Anyone have anything in there house thats techy/geeky that sets you apart from non IT

gbdavidxgbdavidx Member Posts: 840
Anyone have anything in there house thats techy/geeky that sets you apart from non IT

besides your normal lab setup do you have anything cool that sets you apart?

An example that i mean is this My Home Automation - YouTube

that guy setup his own automation and i thought it was an awesome idea, something that i would want to do in the near future and isn't that expensive
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  • DaaxDaax Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I've got a blanket with binary on it that says blanket....


    ~Daax~
  • gbdavidxgbdavidx Member Posts: 840
    Lame^, no one here has anything cool like home automation ?
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,909 Mod
    Nothing fancy for me. I get extremely irate when my personal tech breaks so other than the lab I keep it simple.
  • Death DreamDeath Dream Member Posts: 149
    I have a 54" TV also running XBMC. But other than that, nothing else. I've been wanting to put my lights on a remote for some time now but just haven't. More so because I plan on moving.
  • ptilsenptilsen Member Posts: 2,835 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I've used AD and other Windows server features to make certain network tasks easier, but nothing particularly interesting.

    I have been looking at some solutions to control light and heat, and might implement that after I move in December. I definitely like the idea of turning heat or A/C down in my home while gone, but starting to warm/cool it back up/down when I'm on my way back. Even minor savings there will add up to something that pays for itself fairly quickly.
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  • paulgswansonpaulgswanson Member Posts: 311
    I have an AI that controls my AC at home:
    Nest | The Learning Thermostat | Home

    Its pretty sweet so far.
    http://paulswansonblog.wordpress.com/
    WGU Progress: B.S. Network Management & Design <- I quit (got bored)
  • ptilsenptilsen Member Posts: 2,835 ■■■■■■■■■■
    How hard was it to install? What did it entail? Will the nature of my current system (assuming central heat/air) matter much?
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  • gbdavidxgbdavidx Member Posts: 840
    That nest looks pretty cool - if i couldn't control my ac/heater from my phone id definitely buy one
  • paulgswansonpaulgswanson Member Posts: 311
    it was a lil harder for me than most, my system was a bit unique. i have central air as well but the honeywell system I swapped from was labeled wrong so it took 2 helpdesk calls. However WAAAAY easier than epected to install. literally 6 wires. and BAM done. :)

    If it wasnt the bad labeling from the orinigal ac folks id have been done in 15minutes.
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  • MAC_AddyMAC_Addy Member Posts: 1,740 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I think this separates me from non-IT folk (see attached image).
    Daax wrote: »
    I've got a blanket with binary on it that says blanket....
    That is pretty cool! I want one!
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  • gbdavidxgbdavidx Member Posts: 840
    @ MAC_Addy: isn't that considered a lab setup?
  • MAC_AddyMAC_Addy Member Posts: 1,740 ■■■■□□□□□□
    gbdavidx wrote: »
    @ MAC_Addy: isn't that considered a lab setup?
    It is, yes. Apologies, didn't read the 2nd line on your first post.
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  • inscom.brigadeinscom.brigade Member Posts: 400 ■■■□□□□□□□
    gotta Honda dirt bike and an glock model 27, anna butt load of stuff geekier than the honda & the glock.
  • sratakhinsratakhin Member Posts: 818
    Nothing. And I don't care.
  • MAC_AddyMAC_Addy Member Posts: 1,740 ■■■■□□□□□□
    The only automated thing I have in my house is my coffee pot and the ice tray in my freezer. I also have 2 mountain bikes in the garage with lots of tools. Though, mostly everyone have all these items.
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  • inscom.brigadeinscom.brigade Member Posts: 400 ■■■□□□□□□□
    dude that ice try sounds pretty hand huh?



    < house haha HOuse hahaha MIll-house,,haha he said house
  • ResevenReseven Member Posts: 237 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Hmmm...

    I have a 119" screen that drops from the ceiling in my living room with a 3D capable projector to watch movies.

    My office doubles as a recording studio which allows me to make noise such as this... Pain Gauge - Oppressor (mastered version).
    Pain Gauge - my electro-industrial music project
  • logisticalstyleslogisticalstyles Member Posts: 138 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Half of my basement is my studio for my music production and DJ work. I've got a multiple DJ setups connected to a large soundboard, and another PC set up for recording.
  • santaownssantaowns Member Posts: 366
    My house is automated through my security company vivint. I can unlock my door, turn lights on and off and control the temp. I could also use it for cctv but their camera options suck.
  • onesaintonesaint Member Posts: 801
    There have been a few threads about home automation here previously. I ran x10 for a while and controlled everything I could in our apartment. These days I dont have as much time to play, but still dabble with making flashlights, raspberry pis, dabbling in model trains, and medium format film photography.
    Work in progress: picking up Postgres, elastisearch, redis, Cloudera, & AWS.
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  • DaaxDaax Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I also have a binary clock and a clock made out of a HDD Oicon_smile.gif
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,223 Mod
    Home automation guy must be having an automated gf methinks icon_lol.gif
  • BrizoHBrizoH Member Posts: 73 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I have a 54" TV also running XBMC. But other than that, nothing else. I've been wanting to put my lights on a remote for some time now but just haven't. More so because I plan on moving.

    Same here, although controlling XBMC from the iPad (XBMC Commander) seems to impress friends & family
  • Death DreamDeath Dream Member Posts: 149
    BrizoH wrote: »
    Same here, although controlling XBMC from the iPad (XBMC Commander) seems to impress friends & family

    Yeah, same here. I use Android's app on my touchpad when I have visitors..
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg CompTIA A+, Network+. Member Posts: 2,489 ■■■■■■■□□□
    30 In Monitor? Trying to get my hands one 2 More U3011s.

    Monitors. Lots of monitors.

    Binary Clock. BAWLS energy drink bottles. my DIY soldering station. My small Cisco library, two whiteboards of Cisco VOICE stuff?
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  • ramrunner800ramrunner800 Member Posts: 238
    I have a homebuilt server with 5x2TB hdd's in RAID-6, that I use as a file/WSUS/media server. I also use WMC7 extenders for all my tv's, and use Ceton's new home companion app to control the system. And my Ceton Echo beta should be arriving soon :). I've also been thinking of taking a spare box in the house and setting it up as a NIDS or standalone firewall. And monitors, lots of monitors.
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  • biggenebiggene Member Posts: 152 ■■■■□□□□□□
    No geeky tech stuff, but i do have a 1967 VW Beetle that I have been restoring for about 6 years now. I have done all of the work on it myself, despite not knowing how to weld, do bodywork and paint, never having rebuilt a motor, etc. I have basically either read about all the stuff on the internet, or bought books and taught myself (what I did with welding the new floors in the car.) Here are a couple of pics of my "mistress" (that's what the wife calls the car, lol).

    The day I pulled it out of a guy's field and brought it home.
    HPIM3971.jpg

    The floors were a bit holey.
    HPIM3970.jpg

    In progress
    67bug015.jpg

    Putting the body back on the freshly rebuilt pan
    67bug030.jpg

    Done and at her first show, where I won the "Diamond in the rough" award.
    085.jpg

    I have done a few things to the bug since then, but family and financial issues have forced her on the back burner for now. I am hoping to get the paint done in the next year or so. Like I said before, when i finish this project, ALL of the work on it will have been done by my two hands.
  • lsud00dlsud00d Member Posts: 1,571
    Not mine, but a good friend built a 4 player arcade console from the ground up (AutoCAD design, fabrication, electronics, soldering, installation) with a PC inside to hold ROMs for every console system ever made that hooks up to his projector...it's pretty awesome icon_thumright.gif
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg CompTIA A+, Network+. Member Posts: 2,489 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Restoring cars are fun. Although, I'm not a fan of the Herbies or any Beetle. Give me a Chevelle anyday! Thank goodness they haven't butchered that name, yet.

    Financially restoring cars is a money black hole. I can only glimpse at what you're going through. If I do have a child, they can have the car they restore. Give the child some appreciation for what they're driving and give them a heads up when it comes to taking care of a car themselves. That's my plan, anyways.
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  • chaser7783chaser7783 Member Posts: 154
    Roguetadhg wrote: »
    Restoring cars are fun. Although, I'm not a fan of the Herbies or any Beetle. Give me a Chevelle anyday! Thank goodness they haven't butchered that name, yet.

    Financially restoring cars is a money black hole. I can only glimpse at what you're going through. If I do have a child, they can have the car they restore. Give the child some appreciation for what they're driving and give them a heads up when it comes to taking care of a car themselves. That's my plan, anyways.

    I'm glad they have not tried to bring the chevelle back. I'm currently restoring my 72' chevelle, and I agree 100% it's a black hole money wise. There will always be things you will want to add and change, had the car since high school (street/strip setup) to now trying to convert it to a pro touring build.
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