Friday, June 24, 2011

New Wind Technology

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Harvesting the wind has been a green option for many years.

And in these days of rising energy prices, mainly due to the costs of running the plants that produce our electricity, finding new ways of harvesting the already existing resources that can produce power has opened a whole new world.

One such company, Sauer Energy, has come up with a unique way of capturing the wind.

They still use a wind turbine, but it not the kind we are all familiar with.

It has a vertical design which takes up a lot less room than the traditional turbines.

And their smaller size means they are more affordable to the average consumer.

These residential Wind Chargers save the users money as well as giving back to the planet - using an already existing resource that doesn't produce harmful effects on the environment..

There is no noise pollution from these turbines which is constant complaint with the traditional ones.

And then there is the issue of the birds, which I have a special affection for.  Those large blades on the traditional turbines do so much harm to them.

The design of the vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) makes use of a small space and that keeps our feathered friends safer.

I love to read about all these new alternative energy technologies. They are the way of the future, giving us all the opportunity to help ourselves while helping our planet. 




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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Update to Google Maps

We are regular users of Google Earth, and sometimes Google maps.

We hadn't checked the maps lately, but upon inspecting our regular spots, we could not believe the improvements.

Google has outdone themselves this time.

The details are just incredible - you can see the leaves on the trees.

Now, while I find this quite amazing, I also realize that it comes close to pushing the privacy line.

Some of the street views capture the cars on the road at the time the image was taken.

And you can see with great detail the passengers in those cars.

Some people are not going to like that.

Thoughts of Big Brother come to mind.

Check it out yourself when you get a minute - just type an address in the box on the page.

Select the "Earth" view as opposed to the "map".

It really is amazing.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Wirelessly Link Computer and HDTV

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VeeBeam for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.



We don't have an HDTV yet, but as you know from a previous post, we have been looking at them.

And there is a new gadget on the market that makes us look even harder at the sale flyers for a new TV.

It is called Veebeam HD, and I think it is quite an amazing piece of electronic equipment.

It wirelessly  links a PC to an HDTV.

So, pretty much anything that you can watch on your computer screen can be streamed to your TV - without any additional cables and the clutter they bring.

Any internet videos, such as Netflix, ESPN360, or iTunes, can be seen on an HDTV.

Powerpoint presentations as well as personal photos are also playable on your TV with the Veebeam.

If it can be played on your computer, it can be streamed to your HDTV and played on it.

And the viewing quality couldn't be better as it is streamed in 1080p video to the TV.

It is very easy to use - an antenna is attached to the computer through a USB port - and it is ready to begin transmitting.

And it is secure, to boot.

An affordable device made even better by using the "20OFF: coupon code to get 20% off any of the Veebeam products.

Check them out to see if they are for you!





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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fast Moving Technology

I always knew that the technology of today is pretty much "old" the next week.

An exaggeration, for sure, but it really does move fast.

I listened to an NPR story this past weekend, and they were talking about software and computer components that were over ten years old.

They were considered ancient.

And today's technology cannot run those old programs.

Today's internet browsers are way too advanced to run any part of the internet that existed over ten years ago.

They had to use old machines to run that old internet at this conference they were having, and even then, they had to "recode" some of the code in order to get things to run.

They were looking everywhere they could think of to get their hands on some of these old computers and components so they could run the "old internet"

These ten year old machines are now part of history, and finding them to preserve for future generations to observe is becoming a difficult task.

I can remember doing upgrades, there were so many discarded machines out there, we had to pay at the local dump in order for them to take them.

You couldn't even give them away to anyone.

Wish I had kept my first one with internet and Windows 3.1 operating system - it dated back to 1995 - even older than the relics they are searching for today.

I probably could have got back the $1200.00 I spent on it when I bought it new!