[attach=right]13756[/attach]Portable gizmos that claim to charge your cellphone or iPod on the move are two a penny these days. Solar powered portable charging gizmos are not such a common sight, it has to be said, especially if we are talking about ones that actually work. Which is why I was excited at the prospect of having a real world out in the field play with the [URL="http://www.solartechnology.co.uk"]Freeloader Pico[/URL], but at the same time bracing myself for disappointment. It's not that I am not a fan of the solar power concept for mobility, just the opposite in fact. Over the years …

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The PowerBank 2000 is the latest in a long line of solar-powered chargers from Sandberg. It's far from being the most powerful backup battery for your smartphone (and yes it will charge Droids as well as iPhones, but as I'm an iPhone user I can only talk about my experiences with that) but it is one of the smallest and lightest. Not that the specs are lightweight per se, with the name giving away the fact that there's 2000mAh worth of capacity in the thing. Producing 1000mA output, the SolarBank will happily charge up my iPhone if I'm away from …

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The trouble with being a mobile kind of guy is that the proliferation of mobile gadgets that I tend to carry around with me demand a small suitcase to bring the power supplies along if I am to be away from home for longer than a day or so. Sure, battery longevity is improving all the time, and convergence means that I can carry multiple technologies with me in a single gadget these days, but the power supply problem remains. If I want to travel light and leave the laptop at home, that means I don’t want to fill a …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18116[/ATTACH]Logitech is probably the most widely known and respected PC peripheral manufacturer in the world. They are known for making quality, reliable products that make sense. Leave it to our Swiss friends to re-think/design/invent the keyboard, again. Enter the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, a lightweight, thin [I]wireless[/I] desktop keyboard that requires no batteries or chargers, just a little bit of light. [B]The Packaging[/B] Logitech put their “green” hat on for this one from start to finish. The box is made of recycled cardboard and is only large enough to contain and protect the product inside. There are no printed …

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Hi Everyone, I want to develop a tool in which I will input the following details 1.Total Area of your house roof. 1.Direction of the Roof of your house 2.Average Monthly Power Bill 3.Style of the Roof (wood shake, foam, rolled, spanish tile etc) 4.How steep is the Roof slope (flat, average, steep) 5.How much tree shading is there on your roof (none, light, heavy) And from these details, it will calculate the Estimate of following details 1. Count of Total Solar panels to be used on a roof 2. Total Installation Cost (optional) 3. Average Monthly Bill After attaching …

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I'm running MSSQL Server 2008 I did this: set CLASSPATH= C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server JDBC Driver 3.0\sqljdbc_3.0\enu\sqljdbc4.jar (I dont know where I can check if this has been executed correctly) Then when approaching this URL: [url]http://localhost:8983/solr/db/dataimport?command=full-import[/url] Using this data-config.xml: [code=xml]<dataConfig> <dataSource driver="com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc.SQLServerDriver" url="jdbc:sqlserver://localhost:1433;databaseName=wedding" user="sa" password="r00kw0rst" /> <document name="weddinglocations"> <entity name="location" query="select * from locations"> <field column="ID" name="id" /> <field column="TITLE" name="title" /> <field column="CITY" name="city" /> <entity name="location_feature" query="select FEATUREID from location_features where locationid='${location.ID}'"> <entity name="feature" query="select title from features where id = '${location_feature.FEATUREID}'"> <field name="features" column="title" /> </entity> </entity> <entity name="location_theme" query="select CATEGORYID from location_themes where locationid='${location.ID}'"> <entity name="theme" …

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The pulse of the European solar photovoltaic (PV) market (solar panels on rooftops) in the first half of 2010 was dominated by the impending mid-year incentive tariff reductions in Germany and conditioned by the lower module pricing that transpired in 2009 according to the latest news published in [URL="http://www.solarbuzz.com/EU10.htm"]Europe PV Markets 2010[/URL], made available July 15. [ATTACH=right]15855[/ATTACH]Alan turner, Vice President of European Market Research for Solarbuzz states that despite the robust end-market demand, which was one-third higher in Germany in the first half of 2010 than in the second half of 2009, the first PV module price increases of 2010 …

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CNBC has a list of big name U.S. companies that could slide into default – meaning they won’t be able to meet their financial obligations, including paying their employees. There are a few technology companies on CNBC’s liability list, and it makes for an interesting slideshow – but only if you’re lucky enough not to be employed by any of these companies. Check out the entire list at: [url]http://www.cnbc.com/id/29640663[/url] Elsewhere, I’ve never been a big fan of solar energy, at least as a widespread, consumer-demand-type energy program that promises to solve even some of our oil dependency needs. Now it …

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A quality power supply unit is a ‘must’ in a modern, high performance PC system. Cheap, generic units don’t supply stable enough voltages for highly demanding components, and introduce greater risk of failure which can put expensive PC components at risk. Choosing the unit to use can be a nightmare, as there are many, many alternatives to choose from. Thermaltake have introduced a new design in power supply which will suit even the most demanding of situations. Worried because you’ve not had enough power connectors to fit all of your components? Puzzled over where to tuck the unused cables so …

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