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X10 Chapter 7 Filing: Best DIY Home Automation Mailing List Ever?

By Julie Jacobson · October 7, 2013 • Last vestige of X10 home automation is liquidating; chapter 7 filing lists names and addresses of some 500 customers.

Build a Rich Home Automation GUI for $499 with JDS HomeRunner

By Julie Jacobson · March 7, 2012 • JDS Technologies, the grandaddy of DIY and pro-friendly home automation, introduces $499 HomeRunner RBI for folks with rich GUI dreams and small pocketbooks.

Former X10 President Gerald Rooks Joins Greenwave Reality

By Julie Jacobson · February 29, 2012 • Rooks leaves X10 USA after 17 years to join energy management and home automation developer Greenwave Reality.

The End of X10

By Julie Jacobson · August 11, 2011 • Home automation pioneer will no longer make powerline-based products for controlling lights, thermostats and other devices; closure unrelated to hacking scandal.

Home Automation Systems Easily Hacked via Powerlines

By Jason Knott · August 10, 2011 • Hackers demo how to hack home automation and security systems that don't support encryption.

X10 ‘Practically the Same Thing’ as Control4, Only Cheaper

By Julie Jacobson · April 5, 2010 • X10 publishes silly comparison between its cheap gadgets and a professionally installed Control4 automation system.

X10 VP: ‘Julie you haven’t a clue what you’re talking about’

By Julie Jacobson · February 17, 2010 • Long-time X10 VP Dave Rye slams me for not giving props to X10 in a recent editorial

Insteon Bows First Hybrid RF/PLC Technology

By Julie Jacobson · August 1, 2004 • Distributor Smarthome creates home automation protocol that uses both RF and powerline.