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TED 5000 with and Google Power Meter

We have been using the TED 5000 energy monitor for a few months and have been most happy with it. The little display sits by Kelly's desk so the she can monitor usage. Having the amount you are spending per hour is right in front of you ¬†provides mighty encouragement to wander around the abobe […]

Small, home backup, natural gas generator efficiency

Based on .293Kwh per cubic foot of natural gas and full load consumption of 191 cu. ft an hour, it appears that home natural gas generators operate at about 35% efficiency. Not as good as combined cycle commercial plants, but pretty competitive with the grid in general.  Cummins Onan Natural Gas Residential Generator Comparison

CO2 From Electric Power in US My short version of the real differences in Gasoline vs Electric cars and CO2 emissions.

Games and more

I noticed the following NYT article and it reminded me of the tremendous capability that Apple has the “computer gaming” world that has yet to be unleashed. Steve Jobs is the founder and major mover/player in Pixar, the finest computer animation studio in the world. Virtually every successful animated film released by this studio has […]

Economical or FREE way to send your child (or yourself) to college

Distance learning, or taking classes over the Internet, has introduced an interesting option for college. Here in Mississippi, despite press to the contrary, we have a very good community college system with campuses located in rural areas. These campuses are increasingly providing classes that will lead to a degree at night and online. With tuition […]

Home power monitoring

I recently installed a TED ( The Energy Detective) 1001 power monitoring unit and I am pretty happy with it. It shows things like your current KWH usage, to date usage, estimates your electric bill, etc. It even displays the CO2 output for your part of electrical use and logs your voltage. An optional software […]

Madoff Scandal

Scary thought. clipped from  

India and Technology

When I think¬† of India, it is usually with a negative connotation. Not India’s fault, but the fault of American businesses from Dell to my bank(!) that has offshore support telephone support. Frankly, language isn’t the problem, the people from India I have spoken to have a very good command of the King’s english. Quite […]

New Orleans – part 2

We had a fine trip. It is my first trip since Katrina that felt like New Orleans is really getting back to “normal”, well normal for New Orleans anyway. The crowds are back on the street cars, the restuarants are back to the fine standards of the past, and there was nary a mention of […]