New day, new role, old team

This past Monday I (re)joined a team that I was involved with for many years. I have accepted a role in the Dynamics AX world working on our next release. In many ways it’s like coming home again. I see many familiar faces and have had a chance to say hi to a lot of…

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Whither Hohm?

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What I’ve been up to

By the way, in case anyone is still listening, the reason I went dark was twofold: first, summer came along and I really needed to spend some time enjoying it after the last big ship cycle; second, I’ve moved, along with the rest of the team, over to Windows Embedded. I’m working as an architect,…

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Stinky garages

I was walking through the “underground” garage this morning on the way into the building. As I entered I was immediately hit with that weird effect of having a smell slam me back in time. It was this, what I really consider, nasty mix of tire rubber, burning oil, gas fumes, and cigarette smoke. It…

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Lack of sleep is rewarding, somewhat

The Microsoft Hohm team cranked through the night(s) for the last month. What they did came out this morning. It’s amazing some of the things that they were able to drive in the final hours. Watch for the new Hohm widget (shown here) to show up on a bunch of sites. That way you can…

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My Hohm Score is 95

  Today the Microsoft Hohm team is launching a significant update that changes how consumers look at energy efficiency. As of now, over 60 million homes in the U.S. will have a Hohm Score, an estimate for a home’s energy efficiency. The Hohm Score makes it easier for people to understand if they are “energy…

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Microsoft and Ford team up to help electric vehicle owners recharge more effectively

This is likely to get lost in all the news, but in case you haven’t heard yet, Microsoft Hohm and Ford announced a partnership this morning to help EV owners better manage their vehicles. Hohm has reached beyond the house to help people manage another high-value asset in their lives. Instead of just copying a…

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When “SDK” is a bad term

The Microsoft Hohm team has announced two sets of protocol documentation. The first has been in use for some time and it goes by the name “Microsoft Hohm Integration SDK” and the second is the “Microsoft Hohm Device Platform”. The problem is that these were both released as something called an SDK. Well, that’s just…

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The Hohm Integration SDK

I’ve had a number of requests recently about integration at the B2B level with Microsoft Hohm. These range from the “how does it work” to “have you thought about X”, so I thought I’d put some of that information here for now. Before I go into any detail on the SDK, I just want to…

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Providing energy information in all zip codes

Early this morning the Hohm team launched a release we called the Holiday Express. This release took a little longer than we expected, but it was well worth the wait. We now provide home energy costs, recommendations, and potential savings for all US zip codes directly from the home page. You don’t need to sign…

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