Archive for August, 2007

Google’s efficiency

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

For the first time, Google showed some current design of custom power supplies used in their server farms. The company has a team of hardware engineers dedicated to the design of motherboards and other electronic components that go into Google’s servers to make them more power efficient. These engineers will then go to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and suppliers and order these custom-built servers.
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see also:

UberPulse: Power savings program at Google still in its infancy, admits fellow; June 12th, 2007

Zonbu

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
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http://www.zonbu.com/home/index.htm

http://www.zonbu.com/learn/green.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zonbu

Zonbu device consumes at least four times fewer chemicals and fossil fuels during manufacturing than conventional desktop PCs. Moreover, the Zonbu manufacturing process complies with the standards of the European RoHS Directive. The company provides a free take-back program to recycle your used Zonbu device responsibly. When you upgrade to a new Zonbu device or you’re finished using your current one, simply return it to the company and they’ll foot the bill for dismantling and recycling all the components. All components of our packaging are earth friendly. Zonbu’s ultra low power design combined with carbon offsets makes it a zero-emission computer; the company buys regulatory grade carbon offsets from Climate Trust.
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see also:

Trackback: Zonbu, il mini-pc ecologico da 99 dollari (o quasi); 24 Luglio, 2007
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ReteInformatica.net: Zonbu OS alla prova con VMware; 17 Agosto, 2007
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http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/zonbu

Technology News: Apple vs Zonbu, the death of image management, product of the week; July 23rd, 2007

PC magazine: Zonbu PC; July 2nd, 2007

EcoGeek: Zonbu (zero emissions PC) on sale now; August 1st, 2007

Machinist: Meet Zonbu, the amazing $99 green PC; August 2nd, 2007

http://www.climatetrust.org

freebase alpha

Saturday, August 18th, 2007
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http://www.freebase.com/signin/signin

http://www.freebase.com/signin/faq

http://www.freebase.com/view/tutorial/index.html

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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see also:

radar O’Reilly: Freebase will prove addictive; March 8th, 2007

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

Matt McAlister: Freebase.com is hot; June 22nd, 2007

m-square: Freebase รจ una bella idea; 28 Giugno, 2007
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downloadblog.it: Freebase, un database di conoscenza; 29 Giugno, 2007
(Italian only)