Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Hopefully the change will be interesting.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
When you open this up, you are greeted with smaller boxes for the three main modules and a set of installation instructions:
Unless you are pretty comfortable with the electrical system in your house, the included installation instructions won't be very helpful. The paperwork suggests you refer to the more detailed instructions on the included CD. That's probably a good idea.
To install the MTU you'll need a good flat-head insulated screw-driver. I also recommend removing all jewellery (including rings), wearing good rubber-soled shoes, and if you have them, a pair of good rubber gloves. There is a lot of juice flowing in your panel and you don't want anything going wrong here.
First you'll want to hook up the power harness for the MTU. This is a wiring bundle with a red, black and white wire. Find a circuit breaker that isn't driving a lot of electronics equipment (hallway lights, bathrooms, etc) and screw down the black to black, and red to red, on that breaker. It is critical you get this right.
Now you've got a power supply for the MTU. The next step is to install the sensors around your mains. These are the two main power leads coming into your box. In my home the come up from the bottom of the box. While in others they down from the top.
Now that you've got the wiring harnesses in place, you need to connect them to the MTU and then find a good spot to place it. I just left mine sitting in the bottom of my box.
The gateway is a singularly uninteresting device on the outside. You plug it into the wall somewhere and then run a cable from the top of the device to your Ethernet router. That's it. But in those few steps a remarkable number of things are happening.
At this point you could stop if you wanted to. You now have power being measured at your power box, and being received and displayed on your local network. To see the results, just point your web browser at the IP address assigned to the TED gateway (TED includes a small program that helps you find this address if you don't know it.)
There are even a number of iPhone applications that can display this information on your iPhone or iTouch device.
A few years ago this device would have looked incredibly high-tech. But these days with all the iPhone and iTouch devices around, the TED display looks pretty boring. But boring or not, it does contain all the information you would want and it's very easy to read.
Pressing the big button on the front rotates through various displays showing your real-time usage, daily power cost, monthly cost, predicted monthly bill and a few other options.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I am writing a book.
This book is about being an effective Software Development Manager. It’s not about how to follow a particular process. It’s not about how to build great teams. It’s not about how to estimate and schedule better. It’s not even about being a good Team Lead. There are already great books about those things and I’m happy to let them be. Instead, this book is about the hundreds of tiny things that make success in the role of a Software Development Manager so unique.
I am writing this book online, and you can follow my progress, provide feedback, and suggest ideas. Please visit the Leading Software blog to get involved.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
GenoLogics has no specific desire or reason to make IT a core-competency. In fact, the less effort we focus on IT skills the more effort we can direct elsewhere. What could we do if we chose to push as many of our IT needs as possible into the cloud?
- Migrate away from MS Exchange to Google Apps.
- Adopt a self-serve policy as much as possible for IT issues, backed up with good internal documentation.
- Migrate away from a grab-bag of MS Server file shares and scattered NAS devices to a single, very large, NAS server in the center of our network.
- Get rid of as much Cisco networking as we could and switch to Sonicwall, which is easier to configure and manage.
- Switch our VPN from Cisco to Sonicwall.
- Combine all our various WiFi access points into a single WiFi fabric controlled by Sonicwall.
- Migrate all other required services from MS Server to Linux (DNS, LDAP, etc).
- Ditch using MS Server to manage our printers and have people print to them directly.
- Migrate our in-house Atlassian software suite to the externally hosted Jira Studio service.
- Convert dozens of QA and build machines to a small cluster of powerful VM servers.
- Take all machines out of our MS Domain and shutdown the MS Servers entirely.
- Integrate authentication between Google, Jira Studio, and our internal LDAP server.