Making Your Own Solar Panels?

Solar energy isn’t that efficient according to the information I’d read all over the web!  Although, today solar technology might allow solar cells to be efficient much more than before, around 40% efficiency, but honestly 40% efficiency isn’t yet efficient enough for people who want to get off the grid, I think!  Since I’m so new to solar technology and have no experience with the technology itself, my information isn’t that accurate, and so you have been warned!  To put that in another way, you should do your own research.

Anyhow, it’s totally easy for people to find information on how to create their own solar panels by sifting through YouTube for videos that show you how to do just that!  I’d watched couple YouTube’s videos that show you how to create your own solar panels, and I think it’s totally doable for you and I.  Here I post couple videos on how to create your own solar panels, and hopefully you might be inspired enough by the videos to start your very own solar panels.  Check out them videos right after the break!

According to the videos above, it’s relatively simple to make homemade solar panels, but how do we wire them to our houses?  I guess, I’m going to be on a lookout for excellent videos on the web that will show us how to do just that!  If you know any great video on wiring solar panels to a house, please let me know in the comments.  Thanks…

In conclusion, as long you have necessary tools and equipments and parts, it’s relatively easy to create your own solar panels.  Nonetheless, creating your own solar panels is only the very first step of trying to go green, because you still have to know how to wire homemade solar panels to your house so you can actually go green.  I don’t think at this point in time, solar technology is that affordable yet, and so we cannot actually think in term of saving money with solar technology, unless I’m wrong.  Please point it out in the comments!  Thanks…  Also, sometimes having a professional who knows how to install homemade solar panels and wire them to your house is a better option, since wiring electrical wires and so on isn’t for the faint of heart.  Considering that electrical safety must be the top priority when trying to install solar panels to your own house, because you won’t be able to go green and enjoy saving money if you have to pay hospital bills, right?

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Scientists Create Primitive Prototype Of Brain!

Artificial intelligence is a holy grail to scientists, because it’s something that allows humans to create machines in their images.  What if humans suddenly possess the knowledge of knowing how to create real intelligence artificially, but they skip the machine altogether and depend on chemicals such as Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) for their artificial intelligence?  In a way, as if humans have the knowledge of how to create real brain, but only through artificial means.  Can we really discern what is natural and real and what is not natural and artificial anymore?  In due time, I think the word artificial will hold less meaning but rather be a categorical label to discern the primitive processes of natural creations versus what aren’t so!

To what benefits we will gain from artificial intelligence?  Even if we can use artificial intelligence to repair a person’s damage brain, we still have to wonder if such a person is that very same person.  Artificial intelligence might be used for military purposes, because once artificial intelligence can be produced in massive scale, it’s obviously cheap to rely on artificial intelligence than to rely on real intelligence in various conditions and circumstances.  Of course, artificial intelligence can be used in constructive ways such as helping to automate tasks for the creators (i.e., humans) in endless ways.  Perhaps, artificial intelligence can be used in ways that we do not come to grasp yet, because it’s still closer to science fiction than reality, right?  Or perhaps, we are mistakenly thinking that artificial intelligence can only be created in a distant future!

What got me so philosophical about artificial intelligence?  It’s because of Engadget’s article “DNA-based artificial neural network is a primitive brain in a test tube (video).”  It’s astounding that there are scientists out there not only contemplating on creating science fiction a reality, but they’re experimenting with futuristic concepts through real experiments such as using strands of DNA to create primitive architecture of what could have been prototype of brain.  Perhaps prototype of human brain?  The videos right after the break will go into how these scientists from Caltech go about in experimenting and creating their primitive prototype of brain in a lab, with equipments, and I think you get the gist!

Source:  http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/30/dna-based-artificial-neural-network-is-a-primitive-brain-in-a-te/

Should We Or Should We Not Let Go Software Patent Protection Altogether?

To patent or not to patent?  This is the question each programmer must ask, because patent is like a double edge sword; one edge to kill and the other to cut harmless things.  Forbes’s “The Supreme Court Should Invalidate Software Patents” is one interesting article which makes me think deeply about software patent protection.  Of course, I’m nowhere well versed on this very topic, but I like to dabble with it anyway.

In my opinion, I’ve to admit the author of Forbes’s “The Supreme Court Should Invalidate Software Patents” article, Timothy B. Lee, is compelling in his argument as in how he is opposing why software patents are hampering software innovations.  Personally, I can see why software patents are bad!  Just imagine a low lonely software programmer will not be able to make money and may have to lose money since his newly software that he’d written not too long ago could infringe on someone else’s software patent.  Just that image alone can be adequately enough to paint the destructive power of software patents.

In fact, Timothy B. Lee thinks software patents are superflous since software most likely are protected with copyright protection/law.  I’ve to say he is right, because it does make a lot of sense for copyright to play the major part in making the decision who has the right to what software.  Unfortunately, even though I think Timothy B. Lee is right, but a voice in the back of my head has told me that software patents might not be that superflous.  So, in reality, it’s hard to put a definite decision on my part in supporting of the idea of letting go software patent protection.  Why?  Writing new software that allow users to use their computers and devices in new ways sound to me pretty much an invention.  So, by law, isn’t an invention can be protected by patent?

I’m just saying, it’s a controversial topic, and it’s hard to know who is right and who is wrong whether they are for or against the letting go of software patent protection.  Also, big companies who have patents that worth billions of dollars would probably hate to see software patent protection to be let go, unless I’m so wrong about these big corporations.  Anyhow, Forbes’s “The Supreme Court Should Invalidate Software Patents” article had made me put on my thinking hat; whether my thinking hat is worth any cent is totally irrelevant!  So, if you’re someone who has an interest in seeing something to be done to software patents, then you should too put on a thinking hat, right?

Source:  http://blogs.forbes.com/timothylee/2011/07/28/the-supreme-court-should-invalidate-software-patents/

Can Apps Take Down Google’s Search Engine?

Can apps hurt the future of Google search engine?  I doubt so, because apps are made for each specific platform.  Instead of each specific platform, Google’s search engine is just one click away to know everything.  Sure, there are apps out there that are attracting users like honey to bees, but those apps aren’t necessarily competing against Google’s search engine.  Even if an app wants to compete against Google, I doubt there is another app that can do a better job than Google’s search engine.

I don’t think there is such an app that can handle the data output/input/crawl (i.e., the whole world wide web) and has the algorithm which could beat Google’s search engine.  Talking about many data centers to be built just to support an app, and I don’t think there are that many players could spend crazy amount of money for that many data centers, unless we’re talking about Microsoft’s Bing, Facebook, Apple, and the likes!

OK, I think you get the point, but apparently someone out there who claims Google’s search engine is going to be destroyed by apps (i.e., from Apple’s App Store).  That person is Roger McNamee!  According to Cnet, Roger McNamee thinks Google’s search engine will be destroyed by many apps.  In my opinion, he is speaking of a hypothetical world, because in the real world — I think it will be otherwise.  In fact, I think apps will wane eventually, and everything apps will consolidate into practical and useful general platforms similar to Google’s search engine — but not in relation to search — but more of utilizing the style and simplistic approach similar to what Google’s search engine has possessed all along.

I like to surmise that many people don’t like the idea of locking into one particular vendor for practical solutions, and they might restrain from possessing too many devices from many vendors at once just to satisfy their high-tech lifestyle.  OK, you caught me redhanded, because the previous sentence does contradict to my belief that Google’s search engine is preferable way to go about doing a search rather than through apps, right?  Then again, Google’s search engine or even Microsoft’s Bing search is unique, because it’s free for users and open to everyone.  Nobody needs a platform to use Google’s search engine or Microsoft’s Bing search!  You only need a browser, Internet connection, and a device that allows the browser to work to use Google’s search engine or Microsoft’s Bing search.  I think you get the gist!

The trend of acquiring more apps only going to cost users more money than otherwise.  I don’t see this particular trend will be something people will flock to when large part of the world’s economy is not particular doing so well, and this is especially true for United States as we are trying to suppress the high percentage of unemployment.  Perhaps, the trend of having more apps the better will do much better in countries with growing economies, but we shall see.

So, in conclusion, my opinion is that I don’t think apps will be able to hurt Google, but it’s only an opinion nonetheless.  Nobody knows the future!  Perhaps, eccentric observation of Mr. Roger McNamee might come true, because the truth is that nobody knows the future!

Source:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-20085133-250/roger-mcnamee-apps-will-rescue-web-from-google/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

A Glimpse Of The Internet In The 90s Through A Short MTV Video Clip

Unless you came to this world after 1995, then you should know that we already had Internet in 1995, right?  OK, Internet was still so young in 1995 that many people in the 90s were still mulling over how cool the Internet could be.  For an example, MTV had a short video clip which described the Internet of the 90s, in the 90s style!  Check out this very video right after the break!

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/mtv-news-internet-1995-video_n_912638.html

Google Offers Free Content Delivery Network Page Speed Service

According to Ars Technica, Google is offering a Content Deliver Network service where web publishers (i.e., website owners) can utilize its Page Speed Service to speed up their websites.  This sounds as if Google is going after companies such as CloudFlare.  Nonetheless, CDN type of services is unique in a way that each network speaks for its own merit.  By that I mean it will be apparent which CDN is a better service and network than another since it’s all coming down to which CDN offers faster page load and is more reliable in term of delivering contents.

I still think CloudFlare is more interesting than Page Speed Service, because CloudFlare will allow SSL if users are willing to pay for its Pro service.  Also, CloudFlare promises to protect web publishers’ websites from spams and web vulnerabilities by blocking out known vulnerabilities’ signatures — perhaps they deploy an in-house application firewall to protect web publishers.

Of course, Google is a giant no matter which niche it wants to meddle with.  Plus, Google isn’t a joke when we’re talking about data and network, because only Google’s own network can deliver the results for Google’s search engine.  This is why CloudFlare is going to see Google is their biggest competitor, I think.  Still, as long Google isn’t going to offer additional services as CloudFlare has done so, then CloudFlare probably won’t see people jumping ship just yet.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2011/07/google-offers-web-devs-better-performance-with-page-optimising-cdn.ars?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+
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