Mark Ontkush

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    Corporate Culture Can Lead to IT Waste

    May 4, 11:00 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Ted Samson at Infoworld raises an interesting question - why do organizations continue to purchase more computers whenever there's a perceived need for more processing power? Furthermore, according to a report from Gartner (a well respected IT research

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    One Hand Clapping for Steve Job's Apple

    May 3, 6:45 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Steve Jobs has posted a response to the muffled whalesong that Apple doesn't have a green agenda. Frankly, this TH posted a shriek about it myself (it's showtime), but I'm glad Steve responded. And he responded as only Steve Jobs could.

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    Britons Waste £1.25billion on Annual Gadget Giving

    May 2, 12:21 PM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Yeah, TH covers gadgets; we got the Aquaskipper, the dog-powered scooter, the bike charger for cell phones, etc., etc. But we never said buy them. And we particularly never said buy them for people who won't use them. Preposterous, right? Who

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    Compressed Air Dusters Should Be Blown Away

    May 1, 11:48 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    The Sightline Institute has some revealing information on those handy computer air dusters. You might have used one of these things at some point in your life to clean your computer innards; more nefarious uses include making cool 'ice rods' in a sink

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    The Energy Tree

    April 30, 10:13 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    This just in from Yanko Design - the Energy Tree. Apparently in an effort to truly unite technology with the physical environment, designer Ben Arent has created a system that contains a real tree connected to a microprocessor. The device controls

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    Where the Druids Use Slide Rules, and They Use Them Well

    April 27, 8:58 AM by Mark Ontkush in Clean Technology

    With all this talk about Spinal Tap reuniting to do a Live Earth concert, it brought to mind the fact that druids still exists. And they have some revealing insights on the appropriate use of technology.

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    Planet Tells IT Managers to Do Their Jobs (or Become Irrelevant)

    April 26, 4:03 PM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    So says Peter Sondergaard, speaking at the Gartner Symposium ITXPO 2007. His keynote was on emerging IT trends and how they will affect IT on a personal and professional level. Peter highlighted four major trends; green IT was one of them. Score one

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    Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge Review

    April 25, 12:33 PM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Here's a technology that will really change your life - Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge (BOOK). No wires. No electric circuits. No batteries. Nothing to be connected or switched on. So easy to use, even a child can operate it. Compact and portable. Can be

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    It's Showtime, Apple Shareholders

    April 24, 9:42 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    You might have heard that Apple shareholders have before them a resolution to remove certain hazardous chemicals from their products. The resolution asks Apple to produce a report, within six months of the shareholder meeting, on the feasibility of

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    The Kerrys Speak Out On Environment

    April 23, 11:30 AM by Mark Ontkush in Corporate Responsibility

    Teresa Heinz Kerry and (hubby) Senator John Kerry came to Cambridge, Massachusetts last Saturday to speak out on the current environmental situation, and to encourage people to take action. The convocation was part of a tour for their new book This

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    A Laptop, Some Repeaters, a Sailboat, And a Quarter-Ton Server

    April 20, 11:11 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Picking up from my last post, this TH was part of a discussion to determine how far you could push sites such as Freecycle and Craigslist, where people give and get items for free. Would people really treasure my junk? Here's my experience; what's

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    Disposing of Your Computer for Joy and Profit

    April 19, 10:51 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    There may come a time where you will have an extra computer or two lying around. In fact, that time is probably now, as about 75 percent of used computers are currently stockpiled in storage (read, your basement). What to do, what to do - you don't

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    Powerpoint and Virtual Conferencing - A Deadly Combination

    April 18, 12:06 PM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Meetings - by phone, email, in person, or virtually - are all about communication, and almost anyone that deals with people regularly, as part of their job, will tell you that nothing beats face to face communication; you establish the relationship,

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    Sun Micro Both In And On The Money

    April 17, 1:07 PM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Dave Douglas (TH interview here), is the VP of eco-responsibility at Sun Microsystems and was recently featured on CNN Money as well. Sun is one of those vendors that everyone has heard about but no one outside of IT really knows what they do; this is

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    Chime In on EPA Server Efficiency Standard

    April 16, 11:54 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    The EPA has recently released several draft task reports on data center and server energy efficiency. The reports are posted on the Energy Star Web site and make for some fine, if technical, reading. The neat thing is that you can comment on these

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    Words From Dell

    April 13, 11:38 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    Matt James over at ecoGeek has a nice interview with Sean Donahue, spokeman for Dell, on their environmental program. There is some same old, same old here - Dell's Plant a Tree for Me program has been covered extensively - and there a quite a few

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    Land of Fire and Ice, and Data Centers

    April 11, 11:31 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    A data center is a facility used for housing a large amount of electronic equipment, typically computers and other communications gear. Although they vary in size, a big tech company (a Microsoft, a Google) might have well over 100,000 computers in a

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    'Vista Capable' Machines May Not Be

    April 10, 11:26 AM by Mark Ontkush in Gadgets

    The environmental impact of Microsoft's Vista operating system will be large; it is projected that over 10 million PCs will be scrapped as a direct result of upgrading to Vista, and the UK Green Party thinks it will create a Vista upgrade layer that will


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