Thursday, February 26, 2009

PC Plug Green Solution For Home Computing

A PC Plug? Better believe it. Home appliances are getting above their station today: first we saw a washing machine that shows your clothes in 3D, and now Marvell has unveiled a PC that’s a plug. It may sound daft, but the Marvell PC Plug could be the green solution for home computing - find out why, after the jump.

Dubbed the SheevaPlug, the Marvell PC Plug is the company’s attempt to come up with a green alternative to home servers that have to be left on all the time, running up large leccy bills - this one’s far more power efficient, which ought to alleviate some green guilt.

Specs wise, the Marvell PC Plug is scarily impressive: a Linux OS, a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of memory and storage practically put it on a par with the original Asus Eee PC, albeit without the screen. You can lash it up to the network with ethernet, and slap on an external hard drive via the USB port too.

With power like that, there’s a lot of scope. Marvell is selling development kits for it, so who knows: it could put Sonos out of business. What do you reckon though? Daft or delightful? Let us know in the comments below!


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

QSC gives 65 Green Computers to the Eid Charity

(QSC) handed over 65 Green Computers to the Eid Charity yesterday. The green computer project launched eight months ago aims at utilising computer parts which are discarded by users and recycling them to make new ones.

“The effort was launched with the help of Microsoft and many other companies who had handed over their unwanted PCs to be recycled,” said Hassan Abdula A Al Abdallah (sixth right in the picture), secretary-general, QSC, and the chairman of Green Computer Project.

“In this way we have made computers which are ready to be used as new. 65 of them have been handed over to the Eid Charity. The computers will be given to children who cannot afford computers either in Qatar or abroad,” he told The Peninsula.

The project is environment-friendly as it recycles the various parts of the computer. Muhammad Hammoudi (third left), of Microsoft Qatar also attended the function held at the QSC yesterday.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

British Experts Develop "Green" Software

A team from the University of Liverpool says it's devised a program that automatically shuts down computer systems after usage.

And members estimate it's saving larger organizations the U.S. equivalent of nearly 20-thousand dollars a month in electricity.

The researchers found that universities with PC centers in 24-hour libraries could be losing more than one million hours of unused computer power each month.

Systems experts say new software called "PowerDown" automatically shuts down computers if left unused for half an hour.

Using the University of Liverpool as a test model, the team discovered that 16-hundred (1,600) library-based PCs alone used 20 thousand kilowatts each week unnecessarily - equating to over four thousand dollars in electricity costs.

PowerDown has so far recovered 24 million hours of PC inactivity within the university, say the scientists.

They estimate an average PC left on round-clock but used for only 40 hours a week uses about 17 kilowatts of electricity - of which about 13 is wasted.

That figure doesn't consider other energy usage such as air-conditioning required to remove heat created by active computers.


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Wonderful 3 G's: Google, GE and Green Energy

In a fear-filled 24-hour news cycle, it's necessary to break away from all that negativity and read about some positive news. As you know, there are some very smart people in our country doing some great things and we need to hear more about them...especially these days.

There are many green energy initiatives taking place. I recently read about a particularly interesting effort that I think you'll find interesting too. Did you know that Google is investing a lot of money - in the millions - to change the country’s energy infrastructure more into the likes of the Internet, making energy decentralized and distributed, and possibly saving you and I lots of money?

Partnered with GE in many green initiatives, the company envisions a smart electric grid that would be controlled and monitored by a vast computer network that would determine prices based on real-time supply and demand. If this happens, it will change the way that you and I use and pay for electricity.

For example: Suppose the hot and humid summer months in Georgia creates a spike in electricity usage, and therefore prices. Instead of automatically being hit with higher energy prices, you'll have a device with a user-friendly interface that allows you to click on an icon and power down several of your appliances. GE already has a smart-grid lab that's working out the details of such a scenario. Or how about having a wireless system in your home, car, etc., that would automatically shut down appliances and devices if prices hit certain preset levels? In addition to the above, there's hope that you'll be able to select your own energy plans that are more customized to your needs.

Google's motivation to reduce its energy costs is commendable. And after getting hit with some pretty high electric bills myself during the summer, I'll say I'm pretty giddy about such ideas. Maybe we can find ways to heal the planet and add a little more money in our wallets.


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Friday, February 20, 2009

Going Green On "E-Recycling"

With the switch to digital television coming in June, many of you will be buying new TV's. But with lead, mercury and other poisonous materials lurking inside, what do you do with your old one?

For years, Pueblo County officials have been trying to find ways to keep residents from dumping their old electronics in ditches, alleys and fields. But now, thanks to the Eden Transfer and Recycling Center it's easier than ever for you to go green.

"They can't go to the landfill, they can't be disposed of in the dumpsters around town," said Jack Pendleton, owner of Eden Transfer and Recycling Center.

Pendleton has started a one of a kind program to Pueblo County.

"Right now, there is no other place in Pueblo County for people to take their e-waste, or electronic waste, their TV's, computers and monitors," explained Pendleton.

However, being kind to the plane does come with a small fee.

"The price ranges anywhere from 5 dollars to 50 dollars," he explained. "It's finding a place to be able to get rid of the TV's in an environmentally safe way."

Wednesday was the programs first day and already people have brought their TV's and computers to the center and Pendleton hopes, the trend will continue.

"We expect this to take off, and hopefully we will have a place for everyone in the community to bring their TV's," he added.

And if for some reason you can't bring your electronics to the center yourself, no need to worry. Just call Eden Transfer and Recycling and they will arrange to come pick it up for you.

You can reach the Eden Transfer and Recycling Center at (719) 546-3478

Here's a short list of the fees:

Desktop Computer W/ Monitor - $15.00

Computer Tower Only - $5.00

Lap Top Computer - $10.00

Printer/Fax/Scanners - $8.00

VCR/DVD Player - $5.00

TV (up to 20") - $15.00

TV (21" - 30") - $20.00

TV (31" - 40") - $25.00

TV (41" and larger) - $40.00
Flat-screen TV up to 40" - $20.00


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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Green Calculators

It’s well known that going green saves money as well as dwindling resources. But how much green, of each kind, is saved?

If you’re not the math type, never fear – several vendors offer "green calculators" that will do the hard work for you. While doing some research for a sister publication, I came across a number of different calculators for finding out how much green you can save through virtualization, and other common-sense steps.

# Novell’s PlateSpin, which makes a number of green technology virtualization products, has a detailed 'go-green' consolidation-based calculator. Simply input factors like number of physical servers, average power consumption per server, cost per kWh, processor utilization before and predicted utilization after consolidation, etc. The calculator spits out at the other end savings in kWh and dollars.

Note that these are rough estimates only. Your mileage can, and almost certainly will, vary, perhaps significantly. But it serves as a good benchmark.

Other large virtualization vendors have similar green calculators, including VMware, which is more basic than PlateSpin’s.

# Avaya has an interesting take on going green. It offers a calculator to tote up the environmental savings by turning commuters into telecommuters. It claims that working from home three days per week saves about 200 gallons of gas per year.

# IT consultancy 1E has an "Energy Savings Calculator" that computes the greening of your business from the simple act of turning off computers not in use. It even translates the savings into reduced carbon emissions and trees.

# The Uptime Institute bills itself as a vendor-neutral organization concerned with increasing efficiency in enterprise settings. It publishes a “True TCO Calculator,” which acts as a guide for building a high-density, high-performance, green data center. This would be of more value to companies starting from scratch, rather than those making changes to an existing data center.

# Many computers already have power-saving measures built in, but not activated, in the form of Energy Star-approved computers. The Website Greener Computing has an Excel spreadsheet available to calculate how much greener each computer could be if the power-saving features were activated.

# On a personal level, Google has started the "U.K. Carbon Footprint Project." Going through its calculator gives you an idea of how much pollution you and your household contribute to Great Britian. Then, you can input your location and statistics, and compare your usage vs. others who have done the same. Different-colored balloons separate the good from the bad -- from the ugly. Very cool.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

D-Link Expands Green Technology Initiative

In recent years, networking solutions provider D-Linkhas been greening technology to the computer networking space, and now its Green switches have gotten a bit greener.

The Fountain Valley, California-based company has expanded its role in the development of energy-saving products and initiatives by introducing green technology to computer networking through the introduction of its second-generation D-Link 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (DGS-2205).

Steven Joe, president and CEO or D-Link Systems, said the DGS-2205 provides up to 73 percent reduced power consumption without sacrificing network performance.

"Our goal is to maintain industry leadership as a pioneer of Green networking technology by building in even more energy-saving features into our products without sacrificing performance," said Joe.

D-Link Systems is an end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, and the first company to introduce green technology to computer networking, according to Joe.

The DGS -2205, which is already shipping, is one of four “environmentally friendly” small office/home office (SOHO) unmanaged gigabit switches from the company that will ship this year with newly enhanced power-savings.

"We plan to continue the momentum of success we've realized with our first generation Green products as we seek new avenues that protect the environment and help our customers save money in the process," said Joe.

The next-generation D-Link 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (DGS-2208); the 16-port (DGS-1016D) and 24-port (DGS-1024D) unmanaged gigabit switches will also receive enhanced power-savings later this year.

The computing initiative follows a greater trend throughout the technology industry that has seen an increased effort to bring “green” products to market. D-Link Systems says it focuses on manufacturing environmentally-responsible products, eco-friendly packaging, optimizing devices for ENERGYSTAR certification, and providing consumer education and recycling programs.

The DGS-2205 Green desktop switch can, when used for 10 hours and then powered down for 14 hours over a 24-hour period, and connected via Ethernet cables, represents a 66 percent energy reduction, according to the company.


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Monday, February 16, 2009

High-performance PC successfully developed in China

The Dawning PHPC100, the first high-performance personal computer independently-developed in China, was officially launched in the Hi-tech Green Industry Base of Huayuan Software Park under the Tianjin Hi-tech Industry Park (THIP). To date, orders for the PHPC100 have gradually reached nearly 30.

This computer, only twice the size of a normal desktop computer, has a maximum computing speed of 250 billion times per second, equivalent to the combined computing speed of 40 ordinary desktop computers. The launch of the PHPC100 will accelerate the popularization of high-performance computers that were previously scarcely available, enabling more people to own their own high-performance computer.


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Friday, February 13, 2009

5 reasons to consider PC power management

The rolodex of Green IT projects available to IT leadership is seemingly endless. But at some point, prioritization is necessary, and IT professionals tend to gravitate to those projects that produce an acceptable financial return with the path of least resistance. And in recent interactions with Forrester clients, it’s becoming clear that PC power management — the act of powering down PCs when not in use (e.g. nights, weekends) — is one of those projects IT leadership are willing to act on.

Do I agree? In short yes. And here’s why: PC power management can reduce costs, cheaply and effectively, while at the same time help justify more strategic IT investments and improve your green “credentials.” Let me elaborate:

1. Save money — and lots of it. The top motivation for pursuing greener IT is to “reduce the energy-related operating expenses of IT.” And PC power management can do this very effectively. By powering down PCs during periods of inactivity, Energy Star estimates that firms can save $25 to $75 per PC per year. Take AT&T as a real-world example. By powering down their 300,000 PCs during non-working hours, AT&T expects to save more than 135m kilowatt hours of electricity – assume an average U.S. price per kilowatt of $.095, savings top $12.8m per year.

2. Reduce costs without capital expenditure. While more energy-efficient equipment and computing architectures are a surefire way to reduce energy costs and environmental impact they require capital investment. So if you’re seeking effective cost-saving tactics with zero to little investment, get familiar with green PC power management. There are a variety of tools to assist in implementing power management organization wide. Many of these tools are free while some are license fee based, but include added features, such as reporting or advanced provisioning and power management settings.

3. Address your most energy-consuming environment. What consumes more energy: your data center, or the IT assets outside of your data center? According to a recent Forrester survey, IT professionals report that more electricity is used outside the data center by a margin of 10%. While every organization is different, recognize that your energy reduction efforts in the PC environment might offer a larger payoff than in the data center.

4. Justify investments in client management suite technology. One of the biggest challenges IT ops professionals face is managing an increasingly distributed and heterogeneous client environment. Client management suite technology can help by automating software distribution, patches, and general systems management. And some vendors — such as 1E, BigFix, LANDesk, and ScriptLogic — are even starting to offer PC power management capabilities. So if you’re struggling to justify budget, reallocate the dollars saved from PC power management to improving the ROI on client management suite investments.

5. Demonstrate your commitment greener business practices. While the primary motivation for Green IT is financial, the second most popular driver is to “doing the right thing for the environment.” And curbing the energy consumption of your PC environment in turn cuts emissions related to global climate change. To paraphrase the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, the average desktop PC wastes half of the energy it consumes and by turning on energy-saving features you can reduce your CO2 emissions by nearly half a ton.


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Computer Recycling Program Launched by Dell & Goodwill

Arkansas is one of six states being added to a computer recycling program. Reconnect" is a joint effort of computer maker Dell and Goodwill Industries.

The free drop-off program for consumers who want to responsibly recycle any brand of unwanted computer equipment was announced in Little Rock today.

“The program is another great example of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas’ triple bottom line, of people, planet, and profit,” said Brian Itzkowitz, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. “By finding environmentally safe options for the end of life of computers and computer equipment, Goodwill is demonstrating its 82 year history in Arkansas of recycling initiatives that keep products out of landfills. More importantly, with the unemployment rate for people with disabilities in Arkansas over 50 percent, the program offers work activity to our participants with disabilities who would not have a job without Goodwill. The revenue generated by the program helps fund our job training programs and employment that helped 1,300 people in 2008; and, 267 in January 2009 alone.”

Today’s announcement brings the total number of participating Goodwill retail stores to more than 1,000 nationwide. In keeping with its mission of job creation, Goodwill plans to hire additional staff to oversee the expanded recycling program.

“Today we’re making it even easier for environmentally-conscious customers to do the right thing,” said Mike Watson, senior manager of Dell Global Recycling Services. “Every technology provider has a responsibility to provide free, easy and responsible recycling to consumers worldwide. We hope 2009 is the year that brings the industry together around this shared principle.”

“In addition to free and responsible computer recycling, the Dell-Reconnect partnership is enabling job creation and skill training at a time when both are very much needed,” said Jim Gibbons, President and CEO for Goodwill Industries International. “We commend Dell for setting a leadership example for the rest of the industry and for playing an important role in the creation of green-collar jobs.”

Program goals are to divert used computers and computer equipment from area landfills; and provide consumer education on the importance of environmentally-responsible computer disposal. Reconnect can also help create job opportunities for individuals who have barriers to employment or independence.

Consumers can drop off used computers at participating Goodwill stores and donation centers across the region. Goodwill will accept and sort the donated computer equipment and Dell's product recovery partner will recycle and remarket the recycled materials.

Consumers are responsible for removing data from hard drives and other storage media before donating to Goodwill. Consumers can also request a Goodwill receipt at time of donation.

Other states that are now a part of Reconnect include: Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont. Additionally, Akron, Ohio, Frederick, Md. and New Haven, Conn. are being launched as new Reconnect cities.

Click here for a list of participating Goodwill locations in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Canon's Green Printers

Canon’s latest offering in the home printer market has taken a green printer with the use Auto-Duplex ADF, which allows double-sided printing, thus halving paper consumption.

The Pixma MX860 also allows double-sided copying and scanning of documents, eliminating the need to manually turn over pages and re-feed the document. It also has individual ink tanks, which allow users to replace just the colour that runs out.

For the first time, a PIXMA Office All-In-One printer has built-in Wireless/Ethernet connectivity, which allows users to print and scan easily from anywhere in the house. An added benefit is that users don't need a computer to print; simply insert a memory card and print directly using the huge 2.5-inch TFT LCD screen to view images and navigate controls. For added convenience, users can also scan documents and save them as JPEG and PDF data directly to a memory card or USB flash memory.

The unit prints at 8.4 ipm in black and 5.6 ipm in colour, and copies at 6.8 ipm in black and 3 ipm in colour. In addition, the built-in fax can store up to 250 pages of data, which means there won't be any time wasted following up lost documents should the fax run out of paper.

Also released at the same time are the PIXMA MX330 and MX320, which have the same efficient and convenient quality features, however the MX330 can view photos or documents before printing thanks to a built-in 1.8-inch LCD screen.

The PIXMA MX330 and PIXMA MX320 print at 7.5 ipm in black and 4.5 ipm in colour, and copy at 5.5 ipm in black and 2.2 ipm in colour. In addition, high-quality, long-lasting documents and photos are ensured due to Canon's Chromalife 100+ ink and paper system.

The PIXMA MX330 and PIXMA MX320 also have a built-in memory in the fax, allowing up to 50 document pages to be stored should the ink or paper run out.

Related Articles:

HP Introduces Eco Friendly Printer
Canon Pushes Eco-Friendly Green brand


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Monday, February 9, 2009

NDTV's Greenathon all Set to Take Off: Give Green

Taking forward its 'Open Up Tomorrow, Today' campaign to save our planet, NDTV supported by Toyota, will be telecasting a first of its kind 24-hour nonstop programming -THE GREENATHON- urging Indian citizens to take a pledge towards a greener tomorrow. The Greenathon starts across the NDTV network on the 7th of February 2009 at 7pm. The programming will showcase a series of on-the-ground activities such as round-the-clock clean up drives in Mumbai city and Yamuna Ghats in Delhi; a 24-hour marathon run by Milind Soman; a musical extravaganza by renowned Bollywood stars and simultaneous green activities taking place across the country.

The Greenathon will be inaugurated by Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Nobel-prize winner, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), and Dr. Prannoy Roy, Chairman, NDTV, while the 24-hour programming will be hosted by NDTV's Vikram Chandra and Preity Zinta, who is also the campaign ambassador. VJ Cyrus Broacha will keep viewers entertained for 24 hrs with his witty humour.

Give for Green

The Greenathon has raised over 2 crore for TERI's Lighting a Billion Lives campaign that aims at solar powering villages across the country. We thank you for your overwhelming support. The journey is not over yet..we will continue to strive for a better, cleaner environment. Donate for the cause and help bring the change.
To Donate

* Pay online: Find out how »
* SMS "[donate] [space] [amount]" to 56388
(For users in India only. Standard VAS charges apply).
* Send a cheque/dd in favour of 'The Energy and Resources Institute' payable at New Delhi, mail to Greenathon, NDTV, Archana Complex, GK 1, ND-48.
* Call 011-66176299, 18004194360 [Toll free]


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Ways to Go Green and Save Green

Going green is all the rage for a lot of reasons. Although some of this green talk is hype, a lot of it is the real deal. There are a number of things that you can do in your business to easily and cheaply jump on the green bandwagon and saving your organization a few dollars at the same time you help reduce your impact on the planet.

Green desktops. Most PC vendors today have an option for more efficient power supplies in desktop PCs. These power supplies reduce heat waste in your computers and can help to lower your overall energy costs. For example, Dell's Studio Hybrid consumes only 26W when idle and 44W at full load. In contrast a typical desktop computer can consume two, three & four times this amount. At the same time, make sure that power management is enabled on desktop PCs so that power consumption is, for example, greatly reduced by turning off a monitor after 20 minutes of idling.

Go to the cloud for your desktop services. Does your small business have relatively simple needs limited to email, word processing, spreadsheets and Internet access? CherryPal offers a service that can reduce energy costs related to desktop computing by up to 98%! CherryPal's unique PC consumes just 2W of power, although you will still have to power a monitor separately as you do for another other PC. CherryPal desktop computers have very minimal software installed and rely on users making use of Internet resources, such as GoogleDocs, although an open source word processor is installed on the unit.

Virtualize. If you have any kind of significant server infrastructure in place in your organization and you haven't virtualized everything humanly possible, do it today. Stop reading right here, go virtualize your servers and then come back and pick up where you left off. Seriously - it's almost the easy if you use a product like PlateSpin, which automates the process of converting physical machines to virtual servers. With the number of options out there for virtualizing hardware, there is no reason at all anymore to default to a physical server support for anything, unless absolutely required due to hardware compatibility issues or sheer processing needs. Virtualizing your server hardware to fewer boxes will save you money both in hardware and in energy savings.

Ditch your phone system. If you're large enough to have your own phone system and it's reaching the end of its useful life, look for a replacement that uses less energy. We recently replaced our outdated phone switch with a unit that uses half the energy. Obviously, we didn't replace the system just to save energy as the cost/benefit would have been way off, but it's a nice benefit.

Force duplex printing. Do you printers have duplexing units that allow you to print on both sides of paper? If so, force the printers to print duplex by default.

Consider recycled toner cartridges. This one is tricky as using the wrong vendor can ruin your printer and voice your warranty and there are a lot of scam artists out there. We've located a great recycled toner cartridge vendor local to Westminster College and we've had outstanding success... less toner waste goes to the landfill and we're saving a ton of money to boot. Do you research, get references and test!

Put your PCs on power strips. Even when they're not on, desktop PCs consume a small amount of electricity. By putting your PCs on power strips and asking your employees to turn their computers off at night by flipping the switch on the power strip, you'll eliminate this trickle of power. Be warned, however, that going down this road will also eliminate your ability to perform automatic nightly maintenance on desktop computers since they will be unable to receive any communication from the network.

Unplug the chargers. When your employees aren't charging their cell phones and other devices, ask them to unplug their chargers. Even when not actively charging anything, chargers do consume power.

Consider work-from-home arrangements. Do your employees perform work that must be handled from a central location or can they work from anywhere? If possible, consider allowing your employees to work from home and provide them with laptops. By doing this, you avoid having to have space for as many people; this is space that you have to light and heat. Further, your employees themselves will have less of an environmental impact since they won't be on the road as much.


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Friday, February 6, 2009

QSC-Microsoft Green PC Initiative All Set to Take Off

THE first batch of refurbished computers is ready for distribution to the underprivileged under a joint initiative launched by Microsoft and Qatar Scientific Club.

“The recipients are to be identified by a charity organization,” Microsoft country manager Mohamed Hammoudi told Gulf Times.

The Green PC initiative, launched last month, involves soliciting donations of older personal computers and laptops, which are refurbished and given away.
“Microsoft is supporting Qatar Scientific Club (QSC) by putting software onboard, primarily Windows and Office,” Hammoudi explained.

The official recalled that an announcement made by Microsoft for old computers resulted in good response with a number of organizations coming forward.
The project, a part of the IT giant’s corporate social responsibility programme, will also benefit the environment by helping to prevent the premature disposal of computers that can be re-used.

“As a next step in this regard, Microsoft is also assisting Qatar Scientific Club to make it an IT academy and develop a digital library,” Hammoudi pointed out.
This venture provides essential training tools and information on Microsoft’s latest technologies, which would give QSC members the opportunity to enhance their ICT skills and capabilities.

Though technology upgrades and organisational changes at many companies are creating an enormous surplus of older but usable PCs, only a small portion are redeployed to serve the educational and training needs of underserved communities, the official observed.

He said that millions of potentially useful PCs are going to waste and with them, opportunities to expand digital inclusion are being lost.

“With the help of Qatar Scientific Club, the Green PC initiative increases the availability of low-cost usable PCs to communities in Qatar that helps in the creation of new social and economic opportunities in the country”, Hammoudi added.


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Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Green Cases for Green Computers

Apple may have cornered the market on cool chic designs for wrapping its computers in but they aren’t the snitz when it comes to the green movement. No sirree Bob. Never mind all that brushed aluminum is for the artsy fartsy Web 2.0 crowd. Us real folks we’re into a whole new way of boxing up our computer goodies and we’re earth friendly to boot.

Yup folks the new green for computer cases is really cardboard brown in colour as evidenced by the two example I bring to you. The first is Francesco Biasci’s Cardboard green computer Case; which was a top entrant in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition recently. With this design you get the steel wool in name only instead of being used to make the case.

Green Computer, Green Cases for Green Computer

Which on the inside is made up like this

Green PC, Green COmputer Cases, Apple green computer

Next up on the cardboard front we have the Recompute which was also a part of the same competition.

Recompute, Green computer

This might be a cool way to show off how ‘green’ you are but I’m not sure about the real usability of them.


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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Environmentally Friendly Green Media PC

The Green Media Centre PC is perfect for those wanting a PC based environmentally friendly Media Centre without the carbon footprint of a concert venue.
This beautifully designed PC will look perfectly at home in your entertainment centre. With a 250gb harddrive, 1 gb of ram, 8 USB ports(4 front, 4 rear) a powerful yet energy efficient AMD Dual Core Energy Efficient 2 x 1.9GHz processor, HDMI and remote control. This being the specifications of the 'budget' model.

The 'entertainer' model comes with more options for network, TV and Sound cards as well as a AMD Athlon X2 AM2 4400. This model also comes with a number of options for different case styling.So , we can save energy as well as money by using green PC.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Samsung Developed Green Memory Chip

Samsung developed a green memory chip that consumes less energy,less power tapping into a growing demand for green energy-efficient servers.

Samsung claimed the world's highest-density dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip - 4 gigabit (Gb) double data rate (DDR) 3 DRAM chip - which consumes 40 percent less power than conventional 2Gb DDR3 DRAM.

Like its predecessor, the 4 Gb DDR3 DRAM chip is manufactured based on fine and cost-efficient 50-nanometer level processing technology. But the new chip doubles storage capacity and supports a lower voltage of 1.33 V, which helps save energy.

Samsung is the world's top maker of DRAM, which is used for primary storage in PCs, servers and others.

The development came as energy efficiency is increasingly important in the IT sector and demand is growing for larger data storage among server and PC makers.

"For the new generation of green servers, the 4 Gb DDR3's high density, combined with its lower level of power consumption will not only provide a reduction in electricity bills, but also a cutback in installation fees, maintenance fees and repair fees involving power suppliers and heat-emitting equipment," Samsung said in a statement.

"Low power DRAM used to be just nice to have, but now it's a critical requirement from major PC/Server OEMs," Jung Tae-sung, senior vice president of Samsung said at a forum last month.

The new chip not only enables lower power use and higher density, but also faster speed.

It achieves transfer rates of 1.6 Gbps (gigabits per second) at 1.35 V, 20 percent faster than the current industry standard of 1.333 Gbps at 1.5V.

Samsung seeks to leverage its technological prowess to widen the gap with its rivals at a time when global memory chip makers are struggling with tumbling demand due to the global economic meltdown.

The 2 Gb-or-highter DDR3 DRAM will represent 3 percent of the total DRAM market in 2009 and 33 percent in 2011.


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