We returned from holiday to find that our furnace had died. Miraculously neither pipes nor radiators were frozen.
The repair service recommends a device that will turn on a light in the window when the temperature dropes below a critical level. The theory is that our neighbor will see this and call us.
That's fine, but I'd rather a sub-50F temperature event trigger email from my server. Then I can route it to my cell phone, etc.
Seems like either a commercial product must exist, or someone must have adopted this sensor/light device to trigger an email message. Of course I'd like something that worked with OS X, but I have a Wintel server as well.
This would be a great Steve Ciarcia article in the BYTE days, but I'm looking for something less ambitious than his recent work.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004