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8.5 Watt Box, All Solid State.
Written by Hank Green on 20/06/06   
Your computer probably has a 300 watt power supply, most do.  But your computer doesn't use 300 watts.  It could, if it wanted to, but power supplies very rarely get maxed out.  Usually computers run at around 80 watts, less than your average lightbulb, a remarkable thing, considering what they can do.  Your monitor is a different story.  Add in a 17 inch LCD and you can add in another 60 watts. 

But the Fantsuam Foundation of Nigeria has just produced a computer that can be powered by a single small solar panel with an output of roughly 8.5 watts.  The computer has no moving parts, the hard drive is solid state flash, which we've touted the power saving virtues of before.  
 
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What's important is that it's possible.  The 'Solo' has one gig of storage, one gig of canadian rx cialis RAM (both solid state), and a 14 inch monochrome LCD keeps costs and buy cheap generic cialis power use down as well.  The system maxes out at $1,200, a fair price considering that the unit comes with a solar panel and rechargeable battery.  It's a ways off from Negroponte's $130 laptop, but at 8.5 watts, I'm impressed no matter what the pricetag.
 
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JUN 20

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USB Battery Charger
Written by Hank Green on 20/06/06   
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Anything that removes a wire or frees up an outlet has a place in my office.  My battery charge has a permanent place hanging from my wall charging double and triple A's that power my wireless mouse, my Sony Librie, my digital camera, various remote controls, etc.  But the Everfast USB charger promises to rid my ofice of those wires and free that battery outlet.  Unfortunately, my USB outlets are not in extreme abundance either.  But it would be nice to be able to charge my batteries right here where I sit, and not have to get up and walk all the way across the room to replace my mouse batteries. 

The chargers accept two batteries at a time, either AA or AAA and charge nickel metal hydride batteries (always make sure you're using the right battery with the cheap viagra from uk right charger.) 

So, if you want to reduce your heavy metal waste without taking up extra outlets, or if you're too lazy to daily cialis for sale leave your workstation to get a fresh pair of AAA's you might want to look into this. 
 
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JUN 18

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PopSci: 10 Steps to End our Fossil Fuel Addiction
Written by Hank Green on 18/06/06   
Popular Science is currently featuring the "10 steps to end America's fossil fuel addiction. "  Their steps make a lot of sense to me and they even quote Amory Lovins, sustainability guru, in their tenth step. 

So, here are the steps, the details are definitely worth a read:

1 Harness the Wind
2 Make Power where we use Power
3 More Hybrids
4 Better Ethanol
5 More Solar
6 Use Hydrogen
7 Wave Power
8 Geothermal
9 Make gas from Trash
10 Use less energy

All together, an excellent article.  Nothing in it is controversial or new, but it's exciting to see something so EcoGeek featured so prominently.
 
Possibly the most interesting thing about the article, though, is the excellent graphic by Nick Kaloterakis that shows a gas pump twisted into a light bulb.   Upon inspection, howver, it's quite obvious that this 3D model was originally a gas pump twisted into a noose, and it's just been very slightly reworked to look like a light bulb. 

I don't actually have permission to viagra online generic use these images, of course, please don't sue me. 
 
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Concept Green Smart Phone
Written by Hank Green on 16/06/06   
{mosimage}And speaking of cell phones...isn't this a beauty!  Of course, it's just a concept, but we couldn't help but share.  This little phone, about the size of a credit card, was created to be an Eco-Phone.  Made out of robert-alonso-photos.com bamboo, lower power E-Ink display, etc. 
 
The concept further pleases the viagra in canada pfizer EcoGeek by providing a rewards system for green activities.  Designer Nicola Reed says that a phone such as this could be able to analyze the user's day to day impacts on the environment.   Based on that analysis, green users are rewarded with free minutes and other bonuses.
 
We don't know that Verizon would buy intosuch a scheme, but Nicola gets props for the idea nonetheless.
 
 
 

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A New Kind of Solar Cell
Written by Hank Green on 16/06/06   
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We've already seen prototypes for a solar powered MP3 player here at EcoGeek, and a solar cell phone is an obvious next step for the prototypers of the world.
 
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a consortion of over 50 technology research firms (most of which are, surprise! German.)  Details on their solar powered cell phone are sketchy, and we are skeptical. This would, at best, simply be an alternate method for charging your phone.  It wouldn't replace power chords and, unless solar panels get much more efficient (or some mysterious Russian substance saves the day) there simply won't be enough surface area on a phone to power it.
 
Now, we should be fair, phones are getting more efficient all the time.  But they're also getting smaller (less room for panels.)  I'm ready to say that, if this ever happens, it's five years away.  For now, we'll just have to settle for solar backpacks and clothes .
 
 
 

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Solar Powered Backpack
{mosimage}Whether you're a bustling urbanite or a happy camper (or both) your portable devices need to be charged. The New York City based company Voltaic provides the solution in the generic discount levitra form of bags that double as mobile power generators. Three solar panels grace the bags and http://supportmichaelocc.ca/viagra-super-active generate up to canadianpharmacy 4 watts of power, allowing you to recharge most small electronic devices including: cell phones, cameras, two way radios, PDA's, and MP3s. Unfortunately the bags won't charge your laptop.
 
The award winning bags come with eleven standard adaptors for common cell phones and other devices and a full range of buy cialis pills optional adaptors are available on the website. Best of all, is the battery pack containing a 2,200mAh Lithium Ion battery, a voltage converter, built in LED torch and charge indicator. It clips inside the back pocket of the bag and allows you to save the juice for later. In case the forecast is really gray, the battery pack can also be charged using an AC travel charger or car charger (both included).
 
Currently Voltaic offers 4 different models, Backpack, Daypack, Pouch and Messenger and you can customize your bag by choosing the color of the solar panels – silver, orange, green or charcoal.  Regardless of which you choose, curious random strangers will stop you and saltlakewebcentral.com ask "are those solar panels?" giving you an excellent opportunity to speak to the discount canadian cialis virtues of renewable energy sources.
 

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Memory Stick Sticks
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The quirky Dutch design studio OOOMS has created a USB 2.0 flash stick housed inside of an...actual stick. While the odd juxtaposition between the computer and the natural stick is a nice way to declare to the world that you are an EcoGeek, there is nothing really environmentally friendly about the product.

Each stick is hand picked from the forest. Selected based on natural beauty, no two are alike. Choose from four sizes, 128Mb, 256Mb, 512Mb or 1Gb available at OOOMS website . While you're there check out other clever designs like Rebellious Cabinets, Hairhats and the Anti Gravity Machine.

 

 
I am Stuck on Fuel Cells
Written by Hank Green on 13/06/06   
{mosimage}Make: makes our hearts warm.  And Make: writer Gavin Harper can make a fuel cell out of a couple of bandaids .  So, listen up, all you need is two bandaids (the kind you would put on a nice big knee scrape,) some steel screen (the kind you would put around your pool in Florida,) some methanol (which, alas, you probably shouldn't have lying around the house) and an MEA (Membrane Electrode Assembly, which you should probably buy, rather than Make.)
 
Follow the simple instructions and, voila, a fuel cell.  Just plop a couple drops of generic cialis for sale methanol on your creation and, voila, .25 volts.  Enough to power, well, not much.  But still, your very own fuel cell.
 
 
 

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The H Train
Written by Hank Green on 13/06/06   
Some countries actually use mass transit.  Especially countries where urban centers are as densely packed as they are in Japan.  East Japan Railway Company servers some 16 million passengers every day.  When your citizens use mass transit, it becomes important to make that {mosimage}transit efficient and non-polluting.  JR East is working on alternative fuels for it's train system.  We've already mentioned their hybrid train technology, but now they're taking another step with a plan to introduce a fuel cell powered train. 

Right now they're still in the planning stages, of course.  The first trial would have a one-car train pushing 65 mph and emitting only water as its waste.  The train will also be 'hybrid' in that electric batteries will also power the viagra overnight delivery train and charge when the train breaks.
 
The biggest obstacle to the introduction of hydrogen vehicles has always been lack of infrastructure.  How many gas stations have you seen with hydrogen pumps?  This is less of an obstacle for trains, because there are fewer fueling stations and only for you cheapest cialis prices the fuel cell trains will follow specific lines, but creating the infrastructure will still be a challenge.
 

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Biodiesel Circumnavigation: The Power of Pete's Ass
Written by Hank Green on 11/06/06   

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Circumnavigating the globe in a biodiesel powered, ultra-efficient trimaran is one thing. Adding one liter of biodiesel extracted from your own ass is something else.

{mosimage}Pete Bethune is circumnavigating the globe for two reasons. First, to beat the speed record for circumnavigation. That will take about 65 days, besting the current record by ten days. Then Pete and his team will tour around the world for 18 months to raise awareness for renewable resource use.

And, yes, Pete had a pound of fat removed from his butt to be mixed with the fuel of no prescription his craft. A sacrifice, I suppose, he was willing to make.

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How Many Miles per Gallon Does Your CPU Get?
Written by Hank Green on 11/06/06   

We might all be plenty happy to ogle over the buying viagra in spain next gigahertz revolution, but CNet recently pointed out that rating processor performance alone is becoming a useless measure. We can make the processors fast, the quesiton is, can we do it without burning through the mother board (and the electric bill).

Unfortunately, the MPG of a CPU (theoretically measured in performance per watt) is not a simple thing to calculate. The measure of hertz, meaning processes per second, is now pretty much ignored. There's no perfect way to measure the performance of a CPU, and there is really no way at all to accurately measure performance per watt.

{mosimage}Sure, you could hold a thermometer to your CPU and run a billion calculations and divide one by the other, but AMD and Intel are going to start advertising these numbers, so they're going to have to figure out some industry standards.

Unfortunately the performance per watt of a processor tends to vary significantly as the processor is used more or less. Intel is measuring it's processors at full load, something very rarely seen by a processor, with encouraging results. AMD, on the other hand, says a more natural system for measuring performance should be tried.

Already the battle has begun, Intel claiming that its new server processor, Woodcrest, has overtaken AMD in terms of performance per watt, but AMD disagrees.

All of this, if you can believe it, is a big deal for IT industry power consumption. Fifteen percent of money spent in the operation of levitra online india data centers goes to power and cooling down all of the hotness the does propecia work? processors create. And the fight over performance per watt is a good one for the industry, the customers and the environment.

Let's just hope they can agree on how to measure it.

Note: Since this article got Dugg there's been a bit of discussion about the lack of real, hearty, technical information here.  Let me just say that I wrote this mostly as a redirect to the CNet article, which does have a lot of great information on it, and that I didn't expect this to get on Digg.  It was nice surprise though.  Thanks to everyone who's visiting EcoGeek for the first time, and check out the CNet article if you want more details.

 

 


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