08 2008

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Another redesign. This time with BlogPower™. Not sure what will happen about content. Probably will get content until I get bored, then wither.

It seems that I haven't been updating my website as often as I should. There's a lot of information that I want to share with people, but I haven't come up with a simple way of getting it all across.

In the mean time, there is a menu to the left there <--

The reason most people have web pages I do not know, however I do like to be able to find out about people by looking at their web pages. I am less interested to find out about their gerbil though. It is like Internet spying, but spying on what they want you to know. So that people can find a little about me I have written these pages.

My PGP/GPG key is available as this file

There is a more blog-style diary here

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Current Cost Hacking

At OpenTech I saw a talk by a couple of guys that had been recording their electricty usage and plotting graphs of it.

Well, I love graphs, they are the bast way representing data for me and this sounds like a good project.

I got myself over to eco gadget shop and bought one. It was dead easy to install, and I started keeping track of how much electricity I was using. What was a "good" amount, and what wasn't.

There are two parts to the device, a balck box "transmitter" that you put in the cupboard with your meter and

The receiver is about 6 inches high, and has an LCD display, and is claimed to use 1.8W to run, which is nice and small, considering that these things are sold as a way of cutting down on your electricity usage. It also has a serial port on the bottom, which is how everyone gets the data from it.

Unfortunately this serial port is a) RJ45, and b) TTL level, which means that iyou can't just wire it up to a normal serial port without a bit of work. There are instructions for making a cable, complete with a circuit diagram containing a max3232 available, or there are reports of being able to buy a cable from the manufacturers

Alternatively you can do what I did, and "cheat".

Last updated: 18:28, 30 Aug 2008 Link..