Happy Holidays from the CocoonTech Staff


The staff of CocoonTech.com wishes a Merry Christmas to all of our members and hope you are enjoying the holidays with your family and friends and in good health and spirits.

May all of your home automation, security, and theater dreams become true during the upcoming New Year as well! ;)

I joined this forum three years ago today (date of this post) and have really enjoyed interfacing with the many friendly and helpful members here! :eek:

Merry Christmas and please read my personal Automated Christmas story


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A contributor to another mailing list I belong to offered the following, which I forward in unedited form:

Happy Holidays or whatever

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes
for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress,
nonaddictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter/summer solstice
holiday, practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious
persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the
religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their
choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and
medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally
accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the
calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society
have helped make our country great (not to imply that it is necessarily
greater than any other country) and without regard to the race, creed,
color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of
the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you accept the following terms: This
greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely
transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no
promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for
her/himself or others, is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable
at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform
as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of
one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting,
whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this
wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Disclaimer: No trees or animals were harmed in the sending of this
message; however, a significant number of electrons were slightly
inconvenienced. Your mileage may vary.

Ken Taggart
Taggart Performance Engineering, Inc.

Happy holidays, everyone!
An Automated Christmas...

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring, not even electron’s mouse.

I bypassed my interior motion sensors on the security system with care.
In hopes that St Nicholas would soon be there.

No one on-line as all the Cocooners were nestled all snug in their beds.
While visions of new Elk M1 Gold units danced in their heads.

Seems one of my switches blew an exterior light after giving it a tap.
But it’s Christmas, so I’m not going to post a thread giving that vendor a bad rap!

Just then the security system tripped, sounding the sirens with such clatter.
I sprang from the bed with my shotgun to see what was the matter.

I disarmed the system so quick in a flash.
Trying to keep the WAF up so she won’t give my system a bash.

I gazed into the monitor to view my IR camera which was outdoors in the snow.
But due to its poor resolution I couldn’t make out the objects below.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear.
But it was Spanky and some Elk employees all dressed as reindeer!

With him was Dean of CQC, so lively and quick,
Also there were two others of HomeSeer, hey its Rich and Rick!

Spanky called them all over by name.
And I started to wonder the meaning of this game.

This was quite a mixed group, all of them having successful products and fame.
Spanky said we are all creating a unique product, but haven’t decided on its name.

It will integrate “everything”, but I know you will need some convincin’.
So we are here to tell you exactly what we are a fixen’.

This product will incorporate touch screens on the wall.
And also integrate wirelessly to cell phones that you can call.

It will integrate all you want, we feel you will want to buy,
At least one unit so you can do a How-To so others will give it a try.

I exclaimed, “Will this product finally do analog inputs too?”
Spanky replied, “Yes BSR, we did that just for you!”

I said, “Man if it also does timers like the Ocelot, I’m going to hit the roof!”
Spanky said, I tried BSR but those ADI people are pretty aloof.

But we think this new product will have you coming around.
It even has a new voice interface; you will like this new sound!

Just then Rich, Rick and Dean impatiently tapped one foot.
And I was curious why their clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

Seems that Spanky “removed” the product from the lab, saying I’m going to test this and give it right back.
He was the first to turn it on, but it didn’t work till he gave it a whack!

But it didn’t have the correct version of the plugins, oh-oh this was getting hairy.
Then it blew up, but hey it was a prototype so it shouldn’t stop them from getting it cherry.

Then the four of them pulled an all nighter to get it to go.
Turned out it was a bad diode that was stopping the whole show!

They wanted it done by Christmas and the deadline caused them to grit their teeth
But they got it all to work using a part from an old kit from Heath.

This product will also do home theater using an interface you can view on the ‘telly.
Plus its speed will make other systems look like they are operating in a bowlful of jelly.

Then out in the background, I saw Guy Lavoie dressed as an elf.
I would not have believed this if I hadn’t seen it for myself.

My ‘idol’ gave a wink of his eye and twist of his head,
And said, "BSR this system will give something for all other vendors to dread."

"It will interface UPB, Insteon, and Z-Wave; and, yes this was a lot of work.
But the system works flawlessly, without one single quirk."

I just couldn’t believe what was happening in front of my nose.
I MUST be dreaming, hey someone water me down with a hose.

But just then I heard someone shouting and giving me a whistle.
Then I realized I was lying down outside in some thorns and thistle.

Seems this WAS just a dream I was having while I was unconscious during the night.
Because I fell from my ladder while trying to change that burnt out exterior light!

Merry Christmas all from BSR :lol:
Dang, I've never been in a Christmas story before... I'm ready for the big time now.

<deep voice, with echo>

The Automator 2 [Extended Director's Cut]

* Rated R for gratuitous scenes of naked software development and excessive caffeine consumption.

</deep voice>