Certificates for the Microsoft MyDotNetStory competition

I received the certificates for the Microsoft "My DotNet Story" competition today.

Related Stories

Time Series Data Compression

This new technique to compress the time series data collected by my home automation system seems to be working really well.

Ian Mercer

Home Automation

I've been working on home automation for over 15 years and I'm close to achieving my goal which is a house that understands where everyone is at all times, can predict where you are going next and can control lighting, heating and other systems without you having to do or say anything. That's a true "smart home".

Ian Mercer

Home Automation Sensors

An overview of the many sensors I've experimented with for home automation including my favorite under-floor strain gauge, through all the usual PIR, beam and contact sensors to some more esoteric devices like an 8x8 thermal camera.

Ian Mercer

Collinearity test for sensor data compression

One way to reduce the volume of sensor data is to remove redundant points. In a system with timestamped data recorded on an irregular interval we can achieve this by removing co-linear points.

Ian Mercer

Event blocks

Home automation systems need to respond to events in the real world. Sometimes it's an analog value, sometimes it's binary, rarely is it clean and not susceptible to problems. Let's discuss some of the ways to convert these inputs into actions.

Ian Mercer

Logistic function - convert values to probabilities

Another super useful function for handling sensor data and converting to probabilities is the logistic function 1/(1+e^-x). Using this you can easily map values onto a 0.0-1.0 probability range.

Ian Mercer

ATAN curve for probabilities

In a home automation system we often want to convert a measurement into a probability. The ATAN curve is one of my favorite curves for this as it's easy to map overything onto a 0.0-1.0 range.

Ian Mercer

Probabilistic Home Automation

A probabilistic approach to home automation models the probability that each room is occupied and how many people are in that room.

Ian Mercer

Multiple hypothesis tracking

A statistical approach to understanding which rooms are occupied in a smart house

Ian Mercer

A state machine for lighting control

An if-this-then-that style rules machine is insufficient for lighting control. This state machine accomplishes 90% of the correct behavior for a light that is controlled automatically and manually in a home automation system.

Ian Mercer

Home Automation States

Understanding the many different 'states' a house can have is critical to creating great home automation

Ian Mercer

Graphing gigabytes of home automation data with tableau

Some interesting charts from the gigabytes of data my home automation system produces

Ian Mercer

iBeacons for Home Automation

My investigations into using iBeacons for home automation

Ian Mercer

iBeacon meetup in Seattle - January 2015

My notes on the iBeacon meetup in Seattle held in January 2015

Ian Mercer

Home Automation Systems as a Graph

Using nodes and links to represent a home and all the devices in it

Ian Mercer

N-Gram Analysis of Sensor Events in Home Automation

Using n-gram analysis to spot patterns in sensor activations

Ian Mercer

Xamarin Forms Application For Home Automation

Building a Xamarin Forms application to control my home automation system

Ian Mercer

The Internet of Hubs (and things)

Maybe it should be called the Internet of Hubs instead

Ian Mercer

Showing home status with just a single RGB LED

Multicolored LEDs can convey a lot of information in a small space

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

A wireless sensor network using Moteino boards

The diminutive Arduino boards include a powerful transmitter/receiver

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

A RESTful API for sensor data

POSTing data to a home automation system from Arduino devices

Ian Mercer

The Internet of Boilers

An experiment to measure every aspect of an HVAC / boiler system

Ian Mercer

Dynamically building 'Or' Expressions in LINQ

How to create a LINQ expression that logically ORs together a set of predicates

Ian Mercer

VariableWithHistory - making persistence invisible, making history visible

A novel approach to adding history to variables in a programming language

Ian Mercer

A Quantified House - My Talk to the Seattle Quantified Self Meetup

My talk to the Seattle Quantified Self meetup

Ian Mercer

Updated Release of the Abodit State Machine

A hierarchical state machine for .NET

Ian Mercer

Integrating an Android phone into my home automation system

Some new features for my home automation using an Android phone

Ian Mercer

Building a better .NET State Machine

A state machine for .NET that I've released on Nuget

Ian Mercer

The Internet of Dogs

Connecting our dog into the home automation

Ian Mercer

GreenGoose Review

A review of the now defunct GreenGoose sensor system

Ian Mercer

A simple state machine in C#

State machines are useful in many contexts but especially for home automation

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

What does a Smart House do at Halloween?

My favorite home automation features for Halloween

Ian Mercer

Exception: An object with the same key already exists in the ObjectStateManager. The ObjectStateManager cannot track multiple objects with the same key.

Help with this exception

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Tip: getting the index in a foreeach statement

A tip on using LINQ's Select expression with an index

Ian Mercer

Future proof your home with a new conduit system?

Running conduit can be expensive but maybe you don't need one to every room

Ian Mercer

WCF and the SYSTEM account

Namespace reservations and http.sys, my, oh my!

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Mixed mode assembly errors after upgrade to .NET 4 Beta 2

Fixing this error was fairly simple

Ian Mercer

The EntityContainer name could not be determined

How to fix the exception "the entitycontainer" name could not be determined

Ian Mercer

Shortened URLs should be treated like a Codec ...

Expanding URLs would help users decide whether or not to click a link

Ian Mercer

A great site for developing and testing regular expressions

Just a link to a site I found useful

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

System.Data.EntitySqlException

Hints for dealing with this exception

Ian Mercer

Exception Handling using Exception.Data

My latest article on CodeProject covers the lesser known Exception.Data property

Ian Mercer

ASP.NET Custom Validation

How to solve a problem encountered with custom validation in ASP.NET

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

LinqKit came in handy back in 2009

Ian Mercer

Cache optimized scanning of pairwise combinations of values

Using space-filling curves to optimize caching

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

World's Smartest House

Over 15 years of experimentation with home automation

Ian Mercer

World's Smartest House Videos

A collection of videos about my smart home efforts

Ian Mercer