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Microsoft's new Image Stitching tool works really well

Microsoft research released a new photo stitching tool. It was very easy to take a collection of images I took in Paris and turn them into a panorama which it then uploaded to the PhotoSynth site.

You can view the result here:-

Paris Panorama in Photosynth

And you can get the tool that created it here.

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Photography

My photo collection now has over 150,000 photos taken around the world and close to home. Most recently I've been shooting with a Sony A9. Prior to that most photos were taken with a Canon 5D III

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Ian Mercer

Why smarthomes are hard

Why automated learning is hard for a smart home. The perils of over-fitting, under-fitting and how the general unpredictable nature of life makes it hard to build a system that learns your behavior.

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Ian Mercer

Iceland photos

Photos from a trip to Iceland pre-pandemic.

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Ian Mercer

Bird photos

Bird photos mostly taken from home, but maybe some from around the world.

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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.

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Ian Mercer

Home Construction Advice

Several years ago we did a major remodel. I did all of the finish electrical myself and supervised all of the rough-in electrical. I also put in all of the electrical system and water in our barn. I have opinions ...

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Ian Mercer

T-Mobile home internet

I'm testing a T-Mobile Home Internet device as a backup to XFinity and a way to offload half our monthly traffic to avoid the XFinity 1.2TB cap

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Ian Mercer

Home Automation Systems as a Graph

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

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Ian Mercer

Showing home status with just a single RGB LED

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

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Ian Mercer

A wireless sensor network using Moteino boards

The diminutive Arduino boards include a powerful transmitter/receiver

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Ian Mercer

JSON Patch - a C# implementation

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Ian Mercer

Aurora photos

Some photos from my trip to Iceland in September 2012

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Ian Mercer

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

My talk to the Seattle Quantified Self meetup

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Ian Mercer

Integrating an Android phone into my home automation system

Some new features for my home automation using an Android phone

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Ian Mercer

Before there was the web there was BeebTel

Just thought I should mention that I built a web-like system before the web existed

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Ian Mercer

My first programme [sic]

At the risk of looking seriously old, here's something found on a paper tape

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Ian Mercer

The Internet of Dogs

Connecting our dog into the home automation

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Ian Mercer

Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk on the fence today

Photos from around Sammamish

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Ian Mercer

Timelapse video using the GoPro HD Hero

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Ian Mercer

Web site crawler and link checker (free)

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Ian Mercer

Smart home energy savings - update for 2010

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Ian Mercer

How to shoot good video

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Ian Mercer

The Hoh Rainforest - Olympic National Park

A trip to the Hoh rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, WA

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Ian Mercer

Canon Powershot D10 Underwater Camera

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Ian Mercer

A better way to share photos ...

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Ian Mercer

Lunar Eclipse June 2010

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Ian Mercer

Seattle by Night

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Ian Mercer

Elliott 803 - An Early Computer

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Ian Mercer

Looking forward to the new year and our new datacenter

Historical note about moving my servers into a datacenter

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Ian Mercer

Second Drobo Update

At this point things were looking up for my Drobo

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Ian Mercer

It's all about disk speed

Why disk speed is the most critical aspect for most modern PCs and servers

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Ian Mercer

Comcast woes and a new monitoring utility

Monitoring a cable modem using its HTML management interface

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Ian Mercer

Core duo desktop machine runs cool

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Ian Mercer

New Home Automation Server

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Ian Mercer