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Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Africa Development Bank approves water projects
: "The bank approved a loan of about US $20.1 million to finance a rural water supply project in Guinea. It is intended to provide drinking water to the villages of Dabola and Faranah in the center of the country, Kankan and Kouroussa in the east, and Siguiri in the northeast. Some 1,100 modern water points equipped with manual pumps and six small drinking water supply solar-powered systems are to be installed, in the hope of providing at least 10 litres of water per capita per day in these areas by the year 2005, according to a press release from the bank. Five thousand family and 200 public latrines will also be constructed" 10:06:42 PM
Solar Dynamics Announces Portable Personal Power System
: "Solar Dynamics, Inc., a manufacturer of portable solar power systems, announced today the availability of The Cub, a lightweight (13 lbs), portable power source that provides DC and AC electricity for small electronic devices and recharges itself through a 5 watt thin film solar module.. The Cub™ DC version provides 3, 6, 9 and 12 volts of DC. The Cub™ AC/DC version provides both DC power and up to 75 watts of AC power. Both DC and AC/DC versions come with DC power socket adapters and an energy efficient task/flash light. An 8 watt waterproof fluorescent light, wall charger and 12 volt DC charger to charge from a car cigarette lighter outlet are optional accessories sold separately." 10:02:03 PM
SIDA-funded training programme for wind power technology in developing countries
: The ÅF Group will conduct a course called "The management of wind power development." "The course will run over a period of five weeks in 2003 and will be held in Malmö, Stockholm and Visby. Two more courses are already planned for 2004 and 2005.. For further information: Project Leader, Bertil Ahlbeck +46(0)40-375000. The ÅF Group is a large consulting company, based in Sweden, www.af.se
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HOW TO: Change the Volume Licensing Product Key on a Windows XP SP1-Based Computer
. Because of changes in Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows XP-based computers that use a leaked product key that is known to be available to the general public may not be able to install SP1 or automatically obtain updates from the Windows Update Web site. For example, you may experience the symptoms that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article when you install SP1: Q326904 Error Message: The Product Key Used to Install Windows Is Invalid There are two methods that you can use to change the product key with volume licensing media after installation. You can use either the Windows Activation Wizard graphical user interface (GUI) or a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) script. The easier method to use is the Use the Activation Wizard method. Use this method when you only have a few computers on which to change the product key. The Use a Script method is best when you have a number of computers on which you have to change the product key. [Microsoft
] [Loebrich.org: Science & Technology
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Ag research on the ropes
: "international assistance to agriculture in developing countries has decreased from US$19 billion in 1986 to less than US$10 billion in 1994.. In 2000, the Cgiar's total budget went down by 10 percent. Japan, a major supporter, cut funding in 2002 by almost half from last year's ¥3.6 billion (US$29 million), according to reports. " 5:38:08 PM
CRM trouble: Poor ROI On Siebel Software Among 22 Customers :
A new study found "a cost for using Siebel software of more than $18,000 per user per year, and more than 61 percent of customers saying they didn't believe they'd achieved positive ROI. The research firm said the average cost of a Siebel implementation -- independent of training and hardware -- was $6.59 million. Other bad news for Siebel: 57 percent of customers said their deployment took longer than planned, and 55 percent said they'd spent more implementing Siebel than they had budgeted. " 2:46:48 PM
SERC: Humbolt State energy center
: "At the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) on California's North Coast, we are working to establish clean and renewable energy technologies in our society. We design and build proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, zero emission vehicles, and solar hydrogen power systems" 8:20:57 AM
San Mateo County Times
: Menlo Park and other towns are getting more solar roofs. "Brian Sullivan of Palo Alto Hardware said his sales of solar systems went from $20,000 in 2000 to $2 million in 2001. .. Sullivan says the average system he sells are 2.5 kilowatts, which cost about $9,000 after the tax credit and rebate, and may eliminate power bills altogether." 12:26:30 AM