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I have openHAB installed and running now on the Debian box.

Used the Oracle repositories for Java 8 JDK, and openHAB's repo's to install 1.7.1 of openHAB.

Good article here for installation instructions:

https://github.com/openhab/openhab/wiki/Linux---OS-X

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List of all the add-on's (bindings) available... I also noticed there are a lot of persistence options for data.

 
Code
# aptitude search openhab
p   openhab-addon-action-astro                                           - openHAB Astro Action
p   openhab-addon-action-harmonyhub                                      - openHAB HarmonyHub Action
p   openhab-addon-action-homematic                                       - openHAB Homematic Action
p   openhab-addon-action-mail                                            - openHAB Mail Action
p   openhab-addon-action-mios                                            - openHAB MiOS Action
p   openhab-addon-action-nma                                             - openHAB NotifyMyAndroid Action
p   openhab-addon-action-openwebif                                       - openHAB OpenWebIf Action
p   openhab-addon-action-prowl                                           - openHAB Prowl Action
p   openhab-addon-action-pushover                                        - openHAB Pushover Action
p   openhab-addon-action-squeezebox                                      - openHAB Squeezebox Action
p   openhab-addon-action-tinkerforge                                     - openHAB TinkerForge Action
p   openhab-addon-action-twitter                                         - openHAB Twitter Action
p   openhab-addon-action-weather                                         - openHAB Weather Action
p   openhab-addon-action-xbmc                                            - openHAB XBMC Action
p   openhab-addon-action-xmpp                                            - openHAB XMPP Action
p   openhab-addon-action-xpl                                             - openHAB xPL Action
p   openhab-addon-binding-LightwaveRf                                    - openHAB LightwaveRf Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-Plex                                           - openHAB Plex Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-Withings                                       - openHAB Withings Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-alarmdecoder                                   - openHAB AlarmDecoder Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-anel                                           - openHAB Anel Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-asterisk                                       - openHAB Asterisk Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-astro                                          - openHAB Astro Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-autelis                                        - openHAB Autelis Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-benqprojector                                  - openHAB BenqProjector Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-bluetooth                                      - openHAB Bluetooth Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-bticino                                        - openHAB BTicino Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-comfoair                                       - openHAB ComfoAir Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-configadmin                                    - openHAB ConfigAdmin Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-cups                                           - openHAB Cups Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-daikin                                         - openHAB Daikin Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-davis                                          - openHAB Davis Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-denon                                          - openHAB Denon Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-digitalstrom                                   - openHAB DigitalSTROM Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-dmx                                            - openHAB DMX Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-dmx-artnet                                     - openHAB artnet interface for DMX Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-dmx-lib485                                     - openHAB lib485 interface for DMX Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-dmx-ola                                        - openHAB OLA inteface for DMX Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-dscalarm                                       - openHAB DSC Alarm Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-dsmr                                           - openHAB DSMR Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-ebus                                           - openHAB eBus Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-ecobee                                         - openHAB Ecobee Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-ecotouch                                       - openHAB EcoTouch Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-ehealth                                        - openHAB Libelium eHealth Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-ekey                                           - openhab addon binding ekey
p   openhab-addon-binding-em                                             - openHAB EM Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-energenie                                      - openHAB Energenie Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-enigma2                                        - openHAB Enigma2 Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-enocean                                        - openHAB EnOcean Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-enphaseenergy                                  - openHAB Enphase Energy Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-epsonprojector                                 - openHAB Epson projector Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-exec                                           - openHAB Exec Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-fht                                            - openHAB FHT Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-freebox                                        - openHAB Freebox Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-freeswitch                                     - openHAB Freeswitch Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-fritzaha                                       - openHAB Fritz AVM Home Automation Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-fritzbox                                       - openHAB Fritzbox Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-frontiersiliconradio                           - openHAB FrontierSiliconRadio Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-fs20                                           - openHAB FS20 Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-gpio                                           - openHAB GPIO Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-harmonyHub                                     - openHAB HarmonyHub Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-hdanywhere                                     - openHAB HDanywhere Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-heatmiser                                      - openHAB Heatmiser Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-hms                                            - openHAB HMS Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-homematic                                      - openHAB Homematic Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-http                                           - openHAB HTTP Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-hue                                            - openHAB Hue Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-iec6205621meter                                - openHAB IEC 62056-21 Meter Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-ihc                                            - openHAB IHC / ELKO LS Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-insteonhub                                     - openHAB InsteonHub Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-insteonplm                                     - openHAB Insteon PLM Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-intertechno                                    - openHAB CULIntertechno Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-irtrans                                        - openHAB IrTrans Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-jointspace                                     - openHAB JointSpace Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-k8055                                          - openHAB k8055 Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-knx                                            - openHAB KNX Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-koubachi                                       - openHAB Koubachi Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-lgtv                                           - openHAB Lgtv Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-mailcontrol                                    - openHAB MailControl Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-maxcube                                        - openHAB MaxCube Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-maxcul                                         - openHAB MaxCul Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-milight                                        - openHAB Milight Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-mios                                           - openHAB MiOS Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-mochadx10                                      - openHAB Mochad X10 Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-modbus                                         - openHAB Modbus Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-mpd                                            - openHAB MPD Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-mqtt                                           - openHAB MQTT Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-mqttitude                                      - openHAB Mqttitude Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-neohub                                         - openhab addon binding neohub
p   openhab-addon-binding-nest                                           - openhab addon binding Nest
p   openhab-addon-binding-netatmo                                        - openHAB Netatmo Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-networkhealth                                  - openHAB NetworkHealth Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-networkupstools                                - openHAB NetworkUpsTools Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-nibeheatpump                                   - openHAB Nibe heat pump Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-nikobus                                        - openHAB Nikobus Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-novelanheatpump                                - openHAB Novelan Heatpump Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-ntp                                            - openHAB NTP Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-oceanic                                        - openHAB Oceanic Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-omnilink                                       - openHAB OmniLink Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-onewire                                        - openHAB 1-Wire Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-onkyo                                          - openHAB Onkyo Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-openenergymonitor                              - openHAB Open Energy Monitor Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-openpaths                                      - openHAB OpenPaths Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-opensprinkler                                  - openHAB OpenSprinkler Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-owserver                                       - openHAB OWServer Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-panasonictv                                    - openHAB PanasonicTV Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-piface                                         - openHAB Piface Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-pilight                                        - openhab addon binding pilight
p   openhab-addon-binding-pioneeravr                                     - openHAB Pioneer AVR Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-plcbus                                         - openHAB PLCBus Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-plugwise                                       - openHAB Plugwise Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-primare                                        - openHAB Primare Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-pulseaudio                                     - openHAB Pulseaudio Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-rfxcom                                         - openHAB RFXCOM Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-rme                                            - openHAB RME Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-s300th                                         - openHAB S300TH Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-samsungtv                                      - openHAB Samsung TV Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-satel                                          - openHAB Satel Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-serial                                         - openHAB Serial Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-snmp                                           - openHAB SNMP Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-sonos                                          - openHAB Sonos Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-souliss                                        - Souliss - Arduino based SmartHome - openHAB Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-squeezebox                                     - openHAB Squeezebox Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-swegonventilation                              - openHAB Swegon ventilation Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-systeminfo                                     - openHAB Systeminfo Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-tcp                                            - openHAB TCP/UDP Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-tellstick                                      - openHAB Tellstick Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-tinkerforge                                    - openHAB Tinkerforge Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-tivo                                           - openHAB TiVo Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-urtsi                                          - openHAB Somfy URTSI II Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-vdr                                            - openHAB VDR Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-wago                                           - openHAB Wago Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-weather                                        - openHAB Weather Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-wemo                                           - openHAB Wemo Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-wol                                            - openHAB Wake-on-LAN binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-xbmc                                           - openHAB XBMC Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-xpl                                            - openhab addon binding xPL
p   openhab-addon-binding-yamahareceiver                                 - openHAB YamahaReceiver Binding
p   openhab-addon-binding-zibase                                         - openhab addon binding zibase
p   openhab-addon-binding-zwave                                          - openHAB ZWave Binding
p   openhab-addon-core-jsr223                                            - openHAB Core Jsr223
p   openhab-addon-io-cul                                                 - openHAB CUL Transport
p   openhab-addon-io-cv                                                  - openHAB CV Interface
p   openhab-addon-io-dropbox                                             - openHAB Dropbox Connector
p   openhab-addon-io-gpio                                                - openHAB GPIO IO Module
p   openhab-addon-io-harmonyhub                                          - openHAB Harmony Client IO
p   openhab-addon-io-multimedia-freetts                                  - openHAB Multimedia FreeTTS
p   openhab-addon-io-multimedia-googletts                                - openHAB Multimedia GoogleTTS
p   openhab-addon-io-multimedia-macintalk                                - openHAB Multimedia MacinTalk
p   openhab-addon-io-multimedia-marytts                                  - openHAB Multimedia MaryTTS
p   openhab-addon-io-multimedia-speechdispatcher                         - openHAB Multimedia SpeechDispatcher
p   openhab-addon-io-myopenhab                                           - my.openHAB Connection Service
p   openhab-addon-io-serial                                              - openHAB Serial Transport
p   openhab-addon-io-squeezeserver                                       - openHAB Squeeze Server
p   openhab-addon-io-xpl                                                 - openHAB xPL Transport
p   openhab-addon-persistence-cosm                                       - openHAB Cosm Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-db4o                                       - openHAB db4o Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-exec                                       - openHAB Exec Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-gcal                                       - openHAB Google Calendar Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-influxdb                                   - openHAB InfluxDB Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-jpa                                        - openHAB JPA Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-logging                                    - openHAB Logging Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-mapdb                                      - openHAB MapDB Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-mongodb                                    - openHAB mongodb Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-mqtt                                       - openHAB MQTT Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-mysql                                      - openHAB mySQL Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-rrd4j                                      - openHAB RRD4j Persistence
p   openhab-addon-persistence-sense                                      - openHAB Open.Sen.se Persistence
i   openhab-runtime                                                      - openHAB Distribution
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I've got the Android app up and running and connected to the openHAB server. All very seamless and simple so far.

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I've got the Android app up and running and connected to the openHAB server. All very seamless and simple so far.

Mike

For the Apple guys, I should mention there is also an iOS version.

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3) Set goals for yourself to reach daily. Make them about how you trade, not how much money you make.
4) Accept responsibility for your actions. Stop looking elsewhere to explain away poor performance.
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A quick note that I am using the latest stable release of openHAB which is 1.7.1, but openHAB 2 alpha builds are available.

https://github.com/openhab/openhab2

The major changes, in their own words:


Quoting 
So far the “productive” openHAB code is at http://github.com/openhab/openhab. This project here is the home of the next-generation openHAB aka openHAB 2. A major focus of openHAB 2 is adding administration UIs to the system to make it more user-friendly for “regular” users (i.e. not the developer type). For this, openHAB 2 is now based on the Eclipse SmartHome project. You can find information about the relation of these projects in this blogpost. There is a configuration UI prototype already available, called Paper UI.

openHAB 2 is currently under development and so far there is only an alpha release available. Additionally, snapshot builds are available at CloudBees. openHAB 2.0 includes a 1.x compatibility layer, which allows using 1.x add-ons with the new runtime.

And also a blog post here:

Kai Kreuzer: openHAB 2.0 and Eclipse SmartHome


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openHAB 2 has a different focus: User comfort. While in openHAB 1.x you need to configure everything in text files and figure out the right syntax and possibilities of a certain binding in the wiki, openHAB 2 allows bindings and other add-ons to self-describe their configuration, so that it is possible to offer user interfaces for system setup and configuration. Additionally, auto-discovery (e.g. through UPnP, AllJoyn, etc.) is offered, so that new devices can be added by a simple click of a button. Chris Jackson has already built a lot of convenient UIs for openHAB 1.x, which are available as HABmin - this even includes a graphical rule editor based on blockly. We are striving for refactoring and integrating these things as a core part of openHAB 2.x and thus not requiring the users to use configuration files at all (but of course leaving it as an option).

A second major design goal of openHAB 2.x is the optimization for embedded platforms. Although openHAB 1.x works on a Raspberry Pi, it sometimes feels a bit sluggish at startup or with huge installations - this is due to the fact that openHAB had never been specifically optimized for embedded systems and thus uses libraries such as Xtext, which are not meant to be used in constrained environments. In consequence, we will try to provide a minimal openHAB runtime that will work with alternatives or strategies such as pre-compilation etc.

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3) Set goals for yourself to reach daily. Make them about how you trade, not how much money you make.
4) Accept responsibility for your actions. Stop looking elsewhere to explain away poor performance.
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Great thread. Thanks!

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I really like all the smart led bulbs that are out. I have a couple of ilumi first gen bulbs and will get some more when their second gen. ones are released. ilumi The World's Smartest LED Smartbulb with Bluetooth LE there is nice app for your smart phone also.

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I really like all the smart led bulbs that are out. I have a couple of ilumi first gen bulbs and will get some more when their second gen. ones are released. ilumi The World's Smartest LED Smartbulb with Bluetooth LE there is nice app for your smart phone also.

Yeah the smart bulbs are the easiest way to implement automation. Other methods require modifying the switch in the wall, or outlets/receptacles in the wall.

I'm still a ways off with the new construction in my home, so I am hoping the extra time will see continued improvement in the receptacles.

Some of them already offer load monitoring for wall outlets, so you can see the load per socket. I'd also like to have some of them with USB type C connectors built-in for easy charging without a brick/adapter. These are available today, but only with older USB connectors. Type-C is the future.

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2) Start a journal and post to it daily with the trades you made to show your strengths and weaknesses.
3) Set goals for yourself to reach daily. Make them about how you trade, not how much money you make.
4) Accept responsibility for your actions. Stop looking elsewhere to explain away poor performance.
5) Where to start as a trader? Watch this webinar and read this thread for hundreds of questions and answers.
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We installed a Control4 system for about 5 years now and are very happy with it. We have all our entertainment equipment (8 TVs, 2 DVRs, Blue Ray, 2 Apple TVs, XBox, Wii, Amps & Digital Music Player), Speakers in every room, most of our lights inside and outside, our security system, two door bells, some external camera's, in home ethernet network and internet connections, and our wifi all connected in. You can also have automated door locks, garage doors, shutters and much more but we didn't do that. It can be controlled by their remotes, their tablets/touchscreens, but also any computer, laptop and phone with their app on it. I gotta say its really nice to be sitting on the couch watching TV and to grab you iphone and switch on/off anything in the house in seconds.

It's quiet clever how it works. For example unlike a conventional light switch, the light switches are actually two separate components. The first is the button/switch that you press and the second is the electrical connection that makes and breaks the circuit. While they are contained in the same fixture they work separately. So when you press the switch, it actually sends a message to the control box saying 'somebody just pressed this switch'. The control box then processes that information and responds. So in this example the control box knows when 'somebody presses this switch' we need to switch the light on, so it sends a message back to the light switch, telling it to complete the electrical circuit so that the light comes on. All pretty obvious but the beauty is that you can program anything you want. Some of our light switches when 'double tapped' switch on different sets of lights than when single tapped. In every room with a TV there is a light/dimmer switch that when held up (or down) increases the volume on the TV, and if tapped three times switchs the TV on (or off). We have keypad's in certain rooms where a single touch to a button can perform multiple functions. For example one of the buttons on the keypad in my bedroom is our 'good night button'. When you press that button, it switches off all the TVs and speakers, switches of all the lights and activates the alarm. You probably laughed when read above that our door bells are on the system. That's actually a very nice feature because you can program which rooms hear the door bell/get the audible alert. You can also have it so that TVs automatically pause and switch to a camera view of the door but we didn't do that.

Control4 is a dealer installed system rather than a DIY system. The good thing about that is that it's more reliable, the downside is that it's more expensive. The other downside, and the one thing I don't like, is that your dealer and not you has control of the system. I can not change anything, I have to get my dealer to log on and make the changes for me. Thankfully if its nothing major my dealer considers it maintenance and doesn't charge me, but adding a new component, buying a new TV etc, does involve some programming.

Cost is not surprisingly dependent upon what and how much you want to automate. The most expensive component in my system was not the automation devices themselves but an 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switch (8 inputs, 8 Ethernet outputs, with 8 Ethernet/HDMI converters for the TV end, allowing you to watch any input on any devicem and most importantly all at the same time) to do all the video switching. Unfortunately that component has had issues now on two separate occasions. Not only do I need the dealer to come out to trouble shoot it, but while there's a problem none of the TV's work in the entire house and there's no jury rigging the system.

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(one of those Cisco box's is a Cisco RV016 Multi-WAN VPN Router which allows me to have multiple internet connections and not lose my trading systems if one of the connections goes down. The others are just Ethernet switches. There's also a Cisco wireless router in another room that is hard wired back to here.)

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