Solar cells reach 40% efficiency

From the article:

...a concentrator solar cell produced by Boeing-Spectrolab has recently achieved a world-record conversion efficiency of 40.7 percent, establishing a new milestone in sunlight-to-electricity performance. This breakthrough may lead to systems with an installation cost of only $3 per watt, producing electricity at a cost of 8-10 cents per kilowatt/hour, making solar electricity a more cost-competitive and integral part of our nation’s energy mix.

This is pretty exciting. Keep an eye on this technology to see when it goes commercial. This, plus the ability to resell power to the grid is going to mean good things in the near future.


mail server ip changing

mail.phauna.org, smtp.phauna.org, and imap.phauna.org are all changing from to This is so that I can get reverse DNS working for the mail server IP. Sorry for any inconvenience.


everydns getting pwnzd

everydns, our free DNS provider, seems to be getting pwnzd by a botnet. The attack started last Friday, and the guys at everydns thought they had it fixed by Sunday. They were down again this evening. It's starting to look like maybe everydns is just flat going to lose, so I'm moving DNS to my server. I would expect some service outages due to this.

update 2006-12-06@11:00am: All domains have been switched over to ns1.phauna.org. We're no longer affected by everydns' problems.


are you ready for peacecow?

There will probably be some intermittent issues this weekend as I move things to a new virtual host I rented.

The major plus side is that after everything is moved, it will all be much faster.