So, tell me about this home automation thing.

I was asked two related questions yesterday:

How much do I need to spend on home automation?

and

What can your house actually do, anyway?

The answer to the first question is nothing. Nobody needs home automation. How much you want to spend, however, is related to the second question. What can my house do, and how badly do you want any of the same capabilities? I promised to detail what we have running to inform their decisions about how far they want to take things.

A word of warning though: home automation is one of those technologies that once you start using it, you quickly wonder how you lived without it. Continue reading

Connect IFTTT to Internal Node Server

I spent a bit of time last night putting together the final pieces of code that’ll connect alerts on IFTTT to devices and systems on my internal network, via a simple node.js server. It sits on the edge of my network listening for some JSON to be POSTed at it, and then relays the JSON to a machine inside the network. Initially just one machine – the Plex HTPC in the living room, but eventually I’ll add more logic. Continue reading