January 26, 2005

Lava lamp project status

Writing about web page http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/pa/pa.html

This really appeals to the geek in me. The guys at Pragmaticprogrammer.com have used Cruise Control, X10 and lava lamps to create a green light, red light project status system.

It's difficult to describe, and if you're not a programming geek like me, you won't appreciate it. But if you are, go have a look.

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  1. not that i understand anything but it's a pretty cool idea

    26 Jan 2005, 16:28

  2. Oh dear. X10 has a UK Store, but they don't sell the handy computer kit. But that's locking yourself into one vendor, anyway – you want something with Bluetooth or WiFi. Assign an IP address to your lava lamps! It's a whole new dimension to the home network.

    One day I really must get around to following the Linux Coffee HOWTO – but, sadly, it's not going to be today.

    27 Jan 2005, 08:54

  3. I'd love a nice non-vendor specific solution (if I was ever to get around to trying any of this stuff), but taking a look at that Linux Coffee link, I found a heading like this:

    5.1 An adequate assembly language

    That's not a good sign.

    27 Jan 2005, 08:58

  4. Yes, I believe section 5 is a relatively recent addition – it is suggested that you build a processor for the coffee machine, with a one-instruction, Turing-complete assembler language. I just want some coffee, thanks.

    It'll probably be easier (and cheaper?) to just use mass-produced components. Section 4 suggests that CGI scripts would be best for controlling the machine… which implies that it will be running apache and serving up web pages.

    Do this, post it on Slashdot, and you can have the world's first slashdotted coffee machine.

    27 Jan 2005, 11:23

  5. hehe. Sounds like a bit more effort than I can be arsed to go into!

    27 Jan 2005, 11:25

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