/DVD/VCR, HDMI switcher, HTPC, and used to control a tuner, all at once. Single button turns this off, this on, switches that, puts it on this channel, etc.
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    I'm also wondering which media centre software is out there......is LinuxICE any good? I have Ubuntu on the media computer and that's the way I'd like to keep it.
    Of course LinuxICE is good!! I say that and also admit it needs lots of work. As a mobile touchscreen OS, it's good, As anything non-touchscreen, you'll want something else.

    Maybe look at elise media center by fluendo. It's FOSS and there is a package for it in ubuntu's repo. It's pretty as a home theater media center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    Of course LinuxICE is good!! I say that and also admit it needs lots of work. As a mobile touchscreen OS, it's good, As anything non-touchscreen, you'll want something else.

    Maybe look at elise media center by fluendo. It's FOSS and there is a package for it in ubuntu's repo. It's pretty as a home theater media center.
    Thanks, I'll take a look at both, I'm just upgrading to version 8.1 right now, taking forever to download the packages. Also, what's the popular language to write Linux applications in? Besides Java.
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