Just finished adding the last few finishing touches to the new Bonita Vista High School’s PTSA web site. BVHS-Site Demo Check it out at: http://murocdata.com/wordpress Next we’ll create their own domain name (BVHS-PTSA.org and then teach the PTSA officers how to maintain and update their new presence on the web. We are hoping that it brings a new communication method to the parents, students and BVHS community. Let me know your thoughts. Mike
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09/12/2010: Blog upgraded to WordPress I was up at 4:30 AM. I spent an hour (or two) on iTunes updating my iPad apps and adding new junk to keep me entertained. By 11:30AM or so, I had finished washing the car inside and out. A quick break for breakfast and a shower and then back at it again. I had not waxed the bimmer in several months and it was well over due. Three hours later and it’s finally done. I felt like Daniel-son in the movie The Karate Kid (1984). . . . wax on, wax off, wax-on, wax-off. Somewhat bored and nothing pressing, I got the bug to update my blog on the Corum Family web site…. Again! I had used WordPress a few years back and never really got the hang of it. I recently found this cool looking skin, “Choco” that makes the site look like a leather binder (this is what you are seeing now). Well, 15-minutes later–it’s installed and ready for editing. Now to figure out how to move all of the old stuff over. Looks like it will have to be a manual job. YUCK! It looks like I have my evening picked out for myself. Does this sound like an exciting Sunday or what?
06/18/2010: TED 5002 Arrived TED is a home energy monitoring system. You can monitor specific circuits, just portions of the house or the entire energy usage at one big view. I researched various systems and settled on the TED (The Energy Detective) due to its high user rating and that they just received approval from Google to start publishing data on Googles’ PowerMeter interface. Our average gas & electrical bill was running around $190 @ month and kept increasing a little each and every month on a steady basis. I purchased the TED 5002-C model that comes with dual clamps so I could monitor two individual circuits and move the clamps around for various readings throughout the house. The system is very slick and works as advertised. Yea, it has a few minor quarks but overall it has worked well and provides some solid insight into power usage. I quickly discovered we left the lights on in the garage way too often; the living room plasma TV sucks up 500 watts and the wall warts don’t really eat up that much power in comparison to the big picture. I also discovered that our Koi pond, which runs two filter pumps 24×7 used up 40% of our electrical usage. With a few changes (and ripping out the Koi pond) we’ve reduced our bill to $93 in August and $96 in September. The numbers are now automatically fed to our iGoogle page and I’m looking into some solar panels for how it might fit into the house and backyard for further savings. See more info and photos on my tech page here.
03/01/2010: Ocean View Hills Community Web Site is born I wanted a place to publish all of the weather info I was acumulating from my new system, as well as, a place to put up information about our small little community ‘Ocean View Hills’. Besides the weather info, I offer traffic report info, Emergency Preparedness Guide, Ocean View Hills crime information (acquired from ARJIS) and other tid bits of info. It’s taken some time to get my little pet project up and running but I finally got it enought shape to publish. The OVH site and weather info link is here
02/15/2010: Davis Weather Station Install No sure what really got me started into thinking about a dedicated weather station here at the house. It may have been work or some other external force telling me I needed a new tech toy to play with. There are a lot of weather systems from cheap $100 systems that only seem to last a year or two and then the more quality simi professional systems that run $500-$1000 (and up) that has all the bells and whisles and provides accurate information. After a ton of reviews and reading lots of news groups, I went with the Davis Vantage Pro system. The system feeds data to my Windows Home Server and then creates graphs and data feeds for a community web site I manage (http://www.murocdata.com/ovh/ovh-wx.htm). Check out the site and my weather info.