Phylix Posted January 12, 2008 Share Posted January 12, 2008 I'm fascinated with automating repetitive tasks and using my computer when I'm not in front of it and I was wondering what, if any, computer setups some of you may have to make your life easier so that I may "borrow" your ideas. I'm thinking of stuff like just a simple remote control for your computer, automatically downloading your favorite podcasts/television shows, using VNC with a domain name, or anything else that just makes life easier for someone with a computer on all day. Here's what I've done so far, and I'm sure many others have done this too: -Use Girder to map buttons on a remote to do whatever I want from my bed. -Use RSS feeds and BitTorrent to download podcasts and television shows -Set up a domain to point to my dynamic IP address through ZoneEdit and use it for VNC, hosting games, and other stuff. -Create an alarm that plays music in the morning that slowly increases the volume up to a point so I can wake up more comfortably. Now that I look at it, it really isn't very impressive... What I'd like to do is make a phone call to connect to my computer and have it wait for a key combination to run a program or invoke an event for a program like Girder to handle. And since the phone is already there, allow it to do stuff like schedule calls, text message, and whatever other fun stuff I can't think of right now. I know this can be done with most phones already, but I'm cheap and don't want to have to pay for a data plan. Eventually, when I build my own house, I'd like to have one computer in a hidden room to be my home's control center to automate whatever I can, create logs, and control things with voice commands or a small remote. Yeah... That little X10 device from season one really got me into this. So, if any of you would share what you've done or ideas, that'd be great. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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