May 26, 2014
Google recently announced their so-called Little Box Challenge, a $1 million prize to develop the next generation of power inverters. If you want to know what power inverter is, here is the basics. Unfortunately, they did not provide any technical details on what exactly they are looking for. The referred website http://www.littleboxchallenge.com/ as of today provides zero useful info either. Hopefully, they will clarify the competition shortly.
May 23, 2014
Here is another reason to look for a permanently installed standby generator- a portable one can easily be stolen. Here is a video on how two guys took a 300-lb device. By the way, in Louisiana, flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are exempt from the state sales tax this weekend. They give Louisiana residents a chance to get ready for storm season before the Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1.