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Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter
A Rebel Wolf Energy Systems Publication

Here is the issue of Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter. I believe, and always will, that ESSN provided useful information to readers and I truly regret that we weren't able to attract enough advertisers to keep it going. Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter was published quarterly online at www.rebelwolf.com. The publications is free and unlimited printing and distribution is encouraged for the benefit of the renewable energy community. All contents are Copyright 2006 by Rebel Wolf Energy Systems. Please contact us for reprint permission. All printed copies and electronic distribution must contain the entire publication including this notice.

Webpage: http://www.rebelwolf.com/essn.html
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter
A Rebel Wolf Energy Systems Publication

Here is the issue of Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter. I believe, and always will, that ESSN provided useful information to readers and I truly regret that we weren't able to attract enough advertisers to keep it going. Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter was published quarterly online at www.rebelwolf.com. The publications is free and unlimited printing and distribution is encouraged for the benefit of the renewable energy community. All contents are Copyright 2006 by Rebel Wolf Energy Systems. Please contact us for reprint permission. All printed copies and electronic distribution must contain the entire publication including this notice.

Webpage: http://www.rebelwolf.com/essn.html

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05/09/2014

 
February, 2005Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter Page 2
From The Editor’s Laptop
by Larry D. Barr, Editor 
I’m writing this early (0325) in the morning of 9 January 2005 and there’s a big smile on my face.As of about 30 minutes ago, almost 6000 of youhave downloaded the premiere issue of ESSN.That’s a much greater response than I expected,and it’s a great tribute, not only to the dedicationof the renewable energy movement, but also tothe members of all the groups on the net who’vehelped to spread the word. Our thanks to all ofyou.Your comments on our efforts have been mostcomplimentary and kind. We’ve had emails fromas far away as Australia, Scotland and the Nether-lands. And those are all a long way from NorthCentral Texas. It’s really gratifying to know thatinterest in our movement comes from around theworld.As we progress in our individual quests fo energyself sufficiency, I believe that we must also en-deavor to spread the word about our beliefs. It’snot enough to just buy a couple of PV panels, awind generator, six Trojan T-105s, charge control-lers, diversion loads and an inverter -- and then tosnuggle down in our energy efficient house andpride ourselves on our achievment..If we are to truly make a difference in this world,we must seize every opportunity to share with oth-ers our convictions regarding renewable energyand the imperative of its use in the world today.There are many people who are not uncaring, butare merely unaware. We can enlighten them. Butfirst, we must make the decision to talk to them.About a week ago, I was standing outside the building I work in, smoking a cigarette (one ofmy few vices) when my friend commented on aDodge Diesel Dually driving by. “Nice truck,” hesaid. “Sure would like to have one.”“Yeah, it’s nice,” I replied. “But is sure sucks up alot of dead dinosaurs. Just imagine how much fuel,irreplaceable petroleum, would be saved if thatpickup was running on biodiesel made from usedfry oil. The pollution would drop like a bad habitand the driver could save a buck a gallon or better.Makes sense to me.”Steve’s first reaction was along the lines of “Whatthe hell are you talking about?” As I took the time(it didn’t take long) to explain to him why I’d saidthat, I could see comprehension dawning on hisface. As I finished he said, “You know, that makesa lot of sense, and it’s something I’d never thoughtof before.”I can’t promise you that he’ll immediately be afull convert to our movement. But take my wordfor it, he’s definitely thinking about commonthings in an uncommon way now. Because I sim-ply took the initiative to mention renewable energy.I know that all of us who are reading (or writing)Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter are dedicatedto disseminating information about our move-ment. But we must take every opportunity to tellfolks why we feel the way we do. We have to speakup, not just to the press, but to the people we talkto every day.The mainstream press is only interested in sto-ries that are “newsworthy.” And what qualifies asnewsworthy for us doesn’t necessarily make thetrip for them. I believe that we can accomplish muchmore for the renewable energy movement by shar-ing our beliefs and our convictions with the peoplewe talk to in ourdaily life.Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying that weshouldn’t let the press know when we have anewsworthy project or cause to talk about. But Iam suggesting that we can do a lot of good andmake a lot of progress by simply taking the initia-tive and mentioning renewable energy wheneverthe opportunity presents itself. So let’s do whatwe can and spread the word every chance we get.ldb
 
February, 2005Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter Page 3
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter
Editor/Publisher
Larry D. Barr
Contributing Editors
Steve SpenceLaren CorieAl Rutan (RIP)Maria Alovert (Girl Mark)Mike NixonLisa Craig
Graphic Artist
Aaron W. Cagle
Advertising Director
Steve Spenceads@rebelwolf.com
All contents © 2005
Rebel Wolf Energy Systems
Well, I’m Sure Glad That’s Over 
The Hosting Change Saga
 by Larry D. Barr, EditorTechnologically, life got really bad about 2000 onFriday, 7 January. That’s when all email traffic inand out of rebelwolf.com came to a screamingwhoa (as we say here in Texas). All the efforts ofmy tech guru were for naught, and once we dis-covered that the problem was inherent in the emailsoftware of the hosting company, we had notchoice but to change hosts.That’s never really a lot of fun, but it’s possible tomake it fairly painless. And, of course, our goalwas to make the transition as seamless as possible.It’s actually a simple process. Just load the websitecontent onto the new server, change the DNS (do-main name system) pointers to send requests tothe new host’s server and wait for 24-36 hours forthe changes to propagate thoughout the WorldWide Web. No problem, right??Wrong! Not this time. After a fairly short waitingperiod, I could access the new site at work, but ittook a little longer for the DNS server that sendthe Net to my house to get the message. Then itcame in. But the email still hadn’t come in. That,as you remember, is the problem that started thewhole fiasco to start with.It turned out that the new company had their ownset of flaws and it took about 4 days before I fi-nally figured out that I should have gone with thecompany that Steve Spence recommended to startwith. That’s what I get for shopping price insteadof trusting the word of a knowledgable friend.We’re squared away now, with ICDSoft, and all iswell. Everything works and we’re back in business.Thanks, Steve.Thank you for sticking with us through this techmess. I’m sure that some of you had your emailsto us bounced back, and probably wondered whathappened to ESSN. Well, now you know. We werethe victims of Silicon Alzheimer’s or somethingsimilar. But we’re better now and ready to readyour re-sent emails. ldb

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