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Protecting The German Goods

Hi all.

Here’s the “Kraut” writing again. You may think, “Man, this guy is working late!”, but I am sitting home, drinking an ice cold beer on this beautiful summer evening. My choice of beer tonight is a Weinhardt’s Private Reserve, quite good beer I have to say. I believe the American beer situation has improved a lot since I first started visiting this country. Nothing beats self-brewed beer of course, but I got behind on my private little brewery for some weeks now.

I have quite a nice beer production setup in my garage, naturally fully automated. It not only switches the lights on as soon as I open the door, I even hooked up one of X10’s Protector Plus Home Security Systems to alarm me if someone gets the crazy idea to break into my brewery, uh, garage I mean. I still need a camera and some software to be able to check on it whenever, from wherever (I hope my boss reads this…cameras, alright?).
I could then hunt down possible thieves. Yeah, trust me, steal beer from a German and he’ll hunt you down!

When producing web sites the first thing one needs to do is to get to know the product. My first product was exactly that, a Protector Plus Security System. At first I thought, “What the heck am I going to do with it?”

Like many houses these days mine came with a security system. Of course, it's unmonitored. Who wants to pay $30 or more per month for some company to monitor the system? Still, at first, I tried to be good about using the preinstalled system anyway, but I could never remember the damn codes (there is one to activate it, and another one to deactivate!). In addition I had to rush myself, wife, and kids out of the house every morning, making sure the alarm wouldn’t go off, which it did frequently. Furthermore, my wife is very good at forgetting little things JUST after we are out of the house. So I had to rush back in, trying to remember the code, hopefully deactivate it, and then activate it again.

Well, then I started to play around with the Protector Plus system, which was a gift from my employer to get to know the product (Thank You!). I loved the remotes that came with it right from the beginning; now I could easily activate and deactivate the alarm (there even was an extra keychain remote for my wife). Setting it up was a breeze, took maybe 20 minutes.

The best of it though is that I have a supervised system now. I mean really, what does a monitoring company like ADT or Brinks do? Alarm goes off, they call, nobody answers, and they call authorities. My system calls up to four people, even cell phones, then the Protector Plus acts just like a two-way radio, you can actually hear what’s going on in the house (e.g. “Sorry honey, I forgot to push the button on the remote.”) . So, I avoid false alarm charges, I save those monitoring fees, and I know my beer is safe without having to remember any codes! I like X10!

I can’t go without linking to one of my sites. Seriously, compare for yourself. I and my team created some very honest comparison charts, telling the truth about monitored systems vs. Protector Plus. We’re Do-It-Yourselfers, right? Well, then monitor yourself!

Here’s the link:

For an in-depth ADT comparison go here:

If you’re wondering about Brinks check this out:

Here's a picture of the base system that I have:

Okay, that’s it from me for tonight. Try to enjoy this nice evening!



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Ah yes, the X10 MiniTimer for your homebrew! Wonder where you got that idea? I'll have to show you how I made it work with my wort chiller, cools the boiling beer down much faster.

Guten Tag Marko,
I believe in clearing the air first. So here goes. The comparison of X10 to the other systems at http://www.x10securitysystems.com/compare.html is NOT a fair comparison. If I'm not mistaken, the other systems are monitored. Therefore X10 should have been listed as costing $19.95 per month and $239 per year and total after only 5 years $1197.00. A fair comparison would still show a significant savings with many more features than the next lowest cost system. As an X10 user I would like to see X10 become reputable. I won't even go into X10's reputation. Let's just say "It ain't good fella."
A very good start was when they hired you. Marko, you seem serious about fixing the face of X10. Which is the web site and is the first thing people see. There is so much wrong with it, that I imagine it will take you a good amount of time to make it what it should be "Professional" not cheesy.
I wish you the best of luck and success in this endeavor.

Hey Jim!

I appreciate your honest comments. And we're on the same page, when it comes to clearing the air.

Let me talk about your suggestions to my team.

On thing we tried to do with the comparison is to show how much you can save with a supervised system (Protector Plus), compared to a monitored system. Yet, I do see your point.

Let me thank you for your compliments on my work, it's very motivating to push further. Thank you!

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