Fractals of Change: September 2010

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13 posts from September 2010

September 29, 2010

The Smart Grid Should Be Stupid

It is becoming conventional wisdom (uh-oh) that a large part of the strategy for reducing dependence on imported oil is to use electricity from sources like wind turbines, solar arrays and concentrators, and nuclear plants as a substitu More...

September 26, 2010

Governments Hate Deflation – Should We?

Debtors, we all know, benefit from inflation since they are able to pay their loans back with dollars that are worth less than the dollars they originally borrowed. And debtors are hurt by deflation because the dollars they have to pay back are worth more – and harder to get – than the dollars th More...

September 25, 2010

Navigating on My Droid

This is not good news for Garmin or TomTom. And this definitely makes my Droid X cooler than Mary's iPhone.

My Droid comes from Verizon Wireless (VZW); but there is no reason in the world to pay VZW a monthly fee for navigation. On the Droid you navigate with Google maps and even have the More...

September 23, 2010

Smart Energy Use – The Hybrid-Electric House

The hybrid-electric house will be the first way we in New England – Vermont in particular – begin our switch from imported oil to electrically delivered energy. IMHO plug-in hybrid cars and pure electrics will join the mix in the next couple of years, but practical electric vehicles for most uses More...

Swyping from my Droid – The Supplement

Yesterday I Swyped a post and emailed it from my Droid to Typepad. Because I can't figure out how to capture a screen shot on the Droid (an app opportunity?), I couldn't include a picture which makes clear how S More...

September 22, 2010

This post was swyped on my droid

Swyping is a new way to enter text from an on screen keyboard like the one on my droid. Instead of tapping each letter, you trace out the word across the keyboard. A pretty good algorithm figures out what word you meant even if you don't trace precisely or spell well. In cases of ambigu More...

September 21, 2010

The SmartGrid is the Internet of Energy

The smart electrical grid has the potential to be the Internet of energy. It can be used to drastically reduce our use of imported oil, cut CO2 emissions, and enable whole new industries, both by making energy more affordable and creating better markets for large and small energy produ More...

September 20, 2010

Deflation – Is It Really So Terrible?

Ben Bernanke and the Fed have vowed to battle deflation as if it were the plague; after all, there was deflation during the Great Depression, of which Bernanke is a student, and there was both deflation and low growth in Japan for all of the nineties and off and on during the last decade.


September 17, 2010

Tiger (Sound) Bites

On my next to last day as Chief Technology Officer for the State of Vermont, my friends from came by to do a live interview. Murphy's law has no exceptions for CTOs; the technology didn't work as planned; the interview More...

September 16, 2010

Droid Setup – Day 1 of My Re-Retirement

It's the first day of my re-retirement. Yesterday I handed in my badge – can't unlock state doors anymore; surrendered my parking pass; and gave back my Blackberry. For a while the empty holster on my belt continued to vibrate "you've got mail" like an amputated limb is supp More...

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