Archive for the ‘software’ Category

Sugar and children

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Sugar Learning Platform promotes collaborative learning through activities that encourage critical thinking, the heart of a quality education. Designed from the ground up especially for children, it offers an alternative to traditional “office-desktop” software. Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with equal opportunity for a quality education. Available in 25 languages, Sugar’s Activities are used every school day by almost one-million children in more than forty countries. Originally developed for the One Laptop per Child XO-1 netbook, Sugar runs on most computers. Sugar is free and open-source software.



openLCA Beta 1.0

Friday, September 26th, 2008

After nearly two years of work, openLCA is finally available in a Beta 1.0 version, as free open source software, for modelling and assessing Life Cycle Assessments, with various import and export options, and with a help for clarifying some questions. The version released is for Windows (2000 or higher), a version for Linux is in preparation and will be publicly available soon as well (by now available on request).
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Friday, March 21st, 2008

On the desktop an icon opens the installer, which walks you through the install configuration. The boot process is unmistakably Ubuntu with a color and graphics change. However, the desktop is a customized version of Enlightenment DR17, one of the most underrated and underexposed desktop environments available; goS puts many of its advanced options and features to good use.


CO2 Saver

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

CO2 Saver is a lightweight program that manages computers’ power usage when it’s idle, saving energy and decreasing the demand on your power utility. The less electricity produced, the fewer harmful emissions and greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. What’s more, CO2 Saver shows the amount of CO2 you’ve saved single-handedly, as well as all other CO2 Saver users combined.

Google Earth +

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Popular Science: Future of the environment on Google Earth; July 2007

Popular Science announced that they’ve constructed a Google Earth layer highlighting several geographic points of environmental interest around the world. With the layer loaded, the globe will be dotted with markers indicating places of interest. Double-clicking them will zoom in and open descriptive boxes with expanded text, images and links.

freebase alpha

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

It is a free database about film, sports, politics, music, science and everything else all connected together. Freebase contributors are collecting data from all over the internet to build a massive, collaboratively-edited database of cross-linked data. It’s a big job and it is just getting started with its alpha version. Freebase’s aim is to make it possible to add high quality structured information to anyone’s websites, mashups and applications without worrying about restrictive licenses. All data is licensed (free to share, reuse, remix) Creative Commons Attribution.
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radar O’Reilly: Freebase will prove addictive; March 8th, 2007

Rough Type: Freebase, the web 3.0 machine; March 9th, 2007

Matt McAlister: is hot; June 22nd, 2007

m-square: Freebase è una bella idea; 28 Giugno, 2007
(Italian only) Freebase, un database di conoscenza; 29 Giugno, 2007
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efficient search

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

In January 2007 a blog post on ecoIron proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages. We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up…


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ecoIron: Black Google would save 750 megawatt-hours a year; January 20th, 2007