PiDome Blog/News

Start building towards releases

By John Sirach on
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The last week Marcel and I where discussing when we would do our first PiDome Domotica/Home automation release, and if we should do nightly builds en RC releases. We decided to go through with this. When we start with releasing our software and hardware, we will start with early nightly build releases, let input come in, build features, feature freeze, release release candidates and then real releases. And of course after every release continue building the software.

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Raspberry Pi monitor - display resolution "problems"

By John Sirach on
News/Blog post Raspberry Pi monitor - display resolution

Now that the client and the server are in sync, saying that the server functionality is represented in the client. I was thinking it's time to begin with scaling so that different resolutions will display the exact same client interface. Already having some code to do the calculations, and some controls correctly scaled, it is now time to make it work as it really should. Just to see what happens on the pi when i change the framebuffer, thus thinking changing resolutions, i made changes in /boot/config.txt and set framebuffer_width=1280 and framebuffer_height=720. Well here the result in the below screenshot.

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Working with "heating" and "cooling" light colors

By John Sirach on
News/Blog post Working with

Coloring your house with light is just a thing that is a matter of taste. Some like deep red, others like light purple or green. There are two things where most interior designers agree too: The so called warm colors like orange, red and yellow mixed can give a cozier warmer feeling, while the cool colors like light purple, blueish and i think also green, can give a cooler and more spacious feeling. Well, this is a conclusion when i read about house lighting. So, what next?

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Added some screenshots

By John Sirach on
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I have added some screenhots

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Some global progress

By John Sirach on
News/Blog post Some global progress image

What is a blog without progress, because of the hastle keeping the static page updated we didn't do a lot. So in posting i want to show some progress we made. The server and the java client are being developed in sync, meaning when a feature is build into the server, the server is on hold and work is being done in the client. When the server feature is build in the client we continue with the server development. This slows down overall development, but then we are sure everything is being implemented. (in the listings we say raspberry but of course this is Linux, but some features are rasp only).

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Done setting up new website

By John Sirach on
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Yesterday we decided to move our quite static page at pidome.bitbucket.org to pidome.wordpress.com (also the new destination for http://pidome.org).

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Client and webservice interaction

By John Sirach on
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Again, sorry for the lack of sound, and the slow typing, was filming with one hand, and typing and "mousing" with the other. Some extra glimps of the extremely early java pidome clients (java client graphical updated).

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An extremely early pidome client preview

By John Sirach on
An extremely early pidome client preview image

The movie shows the very first glimp of the java version of the PiDome client working with the PiDome server, and turning a set of lights on and off and changing the system state. You will see that the server state will be broadcasted realtime to the client. So if one client changes state of something, the second client will catch this instantly (as it should).

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First custom domotica hardware through I2C

By John Sirach on
News/Blog post First custom domotica hardware through I2C image

Marcel, our hardware guy has started to work on some hardware to be used with the server.

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Correct non working usb device, clients and events

By John Sirach on
News/Blog post Correct non working usb device, clients and events image

Normally you show stuff that works. Well we are now showing something that does not work, because, it just shouldn't be working

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PiDome Server console on windows

By John Sirach on
News/Blog post PiDome Server console on windows image

This image shows (Because my raspberry pi died, and waiting for a replacement, i wanted to continue developing) the server running on windows XP (P4 1.7Ghz):

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Some web interface glimps

By John Sirach on
News/Blog post Some web interface glimps image

We are also developing an integrated webservice, below some screenshots

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Very first screenshot of the PiDome Server console

By John Sirach on
News/Blog post Very first screenshot of the PiDome Server console image

The very first screenshot of the server in action using a terminal client

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Introduction

By John Sirach on
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The very first post on the PiDome blog. Here we will be posting information of the PiDome domotica project.

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