October 2002

Mailing List Passes 700

The UKHA_D mailing list has just past the Seven Hundred subscriber mark this week! This list is for the UK Home Automation Die Hards! This…


Home Automation Wiring Scheme

Submission by Keith Doxey The cable marking system employed uses bands of coloured insulating tape to identify the different cables. It is much quicker than…


4-Camera Home CCTV Bundle

Submission by Jason Brown Now you can protect, control and automate your home *AND* save money with the new InControl Quadcam four camera bundle from…


Roomba Intelligent Floorvac – Review

  Submission by Peter White – WHAT IS ROOMBA?  Roomba is an ‘intelligent floorvac’ designed, as the manufactures put it, to “…keep your floors clean…


FreeView Goes Live

  The UKs new Terrestrial Digital TV service went live today. "Freeview provides up to 30 free digital TV and radio channels plus a whole…


Overclocked House Needs Extreme Cooling

Submission by Simon Bullers Found whilst surfing! Owensboro, KY – An enterprising young man has managed to run his appliances faster by overclocking the electrical…


Kiss Coolview Monitor – Review

  What has this got to do with Home AUtomation? Well a bit actually as you will see when you take account of the features….


xAP V1.1

Version 1.1 of the xAP spec has just been released… “The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The Revised spec. is ready! Two key changes:…



IR – Hardwired Distribution

You run hundreds, maybe thousands of metres of cable round your home. People look at you funny, some point at you and snigger. This week…


Taboo Channel Calculator

Ray Barnett’s “Taboo Channel” calculator – This handy little Windows app will show you what channels you can modulate your VCR, Satellite TV, TiVo, CCTV…


Mira Delayed

The release of “Windows Powered Smart Displays” (formerly codenamed “Mira” devices) have been delayed. From the Register. “Microsoft Corp has delayed the introduction of its…


xAP Curtain Controler Board

Ian Lowes xAP curtain boards have just arrived back from the PCB Pool and he’s added some pictures to his site. “Next step is probably…


TiVo Upgrades

James Hoye has just left after a hectic week of HA projects. In the first of several updates to this diary section, here are some pictures…


IR PC Remote Control

Submission by Cristoph May – Hello, check out the new device from Home Electronics. It allows to use any remote to control your computer. It…


Audiotron Available from Laser in UK

As of earlier today Laser.com have added the AudioTron network MP3 player to their on-line catalogue. “AudioTron transforms your PC into a powerful jukebox for…


Simple Control Protocol

Glenn Sullivan just posted this the UKHA_D mailing list. “In case anyone is interested, Microsoft’s SCP web site (Simple Control Protocol, a uPnP standard for…




Dynamic Home

Just received this… Mark We are a new home automation retailer in the UK and would appreciate it if you could add a link to…