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electronica 2010 - impressions of the show

November 22, 2010 10:00 am | by Forrest Sass, Theorem Services (www.theoremservices.com) | Comments

After four years of attending Messe München shows (productronica and electronica), I came away with special impressions of this year’s electronica 2010.

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Thankful

November 22, 2010 8:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This past weekend, my wife’s family came to town to help us celebrate Thanksgiving a little early. It gave me a chance to reflect on the things for which I’m grateful, and there are lots of them.I believe most of us give thanks for our families, our friends, and those things -...

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A Cautionary Tale about Wi-Fi Direct

November 22, 2010 5:35 am | by by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Comments

Wi-Fi Direct is a mechanism to add a soft access point in one device so that two different products can form a direct point to point secure wireless connection. Supposedly it will be easy to set up and relatively fast.

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What Steps Do You Take to Use Less Water?

November 18, 2010 3:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Scott told you about World Toilet Day and how an efficient toilet can cut down on your family's water use. There are plenty of ways you can use less water, from turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth to taking shorter showers, and we know you probably have other...

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Is a Small Wind Energy System Right for You?

November 17, 2010 3:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

When I think of wind technology, an image comes to mind of a towering fleet of turbines. Although I've never seen a wind farm up close, I've heard from several people that it's an awe-inspiring sight. I may not have the chance to see a large-scale wind farm anytime soon, but I have had...

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The Avnet Power Forum

November 16, 2010 6:19 am | by Chris Cooper, Avnet Electronics (www.avnet.com) | Comments

Last month, Avnet Electronics Marketing wrapped up our first ever Power Forum. This two-day, virtual conference was hosted by our in-house subject matter experts along with 15 of today’s leading power technology suppliers.

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Interview with Pat Scott of STI Electronics

November 16, 2010 6:13 am | Comments

Since 1982, STI Electronics, Inc. (STI) has been the premier full-service organization for training, consulting, laboratory analysis, prototyping and small- to medium-volume PCB assembly in the electronics industry. STI also produces a complete line of solder training kits and training support products.

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The Home Energy Score: Measuring 'MPG' For Your Home

November 16, 2010 5:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Editor's Note: Cross-posted from the Energy Blog.

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World Toilet Day: Celebrate Sanitation and Efficient Flushing!

November 15, 2010 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Believe it or not, this Friday, November 19 is World Toilet Day, an annual event hosted by the World Toilet Organization since 2001 to raise awareness for proper sanitation world-wide.

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What is 4G?

November 15, 2010 11:13 am | by Rupert Baines, Picochip (www.picochip.com) | Comments

There is a bit of debate on 4G (or "faux G" as Dan Jones of Light Reading nicely put it).

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2011 Fuel Economy Guide Now Available

November 9, 2010 6:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Last week the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide. This annual guide provides consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2011 vehicles. Obviously, choosing the most fuel efficient...

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Vampire Power Is Scary All Year Round

November 8, 2010 9:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Last week, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu posted information about slaying energy vampires on his Facebook page. (He also posted a picture of himself as a zombie, which is also is very scary!)

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Air Force wants tougher, ''more survivable'' drones

November 8, 2010 4:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The U.S. military wants its next-generation RPVs to be more survivable in “contested airspace.” At a breakfast with reporters in DC, Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove (the Air Force’s chief of operations, plans and requirements) noted the MQ-9 Reaper’s shortcomings, and stressed the need for tougher, more durable RPVs.

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How Do You Reduce the Time You Spend Idling?

November 4, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Shannon discussed some efforts by Clean Cities, parents, and students to reduce the time that parents spend idling in school parking lots. Some schools have even become idle-free zones. The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center offers a few tips for reducing...

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A PV Technician on Your Roof Day and Night

November 3, 2010 6:03 am | by Philip Pieters, PhD, business development director Energy, imec. (www.imec.be) | Comments

“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link,” the saying says. And that also applies to solar panels today. One bad working cell can bring down the panels electricity production significantly. The reason is that the solar cells are connected in series, making a malfunctioning cell a huge resistive link in the chain.

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