A few years ago, I was reading about home automation, and I’ve been hung up on it ever since. You know that stuff that lets you turn on and off lights, adjust your AC, and water your lawns automatically. Ok well the lawn part is silly for us in Tucson, but the rest of it still interested me. The basics of this, X10, have been around for years. I remember when I was a kid looking at the Tandy X10 stuff in Radio Shack. I always wondered why everyone didn’t have this stuff in all their houses. Well after reading more about it, it turns out that the X10 protocol just isn’t that reliable.