Saturday, October 31, 2009
OK so I went to the Superstore here in Abbotsford to get some gas and groceries. Gas price was 103.9. "Fine", I thought knowing that the other gas stations here in Abby sell it for 99.9. But since I get 5 Cents per liter back in Superbucks I figured I stil lsave a cent per liter here. So I filled up nearly 50 liters and went into the store. When I came out, I peeked over to the Gas Bar (Superstore's gas station) and saw a gas price of 99.9! I walked over and checked the price at the pump: 99.9. Then I asked the clerk "Did you JUST drop the gas price 4 Cents?" "Yeah there's nothing I can do about it", he said.
We talk about 2 bucks so it's nothing to freak out about but it's just kinda funny.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Ambient electromagnetic radiation--emitted from Wi-Fi transmitters, cell-phone antennas, TV masts, and other sources--could be converted into enough electrical current to keep a battery topped up, says Markku Rouvala, a researcher from the Nokia Research Centre, in Cambridge, U.K.
Rouvala says that his group is working towards a prototype that could harvest up to 50 milliwatts of power--enough to slowly recharge a phone that is switched off. He says current prototypes can harvest 3 to 5 milliwatts.
The Nokia device will work on the same principles as a crystal radio set or radio frequency identification (RFID) tag: by converting electromagnetic waves into an electrical signal. This requires two passive circuits. "Even if you are only getting microwatts, you can still harvest energy, provided your circuit is not using more power than it's receiving," Rouvala says.
To increase the amount of power that can be harvested and the range at which it works, Nokia is focusing on harvesting many different frequencies. "It needs a wideband receiver," says Rouvala, to capture signals from between 500 megahertz and 10 gigahertz--a range that encompasses many different radio communication signals.
Historically, energy-harvesting technologies have only been found in niche markets, powering wireless sensors and RFID tags in particular. If Nokia's claims stand up, then it could push energy harvesting into mainstream consumer devices.
Earlier this year, Joshua Smith at Intel and Alanson Sample at the University of Washington, in Seattle, developed a temperature-and-humidity sensor that draws its power from the signal emitted by a 1.0-megawatt TV antenna 4.1 kilometers away. This only involved generating 60 microwatts, however.
Smith says that 50 milliwatts could require around 1,000 strong signals and that an antenna capable of picking up such a wide range of frequencies would cause efficiency losses along the way.
"To get 50 milliwatts seems like a lot," adds Harry Ostaffe, head of marketing for Pittsburgh-based company Powercast, which sells a system for recharging sensors from about 15 meters away with a dedicated radio signal.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
- Tae Bo'ed... no further comment... #
- @Kaleil Google's YouTube loses $1.65 Mio./day http://bit.ly/NKDWx
Google can afford that (they will make money sooner or later).Others can't in reply to Kaleil #
- Researgling - how does that sound for "researching/googling" #
- Nah I'm not registering that domain... doesn't make sense really. Since googling is already a form of researching anyway #
- So I do some research using Google now. On what? How far farming software is today. Cloud computing is in the pipeline! Perfect for farmers! #
- OK - http://www.farmbox.de offers a service to synchronize data. That's the first step or one feature of the cloud computing package #
- Gave up FarmVille and Cafe World on my Facebook after 3 days. Feeling like the Tamagochi madness is back! #
- http://bit.ly/3wPVf1 Fendt is just the nicest one of all of them! Vario transmission is a big hit #
- @Kaleil It's very hard to make money with stocks. A couple of good funds (incl. Buffet's BRK-A(B)) is the most likely way to make a gain. in reply to Kaleil #
- Don't let schooling interfere with your education. (Mark Twain) #
- After the switch to digital TV my Tivo is up and running again (had to get an IR control cable). 10 days without Tivo! #
- GOOG had another great quarter! They're set to make use of their 22 billion war chest! Google just has to stitch all their stuff together... #
- Google's 3rd quarter results and what they're up to: http://bit.ly/m8tlk #
- @Kaleil I have more faith in GOOG http://www.technologyreview.com/biztech/19785/ in reply to Kaleil #
- Listening to... http://bit.ly/22EGj7 #
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Google's 2009 3rd quarter earnings:
- A total of $5.94 billion in revenues which is a 7% last years $5.54 billion
- A total of $3.96 billion in revenues from Google-owned sites, amounting to 67% of the overall revenues for the Q3. This is a clear 8% from the same period last year which is $3.67 billion
- $1.80 billion revenue from the Google AdSense program representing 30% of the overall revenues. And this registers for a 7% increase in previous year’s earnings
- Even Google’s revenues from international partners and offices showed positive sign, getting $3.14 billion which is 53% of total Google revenues.
With a 22 billion war chest Google can make their visions come true. They introduced service after service in the last couple of years. GMail, Earth, Picasa, Chrome, Google Phone, Google Voice (Google phone number and service)... And Chrome OS will be one serious step into cloud computing by getting the best out of all the individual services.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt:
“While there is a lot of uncertainty about the pace of economic recovery, we believe the worst of the recession is behind us and now feel confident about investing heavily in our future.”
Sunday, October 11, 2009
- 3 new thoughts. 2 Technical ones and 1 regarding cloud computing (well that one is a decade old but it came back now...) #
- Here the article regarding "Farming in the year 2030" I wrote 7 years ago. In German though... http://madonno.com/2002/11/03/m2m/ #
- Wish I could beam myself there every now and then: http://bit.ly/C0eDz #
- No F1 nor MotoGP race this weekend... #
- Goin to Coquitlam for some Chicken #
- Got new B&D DCM2590 Coffee Maker from the Superstore here in Abbotsford. Got it for half price (marked down). It was also their last one... #
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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Went shopping for a new coffee maker and ended up in Superstore here in Abbotsford after Wal-Mart didn't have nice ones. There was one Black & Decker SmartBrew DCM 2590 left on the shelf with a marked down price of $29. Seemed like a fair deal considering it got a thermal carafe and nice design. It turned out that it got decent review, too. Let's see! It should be better than the cheap 15 buck one I bought at Wal-Mart a year ago. A few months ago I accidentally hit the start button and it cracked the carafe. This one doesn't have a hot plate (thermal carafe wouldn't work with it because of the double wall). So this one looks like a good deal.
* 8-cup coffeemaker with 24-hour programmable digital clock/timer
* Perfect Pour thermal carafe keeps coffee hot and fresh for hours
* Water-level indicator; removable filter basket for easy filling
* Brew-pause function; "on" indicator; quick-clean touch-pad controls
* Measures approximately 12 by 8-4/5 by 13-3/5 inches
Kevin Schwantz startete als erster Ex-Profi das kritisieren von Casey Stoner als dieser eine Pause einlegen musste um sich, von was auch immer er hatte, zu erholen (wahrscheinlich ein Virus).
"Wenn ich einen Vertrag habe, dann gehe ich auf die Strecke und fahre. Ob das immer 100 Prozent ist, sei dahingestellt."
"Als alter Fahrer denke ich, Casey muss auf die Strecke und Rennen fahren."
Wayne Gardner legte nach Stoner's beeindruckendem Comeback nochmal nach: ""Ich persönlich habe in meiner Zeit im Grand Prix Rennsport noch nie jemanden gesehen, der nur für eine Pause während des Jahres mit dem Rennenfahren aufgehört hätte."
Ich verstehe nich was alle immer wissen wollen! Stoner gab seien Antworten. Diese Leute die ihn nun kritisieren sollen ihre Augen aufmachen! Ist Stoner krank? Antwort gab Stoner in Form von offensichtlicher kompletter Erschöpfung nach mehreren Grand Prix's! Stoner war krank! Was WOLLEN die Leute von ihm? Darf man sich nicht mehr erholen? Diese Ex-Profis denken nur weil sie mit gebrochenen Knochen fuhren muss ei nStoner auch mit einem Virus fahren können! Das sind aber 2 verschiedene paar Schuhe!
Stoner's Antwort auf die Frage ob er sich nun besser fühle: Siehe Grand Prix von Portugal! Er braucht nix sagen! Er hat bei der Sieger Pressekonferenz gelächelt! Das ist für mich die Antwort! Basta!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
After Filipe Massa's nearly fatal accident (luckily, he will fully recover from it) a few months ago, a new safety device came to my mind today. It's simple but due to the speed of a F1 car tricky to implement. Like the rollbar of the Mercedes SL it would pop up in front of the driver's helmet and protect from severe injuries. The question is just: "How do you activate it?"
I called Shaw a few weeks ago after I figured out I would save at least $20 a month with an equivalent Telus bundle. So the guy said that Telus is not comparable to what they have. Telus TV uses Internet technology while Shaw's proven cable technology just works better. Well whatever I can't tell if it's true or not. He said he can't just price match Telus because of the quality difference. So I was pretty much ready to hang up when I once more started to complain about the price difference. Telus high speed Internet would cost me 20 bucks while Shaw costs $35! I told him that I don't udnerstand why there's suc ha gap between Shaw's Internet offers. I mean there's nothing between 256 kb/s and the next step which is 7.5 mb/s!
So after that he said what he COULD do is giving me an upgrade to Digital TV (free Digital Box rental) and a bundle price of $77 instead of the $96 for 6 months.
That's worth more than $200:
- The Digital Box would cost $118 if you buy it or $2.95 per month
- About $19 less for 6 months
I might give the ma call in 6 months again :mrgreen: