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Technology New Technologies for the Conscious Home Save Energy


The United States government is now requiring energy companies to figure out ways to save power and become more efficient.  Seems the last time they did this in automotive industry – we started seeing a lot of new solutions like gas-free cars! Enter thermostats and smoke detectors. Now consumers who are building a new home will be integrating the latest technologies into their modern house plan.   Today, companies like Google are seeking ways to take the smarts of smartphones and build them into everything else, including your home.  And now the company is setting great expectations for a world populated with Google-powered smart devices. Google has just acquired Nest Energy Services for $3.2 billion in cash. Read more
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Published On : 03-18-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Cool New Technologies for Home Design
New home design technology trends in the last couple of years have been focused on energy efficiency and mobile control for homes. Some of the highlights of these new technologies featured on the CNBC Slide how entitled, “Hottest New Home Technology" which were previewed at a recent Home Builder’s Show include: A laser robot vacuum – cleans your house efficiently. The Neato Robotics adds a laser that maps your house; then knows what has already been cleaned and what still needs to be done. After it is finished it heads back to its own home base. Kohler eco-friendly Numi toilet for today's modern bathrooms. It offers a motion-activated seat and lid, an air dryer, a multi-option bidet wand, a deodorizing charc Read more
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Published On : 12-30-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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New Website for The Plan Collection
We recently completed a development upgrade and redesign of our website at theplancollection.com. The goal was to improve the user experience and provide our users with access to more detailed and relevant information. We appreciate your comments, feedback and suggestions. Read more
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Published On : 03-02-2012
Author : Steve Donegan
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Search Using ASP.Net and Lucene
Getting Started Getting Lucene to work on your asp.net website isn't hard but there are a few tricks that help. We decided to use the Lucene.Net 2.1.0 release because it made updating the Lucene index easier via a new method on the IndexWriter object called UpdateDocument. This method deletes the specified document and then adds the new copy into the index. You can't download the Lucene.net 2.1.0 binary. Instead you will need to download the source via their subversion repository and then compile it. Don't worry this is an easy step. Using your subversion client - I recommend TortiseSvn get the source by doing a checkout from this url: https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/lucene.net/tags/Lucene.Net_2_1_0/ Next g Read more
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Published On : 12-19-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
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XML Encoding Problems - Hexadecimal Value 0x1A, is an Invalid Character
Recently I started noticing exceptions in my log files that stated "hexadecimal value 0x1A, is an invalid character". I did some searching and a lot of other people have had the same problem. It occurs when someone pastes in text that contains specific unicode characters that are invalid in XML. From what I gather this frequently happens when someone copies in text from Microsoft Word. The trick was to find out which characters are invalid and then use a regular expression to remove them. You can look at the specs for all the details: http://www.w3.org/TR/xml11/#charsets http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml/#charsets http://www.unicode.org/Public/UNIDATA/UCD.html But it is probably easier to just get the code: /// Read more
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Published On : 03-03-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Updated Forums
We recently updated our forums. This was a big move as it required retiring our old forum software and migrating all the old posts to our new custom forums. We feel that the change will provide a better experience for everyone using the site. If you have any questions or would like to make a comment feel free to post to the forum and let us know what you think! One quick tip. If you paste a link to a house plan in the forum like this: http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-9218 the software will automatically add in the image of the house plan and create a working link. Read more
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Published On : 02-25-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Updated The Article System
I updated the way we handle articles this evening. We used to use Commmunity Server from telligent systems for blogging, but I found that it was too cumbersome and way too difficult to update. The themes are terrible to maintain so I build a system that meets our specific needs. Our new system is divided into topics that I hope our visitors will find relevant. Most of our main content will end up in the 'House Plans'. However, we hope to venture out a bit and include relevant content in the business section where we will talk about how we manage ThePlanCollection.com and our technology in this section. In addition, we have added a green building section where we hope to highlight methods of responsible homebuilding. Enjoy! Read more
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Published On : 01-25-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
1903 Views
New Technology Section
As part of our efforts to become more interesting and more transparent we have added a couple of new sections to ThePlanCollection.com. This section will focus on the technology we use, updates to the website and other technical issues that we find are interesting or relevant. Hopefully everyone finds this useful. Read more
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Published On : 01-25-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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The Plan Collection is on Facebook
When you are a small business and don't have an enormous development team you have to be careful about technology decisions. Most of our time is spent ensuring that our application is secure and running properly. Some of our time is spent adding new features including making changes to the design of the interface so that the website looks nicer.   Every once in a while we have a moment to breathe and we do something that is fun and interesting and that will hopefully lead to new opportunities. To this end we have created a Facebook application that lets users save house plans and then share them with friends. Users can also add comments to house plans and then watch what others are doing/saying.   We realize that F Read more
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Published On : 01-14-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Need a Building? Just Add Water
I thought this article was worth sharing with you. Need a Building? Just Add Water As an emergency shelter alternative to tents, which provide poor protection, and prefabricated buildings that are expensive to transport, two engineers working on their master’s degrees at the Royal College of Art in London have come up with a “building in a bag.” Erecting the “Concrete Canvas” structure entails adding water to a sack of cement-impregnated fabric and inflating it with air. The volume of the sack controls the water-to-cement ratio, eliminating the need for water measurement. The Nissen hut-shaped shelter is dry and ready to use in about 12 hours. The inventors said they thought of the approach after hearing Read more
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Published On : 03-22-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
2933 Views
About a blog
When you are a geek and spend ninety percent of you time in a virtual world you forget that the rest of the world spends their time doing things like going outside or actually talking to people. Not everyone has run across the "blog" phenomenon before. Blog is a shortened version of the phrase web log. Blogs are website where individuals may record their daily observations about various topics. They are a great way to disseminate information on a more personal level. In addition, you will find that most blogs include a link to an RSS or an Atom feed. These links are usually orange buttons, but may not always be so conspicuous. If you click one of these links you will get a page of text that is difficult to read. T Read more
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Published On : 06-29-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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