Test driving the Tesla Roadster

Wow sums up the experience of taking a pre-production Tesla Roadster for a test drive thru the streets of Palo Alto Thursday evening. Super cool and super fast, the acceleration is a neck-snapping 3.9 seconds for getting this beautiful piece of aluminum and carbon fiber to 60 miles per hour! Even at 60mph, stab the pedal and the same torque hits you as you get pushed back in your seat to leap to 80+, wow.

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It is a strange feeling to be in a car like this that is so fast, yet silent. The whole concept of what an internal combustion engine car is just gets tossed aside. At idle (doesn’t really apply since the car is essentially off when stopped) there is no power to the steering, no rumble no vibrations, then stab the accelerator and wooooosh the car just comes to life. Awesome experience.

Making Fusebox and Empressr just a little greener

Getting bottled water has always bothered me, it seemed like such a waste, between the processing and trucks delivering it, makes the water very unfriendly to the environment. So last week we got rid of the bottled water and installed a water purification system, the system feeds both the water cooler and the coffee machine. I’m pretty happy and bonus number one, the water tastes better. A residual bonus is a savings of almost $500 a month. cool, more for the Friday beer fund. (I also never liked the idea of drinking water that has been stored in plastic containers)

Today I am implementing a hard shutdown every night of all desktop computers, their monitors and all peripherals, including the printers. By doing this it will allow us to set the temperature of the HVAC units to 90º during the weekends and overnight. Being in the penthouse has its advantages, like lots of natural light, and a huge disadvantage is the heat from the roof and skylights makes it a cooker in here.

So two small steps, I feel a little better, and we’ll save a few bucks. Win, Win for us and the planet

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The 11th Hour

I am writing to tell you about the powerful new environmental film by NRDC Trustee Leonardo DiCaprio.

The new film, “The 11th Hour,” documents the environmental crises we face and the solutions we must begin to implement.

Please take a look at the trailer here:

Featuring reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai and fifty other intriguing thinkers, “The 11th Hour” documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed.

I’m sure you’ll agree, however, that the most powerful element of “The 11th Hour” is not a portrait of a planet in crisis, but an offering of hope and solutions. The film ends with a call for restorative action through reshaping human activity.

“The 11th Hour” is opening today in New York and Los Angeles. On August 24th it opens in other cities, and in the following weeks across the country. It would be great if you could go see it and bring a friend. You can go to http://www.11thhouraction.com to get more information on the movie and when it will play near you.

We need the message of this movie to hit as far and wide as possible.

P.S. The DiCaprio Foundation urges you to use the code here to embed the trailer on your MYSpace or Facebook pages.

Tidal Turbines Help Light Up Manhattan

Turbines are being submerged in the East River to generate electricity from rapid tidal currents.

This is very cool, I’ve been looking into installing a wind turbine on the roof of my office building, but this seems like a better idea. As an owner of a small company that uses more power per person than most companies our size, I have been trying to find ways to lower our consumption of power. Technology Review