Your top 10 Windows 8 questions of 2012, answered [Year in Review] | ZDNet

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My most popular posts this year were about Windows 8. In fact, I continue to get emails every day asking questions I’ve covered in posts throughout the year. This post tackles my top 10 questions, including “Is Windows 8 worth the upgrade?

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

"Are there any deals on upgrades?

Yes. If you have a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you qualify for a discounted upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $40. If you purchased a new PC with Windows 7 after June 2, 2012, you qualify for a $15 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. Both offers expire on January 31, 2013. If you bought a new PC with Windows 8, your upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will cost a little more. "

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» Combined Heat and Power for Commercial Buildings Pike Research

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Fuel Cell, Engine, and Turbine Technologies for Cogeneration in Commercial, Institutional, and Municipal Buildings: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Commercial combined heat and power (comCHP) systems, which are small to medium distributed energy generation systems that produce electricity while also capturing heat that would otherwise be treated as waste, are garnering increased interest from policy makers, utilities, and building owners in a growing number of countries. …

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

"Key Questions Addressed:

What is the size of the global market opportunity for commercial CHP systems?Which countries offer the most attractive opportunities…"

Combined with recent developments in grid technologies and tie in to utilities, CHP is an attractive option worth exploring.  Improvements in energy efficiency & utilization, as well as resiliency in providing grid support and back-up resources.

 

See on www.pikeresearch.com

Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy

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There is much meaning behind the name Community Power. It does not only refer to electrical power generated by a community; it also implies individual and community empowerment.

Community Power enables individuals to take steps towards the betterment of the environment, their communities, and also their personal finances. It also enables these individuals to gather for a common purpose and achieve something extraordinary, as a community. This is where true economic, environmental and social sustainability lies. Through igniting individual behaviour change and community solidarity, Community Power starts an empowering process that enables communities to provide local solutions to their local needs for the long term.

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

"A National Renewable Energy Laboratory study found that the impact of community-owned projects on jobs creation during construction period is 1.1 to 1.3 times higher than corporate ones, and 1.1 to 2.8 times higher during operations period.

 

The employment and investment impact of community-owned projects can also go beyond a local community. Community ownership played a pivotal role in Germany and Denmark becoming global leaders not only in renewable energy generation but also in energy research & development and systems manufacturing. Currently, more than 50% of Germany’s renewable power is generated by community-based projects, and 80% of Denmark’s world-renowned windmills are cooperatively owned. …"

Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1xJmi)Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/28/community-power-renewing-communities-through-renewable-energy/#9BJDEsWlYydVVI10.99

 

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“How Did You Get So Many Followers on Twitter” – Profitable Social Media

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I got an email one morning from a networking contact I met on LinkedIn. He asked: I have a question. Currently I have about 15k twitter followers adding about 250 per day, how the heck did you get to 50k+?

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

"The “followers” number posted on a profile is not the best indicator of whether someone is helping other. It is one indicator of activity. Other indicators would be

The number of conversations you haveThe time you have recommended a good link that doesn’t point to a self serving sales pageHow often someone says “thanks for the help”The use of the retweet functions (RT) to share others tweets.  "

See on www.profitablesocialmedia.com

» Smart Building Managed Services Will be Critical to Building Energy Management Initiatives Pike Research

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Duane Tilden‘s insight:

The growth of building energy management systems (BEMS) has driven significant gains in energy efficiency and the understanding of how buildings truly operate.  …. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the SBMS market will grow more rapidly over the remainder of the decade than the wider BEMS market.

 

Worldwide spending on these outsourced services, which include data acquisition and analytics, as well as building maintenance contracts, will grow from $291 million in 2012 to $1.1 billion by 2020, the study concludes.  That equates to a compound annual growth rate of nearly 18 percent, compared to the BEMS market rate of 14 percent.

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Gas Drilling, North Dakota : Image of the Day

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Cities and people are scarce in northwestern North Dakota, but nighttime satellite imagery shows the Bakken Formation aglow with brightly-lit drilling equipment.

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

Northwestern North Dakota is one of the least-densely populated parts of the United States. Cities and people are scarce, but satellite imagery shows the area has been aglow at night in recent years. The reason: the area is home to the Bakken shale formation, a site where gas and oil production are booming.

On November 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of widespread drilling throughout the area. Most of the bright specks are lights associated with drilling equipment and temporary housing near drilling sites, though a few are evidence of gas flaring. Some of the brighter areas correspond to towns and cities including Williston, Minot, and Dickinson. …

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Understanding Responsive Design

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The Internet isn’t just on your computer screen anymore. It’s also on your phone, your tablet, your laptop, your TV, and just about everywhere else under the sun. With the growing number of devices available, it would be extremely costly and labor intensive to develop individual websites optimized for each platform. Instead, why not create one site that responds to fit the size and shape of the screen you’re viewing it on? Enter: responsive design.

 

360 PSG is a full service internet application development company.

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

"Responsive websites use a new variation of the traditional grid system called a "fluid grid."  A fluid grid system uses percentages to define column widths instead of pixels (fixed-width), letting the website adjust to the size of the device it’s being viewed on. As the device becomes narrower, it takes the content from each column (along with some additional code) and stacks it vertically, meaning the viewer only needs to scroll in one direction in order to keep looking at the site. … | … What does this mean to you?

Since it’s been predicted that mobile usage, via smartphone or tablet, will overtake desktop usage by 2014, it seems safe to bet that most website owners will want to offer a mobile experience of some sort. …"

 

 

See on www.360psg.com

Distributed resources: wave of the future?

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An IEEE Smart Grid survey conducted by consultancy Zpryme, titled “Power Systems of the Future: The Case for Energy Storage, Distributed Generation, and Microgrids,” and issued last month would appear to reflect a global interest—one might…

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

"More from the IEEE Smart Grid/Zpryme report on energy storage: top-rated benefits are meeting peak demand, improving power reliability and reducing costs. Hurdles: costs, deployment and a lack of standards. Lithium-ion will see the most demand over the coming five years. Respondents think North America will see the most growth in lithium-ion-based storage in that period. Where’s the money? Respondents think government-backed R&D, industry R&D and private/venture capital will provide it. (See last week’s column, "Electric Vehicles: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Part II," for a new public/private partnership on R&D for energy density in batteries.) "

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Frustrated Installers Say Permitting Holds Back The U.S. Solar Market

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“More than one-third of U.S. solar installers believe that permitting requirements are limiting market growth, according to a new nationwide study conducted by Clean Power Finance.”

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

"AHJs report that installer errors and incomplete or inconsistent paperwork create extra work and delays for their staff. AHJs often operate in sub-optimal conditions that include strained budgets, lack of resources and high staff turnover; furthermore, in some areas where solar installations are less common, AHJ staff is simply unaware of existing practices or that problems even exist for installers.

Even if AHJs understand solar and want to work with installers, there is currently no channel by which they can communicate to installers about updates or process improvements, the company adds."

 

 

 

 

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Does Foam Insulation Belong in Green Buildings? 13 Reasons It Probably Doesn’t

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Architect Ken Levenson starts a series that is positively damning.

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

I have seen new materials developed and installed in other situations which ultimately fail as they have yet to undergo the test of real life conditions and are poorly installed. 

 

Ideally prepared test samples which manufacturer’s base data and promotional materials can be misleading regarding performance in the field.  Temperature and humidity at time of installation may play an important factor in the performance of the material over time as an example.

 

 

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