Greenbox, Silver Springs Score Oklahoma Utility Deal

The Flash-creators behind Greenbox’s energy monitoring software have announced their first utility pilot project. The San Bruno, Calif.-based startup says it is partnering with smart-grid startup Silver Spring Networks on an energy management project for Oklahoma utility Oklahoma Gas and Electric. It’s the first progress we’ve heard from Greenbox since we profiled the young startup back in April, when Greenbox VP of Marketing Matt Smith told us the startup was looking to work with utilities, home system installers and, one day, big-box retailers to sell its product.

Greenbox hopes to bring its history of innovations in Flash to software that tracks energy, gas and water consumption and (hopefully) helps residents cut down on using those resources. Greenbox’s value-add to the energy monitoring world is its web-based interface that presents energy data to the user with graphs and charts. For the Oklahoma project Greenbox’s “consumer-friendly” interface gathers data every 15 minutes, and utilities use a web-based version on their end, too.

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How to sync OneNote 2007 notes with several PCs

It is no secret how important OneNote 2007 has become to me, it is easily the second most used application on every computer I use (Outlook is first).  I have written many times about all the cool features in OneNote 2007 and I’m not going to rehash those now.  One of the most useful new features, however, is the ability to share your OneNote 2007 notebooks among multiple computers, if you only knew how to configure it properly.  Mr. OneNote himself, Chris Pratley, has written a nice article that describes how to configure OneNote 2007 on several computers to make sure your notes are always in sync no matter which of the many computers you might be using at the time.  This article is a must read for those who regularly use two or more computers.


Back to the Future… for Broadcast TV

By Robert Young

Back in the 1970’s, the television industry began a long period of market realignment that was caused by the introduction of a disruptive innovation called cable TV. After decades of market incursion, cable’s impact on the TV landscape is now complete and its disruptive effect has reached its peak. The result is the emergence of hundreds of cable channels that now account for more than half of our total viewing time.

This realignment of viewer attention has been at the expense of the major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX), whose own collective share has declined from total domination of the TV screen to about 45% of viewership. Now, as the foundation of the television industry begins to tremble and crack again, this time from the disruptive forces of the Internet, the TV landscape is about to experience another tectonic shift. But in an ironic twist, a significant share of the TV industry is likely to unwind itself almost back to the days before cable, for reasons that will seem counterintuitive.
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