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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Electric Power and GE Energy, a business unit of General Electric , will pursue the development, integration and deployment of advanced energy delivery infrastructure and metering technologies in an agreement that will enhance the consumer's ability to control and reduce electricity costs as well as improve the overall efficiency of electricity use. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding and are continuing discussions to reach a definitive agreement to develop technology platforms and programs that will transform how electricity is delivered to -- and used by -- consumers. The AEP-GE initiative "is the first in the industry to address the full energy pathway from the power plant to the home," said Michael G. Morris, AEP's chairman, president and chief executive officer. AEP will deploy advan... (more)

Preachers Coffee Inc. Announces Joint Venture Agreement With Modern Energy Corp. With Preachers' Agricultural Development Interest in the Philippines

TAMPA, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 09/08/09 -- Preachers Coffee, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: PRCF) (PINKSHEETS: PCIO) and MODERN ENERGY CORP. (PINKSHEETS: MDRG) and (FRANKFURT: ME2C) announced the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement on the Technical Management and Operating Contract of a 36,103 Acres of Agricultural and Forest Land which is under a Community-Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA) of the Government of the Philippines, in partnership with the Manobo Indigenous Community Cooperative on Mindanao island in the Philippines. The Joint Venture Agreement has a 25 Year CBFMA Contract and an indefinite extension since it was appropriated in an Ancestral Domain Land Management for the Manobo Indigenous Communities. The Manobo Indigenous Communities has the Ancestral Domain Rights to the land and their Community Cooperative was for purposes of Agricultural and Forest Managem... (more)

Honeywell Reports Third Quarter Sales of $7.7 Billion

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced third quarter 2009 sales of $7.7 billion, in line with expectations, versus $9.3 billion in the third quarter last year. Earnings were $0.80 per share compared to $0.97 per share in the third quarter of 2008. Third quarter 2009 EPS included the positive impact of lower than expected tax expense in the quarter of approximately $0.04, which the company expects to be offset on a full-year basis by a higher income tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2009. Cash flow from operations was $1,148 million versus $769 million last year, and free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) was $1,022 million versus $556 million in the third quarter of 2008. "Honeywell is positioning its businesses for long-term growth by continuing to invest in new products and services, geographic expansion, and key process initiatives,"... (more)

Green IT, Green Gap, Tiered Energy and Green Myths

Green Technology Journal on Ulitzer There are many different aspects of Green IT along with several myths or misperceptions not to mention missed opportunities. There is a Green Gap or disconnect between environmentally aware, focused messaging and core IT data center issues. For example, when I ask IT professionals whether they have or are under direction to implement green IT initiatives, the number averages in the 10-15% range. However, when I ask the same audiences who has or sees power, cooling, floor space, supporting growth, or addressing environmental health and safety (EHS) related issues, the average is 75 to 90%. What this means is a disconnect between what is perceived as being green and opportunities for IT organizations to make improvements from an economic and efficiency standpoint including boosting productivity. Some IT Data Center Green Myths Is Gr... (more)

Bravo, Google!

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 205 1171 Farata 9 2 1438 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Many years ago when I wanted to leave computer business and purchase a gas station, a friend of mine who was in fuel business said, “You know nothing about gasoline. Stay where you are. Keep doing what you’re doing, just do it a little better than others”. Believe it or not – this simple advice really works, and I had a chance to see it in action today. Let me ask you this, “Can you come up with any innovation for the time interval between the moment you pressed the button Send in your email client and the moment when the send process actually begins”? No? And Microsoft couldn’t, even though MS Outlook is probably still the most popular email client. But Google found a way to use this time interval “a little better than others”. Today, I was sending an email using my gmail acc... (more)

Gregs StorageIO Out and About Update

With the 2010 summer solstice having occurred in the northern hemisphere that means it is time for a quick out and about update. It has been a busy winter and spring in the office, on the road as well as at home. Some results of this recent activity have appeared in blog, on my web site as well as via other sites and venues. For example, activity or content ranges from Industry Trends and Perspectives white papers, reports, blogs, newsletter commentary, interviews, Internet TV, videos, web cast, pod casts (including several appearances on StorageMonkeys Infosmack as well as Rich Brambleys Virtumania), ask the expert (ATE) questions, twitter tweets, tips and columns. Then there were the many in person presentations, key note and seminar events, conferences, briefing sessions along with virtual conferencing and advisory consulting sessions (read and see more here). ... (more)

R Gains Momentum

In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. The FDA goes on the record that it's OK to use R for drug trials. A review of talks at the useR! 2012 conference. Using the negative binomial distribution to convert monthly fecundity into the chances of having a baby in a given time period. Some benchmarks and a video demonstration of big-data Tweedie models with Revolution R Enterprise. Why Orbitz's R-based models present more expensive hotels to Mac users. How to convert a rugby score to an equivalent soccer score, with GAMs. Performance improvements in R 2.15.1. David Smith talks about R for data science in a DM Radio podcast. CIO magazine says R is a Big Data open source technology to watch. Birthday probabilities aren't uniform. US census data analysis reveals unlikely days to be born, as a calendar heatmap based on simulation () a... (more)

Silicon Valley Leaders Seek to Reduce U.S. Dependence on Oil

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, more than 200 CEOs, academics, policymakers, community and business leaders will convene at Novellus Systems in San Jose to discuss ways to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil -- turning ideas into action. Hosted by Novellus and in partnership with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), the CEO summit is a result of the overwhelming positive response to an Open Letter authored by Novellus' President Sass Somekh. The letter highlights the threats to the stability of the business environment, as well as national security, and calls upon Congress to embark immediately upon an effort to dramatically reduce the nation's dependence on imported oil by adopting new policies, including researching and supporting various forms of alternative energy. More than 30 of Silicon Valley's top CEOs hav... (more)

Toyota Brings 'Highway to the Future: Mobile Hybrid Experience' to the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota is bringing its nationwide tour called "Highway to the Future: Mobile Hybrid Experience," to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa on August 9-19, 2007. The tour is designed to provide consumers with a firsthand opportunity to experience automotive hybrid technology. The tour, which will run 18 months, debuted Jan. 11, 2007 at the San Jose International Auto Show and is traveling to more than 150 events throughout the country. Consumers will have an opportunity to test Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system and learn about hybrid technology through a number of interactive educational exhibits. "Most people have heard of hybrid technology and probably have a vague idea of how it works, but few have actually driven a hybrid and or taken an up-close look at its operation," said Keith Dahl, Toyota's National Engagement M... (more)

Western Voters Overwhelmingly Concerned About Future Gas Prices Support Immediate Action to Reduce Oil Dependency and Global Warming Emissions, Survey Finds

SAN DIEGO, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An overwhelming majority of voters in seven Western states are concerned that gas prices will continue to rise unless urgent action is taken to reduce oil consumption and global warming emissions, according to a survey released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) presented today at the last public stakeholder meeting of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) in San Diego, CA. The poll results reveal strong voter demand for aggressive policies by the WCI to reduce transportation emissions. Large majorities support state action to reduce global warming pollution by requiring automakers to produce more efficient cars that pollute less and use less gasoline (88 percent) and oil companies to make cleaner fuels (81 percent). Even if the price of gasoline drops in the short term, 95 percent of voters surveyed in Arizona, C... (more)

BP and Verenium Announce Significant Partnership to Accelerate the Commercialization of Cellulosic Ethanol

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BP and Verenium Corporation (Nasdaq: VRNM) today announced the creation of a strategic partnership to accelerate the development and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. The partnership combines a broad technology platform and operational capabilities in an effort to advance the development of a portfolio of low-cost, environmentally sound cellulosic ethanol production facilities in the United States, and potentially throughout the world. Under the initial phase of the strategic alliance, Verenium is to receive $90 million in total funding from BP over the next 18 months for rights to current and future technology held within the partnership. "We are very excited and proud to be partnering with BP, a world leader in both the traditional and alternative energy industries that shares our commitment and vision to ... (more)