Earthquakemonitor Widget v1.62 released

Hooray !!

Version V1.62 of the earthquake monitor has been released. (You can see a demo on this site)

A few minor changes, but worth the update 🙂Earthquake monitor Widget

Changelog v1.62

  • Tested for wordpress 4.2.3
  • Minor text adjustments
  • Minor aesthetic improvements
  • Added banner
  • Minor security update 

You can find the download here : https://wordpress.org/plugins/earthquakemonitor/

The effect of a Solar Eclipse on Solar Panels

The solar eclipse 2015 provided an acid test for a continent that has placed a big bet on renewable energy—but whose aging electricity grids could buckle under the strain of a sudden drop in solar power.

This is the effect measured on my own solar panels during the eclipse. While (due to clouds) barely visible to the naked eye, the production during the eclipse dropped dramatically.

During the eclipse on it’s max (10h30 till 10h40) the generated power dropped to 8 watt.

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You can view the full stats here.

 

Battle For The Net

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If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

Plugwise DIY monitoring PHP

Home_stretch20Basic I bought myself a Plugwise system. The reason for this is that I can monitor my total power-usage, but I cannot see the details. I.e. : What is my refrigerator using? What is the freezer using? I can only see the sum of the total.

Plugwise made some nice hardware that allows you to monitor each device (or multiple devices behind on the same power-socket) to give you clear insight in the usage. Unfortunate sending and logging the information online will cost you a subscription.. I think for the price of the plugwise this should be a free service to store your data online for at least 2 years.

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DIY monitor for Smartmeter

It has been a while since my last post. But I have been working on something I waited for so long. I have a real smKaifa-MA105-MA304art-meter (instead of my previous Iskra ME162  digital meter that has no I/O ports that are active (infrared) or any other useable way to read out the meter without breaking the seal)

 

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