need pointers


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this is a reply electron posted to my "new to forums" thread

" Hi Majdaa,

Welcome to CocoonTech!

You can monitor magnetic reed switches with the gameport, so you don't need to buy any special hardware, except for the magnetic contacts which you can mount on the door, windows etc. I would probably use something like Girder, which is very flexible, and can interface a lot of hardware. To control the lighting, the cheapest method is the X10 way, but all depends on the type of lights etc.

The major 2 expensive issues I see here is probably a door lock which can be monitored, and a pc controllable thermostat (which is going to be expensive).

If you have more specific questions, please don't hesitate to start a new thread in the home automation forum."

except, i don't know how to do all that stuff...i'm really new to this, so maybe if you could please point me to the right direction (just a url to a tutorial) i would apreciate it very much