June Report Card

Its mid year, and the kids half year reports have come home. I thought I’d share my own half year report on how I’m doing riding to work.  I’ve been riding to work for 4 and half years now, and each year I set myself a target of a percentage of work days that I aim to ride to work, and each year I’ve increased the target. This year my target is 75% and, it looks like I’ve set the bar way too low.


Winter Solstice 2013

In anticipation of the southern hemisphere winter solstice 2013 that will happen Friday this week, I thought I’d post a nice sun related graph.  This graph shows the average power generated by my rooftop photovoltaic solar panels over the course of two and a bit years. It’s interesting to see that despite some quite large week to week variations, the general trend is clearly in line with the seasons, with the peaks and troughs lining up with the summer and winter solstices.

Click on the image to get a larger view.



Logitech SetPoint and Microsoft SharePoint

I just solved a tricky SharePoint 2010 problem at work for a particular user who, whenever they clicked on a Microsoft Office document to open it, Internet Explorer would hang. Other documents such as PDF’s would open OK.

In the end I found that the problem was caused somehow by the Logitech SetPoint software that had been installed relating to the Logitech mouse that the user had. Uninstalling the SetPoint software made the problem go away.

Neologism or not?

In a computer/marketing related blog, I just came across the word “ideation”, which from the context was clear that it meant the process of forming ideas.  At first I thought it was just another one of those horrid neologisms that the the computer marketing types inflict on the world, but when I looked it up, the word “ideate” has actually been around since the 1600’s.

Obviously I’m going to have to reideate my prejudices on neologisms from now on.

Not so pure and natural

I was riding my bike to work today and was following a van from a company that delivers bottled water to homes and businesses. It strikes me as profoundly wrong that a gas guzzling C02 emitting van should be driving around the city delivering minute quantities of water when every building in the city has excellent quality drinking water available at the turn of a tap.  It’s doubly dissonant when the van in question is splattered with words like “pure” and “natural”.