Thursday, October 5, 2017

Telecom, Cloud Services and Green Finance — Five Questions with Reed Hundt

This article is part of a series of insights from leading smart-grid, clean-energy, and utility experts speaking at gridCONNEXT 2017 in Washington DC, December 4-6. Questions asked by Clean Edge managing director and gridCONNEXT co-chair Ron Pernick.

Ron Pernick: While you were the chairman of the FCC, President Bill Clinton signed the 1996 Telecommunications Act into law (more than a decade after the breakup of AT&T). While the telecom industry and electricity sectors have their differences, in your experience, what lessons might today’s energy sector learn from earlier telecom deregulation?

Reed Hundt: Electricity is the only sector that lacks a national funding plan for low-income and high-cost customers. That’s something Congress should fix; states should not be on their own in this respect. In addition, all states should be obliged to open their markets fairly to DER installations. The variation and in some cases closure of markets harms jobs, hurts consumers, and decreases investment.

Pernick: I know dozens of other people, like you, who have transitioned from telecom and/or the internet to the clean-energy sectors (myself included). Any sense of what might be behind this seemingly natural affiliation/transition?

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Hundt: Both sectors are regulated similarly at the state level. Both involve EMFs over distribution networks that have monopoly characteristics. Both are the essential platforms for modern life.

Pernick: The Trump Administration is pushing for a strategy that rewards “baseload” sources like coal and nuclear over renewables. What’s your take on this approach?

Hundt: Backward looking.

Pernick: 4G, 5G, and cloud services are poised to reinvent the way we do many different things. What impact do you believe these telecom innovations will have on the grid of the future (from smart meters to EVs)?

Hundt: In particular, 5G is the likely version of wireless for self-driving cars, one of which I was in (you don’t say ‘drove’) two weeks ago. Way cool. States and municipalities need to plan now to construct the networks that will facilitate huge savings from avoided crashes and from reorganizing all traffic patterns. Think: no more stop signs or stop lights…really!

Now if one million self-driving cars in California were used as shared vehicles (like Lyft or taxis) – and why wouldn’t they be used that way – then they would account for one half of all driven miles per year. The result would be an increase of 8% in revenue from the sale of electricity. That money would make utility shareholders pretty happy, and would support the necessary investments in upgrading the distribution networks.

Pernick: At the Coalition for Green Capital you've been leading the charge towards the financing of clean energy through vehicles like green banks. How might these financing structures (and perhaps other similar financing tools) be used to build out smart grid infrastructure?

Hundt: There needs to be, and there is emerging, a consortium of local and state green banks, with our Coalition as an organizer, and money center funders like the New York Green Bank, I hope, as wholesale finance providers. Smart grids are one of the major platforms that this consortium should offer to finance. Low cost finance mean upgrades in platforms without punishing consumers by inflicting higher rates on them.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Teardown Tuesday: Bluetooth Battery Charger

About the Charger

This Esyb E4 4-battery charger ( for example: MOULTRIE 6V BATTERY CHARGER ) was purchased by AllAboutCircuits for this teardown. It features Bluetooth connectivity and an LCD screen that provides users feedback about battery state-of-charge and battery type.

Remove the four thermoplastic case screws hidden beneath the rubber pads on the bottom of the case. Then, carefully separate the two halves of the case. Detach the four compression springs from the upper half of the case and remove the two visible thermoplastic screws that secure the circuit board. Carefully lift the circuit board enough to allow you to loosen the flexible flat cable (FFC) and discrete wire connector on the reverse side of the circuit board. Remove the flexible flat cable connected to the circuit board and then lift the circuit board free of the case.
What's Inside?

A single internal circuit board holds all charging circuitry and is given Bluetooth communications capabilities with a module based on (1) Texas Instruments CC2541 System on Chip acting as a network processor. A (2) Sinowealth SH88F6161U is the central microprocessor that interfaces with other controller circuitry and the liquid crystal display (LCD not shown). The (3) Chipower CE8421 synchronous boost converter generates power for a USB charge port at the top of the circuit board. The (4) APM4953 and (5) 820862S1G work to charge and monitor individual cells.

HY-254101 V1 BLE Module (Yellow)

This is a Bluetooth low energy module built around the Texas Instruments CC2541 SoC IC. The module holds support circuitry for the chip and a 2.4 GHz antenna.

The CC2541 combines an enhanced 8051 microprocessor with an RF transceiver to create an ultra low power device that communicates with smartphones with the BluetoothLE protocol. With another microcontroller present in the charger, the CC2541 is likely configured as a network processor—a configuration where it remains responsible for wireless data transmission and timing. A network processor configuration communicates with the external MCU via SPI/I²C/UART.

SH88F6161U (Orange)

This enhanced 8051 microcontroller based design has native support for LCD screens as well as all of the standard peripherals that are so common these days: USB, I²C, etc... It is responsible for BluetoothLE communication as well as maintaining the LCD display and controlling the charging circuitry

CE8421 (Purple)

This 5A, 500KHz synchronous boost converter produces output voltages in the range of 1.8 V to 5.25 V. It is used in this circuit to provide a separate constant voltage source for the USB Type A receptacle at the back of the device.

APM4953 (Blue)

Each of these two ICs contains two p-channel enhancement-mode MOSFETs located on a perforated part of the circuit board between two inductors and in close proximity to several rectifier diodes. These components are electrically tied to the IC labeled 8208 62S1G (Red, 5) and likely act as support circuitry for these unidentified integrated circuits.


The designers of this circuit managed to squeeze five inductive-based charge circuits and several integrated circuits in close proximity to an unshielded 2.4 GHz BLE transceiver to create an easy to use four battery charger with smartphone connectivity. If any readers out there can identify the component labeled 8208 62S1G, please let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Amazon Fire TV Stick review: Getting what you paid for

While Amazon first launched the Amazon Fire Stick Kodi in late 2014, it almost felt too good to be correct.

The thumb-sized system guaranteed more energy than the latest Roku field along with a greater software choice than Apple TV at significantly less than half the price tag on both. It had been a little pricier than Google’s Chromecast dongle, however, it was able to add an appropriate remote control and on-screen interface. Despite some early release pests and quirks, it had been an effective way to generate your TV smarter on the inexpensive.

Cut to 2016, as well as the competitiveness has gotten harder. Roku has renewed its whole electronics point, like the new Streaming Stay, making everything much faster. Although Chromecast has just viewed minor equipment improvements, the rural free approach has granted it to remain the check of time in virtually any family area.

Meanwhile, the occasion hasn’t been kind to the Amazon Fire Stick Kodi Stay ($40, or $50 with speech distant. On Amazon and elsewhere). Though a lot of its preliminary complications have fixed, it no longer looks well-equipped to take care of contemporary leading providers. At best, it’s a cheap way to Amazon Excellent movie on your TV, however, it desperately needs a hardware refresh.

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Perfect priorities

Especially else, the Amazon Fire Stick Kodi thinks enhanced for watching Amazon Prime movies. Unlike other media streamers, Fire TV gadgets don’t have a devoted Amazon software. Instead, Amazon films are straight inserted on the house screen and are generally on the list of leading leads to search. As a result of this—ahem—prime place, you’ll probably get sucked into enjoying a lot of Amazon material.

When compared with the Amazon Fire Stick with Kodi set top package, the Amazon Fire Stick jailbroken for sale intensifies this impact. Bouncing into Amazon information feels without headaches, but accessing different apps feels tiresome because the processor is slower. Click down to the Programs segment, for example, and you’ll likely need to wait a few seconds before everything loads.


Utilizing those third-party programs may be much more frustrating. Processor-intensive applications such as Throw TV and PlayStation Vue may take more than 10 seconds to heap, when period the Amazon Fire Stick jailbroken may address one to a clear screen. In these occasions, you may surprise if the device has damaged. Conversation within applications may be gradual also, with items of stutter and lag that total up to stress over time. (Tubi.TV is really a particularly egregious instance, as its efforts to load cover art alongside each video makes the Fire TV Stay freeze-up with every press of the directional pad.)

One other performance issue: The Amazon Fire Stick hack only handles video at 30 frames per second, therefore you don’t get smooth activity in sports programming from PlayStation Vue and MLB.TV. Google’s Chromecast and Roku’s Streaming Stick have no issue promoting the 60-frames-per-second video.

Trying to find software support

Since the last drop, Amazon has included a voice remote together with the Amazon Fire Stick unlocked for $10 more than the typical package. It’s an alternative worth getting, only if since the style remote’s contoured design is tougher and much more comfortable than the common remote. Voice search can also be ideal for navigating Amazon’s substantial list of shows, films, and audio.

Just like the key program, however, the success of voice search quickly tapers down when you’re not eating Amazon content. Amazon’s product page for your Amazon Fire Stick fully loaded Stay listings Hulu, Vevo, HBO Today, HGTV, and Showtime as dealing with voice research; I’ve also had a chance with HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, and Crackle. Still, there’s no help from Netflix, the vast majority of Television Everywhere apps, or lesser-known apps like SnagFilms. Other devices such as Roku and Apple TV have jumped ahead in obtaining third-parties on board.

The Amazon Fire Stick free channel search record for Veep obscures the fact that HBO Move provides symptoms liberated to cable customers.
Even though voice research does help a third party application, this truth is typically hidden behind a “More Approaches To Watch” button, while rental and get possibilities are promoted up front. This indicates Amazon is more interested in selling its on-demand sales and subscribers than telling consumers about perhaps free choices.

Talking about Amazon services, the Amazon Fire Stick Kodi style rural does have one popular key: you should use it to summon Alexa, precisely the same digital helper that lives inside Amazon’s Echo speakers. Through Alexa, you are able to ask questions, manage your smart-home gadgets, play audio from loading options like Pandora, and order material from Amazon. It doesn’t experience quite as marvelous because of the Match with no hands-free component, but it’s nice to be able to verify a Prime order and see the entire box score of a baseball game on the silver screen.

Should anyone purchase the Amazon Fire Stick Kodi Stay? Maybe, if you’re seeking to commit less than possible for the very best encounter with Amazon Prime Movie. Simply keep in mind that the Amazon Fire Stick jailbrokent with Kodi set-top pack is actually an even more quickly and more capable product. It’ll charge more up front, but won’t be screaming for substitution any time in the future.

Around the cheaper part, the new Roku Streaming Stay (type 3600R) can be a greater all-around decision. Not each of its programs is as rather as their Amazon Fire Stick for sale alternatives, but they’re less prone to effectiveness hangups. Google’s Chromecast can be a great alternative too, provided you’re very happy to use your phone, tablet, or laptop because of the remote control. Because every one of the app navigation happens over an extra display, performance is likely a non-issue, plus it just gets better while you update to newer and faster telephones.

Amazon will probably release a new type of the Amazon Fire Stick Kodi Stay later this season. The current product is approaching two years old—the same age at which Amazon renewed its $100 Amazon Fire Stick Kodi set to field a year ago. The Amazon Fire Stick Kodi Stay was an item in 2014, however now it seems ill-equipped for the increasingly advanced state of streaming video.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Generating Stubs with Paystubs!

paystub generator

There are lots of test paystubs on the web. A specific organization might usually follow a continuing routine of those paystubs. This really is to improve the procedure capability of the paperwork. When the paystubs are simple to study and comprehend next this makes the task of the book-keeper or even the cpa simpler. This can additionally ensure that each depth of the pay-check of the worker is well-defined. You need to ensure that you've a comprehensive understanding of the paystub generator. The reason being anyone perform difficult for the income and at the conclusion of your day you need to ensure that you receive that which you deserve. To ensure of the reality these paystubs can help you to determine wherever your spend is certainly going and wherever anyone spend is originating from.

You will find a variety of businesses that utilize these paystubs. These vary from smaller businesses to large-scale sectors. This just keeps monitoring of all of the cash that's likely to the workers. Any conflicts on the floor of spend could be solved quicker using the assist of those test paystubs. This can additionally create the procedure of any paperwork simpler when there is an over-all routine that's adopted.

There are lots of paycheck themes that may be used in an office. These platforms must retain the fundamental info of the worker such as the title of the worker and his name etc. following this his fundamental income must certanly be described and then must come the breaks towards the income reason for taxes along with other problems or inclusion to his income because of reward yet others. Lastly the major quantity that needs to be directed at the worker must certanly be described at the conclusion. Treatment must certanly be obtained to ensure that this bit of doc doesn't include imprecise info and most info must certanly be succinct and exact.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

50 Ways to Make Your Business Greener This Year

If one of your 2017 resolutions is to make your business greener, you’re in luck. There’s no shortage of ways you can improve your business practices to help the environment. And as a bonus, many of these improvements can also save your business some money. Here are 50 different ways you can make your business greener in the new year.

Ways to Be Greener at Work
Utilize Natural Light

Whether you work in a traditional office, at home or another setting, access to natural light can help you conserve energy. Make sure you have windows that are unobstructed so you can use less artificial light and heat.

Friday, March 17, 2017

How and Why Your Small Business Should Be Recycling Ink Cartridges

If you do any printing at your small business, then you likely have some old ink cartridges lying around. In some cases, you may be able to refill those cartridges a couple of times to get the most out of them. But it’s possible that refilling cartridges can have a negative impact on print quality. Luckily, there’s another option.

Whether you choose to refill your old ink cartridges or not, you can (and should) recycle them as well. There are a few different ways you can go about doing this. And there are also several potential benefits for your business. Read on for more about how and why you should recycle all those old ink cartridges at your office.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why Recycle? Here are 6 Small Business Benefits

If your business isn’t recycling, you could be missing out on a lot of benefits. It’s not just about helping the environment. There are some real, tangible benefits for businesses that recycle all different types of items in the workplace. Here are some reasons why your business should be recycling everything it can.

Why Recycle?
Lower Waste Costs

Recycling isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s actually something that can help your business’s bottom line.

If you recycle things like cans, glass, paper and other materials, that means there’s less going into those waste bins and dumpsters every week. And since your business likely pays some type of waste management fee, you can potentially save on those bills by producing less waste.

If you create a recycling program and track your results to show that you’re producing less waste, you can potentially work with your waste management service to negotiate a lower fee, saving your business money in the long run.

Telecom, Cloud Services and Green Finance — Five Questions with Reed Hundt

This article is part of a series of insights from leading smart-grid, clean-energy, and utility experts speaking at gridCONNEXT 2017 in Wash...