Monday, 5 October 2015

all watched over by machines of loving grace (rebooted)

One of the side-effects of the kitchen replacement is the shock testing we've given to the various electrical circuits in the house.

The electricians had to test the 30 amp and earth leakage trips (sounds like a space movie?) in order to issue a new certificate. It meant having the power turned on and off about 10 times, sometimes in quick succession.

We've an ever-increasing number of connected devices here - along the lines of the internet of things/thingyverse - so it was a good test of general robustness.

I'd already switched off the servers, but realised the house nowadays has myriad home automation devices. I wondered if they would all survive and restart or whether it would be like the olden days with VHS recorders, where everyone eventually had them with the flashing clock because it was too much trouble to re-programme.

In practice everything seems to work.

The wifi, the BT broadband router, and the various computers all regained their links to the internet.

The home automation hubs for the hue lights, harmony media control, nest heating and smoke detectors also seem to have resynchronised. I'd previously mused about whether a 'home reset' would be troublesome, but so far everything seems to have figured out how to restart gracefully.

As Richard Brautigan said:
I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.



Nikki-ann said...

Very 21st century!

Working on a new blog btw... I'm still alive :D

rashbre said...

Have been across to check out the new blog. Very impressive.