March, 2010

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft and Ford collaborate on Hohm

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    Ford, Microsoft Hohm to Make Electric Vehicle Ownership Easier, More Affordable

    Microsoft and Ford have partnered for a while on on SYNC for integrated in car communications and entertainment. Today that partnership gets extended with the announcement that Hohm, our online residential energy management service, will appear in future Ford electric vehicles and the two companies are working with utility companies on the project. The Focus Electric will be the first Ford vehicle using the Microsoft Hohm energy management application

    It’s pretty clear we’re moving inexorably towards a world of electric vehicles and we all know that our cars tend to have plenty of CPU horsepower in addition to BHP. With those CPU’s in the car comes more software to help make our lives easier and in this case, help people manage and understand their energy consumption. The idea is a world where your garage charges the car motor when electricity is at it’s cheapest…as one example.

    Check out more on the Hohm Community Blog






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    Star Wars humour

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    Brilliant. catch a few more from Stefan

    via likecool



  • Steve Clayton

    Blind Rubik

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    Clever…though I could never do the original (apart from taking it apart)

    by Konstantin Datz



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    over 4.5 billion photos a year are shared via Windows Live Messenger

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    I mean to post this a few weeks back and found it lingering in my drafts….which is handy as I have never been so busy at work so not getting much time to read stuff at the moment, let alone think about posting new content

    More interesting stats from the Inside Windows Live blog. This one caught my eye

     

    over 4.5 billion photos a year are shared via Windows Live Messenger

    It’s a great inside look at how Messenger is engineered with small details such as the typing indicator explained – it’s a very subtle but very useful UI element. Though interesting to read the first two comment from folks who are less than happy with the photo sharing feature. I have to confess I haven’t used it myself so now I’m intrigued enough to go take a look myself.

    What’s the image above all about? Read the post to understand why UNIX-based ntalk is discussed



  • Steve Clayton

    The Myth of Overnight Success

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    Catching up on some reading and I thought I’d share this manifesto - The Myth of Overnight Success by Barrie Bergman. It’s a short and easy read that uses a few powerful stories to explain the myth and show that hard work and dedication is the real key to succes..



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