BigGoofyGuy May 2, 2012 09:50 AM With Microsoft's history of software security and software vulnerabities, I wonder how many of these homes with HomeOS would get hacked and robbed before they have a patch for the software? The Hoff May 2, 2012 10:25 AM Unless your Bill Gates or Mitt Romney I don't think you need your whole house wired. I can see turning on your heater before you get home or even checking your security camera if you are that paranoid but the rest seems to be an answer looking for a problem. Hmmm... May 2, 2012 01:05 PM No thank you Big Brother. I'll control my own energy consumption with my wallet. Mr Stiffy May 2, 2012 01:19 PM The only thing Microsoft ever did for me was to make me smart enough not to use their products. Personally I feel that there is a certain novelty to automation, it's also a definite target for an axe in a moment of lucidity. I think I will stick to paper and pencil - and hand written lists and manually operated everything. Somehow my tolerance for BS has grown incredibly thin when it comes to computers, corporate moron software and ideologies. "Ummmm what - you mean there is NO way to switch off the power saving feature of automatically powering down my whole house after 10 minutes of inactivity? - I am having a bloody bath for christs sake!!!!!" Charles Bosse May 2, 2012 01:46 PM Funny, that looks -awfully similar to android@home. Well, Microsoft never had much originality anyway, but they would do better trying to buy up or rip off Start-ups than Google or GE. By the way, I note that you refuse to call Android Market by it's new name, "Google Play". Good call. drgnfly004 May 2, 2012 03:16 PM i don't know if this is necessary yet at the home level, but i use programs like this to help run and maintain large buildings, and it works awesome. i only wish i could do more with the systems i have now. i would like to see more of this aimed at the commercial building and mid rise / highrise apartment buildings that i work with, it simplifies my job immensely even with the limited ability's current systems allow. Ryan Gribble May 2, 2012 03:40 PM Thanks but I'll stick to HAL, Home Automated Living, which is voice activated knows which room i am in and can even tell me what the weather is outside. Bill Bennett May 2, 2012 11:44 PM google smarthome, click on the insteon link, just saying, all of my lighting is LED in my home and uses quaint manual switches so if I leave a light on I don't care, the heating is programmed. this seems like a needless expense, I can get off my hairy white ass to turn things on and off, oh the stress! turning on a light, turning it off, perhaps I should file for disability, yeah sarcasm at the end sinan May 3, 2012 04:08 AM I'll tell you what all this will lead to ! But before, anybody remembers HOHM or the other POWERmeter thing from the other guys? circa 2009/10? discontinued both after about a year... As mr. Stiffy tells it so much better than me with a lot of humour: we do not need all of these tools as they are presented us in half finished, almost tasteless incarnations.. Yeah, tasteless! But I DO need tools which intelligently and transparently helps me monitor my energy usage, and helps me save energy that I can SIRI. So as with the tablet thing we are just waiting the real incarnation, the category definer... sk8dad May 3, 2012 05:45 PM I just can't wait for the privilege in being the first on my block to get to reboot my house weekly, do periodic update that causes the house equivalent of the blue screen of death, subscribing to costly antivirus/anti-spyware "home edition", having to upgrade my obsolete appliances every 18 months and relearning a new OS so I can make toast, running two dozen 30-watt CPUS 24-7, deal with opting out/unsubscribing from random promotional products my appliances think I need, and hackers knowing exactly what I have in my house, what's being used, and when from another continent.