This is a brief HOW-TO guide and some of the finer details may be omitted. If you hit any trouble just ask in the comments below. [2019-03-24: Updated walkthrough to use the new access methods for Home Assistant]
The TV show Simpsons is ahead of it’s time in so many ways - fans of the Simpsons will remember the Ultrahouse 3000. Now we have the technology to do exactly that, with a few simple gadgets you can turn your house into a ’smart house’. This is the beginning of my journey.
The following 4 ingredients is all you need to turn your house into Ultrahouse 3000:
In this short video, the voice command ‘Clean House’ is picked up by Google Home, and the XiaoMi robot will start doing it’s thing. Not too sure why there is a lag of 10 seconds, putting that down to my slow Internet at home.
This is just the beginning. Later I will write HOW-TO blogs on how to do all this, and more.
Audiophiles tend to be opinionated people, there are two big arguments that will flare up periodically on the Internet - Accurate vsMusical, and Objective vs Subjective. In this article we’d mainly be talking about the first case.
Accurate and Musical, what do the two words mean to audiophiles? According to the Stereophile Glossary, they are defined as:
The degree to which the output signal from a component or system is perceived as replicating the sonic qualities of its input signal. An accurate device reproduces what is on the recording, which may or may not be an accurate representation of the original sound.
And Musical -
A personal judgment as to the degree to which reproduced sound resembles live music. Real musical sound is both accurate and euphonic, consonant and dissonant.
Unfortunately people who align themselves to the camps above do not really stick to these definitions. The long version is different people will bend these words in an attempt to fit their arguments. The short version is we simply like an argument!
In this article we’d discuss my take on why these two words are the bane of audiophiles, and the reasons to avoid using them in critical music listening.
Snakeoil OS build 1.0.0 is finally finished and released. It took about 5 months of development (including nearly 2 months of testing). The decision to abandon the 0.1.x codebase and rewrite everything for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is a brave decision, and a crazy decision too.
There are far too many unknowns. At the time, there was a lot of things to do, and I have none of the skills to finish them. The task looks insurmountable, the anticipated time is at least 12 months of development work alone. To actually finish this in such a short time frame is truly amazing. The 12 months is an overly exaggerated miscalculation. This is really the projected 12 month period, squeezed into the shorter 5 month. It really was a joy and rewarding experience working on the Snakeoil OS project. Hope there will be better things to come.
Earlier on I have already introduced all the new technologies in Snakeoil 1.0.0. Give that a read if you havn’t already done so. With the next phase of Snakeoil OS project I am going to introduce GitLab. It just makes it easier to manage the code and will automate the ISO and firmware generation. A lot of geeky stuffs, be assured it’s all good.
That is all, go to the forums and download Snakeoil OS Golden Ears now.