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Mazda Rotary Engine to Cease Electric-Range Anxiety

October 17, 2017

The rotary or Wankel engine is an automotive marvel. It revs higher than an engine with cylinders and weighs far less. It allowed the last-generation Mazda RX-7 to perform more like a slot-car thanks to the light weight of the overall vehicle.



The RX-7 died out mainly because it was a fragile care and din't last. It had aluminum doors and roof and falling acorns would dent it.



Tesla Electric Semi, Will Musk Prove Buffet Wrong?

October 3, 2017



The author of this blog is having a challenging time writing this post as we have been fortunate enough to have received a very kind letter from Warren Buffet complimenting our writing. On the other hand, we are also impressed with Elon Musk and his achievements as we recently outlined.

Today's news puts us at a crossroads as this week has seen news of all auto makers (GM for example) realizing they need electric vehicles. Moreover, there are now pictures of what seems to be a Tesla electric truck.

We know there are some major issues with electric trucks - they need to recharge often - every few hours or so. Furthermore, the infrastructure to achieve these goals isn't in place yet.



There is one thing worth noting though.









Tesla Model X vs. Porsche 911

July 31, 2017



I recently had a chance to test drive a friend's Tesla Model X and he could not have been more enthusiastic about this car. In fact, another friend forced me to test drive his Model S over a year ago. I say forced because, I was surprised just how much people who have Teslas want to evangelize the car to others. I'm not so sure I'd be so generous with my new car that I would offer to share the drive with others shortly after purchase.

That is what Tesla does to its fans - it makes them raving fans, not unlike what Apple has been doing since the 1980's.

We went for a drive around rural New Jersey and my friend kept asking me to floor it to feel the power...





DieselGate: We Were Right, Something Smells Awful

July 13, 2017


Remember back in 2015 when we said something doesn't smell right in the VW diesel scandal? it would be impossible for the whole auto industry to not know what was happening - including execs at these organizations.

Well, fast forward a few years and many arrests later and now Mercedes may have to recall over a million vehicles because well, apparently they did see what VW did and decided it was a great idea to emulate.

Had you been a reader, you would have known this was coming back in 2015 when we said:

If management learned VW engineers were able to achieve the impossible… They found a way to burn diesel in a manner which literally saved billions of dollars for the company, they would naturally want to know how it was done. This was a breakthrough. It is inconceivable that all of management wouldn’t be interested in learning at least something about how the system worked.








Google Dandelion to Popularize Geothermal?

July 7, 2017

Geothermal energy is pure perfection for heating and cooling homes in climates which are very hot or very cold because the ground stays around 50 degrees Fahrenheit which means, if you can access this area, you can inexpensively heat or cool a home or building. It is better than solar because it isn't god-awful ugly - yes, we know Elon Musk may one day make solar pretty. It's better than wind because it is constant.



The problem with the technology is in the northeast, you can get estimates of $60,000 or more to install such a system.

Its ironic, there is virtually unlimited heating and cooling under our feet but we just can't get to it affordably.

Enter Google-X and the Alphabet spin-off, Dandelion, they are going to start installing geothermal in New York state to start and they say they have found a way to inexpensively and quickly dig the small holes needed to reach about 1,000 feet.

Some of the fastest-growing businesses have been based on arbitrage - many people in the IP communications space saw this for themselves and before that, the international call-back market. Mobile phones helped arbitrage away the need for a camera and flashlight among other devices - and we see how fast that market grew.

We're just spit-balling here but if Google can get the price of an install down to $20,000 and the average homeowner can save $3,000 a year, the payback is under seven years.

Is this a feasible number?













ShoreTel Connect Brings its Signature Simplicity to Hybrid Cloud Communications

March 24, 2016

Simplicity is one of the reasons ShoreTel emerged on the corporate communications scene and became a dominant player in a market once virtually owned by the likes of Avaya, Nortel, Cisco and Mitel. The company has also done a great job evolving its platform to keep up with the times. In 2011 TMCnet broke the news about ShoreTel Mobility for example – extending the ability of your communications system to live on your mobile device (see video below).



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Mazda to Bring Back the Rotary Engine

December 1, 2015



In the nineties, I leased the last generation Mazda RX-7 and it was an amazing car. The company touted it as "Lightning in a world of thunder." It handled like almost nothing else and at 255 HP, you could push the car to its limits in every-day driving.

The technology powering the car was a rotary-engine... A single triangular rotor spins inside a small valveless barrel and two turbos make the spinning happen even faster.

Unlike a conventional engine with pistons which go up and down, the moving parts in this engine never change direction.

It was a far simpler approach to engine design.

Alas, the car did have some problems. Ed McMahon said the car was fragile and he was correct.









The VW Diesel Scandal Smells Even Worse Than You Think

September 24, 2015



The VW scandal where software was used to trick the machines which track emissions by altering engine behavior depending on whether a vehicle was being driven is not, is only incredibly unethical, it will likely lead to years of damage to VW and tens of billions of dollars lost. Already the company has taken a $7.3 billion dollar charge and a class-action lawsuit already was filed seeking five millions dollars. There are 11 million affected engines so expect the damage to accrue quickly. Moreover, the emissions which were being expelled can cause health issues, smog and acid rain.

Schneider Electric: More Software and the IoT to Reshape Data Center Design

May 27, 2015

There is a macro trend of moving proprietary hardware systems to open systems and moving hardware to software – at this point, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who tracked my GENBAND Perspectives 15 blog post or last week’s HP NFV story or even the writing I’ve done on Imagine Communications disrupting the video distribution space with SDN and virtualized solutions.



To learn more, I sat down with Schneider Electric’s Srdan Mutabdzija (above), Global Solution Offer Manager, and Jason Covitz (below), Director of Strategy for IT Business where we talked about IT infrastructure and how it will look in the future.



Jason emphasized the move to commoditized and standardized infrastructure – not just in the spaces mentioned above but oil and gas, mining and manufacturing. Srdan explained the evolution of their products and the market in general is to a more prefabricated, plug-and-play, efficient cooling solutions which lower time to market, reduce risk and allow a more seamless move to public/private clouds.

TSO Logic Enables ConEdison and NY State to help Fund Your New Equipment

May 15, 2015

When I lasted interviewed Aaron Rallo CEO of TSO logic about a year ago, our discussion centered on how his company helps data centers become more efficient. Now, the story gets even better because the agentless solution allows companies to determine the most efficient places for workloads to run. After an install which can be five hours or less, a company will be able to determine how they can run their workloads potentially more efficiently on private clouds – and benefit from the best blend of private, and public.

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