Archive for May, 2010

Great New Feature from SocialOomph

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

This feature is actually a month or two old. I decided that it was worth writing about after using it for few weeks. SocialOomph’s official name for the feature is update queue but it is being promoted as a drip feed for your Twitter account.

I love this feature because I live in a different time zone from some of my clients. I created three queues for my Twitter account that all drip tweets at different rates. I load one up with topical stuff that I think is of interest to my followers. I load another one up with market specific information that I have found through various sources and I have a third queue that tweets links to my own blog posts. My twitter stream is a good mix of give and take and the tweets drip into the stream at an optimal time of day even though I am asleep. My morning routine is tea and checking Twitter for replies.

SocialOomph can be used to schedule content for several social websites including Facebook.

Home Wind Turbine Power

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Solar power is the belle of the ball when it comes to green energy. You can’t surf the internet for ten minutes without someone trying to give you a free ebook about installing your own solar. Solar panels have quite an Achilles’ heal though. They don’t generate any power at night. Home wind turbine power is a great addition or alternative to solar power. The wind blows day and night. Well engineered wind generators are expected to last for up to 25 years. That’s a lifespan roughly equivalent to that of a typical solar panel.

So why hasn’t home wind turbine power captured as much interest as solar power? There are two potential stumbling blocks. First off, the traditional way to build a system has been to put up a scaled down version of the huge towers that you see on commercial wind farms. Erecting one of these towers is a difficult and expensive task. The other major disadvantage has been the noise generated by the rotors. Some local governments forbid the installation of wind turbines based on their assumption that they will cause too much noise pollution.

Wind power enthusiasts have been refining the technology, making it quieter. Mounting small turbines on residential roofs is a great way to avoid the expense of a tower, but up until recently there has been the problem of noise and vibrations from the turbines resonating through the roof frame.

One innovator was determined to make the roof mounted home wind turbine power idea work. The founder of WindEnergy7 LLC came up with a patented design after building over 100 different prototypes. The patent is on the mounting hardware for these wind turbines. Now homeowners can enjoy the benefits of wind generated electricity without all the noise and without having to install a tower or pole.

WindEnergy7 LLC sells modular wind and solar hybrid kits. As many as three turbines can be installed on one roof, but homeowners can start out with one and still have the option to expand later. When you purchase a kit you are automatically eligible to become a home wind turbines dealer for WindEnergy7 LLC. They provide excellent training and support to their dealers. The goal is to spur a residential wind power revolution. The following video has excerpts of training videos and footage documenting a typical install. Two people can install a wind turbine for the home in just one day.

Virtual Flowers for Mother’s Day?

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

I guess there might be some mothers out there who would appreciate virtual flowers on their smartphone. I don’t know any of them. If you haven’t already gotten your wife and/or mother suitable plant gifts, I think your time is better spent cooking and/or cleaning :)

Happy Mother’s Day