Archive for June, 2007

BITeB

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Data manager: il computer usato da rifiuto a risorsa; 29 Giugno, 2007
(Italian only)

http://bancoinformatico.com
(Italian only)

Informatic, Technological and Biomedical Bank (Banco Informatico Tecnologico e Biomedico, BITeB), together with Regione Lombardia and Microsoft, presents to professionals its efforts to face digital divide: results, partnerships, and future projects.

scorecard

Saturday, June 30th, 2007
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http://www.climatecounts.org/scorecardlist.php?c=13

http://www.climatecounts.org/index.php

The companies in the Electronics make our computers, our TVs, our PDAs, our MP3 players, and our cell phones. The best of these companies have worked to make sure the latest technology is consistent with the most current thinking about corporate climate leadership. They’re doing everything from reducing emissions in their production processes, to making products that require less energy, to taking back products that are obsolete and turning them into the next big thing.
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WorldChanging: Climate Counts reveals which companies are walking the walk; June 19th, 2007

greening IBM

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Data manager: Data center e risparmio energetico; 14 Maggio, 2007
(Italian only)

IT-analysis: IBM’s Project Big Green; May 15th, 2007

Rivoluzione verde: IBM non resta fuori; 15 Maggio, 2007
(Italian only)

IBM has announced it is redirecting one billion dollars per year across its businesses to increase dramatically the energy efficiency of IT operations. Project Big Green outlines a five-step approach:
diagnose: energy assessment, virtual 3-D power management, and thermal analytics
build: plan, build, or update to an energy-efficient data center
virtualize: IT infrastructures and special-purpose processors
manage: control with power management software
cool: exploit liquid cooling solutions inside and out of the data center
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see also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtualization

recovery cultures

Friday, June 29th, 2007
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http://www.janchipchase.com/repaircultures

In an effort to understand the total user experience, Jan Chipchase explored local repair cultures during recent field studies in emerging markets. The journey has taken him to cities such as Chengdu, Delhi, Ulan Bataar, Ho Chi Minh and Lhasa with recent brief stopovers in Kampala and Soweto. They all contain clusters of shops and market stalls selling a mixture of used and new mobile phones, and whilst (in this instance) size does not necessarily matter, they often operate on a scale not seen in cities such as London or Tokyo.
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see also:

http://www.janchipchase.com

Climate Savers

Friday, June 29th, 2007
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www.climatesaverscomputing.org

The average desktop PC wastes nearly half the power delivered to it. This wasted electricity unnecessarily increases the cost of powering a computer, and it also increases the emission of greenhouse gases. Improving the energy efficiency of computers is a cost-effective way to reduce electricity consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. The “Climate Savers Computing Initiative” brings together industry, consumers and conservation organizations to significantly increase the energy efficiency of computers and servers.
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MIT news: MIT joins effort for energy-efficient computing; June 14th, 2007

ars technica: Meet the climate savers; June 12th, 2007

EcoGeek: Coalition to reduce computer electricity use; June 21st, 2007

Wattson

Friday, June 29th, 2007
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www.diykyoto.com/index.html

www.diykyoto.com/wattsonproduct.html

Wattson is a new home energy monitor that helps save money on bills and allows users the chance to really live a life of “less is more”. Software included with product to view chronological and real time data, connecting to DIYKYOTO community and hub (PC and MAC compatible).
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blogeko: Coscienza ecologica vendesi; 15 Maggio 2007
(Italian only)

guide to greener electronics v4

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Greenpeace: How the companies line up; June 27th, 2007
Greenpeace’s fourth Green Electronics Guide ranks leading mobile and PC manufacturers on their global policies and practice on eliminating harmful chemicals and on taking responsibility for their products once they are discarded by consumers. Companies are ranked on information that is publicly available and communications/clarifications with the companies.
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see also:

green-guide-to-electro-4.pdf

Blogeko: Ecoguida elettronica, Apple sale; 28 Giugno, 2007