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All posts tagged "green"


Friday, March 12, 2010

Going Green With a New Windows Home Server

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Since first hearing about the Windows Home Server operating system a few years ago, I've been intrigued with Microsoft's efforts in this space. I was fortunate to be included in the first beta, for which I used my old software/hardware testing computer, cobbled together from an assortment of parts. I called this my "Frankenbox"; the machine was a standard mid-sized tower with a 400 watt power supply, a 3 Ghz Celeron CPU, and 2 GB of RAM. When I deployed it as my Windows Home Server, I added a few new parts to it: an Intel gigabit Ethernet card, a SATA card for installing extra hard drives, and of course a bunch of hard drives. It's easiest to show the hard drive arrangement with a screen shot. Read more...


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Going Green with Tech

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/green-l...eview-1298.html

"Green gadgets for the home range from the must-have to the nice-to-know, and as I continue to look for affordable replacement options for my power-sucking traditional appliances, it should become easier to find just the right solution. While it’s always debatable as to whether replacing your existing gear with new stuff is a green decision concept, I would argue that as your older appliances and gadgets wear out, it’s always smart to look for the most advanced and efficient gadgets to take their place. What follows are the products that made the most difference in our lives during a month of testing."

I've put a lot of work into going green over the last few years and I've got to say, some of the items in this article are pretty weak. I mean come on, calling a heated, USB powered mouse green because it will keep your hand warm without pushing up the heat is really pushing it. I've reviewed Smart Power Strips and Bye Bye Standby here on this site and continue to use them to this day. We use compact fluorescent light fixtures and have started to switch out to LED bulbs. Almost all our laundry is air dried. We compost and recycle to the extent that we only need to have our trash picked up about once a month. We've even got rain barrels. So please, share some of your eco-tips here, whether they are tech based or not.

Tags: hardware, green

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's Easy Being Green

Posted by Richard OKane in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolin...aspx?i=3458&p=1

"Have you ever thought about how much it cost to run your PC -- the one you're using to read this article? What does it cost to play games, surf the Internet, or download files? It all costs money -- money that you, your parents, or whoever is in charge of the monthly electricity will have to pay. Those of you in charge of paying this bill will surely be interested in keeping costs down, which is why you might want to pay a little more attention to what sort of hardware you are using in your computer."

Take the time (and energy!) to read this article. It presents a great run-down of typical power consumption in two areas of the United States and Germany, and made me check my own local utility to compare. I have up to five computers (four laptops and a desktop server) in my household, in addition to my other wireless gadgets. I took the time to setup all of them - except the desktop - to sleep after an hour of non-use. The desktop server just does not wake well if there is a file request, but there are upcoming improvements in that area. I think one way manufacturers can start is to remove the "power on" functionality from remotes. I've read elsewhere that this consumes a huge amount of power over a year. So, how do you manage your power, if at all?

Tags: green, energy

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fujitsu Monitor Draws 0 Watts in Standby

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.electronista.com/article....draw.no.power/

"Fujitsu Siemens Computers on Wednesday announced the release of the world's first monitors to draw absolutely no power when in standby mode, or what the company calls Eco mode. The two SCENICVIEW ECO range monitors, the 20-inch P20W-5 ECO and 22-inch P22W-5 ECO, feature a power supply that automatically switches off when in the power-saving mode. The company claims the technology allows the monitors to draw zero watts during the state, in comparison to between one and six watt draws from competitors."

Sounds like it is using the small amount of power in the signal from the attached computer to control flipping the main power switch. One to six watts might not sound like a lot, but multiply it out by all the monitors out there and it really adds up. Very cool and I hope other manufacturers are able to implement the technology.

Tags: green, Fujitsu

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Announcing Dell's Cutting-Edge PC Design: Built From Bamboo and Milk Jugs??!

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.electronista.com/article...dell.bamboo.pc/

"Dell today unveiled a "never before seen" environmentally conscious computer clad in bamboo, which occupies 81 percent of the space typically taken by a traditional PC tower. While specifications were sparse, Earth2Tech reveals that the computer is made of 70 percent recycled materials, such as old bottles, milk jugs, and detergent cases, and that it would be available later this year for between $500 and $700."



Looks like Dell is attempting to cash in on the push (frenzy) to go "green". I think it's a great idea to use recycled materials, as long as that means the price doesn't become inflated just for being a "green" PC. I'm not a fan of the bamboo finish (hopefully they'll offer some other finishes), but if you want a PC in a Mac mini form-factor, then this might be the PC you're looking for. Would you be willing to dish out $500-$700 (or pay a premium) for an eco-friendly PC?


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