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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 17. Get to Know XTension

Get to Know XTension

To implement many of the hacks in this book, you’ll need to know some basic techniques for programming the XTension home automation application for Mac OS X.

XTension is the granddaddy of X10-based home automation software for the Macintosh, having originated several years ago for the Classic Mac OS.

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In fact, if you have an older Macintosh, even a lowly Mac Plus, XTension (http://www.shed.com/; $150) is a great way to put your doorstop-Mac back in service.

But don’t let its modest origins fool you. Beneath the old-school user interface lies an automation powerhouse. Its designer and chief programmer, Michael Ferguson, helped NASA automate its space shuttle operations, and he makes sure XTension is every bit as capable for those of us who aren’t rocket scientists.


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