An anonymous reader writes: For over a decade, Alek's Controllable Christmas Lights have been a festive online holiday tradition for millions of Internet users world-wide, so it was sadly the end of an era last year, when the Griswold wanna-be hung up his Santa Hat in 2014.
But with the "Internet of Things" being the rage these days, it didn't take long
for another Griswold to emerge from the North Pole, or at least pretty darn
close to it.
Ken Woods from Fairbanks, Alaska
has his house online 24 hours a day with a dozen ON/OFF buttons that
Internet users can use to toggle his lights with a click of a mouse.
Here's a video of it in action and he uses Amazon EC2 to power it online.
(While that all looks real, low-UID /.'ers will remember that Alek did
a simulation from 2002-2004 using Perl code to switch between
a series of images. Looks like the prankster dusted off that code for the
Control Christmas Lights.com website.) I, for one, welcome our new Griswold Overlords with a big HO-HO-HO