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Fascinating WebRTC Demos from WebRTC Expo

WebRTC has been described as the most disruptive communications technology of the decade. It has also been described as overhyped. Well, I...

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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Green WiFi

June 15, 2007

Something magical happens when you combine solar power and municipal WiFi. You get internet access for a population of 44,000 residents. St. Louis Park, Minnesota is where this green technology implementation is taking place. The WiFi APs will be connected by fiber and reside on 16 foot poles painted an aesthetically pleasing brown.   Clint Pires, CIO for St. Louis Park, said his city is the first in the U.S. to combine Wi-Fi and solar panels so widely.   "Our decision to use solar power reflects the city's philosophy of environmental stewardship, but we also expect to save $40,000 to $50,000 each year by using solar power instead of electric utility connections," Pires said in a statement.

Verdiem Joins Climate Savers

June 14, 2007

Verdiem, a developer of power management software for PC networks, has joined the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (see previous blog entry here).   “We are excited to work closely with this group of public and private sector leaders to help set and meet IT energy efficiency goals,” said Kevin Klustner, chief executive officer, Verdiem.   According to the release hailing the company’s charter membership pf the green initiative:   Studies show that PCs and monitors use as much as 14 percent of all power consumed in office environments. Based on its existing customer base, annual use of Verdiem technology reduces greenhouse gas emissions at a rate equal to taking more than 9,800 passenger cars off the road for an entire year, or conserving 5,181,586 gallons of gasoline.   Verdiem’s SURVEYOR, is software that allows organizations to measure, manage and reduce their PC network's energy consumption, saving money and lowering their network's total cost of ownership. SURVEYOR works by intelligently placing PCs into lower power settings when not in use.

Computers Need to go Green

June 14, 2007

Articles like this one really show how the typical PC has a way to go before it becomes green. Or at least much greener. Computers generate as much as 35 mullions tons of gas each year and this equates to about 100 million flights! It is unclear from this article if this is PCs in the UK or the world.   It takes around 1.8 tons of chemicals, fossil fuels and water to produce a PC, and its operation generates 0.1 tons of CO2 in a typical year.

GreenPrint To Pay the Fortune 500 To Go Green

June 14, 2007

GreenPrint has a plan.   They’re giving away their software.   GreenPrint’s software is designed to eliminate unwanted pages saving paper, ink, money, and millions of trees. You know, those blank pages that litter the garbage and recycle bins around the printer? The ones which print out with only a URL and a banner ad and footnote?   The deal is that GreenPrint will give away its software in exchange for half the savings that companies will reap by using the solution. The offer is available to companies with over 1,000 PC users.   The potential is massive.   According to the release announcing this initiative:   According to studies released by Citigroup and Lexmark, wasted pages account for as much as 25 percent of all printed material and cost the Fortune 500 over $1 billion a year.

Rackspace

June 13, 2007

Green Mountain Daily

June 13, 2007

Carbon Trust

June 13, 2007

Google, Intel Drive Green Technology Initiative

June 13, 2007

Intel, Google and over 25 other organizations joined forces in pledging their support for the environment.   Together with the likes of Yahoo!, NEC, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and others, the group announced the formation of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, an organization whose stated goal is to “save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting aggressive new targets for energy-efficient computers and components, and promoting the adoption of energy-efficient computers and power management tools worldwide.”   According to the Climate Savers Computing Initiative Web site, the average desktop PC wastes nearly half the power delivered to it, and this waste increases the cost of powering a computer, as well as increases the emission of greenhouse gases.   Among the goals of the new environmentally friendly alliance, the Climate Savers Computing Initiative hopes that by 2010, reductions in wasted energy and the adoption of eco-friendly methods of producing PCs will help lower greenhouse gas emissions by up to 54 million tons per year, which is equal to removing more than 11 million cars from the road or shutting down 20 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants   The initiative hopes that these steps will help save more than $5.5 billion in energy costs as well. -gg

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