The Girder home automation software has some strong capabilities to customize it. One of those is Tree Script. It lets you add your own actions and conditionals based on Lua scripts. Unfortunately, Girder also has an extremely steep learning curve.
To ease the learning curve, I created a treescript plugin template that enables a fill-in-the-blanks approach to creating your own actions and conditionals. Its a Lua code file and an xml file that represents the interface.
You can download it from the Girder page.
In my mediacenter setup (WinXP MCE 2005) I use 2 amplifiers, a 5.1 surround set and a second stereo set. Depending on what is being played by MCE the amplifiers are switched on or off. The issue I faced however is that there were no tools or plugins to drop whatever was happening inside MCE into Girder which is controlling the amplifiers. Continue reading
While working with Outlook VBA macros, I couldn’t find anything that would properly handle keywords, especially with the “list separation” character handled properly for different locales. Hence I created this code. Maybe its useful for someone else as well. Have fun with it. Continue reading