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  • The 8 Most Important Actions To Go Green - Mathematically!

    July 17, 4:58 PM by Mark Ontkush in Culture

    David MacKay's online book "Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air" (free PDF download here) is probably the most comprehensive work out there on the five W's and one H of saving our collective fannies. David cleverly and painstakingly reduces

  • Green your Toilet Paper - Over is Better!

    July 9, 8:20 AM by Mark Ontkush in Bathroom Design

    Current Configuration has put some thought into the poo-poo problem and has hit upon the solution - hanging the bog roll with the sheets coming over the top wastes less paper. The hand-made diagrams and flowery explanations are priceless, including

  • One Year Cell Phone Vampire Power = Six Minutes Driving = One Bath

    July 1, 10:22 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    With millions of small steps available for people to green their daily lives, it's pretty easy to go burn-out. Should I stop flying? Unplug my cell phone charger? Or buy a Prius? Or a clothesline? Comparing the trade-offs between decisions takes

  • 66 Ways To Save Money on Gasoline

    June 23, 2:10 PM by Mark Ontkush in Cars

    While the rising cost of oil has the price of gasoline skyrocketing faster than global warming is melting glaciers, people everywhere are preparing for cross-country road trips to Grand Canyon National Park and summer camps in Maine. We can't really

  • Treehugger Buys an SUV - Hell freezes, Arctic Melts?

    May 19, 4:07 PM by Mark Ontkush in Cars

    [Editor's note: It probably comes as no surprise that this has been a hugely controversial post here among the TreeHugger community--both internally among the TH staff and with our readers and commenters. While we don't love the fact that there is yet

  • Microsoft Surface - The Last Big A** Table You Will Ever Buy?

    May 4, 7:19 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    If you are not familiar with Microsoft Surface, view said video; you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll see Peak Tech has arrived. Because what you are seeing, in action, is a $10,000 table where you can (a) watch video, (b) make maps, and (c) finger paint.

  • Google Goes Black For Earth Hour

    March 29, 5:59 AM by Mark Ontkush in Clean Technology

    Google raised energy awareness to the googleth degree today by changing their home page from white to black in support of the earth hour campaign; their brief statement is well worth reading. While the Googlers still don't think a permanent switch

  • Mozilla Firefox Goes 'Organic'

    March 25, 12:55 PM by Mark Ontkush in Clean Technology

    People have this remarkable quality of equating the properties of wildly disparate objects. These are often captured in the aphorism; no man is an island, food is love, green is the new black. Even more remarkable is that a wealth of meaning flows

  • Multifunction Printers Bridge the Digital Divide

    November 12, 2:31 PM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Didja ever wonder why the paperless office never happened? It's no secret; the proverbial 'we' introduced a second data stream into the equation, the digital stream. So now we need to convert paper faxes into emails, emails into text, scans into

  • Put This on Your Resume: Dell's Green Computing Competition

    October 22, 8:05 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Dell has issued a global challenge to help its engineers design the world’s most environmentally responsible computing technology. The competition, which is endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America, is designed to invigorate the

  • Tiny PCs - A Break From The Past

    October 18, 7:56 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Several PC 'facturers are creating ecological history by inventing "Good Enough" computers that are extremely efficient when used in the proper niche. Barring the standard marketing model (ahem, above), these models aren't the newest, fastest, or

  • ecoIT Roundup

    October 14, 6:40 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Here's a herd of facts and figures to keep the ecology-minded number-fumbler up to speed.

  • Lazy Disks: Another "Good Enough" IT Solution

    October 11, 6:15 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Practicality abounds in IT shops these days; first, we had the realization that 99.9 uptime was good enough for most business applications, preventing us from overspending on hardware. Now several vendors have taken this thinking into the data storage

  • Tin Whiskers Out With The Claws, Bricking Satellites and Pacemakers

    October 7, 11:00 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    There's something sprouting in every electronic device that you own, and it's not in the oh-happy-garden-let's-pick-the-fruit kind of way. In fact, this little something could very well end up bricking your device. They are called tin whiskers, and

  • Make Your Own Keyboard

    October 5, 9:25 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    File this one under the Keatsian department of "a thing of beauty is a joy forever." Much like these wondrous Russian computer cases, Hacoa is now soon-to-be-offering a do-it-yourself keyboard kit to the masses. The kit allows the purchaser to cut

  • Warning: 99.999% Uptime is a Myth, and a Planet Killer

    September 27, 11:09 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Uptime is a measure of the time a particular computer system has been "up" and running. Not surprisingly, it's the opposite of downtime, when a system is not operational. In geek cant, uptime is sometimes measured in nines; "Three nines" gives you

  • Green tech doesn't reduce computational demands?

    September 26, 7:14 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Ted Sampson over at Infoworld writes a nice column on sustainable IT which is a good read. His latest deadpans a briefing about AMD's energy efficient quad-core processor, where a journalist asked if AMD would be hurting its own sales with the release

  • CEPA Shutters the Nation's Leading Computer Recycler

    September 18, 6:30 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    The good people at the Alameda County Computer Recycling Center, a fantastic Berkeley, California-based non-profit group that recycles anything that plugs into the wall, is now under siege by the EPA. Its director, James Burgett, is a champion of the

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