Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Nationalise the lot?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Well then, the private sector triumphs again eh? National Express, the same people that have a near monopoly on buses in the West Midlands, have pulled out of running the East Coast Main Line, as they’re not prying enough money from passengers, and the passengers aren’t happy either. Ticket prices are high, the service is […]


Old Energy

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

I’ve found myself getting wound up by Age Concern raising issues with fuel pricing and help for pensioners. Not because I think they are wrong, I hasten to add, but because they say that pensioners often can’t get the best tariff, and they are campaigning for a ‘Social Tariff’. This is what annoys me. The […]


Good sense at Last?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

It’s some time since I ranted, and now there are calls to ban patio heaters, and remove standby from TVs. This makes good sense: while that standby mode of a good, modern TV doesn’t use a bit of power, fitting a proper, hard-wired off switch is a good idea that has little downside. As for […]


Power Up

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

LeeW (or should that be LeeH-W) these days has some scary stats on his power usage over at his blog. I know ours is much less overall (no fibre channel array here, just an IDE disk in a PC!), and I don’t run a server 24×7 anymore- the rather complicated, messy mail arrangment I use […]


International Superstar

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

I like rats. I’ve liked rats for ages, even the Durex-Eared puppet rat, so any news involving them intereests me: I still have a press cutting from some years ago about ‘Ratty’ the rat, who had been trained to crawl through cable ducts dragging cable behind him, and now, we have the (environmentally freindly) Rat […]


Woo and Yay

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

The DVD Writer has been exchanged for a new one, and is now happily burning a dual-layer disc, and I have a shiny new Cisco router to play with. I have a feeling it will take a while to get it to successfully replace the IPCop Linux PC-based firewall, 3com access point, and hub, but […]


How many Australians…..

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

…does it take to change a light bulb? Foux! There to eat lemons, Axe Gravy soup. Ooops, wrong joke. Australia is planning to outlaw the sale of incandescent light bulbs as a gesture towards cutting energy use. California is hoping too as well. They’re actually a pretty scandalous waste of energy, as in terms of […]


More Power Saving

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I made the first step towards power saving for my computers a while ago when I moved the blog to a shared linux virtual machine in the states a while ago (rather than hosting it on an old PII here), and now I’ve made another step. LeeW demonstrated that a Mini-ITX low-power PC wasn’t worth […]


cheaper than water

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Our driver into NYC said what we all knew already…Americans dont care about mpg or pollution, and will carry on driving large, innefficient cars as fuel is so cheap here.


Oh Fuck It

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

I’ll admit it. The Countrie Bumpkin has got to me. I had to order some stuff from Screwfix the other day (primarily disposable seat covers for the car, as the seats are an insanely pale grey, but I also bought a truckload of low energy bulbs with ES fittings, without having to suffer Ikea). I […]