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responsible internet

Monday, February 8th, 2010
sustainable_internet

www.sustainableinternet.org

Sustainable Internet is a manifesto for a wired sustainable future.
On the website ten guidelines are described, in order to outline a sustainable approach to the internet from an environmental, social and economic perspective. Existing problems, solutions and practices are presented, both for contents’ production and use. Also, some important thoughts are expressed, about sustainability issues related to the web’s infrastructure.

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Internet for peace

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
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www.internetforpeace.org

On the cover of Wired n.10 (December 2009) there’s a quotation from Shirin Ebadi: “io nomino Internet patrimonio dell’umanità” (I designate Internet heritage of humanity). It’s the sentence which opens an issue of Wired Italia, entirely written around their proposal of the Web as a candidate to the Nobel Prize for Peace 2010.

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less mobile chargers

Sunday, July 5th, 2009
MobileChargers

Guardian: Mobile manufacturers agree to universal charger; June 30th, 2009

The days of drawers full of chargers for mobile phones you no longer use could soon be over after manufacturers agreed to use a universal model. Companies including Nokia, Apple, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Texas Instruments, NEC, Qualcomm and Research In Motion have signed up to offer the charger, which will be based on a Micro-USB connector.

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Zii

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Zii

www.zii.com

www.ziilabs.com

engadget: Creative unveils Zii; January 8th, 2009

Zii is a system-on-a-chip architecture for high-demand media applications, featuring numerous discrete processing elements, officially presented on January the 8th, 2009. Creative Technology Ltd. announced the formation of ZiiLABS, with the combination of 3DLABS and resources drawn from the largest product group in Creative, the “Personal Digital Entertainment” group. Engadget reports: “If, despite our warning, you were still hoping that the Zii was some sort of new form factor media player or maybe even a futuristic computer that could morph and change shape as needed, prepare to be a bit disappointed”. That being said, the concept itself is still intriguing.

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bypassing censorship

Saturday, June 6th, 2009
bypassinternetcensorship

www.civisec.org/../everyone’s-guide-english.pdf

This guide is meant to introduce non-technical users to Internet censorship circumvention technologies, and help them choose which of them best suits their circumstances and needs.

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see also:

www.civisec.org/guides/everyones-guides

Disruptive Library Technology Jester: Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide; October 18th, 2007

DELL & LED

Friday, September 26th, 2008
dellleddisplay.jpg

direct2dell.com/…/2008/09/18/focusing-on-producer-responsibility.aspx

Dell plans to transition all of its new laptop displays to light-emitting diode (LED) in the next 12 months, a major achievement in its commitment to become “the greenest technology company on the planet”. Effective December the 15th, 2008, two-thirds of Dell LatitudeTM E-Family laptops will be shipped with LED back lighting as a standard feature. In addition to being mercury-free and highly recyclable, LED displays deliver significant energy savings compared to cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) technology. Dell also estimates that at least 80 percent of its total laptop volume will be delivered with LED as a standard back-lit display by the end of 2009 and 100 percent in 2010. The company’s progress in LED technology is evidenced not only by this long-term commitment but also by development efforts over the past 18 months. Dell expects these efforts to pave the way for others in the industry to follow.

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see also:

Treehugger: Dell to Transition All Laptop Displays to Mercury-Free LED Backlights; September 24th, 2008

EcoGeek: Dell Laptops Going 100% LED; September 24th, 2008

picture:
Jōsé, Creative Commons

HP packaging

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
hpwallmart.jpg

www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2008/080903a.html

HP wins Walmart’s design challenge

When Walmart asked electronics manufacturers to produce a product that would reduce environmental impact, HP was up for the challenge. And the result was a solution that reduced packaging materials. By replacing the standard packaging with a reusable messenger bag, HP has reduced 97% of the amount of packaging waste the customer will need to discard. HP ships three notebooks in an over box to retail stores; in this way HP has reduced 65% of the packaging waste.

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see also:

Treehugger: HP Bags Wal-Mart’s Reduced Packaging Award With Laptop In A Bag; September 4th, 2008

GreenBiz.com:HP Reduces Laptop Packaging 97 Percent for Wal-Mart; September 3rd, 2008

Metaefficient: Efficient: HP Reduces Laptop Packaging By 97%

Mark Up:Wal-Mart sul packaging fa interventi di sistema; July 18th, 2008
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