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Title: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on September 19, 2006, 10:54:30 PM
I monitor Who's Online (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=who) whenever I'm logged on and, AFAICT, the GUESTS *ALWAYS* outnumber the Registered Members. :(

Why is that? ??? (i.e. REPLIES from NEWBIEs are encouraged! ;) )

{ Long-time Registered Members - ***PLEASE*** DON'T VOTE! :-* }
[ It's not necessary to VOTE to VIEW RESULTS! ;) ]

The "intended " audience (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10500.msg59885#msg59885) of this thread is GUESTS/LURKERS -(like  PUCK!) (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10503.msg59880#msg59880). ;D
GUEST / LURKER turned NEWBIE / PARTICIPANT #1

I really would like to see more NEW posters (like PUCK!) (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10503.msg59880#msg59880) participating in the "Community", and I'd appreciate any help I can get in regards to achieving this goal.

Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation! :)

Dave_x10_L: THANKS! :) Welcome to the "Community!" ;D
mince: THANKS! :) Welcome to the "Community!" ;D
mackie1604: THANKS! :) Welcome to the "Community!" ;D

JRMCLENDON, ve3bwp, german73, Retroguy, p2459, Rosa, ralex17, galstaf: What's Up?? ???

NEWBIEs:

X10 Pro #1 (Michael Cole), in his infinite wisdom (doesn't someone *ALWAYS* say that? :D ), decided to name this place the "X10 Community".

Well, the way I was brought up (years and years ago, in a galaxy...), when you JOIN a new community, you don't just walk in and start asking questions *WITHOUT* first introducing yourself (that's considered Bad Manners! >:( ). After a "false start " :o (with the over-enthusiastic "Cheers Gang " ;) ), puck aka Dan braved everything and got the ball rolling. [THANKS DAN! :)]

So, although I could go back to the beginning of time ::), I just went back as far as puck. Anyone who has JOINed since puck *AND* has posted more than TWO messages (proving that you're NOT bashful :-X ), *PLEASE* participate!!! :)

This will either SCARE *EVERY* GUEST/LURKER away (from the idea of ever JOINing)
*OR*
improve the "Community".

It's up to YOU - the Members - to decide the direction... ;)

Member _ _ _ Date Registered _ _ _ # Posts _Voted _Intro
rjgilliam (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=6063)16 Oct 2006 12:44:51 PM02NN
ralex17 (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=6038)13 Oct 2006 02:48:54 PM04NN
Rosa (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=6031)12 Oct 2006 10:23:36 PM03NN
p2459 (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=6014)11 Oct 2006 07:28:10 PM04NN
Retroguy (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=6013)11 Oct 2006 06:44:03 PM02NN
german73 (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=5983)10 Oct 2006 02:14:55 AM03NN
mackie1604 (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=5981)10 Oct 2006 01:09:11 AM03NY
ve3bwp (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=5965)09 Oct 2006 12:48:09 AM02NN
Dave_x10_L (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=5962)08 Oct 2006 09:35:44 PM13NY
mince (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=5961)08 Oct 2006 04:32:00 PM03NY
JRMCLENDON (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=5956)08 Oct 2006 11:31:48 AM04NN
Puck (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=5949)07 Oct 2006 10:27:43 PM18NY

[I'll move this table to the FIRST post in the thread after the new INTROs start rolling in. :) ]

..I'm fairly new with using X-10 stuff (about a year now) and since I started using AHP (last April), I have visited this site as a Guest almost daily. To help answer the question of this thread, in some cases (at least with me) the help I was looking for either already existed so I didn't bother to join in or I just worked through the problem myself.

So, now I decided to join in for 2 main reasons...

  • 1.) To say thank you to all the regulars here for all their help. Particularly guys like TTA & Tuicemen. I don't know if you realize how many people you help, or at least lead in the right direction, but I guarantee you it's more than you are aware of.
    .
  • 2.) In the year that I've been using X-10, I have learned a lot and the only way I can help share my experience is be a member of this board.

I'd like to give you a quick background of myself, even though X-10 is fairly new to me, I have been into automation since the 70's (using my Commodore PET's user interface... that should bring back memorys for a few oldtimers.) I am an Electronics Technologist so I have made various posted mods to some components when needed and adding my own. I am currently using X-10's Protector Plus security system, XCAMs and use AHP (with Myhouse & Smart Macros) controlling about 90% of my homes lighting. Even though I have heard the words "I wish my house was normal", I do have a high WAF.

Looking forward to associating with all you X-10 users,

Dan[/size][/b]

[OT SPLIT] GUESTS: Why Don't You Register? (Read 892 times) (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10217.0)


[Puck edit: applied normal font to my name]
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Duck69 on September 21, 2006, 06:54:11 PM
I just read the post @
http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10034.new#new

With an upgrade maybe un-registered persons will be stopped from postingt.
I hope that's the case.

If someone doesn't want to be a member of the forum then they should be able to read but NOT POST !

Do I get an Amen to that ?  ;D
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: steven r on September 21, 2006, 07:10:13 PM
...If someone doesn't [want] to be a member of the forum then they should be able to read but NOT POST !

Do I get an Amen to that ?
Sounds fair to me.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Tuicemen on September 21, 2006, 07:22:09 PM
If someone doesn't to be a member of the forum then they should be able to read but NOT POST !

Do I get an Amen to that ?  ;D
Most agree with that! When I'm on as a guest(very rarely) I don't post anyways ;) :D!
Quote from: steven r
I never liked the stuff even before I gave up eating ham and some of the other stuff in it.
I never could handle it either, mom Always tried to hide it in sandwiches  :P :P :P yuk! :P ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: steven r on September 21, 2006, 07:43:58 PM
BTW... Can a guest rate someone?
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Tuicemen on September 21, 2006, 08:06:29 PM
BTW... Can a guest rate someone?
good question! I'm not sure what all privliages they have! Maybe they can't even vote in the polls!(which would explain the results) ;) :D perhaps x10javier could shed some light on that! ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Brian H on September 22, 2006, 07:00:52 AM
steven; Good question on the ratings. Most forums don't let guests post. Why register and give an email address if we don't have to.
In earlier days X10 was known as a spam king and if they had your email address look out.
Spywareblaster by default still stops X10 from my computer. Each upgrade I do needs a unchecking of the X10 sites address to get there. ;D
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: steven r on September 22, 2006, 08:01:55 AM
...Spywareblaster by default still stops X10 from my computer. Each upgrade I do needs a unchecking of the X10 sites address to get there....
I had to edit the host file I put on my laptop also. It blocked X10 by default.
It's got to be embarrassing to have your company known for spam.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on October 07, 2006, 11:31:54 PM
Hello,

Not sure if I'm following the right string here or not...  it kinda turned into a Monty Python one (not that that is a bad thing).

I'm fairly new with using X-10 stuff (about a year now) and since I started using AHP (last April), I have visited this site as a Guest almost daily. To help answer the question of this tread, in some cases (at least with me) the help I was looking for either already existed so I didn't bother to join in or I just worked through the problem myself.

So, now I decided to join in for 2 main reasons...1) to say thank you to all the regulars here for all their help. Particularly guys like TTA & Tuicemen. I don't know if you realize how many people you help, or at least lead in the right direction, but I guarantee you it's more than you are aware of.
And 2) In the year that I've been using X-10, I have learned a lot and the only way I can help share my experience is be a member of this board.

I'd like to give you a quick background of myself, even though X-10 is fairly new to me, I have been into automation since the 70's (using my Commodore PET's user interface... that should bring back memorys for a few oldtimers.) I am an Electronics Technologist so I have made various posted mods to some components when needed and adding my own. I am currently using X-10's Protector Plus security system, XCAMs and use AHP (with Myhouse & Smart Macros) controlling about 90% of my homes lighting. Even though I have heard the words "I wish my house was normal", I do have a high WAF.

Looking forward to associating with all you X-10 users,

Dan
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 08, 2006, 02:32:19 AM
So, now I decided to join in for 2 main reasons...1) to say thank you to all the regulars here for all their help. Particularly guys like TTA & Tuicemen.

Personally, I appreciate it VERY MUCH when someone takes the time to post or PM a "Thank You ".  :)  [You heard the one about 1000 ATTABOYs versus 1 Aw $H!T?  ::) ]  Somedays, after investing hour upon hour creating some FAQ / Post, you wonder if anyone is actually getting any benefit out of it.

...I don't know if you realize how many people you help, or at least lead in the right direction, but I guarantee you it's more than you are aware of.

Sure we do!  ;)

Out of the 5877 Current Members:


It's right there on the left side of your screen next to each of our posts.  8)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 08, 2006, 03:07:34 AM
Not sure if I'm following the right string here or not...

...I'm fairly new with using X-10 stuff (about a year now) and since I started using AHP (last April), I have visited this site as a Guest almost daily. To help answer the question of this tread, in some cases (at least with me) the help I was looking for either already existed so I didn't bother to join in or I just worked through the problem myself.

Puck,

You are the *FIRST* person to reply to this thread from my "intended " audience (GUEST/LURKER turned NEWBIE vs the "Cheers" regulars that *ALWAYS* jump in  :-[ ). 

Thanks for taking a chance!  :)

Did the fact that there were no other NEWBIEs, but LOADs of the "Cheers" Gang, participating tend to initially discourage you from posting?  ???

To date, I've created 3 (unsuccessful)  Polls "intended " to spur GUEST / LURKER / NEWBIE participation:


...it kinda turned into a Monty Python one (not that that is a bad thing).

It seems like the "Gang" can easily get diverted into a completely unrelated topic within a thread. If no one has any objections, within the next 24-48 hours, I would like to delete (if the original posters haven't done so already) all of the unrelated info and then maybe more NEWBIEs like Puck will choose to participate.

Thanks!  :)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on October 08, 2006, 03:01:29 PM
"Did the fact that there were no other NEWBIEs, but LOADs of the "Cheers" Gang, participating tend to initially discourage you from posting? "

TakeTheActive,

The answer to that question is no. It was always a matter of just doing it.
When you started this topic a couple weeks ago, it provided a nice entry point to become a member without having a question. Maybe having a thread for new member intoduction may help others as this one has for me.

Seeing the "Cheers" Gang having fun was also an incentive.

I highly recommend any other regular guests to become a member... Theres a lot more information on the screen as a member than as a guest.

Regards
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Tuicemen on October 08, 2006, 03:28:48 PM
Puck
Thanks for the high Praise! ;) :D and welcome a Board!
As TTA stated
Quote
Personally, I appreciate it VERY MUCH when someone takes the time to post or PM a "Thank You ". 
This reflects my feelings exactly! ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Duck69 on October 08, 2006, 04:14:30 PM
Now to put in my two cents worth.

It's great to see you posted a thank you.
 
TTA, Tuicemen, Brian H, Charles Sullivan and others are constantly helping others.

They spend a lot of their time helping those of us in need of help and receive very little or no recognition or appreciation at all in return for their efforts.

I should also add
RESTRAINT in answering many of the same questions time & time again.[/b]
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                                                        Hats off to these mentors !

[TTA EDIT: Fixed your unmatched {COLOR} and incorrectly nested {SIZE} switches. ;) ]
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: KDR on October 08, 2006, 05:26:36 PM
Welcome aboard... And Otis69 is right! Thanks to everyone for all their time and help. Its everyone as a group that makes it happen. As a guest your just a visitor reading posts but as a member you become part of the group.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 08, 2006, 06:59:09 PM
BTW: Welcome home TTA

Thanks!  ;D

Being in the hospital for a week was a mixed blessing:

Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 08, 2006, 07:21:03 PM
"Did the fact that there were no other NEWBIEs, but LOADs of the "Cheers" Gang, participating tend to initially discourage you from posting? "

The answer to that question is no. It was always a matter of just doing it.

Seeing the "Cheers" Gang having fun was also an incentive.

There's certainly a great bunch of guys here in the "Cheers Gang " (and you won't believe how many of them are "Old Geezers " like me!  :o ;) ). After a week or so of "learning " personalities, you'll feel like you've been friends with some of them for YEARS.  8) [Of course, with my "unusual " personality, it took *ME* quite a bit longer!  :o ]

...When you started this topic a couple weeks ago, it provided a nice entry point to become a member without having a question. Maybe having a thread for new member intoduction may help others as this one has for me.

But, you're still the *ONLY* GUEST/LURKER turned NEWBIE participating...  ???  How do we get more folks to "convert "?
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: mackie1604 on October 13, 2006, 09:43:08 PM
Born and raised in the Seattle area......

I used to be into X10 equipment when I was in high school but fell out of it.......recently I've been building my home theater and wanted a good way to automated my lighting downstairs so I could setup the stage to enjoy my projector from the comfort of my seats....

I picked up a started kit plus 5 appliance modules/5 light switches.  I am having some issues getting the signal around my house, that's why I first posted.

Currently working at Microsoft as a Support Engineer.


[TTA Edit: Combine posts - Oops!! (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10516.msg60150#msg60150) ]
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: mince on October 13, 2006, 10:26:35 PM
Hello All,

I did post 3 postings because I had a few questions before deciding to buy.  I received by software (AHP, smart macros, iWitness and my home online) today and I am awaiting a lamp module, an appliance module, and a motion detector.  I am starting small and if I get this system to work, then I will continue to upgrade.

From what I have read in the fourms so far, it appears that I will need help from the experienced users to get my system running the way it is supposed so you all will see me here again.  ;D

As for my background, I am actually in the nursing field--nurse anesthetist to be exact.  I am currently practicing in the Army.  I am not very technical, but I did manage to build a couple computers.  Still waiting impatiently for my modules to arrive, anxious to get it started.  :)

  Cheers.


[TTA Edit: Combine posts - Oops!! (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10516.msg60150#msg60150) ]
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on October 14, 2006, 08:12:11 AM
I am not new to X10...but new to the forum. I started out wanting to dim or turn off lights in my home theater with a remote control. I really had no idea how much could be done through home automation at that time. Now not only does the lights automatically turn themselves off as the movie starts (and a few on after the movie stops) I also send the movie to the bathroom and my office (in case I want to sneak a smoke during a chick flick). Plus I send the IR remote signals BACK the equipment all using X10.

Well after the theater was finished... I couldn't stop there. I don't know if X10 has become a hobby, or an addiction. But I really enjoy it.

I recently entered the X10 contest to win the $500 of free merchandise by entering a movie at YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/group/x10here).  I am the DoorCam movie. 1st and only contest I ever entered. The guys at X10 where great! Send stuff I got to select myself (I just Emailed a list).....it was awesome. Check out the contest for yourself (http://www.x10community.com/)


Thank-you for the invite, TakeTheActive. I found it helpful.


[TTA Edit: Combine posts - Oops!! (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10516.msg60150#msg60150) ]
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Tuicemen on October 15, 2006, 03:43:05 PM
Dave_x10_L,mince,& mackie1604: [/color] Welcome aboard!
I'm surprised more aren't jumping in ::) A newbie always spurs me to learn something new. ;) :D ;D And many times Just asking a question which hasn't been answered before or in a long time helps us all!
 If no one has the answer there are many on here that will dig & or experiment untill we find the answers ;) :D ;D[/b]
For those who feel posting is a lot of work or to difficult check out my posting walk through:
;) ;D :)The Art of posting to the forums (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10516.0) :) :D ;)
Even registered users may find something useful there! ;) :D
For those interested MMallari has started a Topic: Meet the Community Organizers (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10336.msg59377#msg59377)   in which he posts a link to interviews  with Community Organizers   so far he has posted 3 interviews with more to come!
You can find mine here: Meet Tuicemen (http://www.x10community.com/article_meet_tuicemen_09262006.html)
To All Newbies,Regulars & Oldtimers: Cheers And Have fun! :) ;) :D
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: KDR on October 15, 2006, 09:24:28 PM
Welcome mince, mackie1604 and Dave_x10_L. Glad to have you on our side. Looking forward to reading your posts and sharing ideas.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: galstaf on October 16, 2006, 07:53:07 AM
Hey folks,

To answer the question... I went from a guest to a newbie to get my question answered on this forum.... as it will affect my buying decision.

Can you guys check it out and let me know what you think. Posts by non-X10 employees giving me their experiences with the stuff are of main interest... and to know why X10 doesn't seem to care about what I regard as RELEVANT posts about their annoying spam like email policy and those godawful popups.

http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10627.0

if anyone has recommendations for other products that work better, I would be very grateful also.

All the best!

RH
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 16, 2006, 08:23:01 AM
Hey folks,

To answer the question... I went from a guest to a newbie to get my question answered on this forum.... as it will affect my buying decision.

Can you guys check it out and let me know what you think. Posts by non-X10 employees giving me their experiences with the stuff are of main interest... and to know why X10 doesn't seem to care about what I regard as RELEVANT posts about their annoying spam like email policy and those godawful popups.

http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10627.0

if anyone has recommendations for other products that work better, I would be very grateful also.

All the best!

RH

You call this an introduction?  :o

It's just an "ad", pointing to your other questions.  :-[

Come on now, RH - you can do better than this!  :-\

;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Welcome to the "Community"!  :)

Check out how QUICKLY Dave_x10_L went from a NEWBIE to feeling like a member of our "Cheers Gang ".  8)

(i.e. Give it another shot!  ;) )
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: -Bill- (of wgjohns.com) on October 16, 2006, 11:04:17 PM
  So heres the rub. What the heck should I "do" with the activehome. Anybody have any ideas?

If you mean Active Home Pro (with the CM15A interface)... you can stop joking...

I joke that I can just say "computer...lights off" and they go off

... and make it happen with (Caution shameless plug ahead!  :-[ ) my BXVC (Bill's X10 Voice Commander) program!  Found here:  http://www.wgjohns.com/bxvc.htm   ;D

Oh, yeah... and Welcome Aboard!   :D
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on October 17, 2006, 10:45:14 AM
TTA (et al): Thanks for making me feel like part of the "CHEERS Gang" :)  (Re: "Outsanding Bugs and Software Issues") (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10634.msg60497#msg60497)

Tuicemen: Nice work on the The Finer Art of Posting to the Forums (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10516.msg60146#msg60146) thread. I reference it regularly as I'm becoming familiar with the forum. But one thing I couldn't find was... How do you create a link to another post by using the name and not the HTTP address? But as you can see, I did figure it out (although I'm sure there is an easier way.) :D

To Dave_x10_L, mince, mackie1604 and all other new members like myself, welcome and I look forward to reading your posts.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Tuicemen on October 17, 2006, 03:34:26 PM
Tuicemen: Nice work on the The Finer Art of Posting to the Forums (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10516.msg60146#msg60146) thread. I reference it regularly as I'm becoming familiar with the forum. But one thing I couldn't find was... How do you create a link to another post by using the name and not the HTTP address? But as you can see, I did figure it out (although I'm sure there is an easier way.) :D

Thanks glad you enjoyed reading it!
It looks like you did just fine with the links!  The easiest way I fine is cut and past the address! ;) :D ;D
I'm sure I mentioned the how to link, 
Quote
The globe with the paper sheet allows you to insert a web link it creates url & /url in square brackets arround the text in the url brackets type"= then the address"
but not the cut and paste bit! ::) :-[ ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 18, 2006, 01:00:30 AM
TTA (et al): Thanks for making me feel like part of the "Cheers Gang " :) (Re: "Outstanding Bugs and Software Issues") (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10634.msg60497#msg60497)

Isn't that the way it SHOULD BE when new members:

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From my perspective, this "Community" should be a place where:


IMHO, these forums were pretty "STERILE " before I arrived. :o

Yeah, I know that I'm the "Short-Timer " here [Date Registered: 2006-06-23, 00:44:18], the *NEWEST* Community Organizer, (aka the one with the BIGGEST MOUTH!  :o ), yet I'd *STILL* like to have the opportunity to turn this "X10 Community" around, from one of (mostly, IMO) NEGATIVITY (i.e. the majority of the posts COMPLAINING ABOUT X10, or asking for HELP ME! - for situations that have ALREADY been answered / addressed  :o ) into one of (at least some) POSITIVITY (is that a real word?) where there are *ALSO* posts of "Here's What *I* Did With X10!".

In other words, IMHO, Folks should come here to SHARE IDEAS :) as well as ASK FOR TECHNICAL HELP and/or COMPLAIN.  :(

[TTA: Yeah, I took a SHORTCUT by moving the end QUOTE - I didn't have the energy to play with all the SIZE commands...  :P ]

"Here's What *I* Did With X10!".

In other words, IMHO, Folks should come here to SHARE IDEAS :) as well as ASK FOR TECHNICAL HELP and/or COMPLAIN.  :(

I agree with TakeTheActive.  I have a couple of X10 related write ups in the FAQ I've written for my wife and family about all the equipment I've installed in, and mods I've made to, our home.  I'd be happy to post these...


TakeTheActive and I have had several exchanges about the negative content of a lot of posts on the Forum and what to do about it.  He encouraged me to post some of my success stories in the hope they would inspire others to do the same.  I have found that X10, properly used, is a very powerful tool but it can't do the whole job by itself, as these stories will show.

Members Sharing Their Original X10 Home Automation Ideas [Updated: 2006/10/15]   (Read 77 times) - Posted: «  on: 2006-10-14, 15:46:49 » (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10565.0)

...But one thing I couldn't find was... How do you create a link to another post by using the name and not the HTTP address?

This is fairly easy under IE, and EVEN EASIER under Firefox.


As they say, HTH. ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on October 18, 2006, 07:35:38 PM
Thank You Bill

  That looks like what I've been looking for!

P.S. Nice Site!
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: -Bill- (of wgjohns.com) on October 18, 2006, 09:32:57 PM
Thank You Bill

  That looks like what I've been looking for!

P.S. Nice Site!

You're welcome Dave and thanks!   ;D

I hope you enjoy it as I and many others do.  Please feel free to PM or email me with any questions, comments or suggestions.  Many of the best features were suggested by users (many of whom hang out here  ;)  ).

Most of all, have fun!   :D
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: rjgilliam on October 19, 2006, 11:22:54 PM
Hello All,
My name is Rob Gilliam and I just purchased a couple of X10 packages to attempt to create a front porch/yard Halloween scare display.  I am totally new to the X10 experience and seem to be getting hooked.  I really don't have much time to get too involved in setting up a whole-house system, so I'm starting off slowly in hopes to get the feel for how these contraptions work and maybe I'll expand later on.
I'm from Bowlling Green, KY (Home of the Corvette/Caddy XLR, FOTL underwear, Holley Carb and other fine businesses. . . not bad for population 50K) and am a full-time firefighter/EMT.  I specialize in Aircraft rescue.  I'm also an Army Reservist (former tank commander, drill sgt.) now teaching Military Science and Rappelling for the ROTC program @ WKU.  Prior to joining the fire dept., I worked for many years at a motorcycle dealership and started my own internet business where I design and fabricate sportbike accessories (www.minusonefender.com) I hope the web plug is okay for forum discussion. 
I also am married with two kids (1 and 4) so you can probably see where my time goes. 
Hopefully I'll be posting more as I get deeper into my Halloween creation as well as future projects, etc.  Just wanted to give a little intro and give a "thanks in advance" to all the people on this forum who are smarter than I.  I'm sure we'll talk soon
Nice to meet y'all!
Rob G.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on October 19, 2006, 11:30:58 PM
Welcome to the board and to X-10 Rob.

I'm sure the information available on the board as well as the knowledge of the many experienced members will help make you experience a enjoyable one.  :)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: KDR on October 20, 2006, 05:41:16 AM
Welcome aboard Rob. I think you will find that you will get hooked on using X10 and will want to expand. Once you get setup let us know how your halloween setup went and what you had X10 doing.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: rjgilliam on October 20, 2006, 11:02:57 AM
Welcome Rob !
I've got to say, this is the first time that I've EVER heard a DI say ANYONE WAS SMARTER than he is.  ???

It's got to be the kids.  ;D


Since I've gone to the ROTC mission, I've really had to switch gears and tone it down a bit.  Don't let it leave this room, though! (I've got a rep to protect). :)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: tjdavj on October 22, 2006, 12:17:47 PM
As a way of thanking everyone for all the helpful and interesting posts, [and a big nudge from TTA], I will introduce myself.

They call me TJ and I have been involved in electronics for as long as I can remember. First, as a Musician/Pro Audio designer/engineer for 20 yrs., then the computer bug bit me in 1985, and I have been a computer developer/consultant/hardware design specialist ever since.

I am a born and bred Oregonian, (near Eugene), and the grey winters are starting to get to me..

I have been a tinkerer/re-designer for as long as I can remember.

Obviously, I have dabbled in X-10 many times (I have enough products to cover 2-3 homes) but was never really satisfied with the performance of the products. (Have they ever field tested anything before releasing it?)

I am currently interested in broadband video, ie: video over IP, for many uses, including security and video conferencing and have tested a few products pertaining to this field.

I have posted a preliminary review of the Sentinel Security system here:
http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10700.0

Once again, thanks for all the help and feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on October 23, 2006, 09:15:14 AM
Welcome to the board TJ.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: KDR on October 23, 2006, 10:15:14 AM
Ditto TJ    Let the fun begin
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on October 27, 2006, 11:59:49 PM
Hey here is a shameless plug for my newest entry in the X10 video contest at you tube.

I already won the $500 of free X10 stuff once (with my DoorCam video)... not sure I am allowed to win again. But I am sure (at least one of) you guys could put together a better video. My latest video is called "Hummingbird"

The UN-altered link: http://www.youtube.com/group/x10here
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 28, 2006, 02:11:26 AM

As a way of thanking everyone for all the helpful and interesting posts, [and a big nudge from TTA], I will introduce myself.

I haven't NUDGEd anyone in about a week and consequently, no one has INTRODUCEd themselves in about a week - should I:

Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on October 28, 2006, 02:23:45 AM
Never Give Up
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Plus there has been at least one introduction. medvampire has introduced himself in the topic he started: Access control for kids computer and TV (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10733.msg61057#msg61057)

Your Nudging lives on.  ;)
P.S. I'm still having a problem with this link with a name thing... If it doesn't appear right, please fix it.  :-

[TTA Edit: I used BRACES instead of BRACKETS in my original instructions because the SMF Forum Software would have CHOKED on BRACKETS *WITHOUT* the proper parameters. ;) Just CLICK on MODIFY for this post and you'll see how to do it!]
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 28, 2006, 03:23:20 AM
Hey here is a shameless plug for my newest entry in the X10 video contest at you tube.

...My latest video is called "Hummingbird".  The UN-altered link: http://www.youtube.com/group/x10here

[TTA Edit: The ALTERED link: Hummingbird (http://www.youtube.com/group/x10here) ;) ]

Since I have *NO* X10 cameras or software for them, exactly *HOW* do you capture something like this?!? ???

Do the cameras record 24x7 to the PC's hard disk? If so, how much space does it consume? ???

NEAT little movie! :)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on October 28, 2006, 09:27:50 AM
Hey here is a shameless plug for my newest entry in the X10 video contest at you tube.

...My latest video is called "Hummingbird".  The UN-altered link: http://www.youtube.com/group/x10here

[TTA Edit: The ALTERED link: Hummingbird (http://www.youtube.com/group/x10here) ;) ]

Since I have *NO* X10 cameras or software for them, exactly *HOW* do you capture something like this?!? ???

Do the cameras record 24x7 to the PC's hard disk? If so, how much space does it consume? ???

NEAT little movie! :)

I just set up the wireless cam on the deck and the receiver at the DVD recorder in the living room. I recorded for a couple hours, then stopped the recorder and reviewed the DVD to make sure I had "bird footage".

Then put the DVD in the PC and edited using "windows movie maker" (free).
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on October 28, 2006, 11:30:49 AM
Then put the DVD in the PC and edited using "windows movie maker" (free).

F.Y.I. for anyone looking for tools & how-to-guides for making / editing their videos, check out this site (lots of awesome *& some free* tools here): VideoHelp.com (http://www.videohelp.com/)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on October 28, 2006, 05:41:01 PM
Then put the DVD in the PC and edited using "windows movie maker" (free).

F.Y.I. for anyone looking for tools & how-to-guides for making / editing their videos, check out this site (lots of awesome *& some free* tools here): VideoHelp.com (http://www.videohelp.com/)


I do use other DVD maker software. Like when I make DVD's of the grandkids from my home video. But for good and fast compression, Mr Gates created a fair package.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on October 28, 2006, 06:24:54 PM
Never Give Up
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Plus there has been at least one introduction. medvampire has introduced himself in the topic he started: Access control for kids computer and TV (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10733.msg61057#msg61057)

Your Nudging lives on.  ;)
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I feel that it would come across better if the Nudging came from multiple members instead of just one (me!). With just me constantly pushing all my new ideas (getting NEWBIEs to Introduce themselves; getting OLDTIMERs to write articles; etc...), it looks like I'm trying to jam "my way or the highway" down everyone's throats - and that is *NOT* my intention at all.

As I stated earlier today here - at the bottom (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10730.msg61175#msg61175), if my actions are generating LOADS of complaints being sent to x10javier, then I had better "step back and just watch" for a while. Maybe I have been too obsessive lately.

Sure, when I see a NEWBIE with less than an hour total logged on the forums stating:

"I just bought AHP - it doesn't work - does anyone have any ideas?"
I'm "champing at the bit" to jump in there with my boilerplate MAP / MEASURE / CORRECT (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10732.msg61055;topicseen#msg61055) response. But, I've been told that, although the advice is sound, the presentation is a bit harsh.

So, I'm going to take a break, read the new messages, post an answer if I know it, and wait for the "Unhelpful" Feedback PMs to arrive... ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: medvampire on November 01, 2006, 10:51:12 PM
I was asked to paste my intro here so here it is  ;D
I work as a med tech in E. Tennessee. I work in a small hospital lab. Like I tell my friends “Think of the most gross things that can come out of your body and I can tell you what is in it”. I am just recently married and have 2 step sons I love dearly but am learning that you must help them to learn self control. The oldest is 14 and constantly on line chatting with the ladies  and the youngest 10 is constantly playing games . I have put a content filter in place using Clark Connect through a WAP but that doesn’t control the amount of time they are on their PC or TV so I thought of X10 and AHP to control their time and when they have access. I also am interested in the home automation, security, and surveillance that X10 provides but I will have to buy a few pieces at a time. I am grateful to the forum from witch I have gleamed so much info here.
Thanks
Steve
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: medvampire on November 01, 2006, 11:18:19 PM
Thanks for the warm welcomes from all here in the forums.
I will have to say this is one of the more friendly forums I have found on the net. ;D
Thanks
Steve
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on November 13, 2006, 05:07:28 PM
I just purchased the AHP suite. X10 already emailed me my codes and I downloaded and registered the software. Easy enough....course I do this kind of stuff at my day job.

I feel like a complete newbie... and it's exciting!  

It will be this weekend before I can do much more.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: MrBlackCat on November 13, 2006, 09:58:30 PM
Because I posted an (excessive?) introduction into my first post with a question, I will re-post it here also.
Do I HAVE to be a NEWBIE?  It sounds so... New or something.  :)
Ok, ok... I am NEW then... I will just have to get over it.  (am I shining or anything?)
Just kidding.  :)

Here is my excessive introduction... again... (I didn't clean this up much in case it seems to be leading up to a question that is "missing")
Here is a link to the whole painfully long, out of hand first post...

http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10922.0


****begin paste****

Hello to Everyone, well not technically everyone, just anyone who reads this post. :)

After about 20 hours of reading (not continuously) I decided to register and see if I could find out any information directly I am looking for and to possibly offer my 2 cents (plus tax) on some of the messages I read here.

Since this is my first post, I will throw in some comments and an introduction based on having read several thousand posts before joining this Message System.

I have had SO many thoughts as I read, but most posts were older and a quick check shows the originator of the post never came back again or even thanked anyone, at least publicly.  (shame!)  The good part is that I don't expect much from most people anyway, so I am not surprised or let down etc.

A persons first experience on an internet message board can be REALLY HARSH!  I have used many message boards since the BBS days and like many here, I finally got used to seeing what I see here...  How many message boards has anyone been to where there was more positive/praise posts than negative/bashing posts? (rhetorical)  Depending on the type of board, it isn't many.  In my opinion, it isn't because there IS so much negative, or even because negative people are more likely to complain or whine about things, but because few people will praise anything.  One reason that comes to mind might be because it (e.g. a level of quality) is expected.  If a product says it can do X and do it well, and it does, the that is just "ok" and not "great" or something that deserves praise, to most.  I don't deny that there is an obvious pattern of unhappy people having to tell everyone about it, while satisfied people tend to just move along.  Maybe the satisfied people here are off playing with their X10!  :)
It is my opinion, that most of the positive posts here don't seem to be posted because someone sought out a place to tell others just how great their X10 equipment was.  Many of the positive posts are in defensive reaction to the negative posts more so than just "finding a place to praise X10", is my point.  (calm down few, I said most, not all)  I could go on for hours, days and pages about the psychology involved, but I won't.  I will say that most of those "ranters" seldom are here for resolution though.  They are just angry and passing it along.  I have read hundreds of posts like that mixed in with some valid angry ones.  I can see through it, but when I see someone putting a huge effort into "helping" someone who isn't here for help, that actually bothers me.  However, on a positive note, there is a LOT of information here for someone who is looking for resolution to problems.  People say X10 should do more to support their products and I would have to agree GENERALLY, but they DID put this message board here.  Even for a great company, a message system like this can be "dangerous" in a way due the reasons mentioned above relative to "more negative feedback than positive".  I have seen many supporters here say the same thing I just said a dozen different ways.  (e.g. How often have you written a company to rave about their product compared to the number of times you have written to inform them of your dissatisfaction? Rhetorical example)

Moving along...
My X10.  I have been using these X10 products since the Sears and Roebuck days.  For what I have, and what I've done with it, I like it a lot. (a WHOLE lot? Yes.)
Here is my (tiny?) negative experience with X10.  12 years ago or so I blew one Radio Shack  61-2676 Transceiver.  Within the next couple of years a wall switch and two lamp modules stopped working.  One lamp module was my fault because of accidentally using it with a very large old computer I had at the time by accident. (got two same color power cords swapped!)  Lesson #(lost count): Never dim a 150 pound computer with Dual 8 inch drives while it is running.  This is just asking too much of even X10.  Sounds like I was dimmed a bit that day, that wasn't too bright. ;)
Seems the power where I live has some serious (sustained) voltage spikes, so we eat electronics and light bulbs like chips around here.  I run 130V bulbs in all incandescent light fixtures.

The point to the above paragraph is that the X10 equipment I have is very tolerant and durable.
I have bought nothing new X10 in more than 10 years.  I have not needed to.  (until recently, getting to that)  My old X10 works very well and has for many years, used constantly for an ever-changing wide range of tasks.
I have most of the standard controllers, switches, and modules from the 80's and early 90's.  I used to write some very complex (I thought) software in Basic for my CP290.  I still use my CP290 daily as well as my 2676 RF Transmitters and Transceiver.  Maybe a couple dozen all together.  They have moved with me a couple of times now.  My favorite toy... The Radio Shack Homeminder.  The heart of my system for YEARS!  (yes, that is screaming you must have a Homeminder to understand)  I loved that thing!  The first few months I had it, it blew the video.  No problem, under warranty, they fixed it right up.  Later, out of warranty, it blew the video again and I paid a very reasonable amount to have it fixed again.  Years later (not sure when, maybe 93?  94?) it blew out again.  Times had changed and they wanted $70+ dollars to fix it this time.  I had only paid $59 new for the unit, so I chose not to do it.  I retired it and packed it up.  It was dark times in the land... oh wait, never mind.  I was just unhappy for a few days. :)

I am now remodeling my next house and adding full X10 throughout.  New X10 equipment can be had so inexpensively from sellers on eBay these days, it is amazing to me.  I have bought hundreds more dollars of just basic items.  There are built in 220 volt heaters in each room, so the 220V 20AMP DPDT's are EXCELLENT!  The majority of the rooms will have their on controllers and house code.  I have 7 house codes already laid out/planned and partially set up for use at this time.  Gathering equipment and setting up one area at a time.

Ending the ramble now.  I think that is enough introduction.  Now to get back to my first question.  I will post other questions in the appropriate threads as I present them.

Ramble closing statement:  With the X10 items I have and use, I have had what I consider excellent usability and reliability for 20+ years.  Now that I have bought a large batch of new stuff to use, I will keep you posted in a comparison.  I will not be using much of what I read people are having issues with though.  No software (that I don't write), no cameras, no CM15A etc.  I have PC's in every room and mobiles (Libretto's) anyway, so with FireCrackers and a mouse, life is simple enough for me.  I fully plan on developing my own software when I move in to this house.  I am amazed this hasn't been done more, or maybe it has and I have not found it anyway.   The Third Party Add-Ons and Software was the first section I read on X10's site along side Google searches.

****end paste****

Thank you for reading... or at least scrolling to the end. :)

John Martin
MrBlackCat

(original post)
http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10922.0
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: KDR on November 13, 2006, 10:03:21 PM
Welcome aboard John (AKA MrBlackCat).  From the sounds of it you won't be a newbie long so enjoy it while you can.  ;D
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on November 14, 2006, 01:20:48 PM
Welcome aboard MrBlackCat, I look forward to reading your posts.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Tuicemen on November 14, 2006, 06:06:40 PM
MrBlackCat,
It is always nice to see long time users joining the Community!
I'm sure I'll  learn a thing or two from you as I have from many newbies! ;) :D
Pull up a stool!
;) *Cheers!* ;)
My daughter who is taking her masters in Nuclear Physics asks  me "How do you know so much?"
Answer: Reading and listening to others and their problems!
Newbies help me learn some more ! ;) :D ;D
And if someone gets your problem solve at least post that "yes that fixed it "
Then we know if the same isue pops up again that that is the fixed! ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on November 14, 2006, 06:49:05 PM
Welcome MrBlackCat

I haven't been around all that long myself. But very nice to see more joining the cheers gang!
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: MrBlackCat on November 14, 2006, 07:16:13 PM
Thank you guys for a very positive reception to the board.  There is a lot of data here on this Message Board and I am systematically trying to read all posts and catch up as well.  This is taking considerable time.
Ok, Ok... I am pre-apologizing for not getting back to a thread where someone is kind enough to offer information and am slow to respond if a response is needed.

I really was just kidding about concerns with being a Newbie.  Status is not a consideration to me really. Real Respect doesn't come from those numbers.  I do like respect though... that is nice gift to earn.  I will keep a "respect-o-meter" in my head.  :)

Anyway, thanks to everyone who has extended a hand so to speak...
John Martin
Mr.BlackCat
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on March 06, 2007, 07:27:51 PM
MrBlackCat « Reply #48 on: 2006-11-13, 21:58:30 »

Never Give Up
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Plus there has been at least one introduction. medvampire has introduced himself in the topic he started: Access control for kids computer and TV (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=10733.msg61057#msg61057)

Your Nudging lives on.  ;)
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I feel that it would come across better if the Nudging came from multiple members instead of just one (me!). With just me constantly pushing all my new ideas (getting NEWBIEs to Introduce themselves; getting OLDTIMERs to write articles; etc...), it looks like I'm trying to jam "my way or the highway" down everyone's throats - and that is *NOT* my intention at all...
<---snip--->

You see, no TTA Nudging, no new Newbie Introductions. :(

I just Nudged jimsnorton in Re: HELP !! HELP !! CM15A's causing BALDNESS (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=11496.msg67534#msg67534) - we'll see what happens... ::)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on March 29, 2007, 06:07:57 PM

You see, no TTA Nudging, no new Newbie Introductions. :(

I just Nudged jimsnorton in Re: HELP !! HELP !! CM15A's causing BALDNESS (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=11496.msg67534#msg67534) - we'll see what happens... ::)

:( Nuthin'!!! :(

TTA,
Gee, I thought we had elected you to the post of
X10 Forum Nudger Extraordinaire.  ;D ;D ;D
If not you have my vote as you are eloquent at expressing what needs to be said.
You gotta help me out here with the bashful Newbies Duck69... ??? :-\
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: aleis on March 30, 2007, 10:23:21 PM
IM HERE!!  ;D


thanks for the warm welcome guys :)
a little about me...


IM A TECH ADDICT!! :)
i mean if that doesnt explain it all! :)
im in PA. 19079!
MCP holder!
real estate investing and telecommunications pay the bills! :)
single father of baby Beans! :)
he`s 1 (as of 12/12/06)
im trying to be connected to everything all at the same time! :)
i want my life to be like an episode of star trek! :)
i know you guys can help me out!
cant wait to get things running properly!
so far x10.com has been very good to me!
everything is easy to set up.
but i cannot access the x10dispatcher web server from another PC.
what am i doing wrong??????????????????


TIA!
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on March 30, 2007, 11:03:35 PM
Welcome to the forum aleis!  


i want my life to be like an episode of star trek! :)
i know you guys can help me out!

Don't we all want a life like that. I have found a way to control my X10 devices from my command chair (recliner) and living quarters, pretty much like Kirk and Jon Luc. Thanks to a guy named Bill and his Voice Commander software (this is a link to a thread here at this forum). (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=9918.0) And when the computer speaks to me... she sounds alot like seven of nine.

cant wait to get things running properly!
so far x10.com has been very good to me!
everything is easy to set up.
but i cannot access the x10dispatcher web server from another PC.
what am i doing wrong??????????????????

Sorry I don't know anything about X10dispatcher! But I am sure someone (here at the forum) will have some Helpful information for you with that. But while your waiting ..... try searching [using the search funtion] here at the forum..... you might even just find the answer. I will be following your post   (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=12095.0)be sure to let us know how things work out.

Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: rms59 on March 31, 2007, 07:31:26 PM
Ok, you win.

I'm a retired printed circuit designer, 66 years old, and have several X10's working for my pole light, can lights, and to turn on my wireless remote printer which is in another room.

I like to fly RC planes, (electric) and play with my 3 year old granddaughter. I live in the Northeast USA. I also fool around with computers and have a home network set up.

As far as X10, I don't want to have anything on my computer that programs them. I like to turn them on or off with a handheld remote when I want. Right now, I need to figure out how to get a thermostat to close my drapes...

Hope this gets me into the club.  ;D

Dick
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Tuicemen on March 31, 2007, 08:25:24 PM
Welcome aboard !
rms59
Posting here isn't a requirement ;) But it does give us more info about new users!
I've read your thread  and, I'm sure the suggestions would keep coming regardless! ;) :D ;D
But a threat of no Soup you must be hungry! ;) :D :D
aleis I posted a walk through in your thread!
Cheers Guys
I'm sure everyone will learn your names! ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: teez67f on April 23, 2007, 11:55:48 PM
Thanks for the link TTA was confused as to where to do intro. ???
Not sure what to put here but looking at other intros just the basic seems alright.
I'm a 40 year old Industrial Automation geek on a sabbatical right now. 8)
Life is simple for me like many.Family,work,work,and some play in that particular order. :D
Always intended to but never had the time until now to get into smarthome stuff.
Started with X-10 in september 2006 with AHP and assorted X-10 stuff. ??? :P >:( ;D
Took time,frustration and lots of time here to get X-10 working almost perfect. ;)
Since then have been doing mods to all including CM15A (range is now 150FT. all around)
Been playing with AHP and changing some internal software with the help of friends and posters here.
Now in the middle of designing grounds up a touchscreen PC(below$500.00) for home use.
I've worked at many jobs since high school like most here I'm sure.
This forum is a great plus and a must for anyone getting into home "lose your hair" x10 setups.
Been looking into ZWAVE,Insteon and homeplug hybrid setup for the past two months.
Will be posting once my work is done (hopefully May 2007  :P ) with pictures.

Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on April 24, 2007, 08:11:09 PM
Welcome to the forum  teez67f![/size]

[I am] Looking forward to the pictures in your future posts. It's always great when people figure out new ways to modify X10 (and other) products to expand the use of X10, and home automation in general.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: hawk1 on May 08, 2007, 09:29:28 PM
Okay, 44 years old.  Been doing something with computers since I was about 16.  Started working for the Federal Civil Service under the Department of Military Affairs when I was 18. Working with administration, computers and soldiering.

Accident in 1997 left me with partial paralysis and a heap load of problems.  Medically retired in 1998.

On a very low Government pension.  But I still find a few bucks for the automation fix.  I'm on so much medication that if I forget something please remind me.

The reason I didn't join till lately is that I can still read.  Most of all my problems were the same problems everyone else has.  So essentially I read, found the problem, fixed the problem.  I joined now because I enjoy reading more and more to try and broaden my skills, not only to automate my house but to maybe start a new business in my very small town.

The information in this forum is just amazing.  There is so much to read and learn, that sometimes I get lost in it.

I live in a very little town called Locust Grove Ok.  Moved here from Colorado.

I love to tinker, but always scared a little bit of ruining the thing and then have to buy a new one.(low income again)  I guess I better leave some space for someone else.  I appreciate all the help and hopefully I can help someone else.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on May 09, 2007, 12:53:36 PM
Welcome to the forum hawk1

Always nice to have a new contributor!
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: hawk1 on May 09, 2007, 01:59:53 PM
thanks for the welcome in, Dave_x10_1
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: TakeTheActive on May 09, 2007, 03:03:49 PM

thanks for the welcome in, Dave_x10_1

Dave's our "OFFICIAL GREETER" because he's always so upbeat and cheerful!
:D
To the tune of: Dance, Dance Little Sister, Dance - The Rolling Stones (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/DANCE-LITTLE-SISTER-lyrics-The-Rolling-Stones/5C590AC6281178E84825689A001D5FC9) ;)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on May 31, 2007, 11:27:28 PM
Welcome to the forum MeThinks! I only joined so I would NOT be thought of as a "LURKER". I'd rather be a newbie than a lurker... anyday.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: nodoze on June 09, 2007, 07:55:31 PM
Hello, Just wanted to be polite and introduce myself.

If you are curious as to my login, when I was in the service my pilot call-sign is/was Nodoze and my ground job was IT (I guess because I have a BS in Comp Sci and like to mess with computers).

From a geekiness perspective I played with TRS80s when they came out and had most of the early Apple lines. By way of education I programmed in basic, Pascal, C, C++, machine code, assembly, and VMS. Professionally, back in the day, programed in ADA then moved into UNIX scripting, Oracle RDMSs, and PL/SQL. I also learned Java and J2EE but at that point in my career I was more of a Solutions Architect and less hands on so don't really consider myself a strong Java programmer.

After getting out of the service I quickly knocked out an MBA/MIS to transition to the civilian workforce. I was a consultant for many years in the Oracle communities and helped drive the move toward Linux, Apache and Java (after being a Linux and Apache hobbyist, I saw the light and was an RHCE and J2EE Architect before Oracle moved to support those tech stacks and worked to help them move that direction). While I mainly enjoyed being a Solutions Architect, I got pushed more and more into project management and then program management and currently am a CTO (was CIO but hated budgets and such so took a CTO job). At some point I may go back and get a PhD in Management Science with a concentration in MIS so I can give back by teaching and research.

From an X10 perspective I first started with some lamp modules and serial firecracker about 7-10 years ago. I helped a friend of mine build an awesome AV/Media room where everything was automated via X10.

I currently am playing with a Webview and Multiview 4 camera system and don't want to recreate the wheel. That is what lead me to this forum.

Cheers !
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: MeThinks on June 09, 2007, 10:47:07 PM
Sorry all, I didn't mean to be rude. I didn't realize there were rules and regulations to be apart of this forum, thought I could just pitch in and start asking questions and giving advice...silly me :P :-[

Anyways, I'm not sure what anyone would like to know about me, and I don't have much information that I'd like to share about myself but if you have a question I may be more than happy to answer it....or not. ;)

However, I WILL participate in this forum how I see fit, and offer any suggestions or advice I can offer about X10 products. :-*

I too am a frustrated yet semi-pleased X10 customer who is very thankful that I do not have any of the major issues that some people are having.

One piece of advice or suggestion I have for all now is:

If you have a fix that can be seen on a computer screen, please try to post pictures of it, they are very helpful and very easy to do, please ask if you don't know how. ??? As they say pictures are worth a thousand words.

Good days to all!!!

 8)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: KDR on June 10, 2007, 06:16:13 AM
Welcome aboard nodoze and MeThinks

I'm sure we all look forward to reading your posts and sharing in the fun and ideas as we do with everyone.  :)

(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)----KDR
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: HA Dave on June 10, 2007, 11:32:06 AM
Welcome to the forum nodoze!

Wow... with a resume like yours ..... you might be able to improve on that wheel you don't want to recreate.
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: tinnman357 on June 10, 2007, 12:53:22 PM
Hello All,
      I apologize as well for not getting to this thread sooner. About me, just a dumb ol tinknocker (42) that likes to tinker. I had bought some x10 cams about 7 years ago when we bought this house to monitor the pool. After about a year after didn't really need them so I thru them in a closet. Anyway have had some vandals move in the neighborhood recently and needed to call on x10 again! Unfortunately the little $hits figured out that the cams I have,have limited ability in the dark. After still having problem I jumped in with both feet bought a Sentinel, AHP & plugins, Alarm system, more wireless cams, and the best deal was my Fed Ex guy sold me 4 ninja bases, and a VR36A for 40 bucks (they didn't feel warm) . Well got most of it working still have a lot of tweaking to do. In due time. One thing I have learned with this experience is MY HOUSE! Some folks can live in the same place forever and not know a thing about it other than the address. As frustrating as it gets sometimes its all worth it in the end when that lamp comes on and turns off when its supposed to. A special thanks to all of you folks that pitch in! I know that there is no way that I could have gotten as far as I have without your knowledge and advise. Unfortunately at this time I will only be a student but one day maybe one of the MASTERS!
                                                                                                                                                                                               Tom

this stuff will drive you crazy, but I love it!!!!!
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: KDR on June 10, 2007, 03:03:06 PM
Hey tinnman357 welcome to the club :)  As far as students and masters....  well you can't really tell them apart much. We have all learned things here and the fun part is the stuff still to be learned. ($40 bucks is a great deal)

(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)----KDR
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: MeThinks on June 10, 2007, 04:44:26 PM
If someone does master x10 I hope they buy the company and turn its potential into reality! Or at least make it so us numbskulls can use it too! ;D (and maintain it inexpensiveness ;) )

 8)
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: Puck on June 10, 2007, 08:13:04 PM
Welcome to the forum nodoze, MeThinks and tinnman357.
Title: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: Edward222 on August 09, 2007, 10:58:08 AM
Greetings,

It is great to finally meet others who share the passion of Home automation.

My name is Edward McIntire, I am new to this forum, but not to the X-10 system.  I purchased my first modules and controllers from Radio Shack some 20 years ago (I think).  I brought them with my TRS-80 Color Computer (Now that was technology).  I also had a controller and software that allowed the TRS-80 computer run all the modules.  I even had speech recognition software that allowed me to say "TV on" and it would turn on my TV.  All my friends were amazed.  I wanted to have a fully automated home, like in the movies.  Of course, that didn't happen, there were just too many problems and obstacles, and I didn't have a degree in electrical engineering.  (Believe it or not I still have several TRS-80 computers, modules, and controllers packed away) 

Here I am now, after spending 23 years in the military, settling down in a home of my own again and ready to start building my dream automated home a little at a time.  I just purchased the following;

6 x 2-pin Appliance Module AM486
1 x ActiveHome Pro Computer Interface and USB cable CM15A
1 x Credit Card Controller KR22A
3 x Lamp Module LM465
2 x 500W Dimming Wall Switch Module
1 x Wireless Transceiver Module
1 x PalmPad Remote Control
   and the following software;
ActiveHome Pro Smart Macro Plug-in
AHP Plugin - AVX - Video
AHP Plugin - ANT - Network
AHP Plugin - Security
ActiveHome Professional Software

I am eager to get it all up and running, but from the articles I've read on this forum I see that technology hasn't really jumped too far forward in the past 20 years.  I still see there is a phase and noise problem to overcome (of which I still do not know the answers) and the software is basically just as simple and unstable as my original Color Computer software.  (Perhaps my grandson will have better luck.)

Speaking of the phase problem, is there an easy (newbie) workaround?  I have read many of the forum articles like the article by Phil Kingery "Which one should I use part 3"  that recommends a CP000 Passive Coupler.  Yet I have read others that say they fixed the problem with a 99 cents capacitor.  Is there now a commonly used, reliable, cheep, fix for this problem?  If so, is there a place that explains (in laymans terms) what I need to buy and where to put it?

Is there anyone out there who has truly automated his/her home?  If so please tell me abut it. 

I am now living in Fort Payne AL, where are you guys from?

Edward


[TTA Edit: MERGED with the "OFFICIAL" Introductions Thread.]
Title: Re: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: Puck on August 09, 2007, 11:44:55 AM
Welcome to the forum Edward!

Most of the regular posters here have quite extensive home automation set-ups. There are many articles posted here about them. For the phase coupling issue, JeffVolp has some excellent articles posted on that topic.

Looking forward to hearing how you progress with your set-up.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: HA Dave on August 09, 2007, 07:10:45 PM
Welcome to the forum Edward222

Your right about the basic (phase, noise) problems not changing. But help and solutions are easily found here.

Many here have much more automation than myself.... so I can't say I am FULLY automated. Heck, my mini blinds on the windows are all still manually operated, and I have to actually drive the mower around the yard to cut my grass. But I am working on fully automated!

You should check out BXVC (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=9918.345) and BVC (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=13870.0). Voice Control is here, now.
Title: Re: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: -Bill- (of wgjohns.com) on August 10, 2007, 12:06:18 AM
Yes, welcome aboard Edward222!

Always nice to meet someone else bitten by the Home Automation bug!

While the basic X10 technology hasn't advanced much since the days of the COCO (I remember those), there are lots of creative and intelligent X10 "junkies" on this board that have contributed many work-arounds for X10's basic deficiencies. So, dive in, there are "life-guards" on duty!

Also, as Dave_x10_L pointed out, BVC (which can be downloaded here (http://www.wgjohns.com/bvc.htm)) and the older version BXVC are my attempt at combining 21st century Voice Recognition technology with 20th century X10 technology (and hopefully soon, Infra-red remote technology to control TV's, etc.). It may not be a "flying car", but at least it delivers on some of what "Sci-Fi" promised for the 21st century!

Have fun automating! :D
Title: Re: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: KDR on August 10, 2007, 06:41:02 AM
Welcome Edward222
Looking forward to reading your posts. Not only can you ask questions here and get excellent answers but you can post your ideas and how your using X10. I always find it very interesting to read how people use X10 gear and I'm always amazed at how creative user are.

(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)---(http://www.bdshost.com/X10/lpup.gif)----KDR
Title: Re: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: Brian H on August 11, 2007, 09:26:13 AM
Hi Edward222;
Glad you found us and it sounds like you may have much to share with us.
I have had a few CoCo's over the years and started with a HeathKit H8 Computer. Audio tape storage and all. ::)
I see you have done some research on varied sources.
Yes a cheap cap could be used across the phases. I used a AC PowerLine rated one myself for a few years. Now I use a ACT CR234. Though; I think a powerline spike got it last week; as I had to put my older Smarthome Dryer Outlet one back for now. As some have pointed out; if the cap failed and you had a fire. The insurance Company may frown on the simple cap.
Oh yes I am in CT.
Title: Re: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: TakeTheActive on August 24, 2007, 06:23:26 AM

It is great to finally meet others who share the passion of Home automation.

Passion? Or incurable affliction? ::)


...I purchased my first modules and controllers from Radio Shack some 20 years ago (I think)... ...Here I am now, after spending 23 years in the military, settling down in a home of my own again and ready to start building my dream automated home a little at a time...

Welcome! :)

Another "Old Geezer" joins the fold! (http://www.x10community.com/forums/Themes/x10theme1/images/post/thumbup.gif)


(Believe it or not I still have several TRS-80 computers, modules, and controllers packed away) 

Believe it or not, I still have several RCA COSMAC 1802 computers, modules, and etc... packed away!  :D


...I am eager to get it all up and running, but from the articles I've read on this forum I see that technology hasn't really jumped too far forward in the past 20 years.  I still see there is a phase and noise problem to overcome (of which I still do not know the answers) and the software is basically just as simple and unstable as my original Color Computer software.  (Perhaps my grandson will have better luck.)

Just keep reading the forums and you'll soon understand - if it doesn't generate more $$$ for X10, it doesn't get changed. :P


...Speaking of the phase problem, is there an easy (newbie) workaround?  I have read many of the forum articles like the article by Phil Kingery "Which one should I use part 3"  that recommends a CP000 Passive Coupler.  Yet I have read others that say they fixed the problem with a 99 cents capacitor.  Is there now a commonly used, reliable, cheep, fix for this problem?  If so, is there a place that explains (in laymans terms) what I need to buy and where to put it?

Boilerplate Newbie Response: MAP / MEASURE / CORRECT (http://www.x10community.com/forums/index.php?topic=9899.msg62635;topicseen#msg62635)

...is there an easy (newbie) workaround?

Shotgun or sniper rifle?
Title: Re: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: steven r on August 24, 2007, 10:07:31 AM
...Just keep reading the forums and you'll soon understand - if it doesn't generate more $$$ for X10, it doesn't get changed....
Sadly that pretty much sums up X10's position on fixing problems.  :(
I'd sure hate to work in their costumer service department. You would have to say sorry we don't have a fix for that almost every other caller.
Title: Re: Introduction from Fort Payne AL
Post by: TakeTheActive on August 24, 2007, 04:25:22 PM

...I'd sure hate to work in their costumer service department...

Imagine telling wardrobe that you wear a size 36x32 pants and on the night of your performance finding all of your outfits are 32x36! :o 

Costumer Service would get an earful from me, for sure! :D

Details, it's all in the details son...
Title: Re: GUESTS/LURKERS: Why Don't You Register (and Become NEWBIEs)?
Post by: mrmedia on September 02, 2007, 01:35:14 PM
... "The previous content of this post violated the posted X10 General Forum User Etiquette policy and has been removed.
In addition, the original poster has been warned." ...