Green and orange soup


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Local Meopham Valley Sparkling Rose


I was given a bottle of local Meopham Valley sparkling rose this weekend.  Pleasantly surprised that it is a very nice tipple indeed.  A fizzy zing with a subtle taste of peaches.  Parents described it as very quaffable.

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Hunting and gathering


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London Double Header 2011


The London Double Header at Twickenham on Saturday 3rd September 2011. London Irish v Harlequins and Saracens v London Wasps. 

It was success to the away teams with London Irish losing out to Harlequins 24 – 29 and London Wasps edging last years champions Saracens 15 – 20.

A great day out with my nephews and brother-in-law and the results were possibly the opposite of the expected form from the end of last season.

Full marks to Riki Flutey for signing autographs.

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Courgette time


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Google and Microsoft leave the energy monitoring space


So Google and Microsoft have both pulled out of the internet of things, what with PowerMeter retiring and the hohm discontinuation respectively.

It doesn’t surprise me that both Google and Microsoft have pulled out of the energy graphing space.  It was a small team at Google carrying the PowerMeter mantle and Microsoft never became available outside of the US.  Not a serious play in the energy monitoring space by either parties.  But also ahead of the curve in terms of the mass adoption that both were hoping to see quickly. 

Energy monitoring is still not mainstream.  We are some way away from a mainstream energy monitoring norm.  If only Google and Microsoft had entered the space in a years’ time.

However, one thing that I believe has grown out of the PowerMeter experience is the Android Open Accessory Development Kit based on Arduino.  Targeted towards hardware hackers, it leaves Google with a speculative little toe in the Internet of Things. 

I think that both Google and Microsoft have learnt a lot from their forays into energy graphing.  I expect to see them hit the ball out of the park in the future when energy monitoring is mainstream.