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Bob Hetherington | HomeToys

This month we received several articles aimed at explaining and solving some of the mysteries of installation of Home Technology systems and equipment. Whether you are a pro or just want to do it yourself I think you will find something of interest here.

Bob Hetherington

Welcome to the latest issue of our eMagazine. This month we received several articles aimed at explaining and solving some of the mysteries of installation of Home Technology systems and equipment.

George Wilkinson continues his excellent series with Systems Integration Procedure - Part 4b. This one stresses the importance of having an overall plan of attack when commissioning complex home systems. If you're a professional integrator then you'll be interested in Utilizing D-Tools System Integrator Software to save time and money.

Here are some of the offerings:

Should we be allowed to have as many copies of our media as we want? Andy Marken, Jon Peddie Trade Points, Counterpoints; Barbs, Jabs On the Proposed Disc/Content Backup Ban in Back This Up Suckah!!!

If you're a follower of THE Insider like I am then you'll be interested in the latest 5 installments:

And if you like the old and the new try out Classic HomeToys #11 - TRS-80 and Which Future for Robots?

We also did some interviews for this issue.

How about a few product reviews to get your interest:

Lastly ... here is an excerpt from the EarthToys Alternative Energy eMagazine Editorial that may be of interest. I think we are seeing convergence moving beyond the consumer electronics industry and into the Alternative Energy world:

What the heck is Nanotechnology and how does it affect this industry? Wikipedia says "The main unifying theme of nanotechnology is the control of matter on a scale smaller than 1 micrometre, normally approximately 1 to 100 nanometers, as well as the fabrication of devices of this size." Two contributors this month seem to think it could have expansive consequences to the future of solar panel design. In my Interview with Peter Lynch about the investment opportunities in the PV sector he states "I see great potential in the nano technology area. It is my feeling that if there is a huge blockbuster technology that is going to emerge and "take over" the PV industry, I feel that it will somehow involve breakthroughs and application of nano technology to the area of photovoltaics."

Also, in an article about a new study by the Helmut Kaiser Consultancy entitled RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKETS DRIVEN BY CLIMATE CHANGE it states that "Nanotechnology is undoubtedly one of the key technologies which will influence energy efficiency".

I think it's great to hear some optimism rather than all the doom and gloom of the past few months. I for one would rather keep listening to these engineers and business leaders rather than the politicians and rock stars about the future of the planet.

And, speaking of business ... it appears that the time is ripe to get leaders to pay attention. In a report about SemiCon West 2007, Rhone Resch, President of SEIA told the semiconductor industry that "Polysilicon demand for the photovoltaic industry will be more than twice that of the IC industry in 2010."  and it appears that they are ready to listen.

As usual, thanks to those who contributed these and the other fine articles in this issue. If you would like to participate by contributing an article for the next one please don't hesitate to let me know ( If you are not ready yet but want to be reminded of future opportunities then sign up for our Author List.

Bob Hetherington

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