Anyway the idea was to look for something that would use standard components, where frameworks existed in Perl and C for me to write simple code, and to work on the principle of messaging - the UPS for example would respond to status requests and give you things like the temperature and voltage; with a heartbeat notification with the status included every minute; but with urgent alarms to anyone who registers an interest in getting them. Whats the solution? Jabber! In about an hour I had a jabber server running and a test Perl client doing just that; this thing will rock :)
Then, suddenly, the ISS team announced the same issue publically causing us to go into firefighting mode and release the advisory (which I'd fortunately already drafted and got positive feedback on), followed by seemingly hundreds of press calls, lots of additional analysis, and reading ISS say I was untrustworthy in some Chicago newspaper ;-)
Now for some sleep
# Extended X10 control of LW11G dimmer # # Unlike other L*11* modules the LW11G # seems to only respond to code 53. Set the data to # # 0 = immediate off # 255 = immediate on # 1-254 = slowly dim or bright to that level, turns on if not already
I'm a huge fan of Douglas Adams (was in the fanclub ZZ9-plural-Z-alpha as a teenager) and at ApacheCon in London last October got into line to get my book signed by him (photo). The second time around when things had become more quiet I approached him again to get a book signed for Apache Week to give away. Instead of idle chit-chat I asked him about the film. This peaked his interest and he launched into telling me all about it and the problems and was really animated. He seemed pleased that someone was interested in it and was happy to talk to me for a few minutes until I thought I'd held up the line long enough. Or maybe he'd realised that the more he talked to me the less books he had to sign.
The signature in the two books were far from identical, but it read "Bop Ad" just like I expected.