Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Humankind has followed landmarks for millenniums cutting trails, laying roads and founding physical routes between sustenance and rest since the species emerged. Now the trails are cerebral streaming bits and routing tables unseen to the eye with steps taken keystrokes at time. You still can walk in circles and yes find yourself lost unable to get back to that buried treasured or secret food stash as the brain becomes more dependent on place memory and landmarks loosing its heightened use of smell. Now the way back is the right linguistic combination of usernames, passwords and secret questions. The internet traveler and user must be a priest or magician reciting the right incantation to be transported to the desired page and then to enter his or her temple of social nudity and public expression the doors listen for only the correct combination.
I have traveled the jungles and found my page of print while the morning sun makes me squint. After several attempts at reciting the right access prayer to the wrong access god and then finally the right access god, I ask myself how did I duplicate, complicate and make accessing this blog so difficult?
Was I trying to hide something from myself? Is it dangerous to me to express myself? Is it away of avoiding committing my dialogue to peering eyes seen and unseen? Or in truth is it a millennial old problem of not setting the cairns in the right spot or having others move them and what you think you know, you don't know and memory and meaning tease thee. I was lost and now confounded for in this cerebral realm of hidden codes masquerading as text the weeds still grow over the path, nature still reclaims the roads but now they are in the folds of the mind.
As a designer of networks, I confirm once again it is not the technology that makes up the earth that is important if it supports life but is the interface "user" friendly?
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, September 18, 2010
It seems with billions of federal dollars in play with the ARRA and broadband initiatives to bring high speed internet access the solution is still elusive. Given the new company Open Range with their partner GlobalStar last week stand in jeopardy of loosing millions in loans being unable to provide sufficient network resources to penetrate and connect subscribers with the rest of the world, I tend to think it will or could be utility providers that could be the solution to rural broadband access over typical communication providers.
Why? Name a rural community in the United States that doesn't have electrical power? I possibly haven't researched enough and I know I haven't visited every nook and cranny in the US but I am certain from working with utilities and traveling the country that the electrical grid reaches place broadband has never penetrated.
Why haven't utilities stepped up and proposed to extended broadband access to their rural clients and increased their revenue streams? Truthfully some have attempted to add internet services and lost economically not having the technical expertise and management knowledge the traditional telecommunication carriers possess. I expect others in rural areas maybe succeeding at this time with providing telecommunication services but knowing the way government draws interest and publication of winners, I haven't easily learned who the successful utilities are.
The difficulty within utilities is the primary focus on electrical distribution of power and communications technology and management have commonly been less than a secondary focus. Utilities are grappling with their own network technology needs presently with the emergence of intelligent utility initiatives presently trying to figure out how to meet NIST priorities.
I would suggest that "Smart Grid" and "Rural Broadband" are actually a marriage made in heaven but not for merely carrying meter traffic or consumer traffic riding the same fibers as utility traffic but utilizing existing over build and new optical ground wire fibers to penetrate the rural areas using the same right of ways and structures the utilities have been using for decades to move power. The issue then becomes developing the network data center and equipment rooms at the utilities command center for connection to the traditional Service Providers to the public packet data network and working out the details of the subscriber area interface or distribution each of which is an area of unfamiliarity to the utility. Yet, through partnerships and collaborations the utility could learn what it needs to add a broadband network architecture overlay to its existing electrical distribution and plan when making upgrades to electrical transmission services to add OPGW to the list and access points at remote substations and switchyards that can serve as points of presence in the rural community.
Is it regulation, money or executive ease with such new ventures that keep these possibilities from being pursued?
to be continued...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
By Reese 9/1/2010
It was a warm wiggling day for power surging waves
rippling down miles of transmission line sun glistening
in the remote rural sky where seldom a truck passed by.
Two hundred miles or more from generation to the substation floor
stepping down and then out again on feeder lines to your door.
Reactively capacitance and inductance wrangled with each other
as resistance changed a little in the heat eating up real power in feet.
It was a cosine of complication of a line’s impedance crossing the nation
a power factor less than unity and reactive lines took a polar phase
as voltage raised and line capacity dropped with transformer heat flaring
in raising degrees the system would soon be brought to its knees.
Quickly the bit stream flying in a fiber optic dream transmitted the disease
conveying the message from end to end, “more balancing reactance please!
ELI needs to be put on ICE or the grid will pay a handsome price.”
Capacitors banks switched in on command a Faraday array to save the day!
Reactive switching, high voltage hissing but the impedance was changing
As load and source found a more amicable conjugate match!
Slowly it rose from 70% to where it was meant to be more near unity
and the community never witnessed or noticed the heroic act
taken care of automatically that kept their power supply intact.
Another day of smart design simply working in normalcy’s harsh reality
aided through talkative nerves communicating reactive curves
sending analog status streams and controlling a power stream
through motive bits that control and protect the line automatically
from a dynamic MW power load of every house and commercial abode
where the magic serves the multitude from three lines of solitude.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Working Wavelengths will be a blog about all forms of electrical and optical communications from application to theory.
The blog will examine at the various issues of engineering and specifying communication systems along with current techniques applications and vendors.
The intention is educational and informative along with being fun and a good way to engage discussions and make new friend and associates.
I will see how I keep with these goals as I progress and maybe you can steer me to your questions or curiosities that might seek an answer or exploration of understanding.
Trial 1 off and running.