I'll try to slowly migrate all of the tip and tricks from my last site. I don't think I'll have enough time to moderate a forum so I apologize in advance.
Laszlo, the super smart guy who lives in the closet, was named after Lazlo Hollyfeld from the movie Real Genius. I named him as such because he happens to be housed in a custom server room I built into my house. Laszlo currently runs on an AMD 2000+ in a rack-mount high fan server. At this time, he is capable of controlling about 20 X-10 dimmer lights, 10 or 15 insteon switches, and about 6 relay amp controllers. He controls three amp systems in the house, two central a/c thermostats, and a personal server cooler. Laszlo is tied into a GE alarm system. He also has control of the phone system, the computer network, the music server, and the FTP downloader. Laszlo is tied into the front door with a dual card-reader/remote strike. I recently added a rudimentary web browser for easy iPhone control of Laszlo. Though I don't have a static IP address, Laszlo monitors the non-routable IP and sends updates to my webserver whenever there is a change so I don't lose remote access.
This opening article is obviously just a high-level overview. I'll delve into each area in subsequent articles.