The above link points to a detailed guide for building a power efficient PC. For years and years, computing was all about performance: faster CPUs, better video cards, more RAM… Recently, we’ve seen a new trend, focused mainly on lower-energy, more efficient computing. Certain components are major power hogs in a modern computer and can be made more efficient, while others consume relatively little power.
Archive for March, 2008
A tiny, noiseless, extremely power-efficient PC was designed by CompuLab. It is designed to fit where a standard PC is too bulky, noisy and power-consuming, and draws only 3-5 Watts when running Windows or Linux: it consumes as little power as a standard PC does in stand-by mode. This makes fit-PC ideal as an always-on computer; you can leave fit-PC to work 24/7 without running up your electric bill.
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.
With DORmino, we simply try to help remove the wasted heat energy emitted by laptops to power a mouse, a common periphery used.
Probably, orded mice are a thing of the past, but most of the people using a wireless mouse have to constantly replace batteries to use it. And probably most of them aren’t disposed properly: heavy metals can enter the environment via a landfill and may produce environmental and safety problems. Because of this, instructions for a clean green mouse where published on the page linked above.
Being able to operate the PV computer mouse is dependent on a number of factors, above all the willingness of the user to adapt his behaviour to favourable light conditions by regularly charging the unit with daylight. With solar energy, under ideal circumstances charging can occur a factor of five times quicker than in the current situation. The net environmental benefit is still restricted by the high energy content of current PV cells. However the introduction of new types ofPV cells, on which TU Delft and partners are working, would eventually yield an even higher environmental gain.
The Printed Wiring Board Resource Center (PWBRC) provides easy-to-use, in-depth technical information on pollution prevention and regulatory compliance. The website has been established by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) in partnership with the IPC, and is made possible by funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).