Energy Information

Jono and then Graeme pointed me at Google’s energy information project, which looks very much like something I’d be interested in.

Specifically I was wondering if it was possible to take the data from something like Wattson and using some heuristics or some kind of Fourier analysis to detect what appliances were consuming electricity. And better still, compare that against what’s possible and, perhaps in some cases, suggest it’s time to dump that highly inefficient model of refrigerator and replace it with a new one 🙂

But anyway… I don’t know what Google are doing, but take a look at the graphs they want to produce. They looks useful to me.

Graeme also pointed me at HomeCamp: it’s a hack day/unconference, around the theme of energy monitoring.

Gates vs. Jobs

Justing thinking: although I’m a MacOS X fanatic, and officially dispassionate with respect to Windows (unofficially I’d use a stronger word), Bill Gates could turn out to be the bigger geek hero in the long run. What? I just mean the stuff he’s doing now has all the promise of turning out to be monumental.

Of course, maybe not enough to undo all suffering his company has caused. Time to go re-watch that Gates vs. Jobs video