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Rocket321off

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Starting Macros
« on: July 10, 2010, 06:24:56 PM »

Why cant other things trigger macros to start? Like time of day.
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JMac

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Re: Starting Macros
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010, 09:07:02 PM »

OK, now, you do have to read the AHP manual.  It doesn't explain everything, but on Page #27 it does list 4 ways to trigger a macro, one (trigger) of which is a timer.
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HA Dave

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Re: Starting Macros
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010, 10:12:02 PM »

OK, now, you do have to read the AHP manual.  ........on Page #27

Years ago.. at work.. I bought software that allowed me to covert PDF files to a word file (it was just an OCR software). It could make us all look so cleaver... if we just copied and pasted the information already in the directions/instructions/manuals.

But I think what happens is the manuals can seem to make no sense or be imposable to understand when you don't understand the product. (I couldn't understand the instructions when I first read them.) Then as users start to understand X10... they rarely think to re-read the manuals/directions.

JMac I think your gentile reminder (see page 27) is the HELPFUL and solid advice that makes the community forum work as well as it does. (A Helpful from me).
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Re: Starting Macros
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010, 10:07:23 AM »

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pconroy

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Re: Starting Macros
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010, 11:43:13 AM »

But I think what happens is the manuals can seem to make no sense or be imposable to understand when you don't understand the product. (I couldn't understand the instructions when I first read them.) Then as users start to understand X10... they rarely think to re-read the manuals/directions.

I agree - manuals are often written by technical people who come to the task with a lot of knowledge. I know I've struggled with manuals and I'm a nerd.  I'm the type that, when confronted with a issue, I want to open the manual and have it direct me as quickly as possible to an answer.

Others don't mind reading a manual as they would a book - cover to cover.
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dave w

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Re: Starting Macros
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2010, 04:44:41 PM »

I agree with JMac's advice also. This forum is littered with questions that could have been answered by looking at the manual (most X10 instructions are a half page in length...whats the excuse not to read it?).

How many times have we had to tell users that an xxxxEye will send Dawn/Dusk commands on the 'Eye's next sequential address, after they write in whining about modules mysteriously turning on and off.

I think from now on I will just paste the link for the instructions in the Reply and let the OP figure out that the answer is "in the reading"....or is that too "jerky"?

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Re: Starting Macros
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2010, 10:31:47 PM »

Not everybody has the ability to read a manual and instantly comprehend what the writer is saying.  Especially if the reader is new to the product.

I know I can't.  It takes time, experimenting and with luck, some help from understanding people who have been down that particular path before.

I've been told that people envy me because of how quickly I pick up things techy.  If they only knew... all of the wrong directions I go off in, the reams of notes I write and discard, the laying awake at night mulling it over, etc, etc.  Eventually, I start to get it.

Maybe an example of a macro of yours (that works) that uses time as a trigger.  Just sayin'...

BTW, I don't have any.  I use timers but have not had a need to write a macro triggered by time.
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