Newsletter – September 2013

THIS MONTH…..
-TRENDS
-DISCUSSIONS
-EXISTING CODE
-SECURITY
-LASTLY

-TRENDS
The stuff going on in the big picture now…..

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, current and past average…..

Electricity Price per KWH

Year June July Trend % Change
2013 $0.137 $0.137 Same 0.00%
Year July Trend % Change % Since
2003 $0.098 Same 0.00% 0.00%
2004 $0.099 Increase 1.02% 1.02%
2005 $0.105 Increase 6.06% 7.14%
2006 $0.118 Increase 12.38% 20.41%
2007 $0.122 Increase 3.39% 24.49%
2008 $0.131 Increase 7.38% 33.67%
2009 $0.131 Same 0.00% 33.67%
2010 $0.133 Increase 1.53% 35.71%
2011 $0.135 Increase 1.50% 37.76%
2012 $0.133 Decrease -1.48% 35.71%
2013 $0.137 Increase 3.01% 39.80%

  • A documentary, considering the options available to monitor lives.
  • A news article, considering the future of the Smart City.
  • A news article, reporting energy efficiency improvements in Wi-Fi technology.
  • A news article, discussing how weather reports influence purchasing decisions.

-DISCUSSIONS
The stuff we are talking about now…..

NEW VERSION IS COMPLETE
Development work for our first upgrade is complete. Testing is 90+ percent complete. We were unable to finish our testing before end of Summer personal vacations. We decided to release the upgrade after returning from vacations instead of rushing through final testing and packaging. We will release the next version in September. We are very happy with the SORTING and GROUPING functionality that is now added to the Thermostat Profile table. This new functionality makes it easier and faster to manage large numbers of thermostats. Talk to us if you have more changes you would like to see made with GNU remotecontrol.

-EXISTING CODE
The stuff you may want to consider…..

BUGS
We have 0 new bugs and 0 fixed bugs since our last Blog posting. Please review these changes and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

TASKS
We have 0 new tasks and 0 completed tasks since our last Blog posting. Please review these changes and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

-SECURITY
The stuff you REALLY want to consider…..

HOME INVASION V2.0 – ATTACKING NETWORK-CONTROLLED HARDWARE
A presentation from the Black Hat Briefings – 2013 USA Conference regarding security of residential networked devices, demonstrating the ease of penetrating the common networked devices within a home.

GNU remotecontrol relies on OS file access restrictions, Apache authentication, MySQL authentication, and SSL encryption to secure your data. Talk to us you want to find out how you can further strengthen the security of your system, or you have suggestions for improving the security of our current system architecture.

-LASTLY
Whatever you do…..don’t get beat up over your Energy Management strategy. GNU remotecontrol is here to help simplify your life, not make it more complicated. Talk to us if you are stuck or cannot figure out the best option for your GNU remotecontrol framework. The chances are the answer you need is something we have already worked through. We would be happy to help you by discussing your situation with you.

…..UNTIL NEXT MONTH!

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