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NYTimes: Circulation Plunges at Major Newspapers

newspaperdeadIt's hard to actually imagine how massive the paper industry is; its impact on the environment, the carbon emissions, the waste, the trees used. But I like paper. I specifically like words, which make me part of my living and, as far as I'm concerned, make the world a much better place.

So I really really like words that don't have any paper. Like EcoGeek and Treehugger and But, with a great deal of respect to our physical forefathers, papers made of paper need to stop existing. Not 100% of them, and especially not the dedicated people who make them. Just the paper needs to go, not the words.

So please pardon me while I report the following story with a disrespectful amount of happiness: Circulation Plunges at Major Newspapers. An audit of 770 major newspapers has shown that circulation has dropped about three percent in the last six months, and much more than that in large coastal areas where more people are finding their news online.

While that's 3% less revenue for people who are much more talented and dedicated to their noble profession than I, it is also 3% fewer trees harvested, 3% fewer miles driven, 3% fewer loads taken, and 3% less pollution from paper mills. 

I sincerely hope that the look there viagra soft generic newspaper industry manages to revolutionize itself without a dangerous crash. But they will absolutely be required to cialis levitra use less paper, and for that I am thankful.

The CD is Dead, says President of EMI


Imagine an industry that sells something inherently non-physical but makes 85% of its revenue from selling physical goods. What is that industry to do? How about embrace non-physical media, scale back production and move forward into the next century. Well, no, they don't think they will.

"The CD, as it is right now, is dead."
That's blatant honesty from Alain Levy, CEO of EMI. And, as far as we're concerned, very good news. Less is more, right. If I can fit the entire works of the Beatles on less than a square millimeter of order prescription cialis my hard drive, then this is definitely good news. No shipping, no plastic, just electrons being pushed around for my listening pleasure.

I wish I could leave this story at that. "The CD is dead, EMI isn't going to sell them anymore, and we're all just gonna have to trade in our Discmen for iPods." But, no. Instead, Levy let us know that the CD is dead, so they will be including more 'special features.' Yes, he means more paper. More easily digitizable stuff to create, and ship across the world.

EMI: Seeing the big picture... and then pretending it isn't there.



New Entirely Solid State Vaio UX

Sony is releasing a new version of it's ultra-portable UX Vaio completely without a traditional hard drive.  Instead, this UX simply has 32 gigs of solid state flash memory. I'm fairly certain that this marks the occasion of the first commercial PC that uses only flash memory.  Of course, the UX is barely a PC, and the price is somewhat ridiculous at almost $3,000. 

But anything that brings solid state drives closer to market is worth notice, as solid state drives boot windows as much as five times faster and consume far less energy than traditional hard drives.

Via Engadget

Broadband in the Amazon

Deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, 2.5 hours by motorized canoe from the nearest small city, people are happily checking their email, conducting research for school projects and taking hotel reservations.

The Foundation for Integrated Education and Development (FUNEDESIN) uses a 3.5kw solar panel array to run the viagra no prescription cheap wireless mesh that distributes broadband internet through their extensive site in Yachana located in the Amazonian jungle. Designed and installed by Bruce Schulte, an American who has been working on wireless networking projects in Ecuador for many years, the mesh distributes broadband from a satellite link between the various sites on the river up to 5km away.

Further connecting this corner of the world, VOIP (Voice Over IP) applications like Skype run well on the network.  The foundation plans to set up their own VOIP server too which would allow them to link into the cell phone network, currently only accessible from the foundation's tower. In addition, this would allow incoming and outgoing calls via terrestrial networks.

An impressive bunch benefit from the network. The Yachana High School, founded in 2005, offers a degree in Ecotourism and mail order viagra uk Sustainable Development. Being online provides an incredible educational benefit for the students and teachers in every subject and helps them to bridge the digital divide.

The Medical Clinic that FUNEDESIN, built in 1997, benefits as well. Through Tele-Medicine, medical residents who spend a year doing rural service can now conduct live consultations from this remote clinic with experts in the Metropolitano Hospital in the capital city of Quito, or anywhere in the world.

Guests who stay at the Yachana Lodge, an award winning eco-tourism destination, can stay connected during their time in the hotel. Historically, FUNEDESIN and Yachana have run an office in Quito to handle their administration, bookings, accounts and other functions. Now that there is an internet connection throughout the jungle site, all of these functions are moving from Quito to Yachana, saving money, time and travel costs. Having universal internet access lets the foundation run all of their office functions from Yachana.

Further down the buy generic viagra from india river the Bio Science Field Station is run by Global Vision International. Recently a new species of frog was discovered at the GVI Bio Station. Being online allowed the centre to confirm their discovery and upload photos to the internet whereas without being online these activities would have taken weeks. 

Via Jon Anderson at Locust World 


Sony Reader Accessories

I'm probably abnormally excited about the Sony Reader.  Possibly because I was so in love with my beloved, but now departed, Librie.  So it is with considerable fanboyism that I present to you several sweet photos of only best offers viagra australia the Reader from Gizmodo, as well as some accessories that will accompany the release of the Sony Reader.
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