Two Weeks After Lift-Off

After a little delay our photovoltaic generator went online - we had been waiting for the delivery of this sophisticated addition to our office decoration: People on G+ had very cool suggestions, such as a rotating alien-fighting device throwing darts. Closest to the truth were: fuse box and fire alarm. The box containing two knobs … Continue reading Two Weeks After Lift-Off

“An Unprecedented Test for Europe’s Electricity System”

And we will not be able to contribute - by a hair. We have just ordered our photovoltaic generator, and installation is planned for April. It is the (partial) Solar Eclipse on March 20 that made Europe's Transmission System Operators (TSOs) release an announcement: Under a clear morning sky on 20 March 2015, some 35000 … Continue reading “An Unprecedented Test for Europe’s Electricity System”

Personal Risk Assessment

We all do risk management intuitively - when we decide on uploading our data to the cloud where the NSA may spy on us. Or when we install heating systems that depend on electrical energy. The previous post triggered an interesting discussion about the risk of a power outage. Is it more risky to pick … Continue reading Personal Risk Assessment

Greatest Innovation Ever

I like silly Top Something Lists. In a more serious state of mind I wondered what a list of the top inventions or top innovations of humankind might comprise. Random googling yields list items such as The Internet, Money, Plumbing, and The Power of Story. This list contains what my biased mind was searching for: … Continue reading Greatest Innovation Ever

Cyber Security Satire?

I am a science fiction fan. In particular, I am a fan of movies featuring Those Lonesome Nerds who are capable of controlling this planet's critical infrastructure - from their gloomy basements. But is it science fiction? In the year Die Hard 4.0 has been released a classified video - showing an electrical generator dying … Continue reading Cyber Security Satire?

My Google Searches Might Heat Your Home

Sorry, but this is not about Search Term Poetry! Rather the contrary: Imagine your search terms could be utilized for something down-to-earth, for something useful. Google states: See more comparisons for Google services here! (Though I am disappointed they did not convert to bath tubs!) If Google's computers run in their data centers in the … Continue reading My Google Searches Might Heat Your Home