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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 buy viagra online at 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 canada cialis 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 order cheap levitra 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 natural viagra 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 data centers goes to power and cooling down all of the hotness the processors create. And the fight over performance per watt is a good one for the buy cialis 5 mg industry, the customers and the environment.

Let's just hope they can agree on how to discount generic levitra online 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 brand viagra 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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Build Your Own 1000 Watt Wind Turbine
Written by Hank Green on 11/06/06   

{mosimage}Live in a windy place? Need an extra 1000 watts? It's certainly enough to power your laptop, and probably also a microwave oven at the same time. What else could a guy want?

The folks at instructables are creating a step by step guide to try it online levitra prescriptions creating your own 1000 watt wind turbine – from scratch. Sadly, the tutorial isn't finished yet, so, if you start now, you might be spending a lot of time staring at your wire coil disk waiting for them to write the chapter on creating the turbine blades. Nonetheless, the complex stuff (DIY power generator) is all finished, so it's worth a look.


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Human Life Worth Less than Janet's Nipple
Written by Hank Green on 10/06/06   
{mosimage}In no way is this eco or geeky, but since no one seems to have noticed this anywhere else, I had to tell the world.  
This week the U.S. Congress sent to bills to the White House that will likely become law next week.  
Bill #1 (S 2803) The maximum fine to a mine operator for violations that could easily result in a human death is raised to cheap viagra 50mg $220,000 
Bill #2 (S 193) The maximum fine to a broadcaster that shows "sexual material that does not rise above the level of obscenity" is raised to $325,000
That's right, this week will go down in history as the week when Congress declared that Janet Jackson's Nipple is a worse offense than killing coal miners.
Thanks to my friend Abby for calling this to my attention. 
We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

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Mysterious Russian 'Star Battery': Explained (almost)
Written by Hank Green on 09/06/06   
{mosimage}Well, we've been keeping our eyes open for more information on this 'stellar battery' that we blogged about last week. Twice as efficient as a solar panel, operates in darkness and low light, cheaper than a solar panel. Lacking details, we were skeptical.

Well, the Russian scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) have given us some more information. They're claiming a 54% efficiency in converting visual light to electricity. They're claiming a system of storing that energy that does not use acid batteries, and they're claiming a 31% efficiency at converting low-light and infrared light to electricity. And, finally, they've actually given us a glimpse of how, exactly, this is supposed to work. Of course, they told the world in Russian, and we don't speak Russian, but we're happy to try and translate the translation / explaination we found at PESN.

The Russians said:
We have a revolutionary new 'star battery' that is made of heteroelectric matter.

The Russians meant to say: We made an ultra-capacitor and an ultra-efficient photoelement out of pharmacy viagra a metamaterial.

Now, this might not strike you as a huge difference. But we can actually figure out what they're talking about in the second sentence, while, if you google “heteroelectric” you find only articles talking about the star battery.

Read all about it after the jump: 

{mosimage}Only the most foolhardy among us continue to be in denial about Global Warming. Experts agree - it's happening. Problem is, nailing the specifics is tricky. The vast number of variables involved makes for complex models requiring processing power that makes Deep Blue look like a sissy.

The BBC Climate Change Experiment hopes to predict the viagra name canadian pharmacy future climate of our planet by harnessing the power of distributed computing (remember SETI@Home). You can join in by downloading a small program that will connect your computer to the experiment. The application doubles as a screensaver, and uses your computer's excess processing power to crunch away at the Met Office climate model .

An open source platform for distributed computing called Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is being used to run the experiment. Developed specifically for individuals to donate their computing power to scientific projects, BOINC harnesses processing power that would otherwise be wasted. The more people who participate in the experiment, the more complete predictions about the future climate will be.

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Chinese Fusion Reactor, From Left Field
Written by Hank Green on 03/06/06   

Lets start by saying that this isn't cold fusion, and it's not even producing more energy than is going into it. But...the Chinese did build a fusion reactor, and apparently no one knew about it.

The reactor is a smaller version of the 10 billion Euro International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) just begun in France (and not scheduled for completion for 10 years). China and only here order cheapest levitra online the United States are both partners in the ITER project, having contributed 10% of the cost of construction.

So this Chinese thing is quite a surprise, though, given their desire to usher a billion people into the middle class, we probably should have expected that they'd be working on something like this. It's not like they're afraid of large projects (see Three Gorges Dam).

The reactor, somewhat ominously called the “EAST” (experimental advanced superconducting Tokamak) was built using technical specifications from the ITER project. The system should go online later this year with a goal of we use it non prescription levitra producing electricity for 1000 consecutive seconds.  If this turns out to be a viable fusion technology, the world might become a significantly better place.

I mean, coal is evil, oil is evil, nuclear is evil. Fusion is what we've been waiting for, that is, if the viagra online usa Chinese agree to share the technology with us.

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Intel fights for Efficiency
Written by Hank Green on 02/06/06   
{mosimage}You might not have noticed, but in the last year or so, Intel has been totally smashed by AMD. Their processors have not met the efficiency of AMD and, as a result, Intel has lost a lot of market shared and big clients (including Dell).

Intel, has always focused on performance.  How many Gigahertz can they squeeze out of a chip.  The result has been extremely fast chips that run hot and suck power.  So fast, in fact, that no one needs them anymore, and so dealers aren't buying them. 

 Intel's new game plan follows the wisdome of AMD: Pay less attention to online pharmacy viagra speed, and more to efficiency. Oh if only car manufacturers would see that light as well! The true goal of efficient processors lies in battery life of portable computers, but we can't help but see the conservation angle.

Intel is fighting the battle for efficiency on a lot of fronts. Most interestingly by increasing the number of processing cores per CPU.  This allows each core to operate at a much lower clock speed without losing overall speed. This step alone is making the puchase propecia online new Core 2 Duo (which we at EcoGeek are hoping to own fairly soon) six times more efficient. This means longer lasting portables, cooler desktops and, most importantly, more efficient households.


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CRT Trash Can
Written by Hank Green on 02/06/06   

{mosimage}OK, there are an awful lot of cathode ray tube monitors headed towards landfills, and though this doodlepost article on how to turn a CRT into a trashcan doesn't really solve the problem of all the heavy metals inside the tube itself, it does elegantly turn trash into a receptacle for trash.  And, in general, is very humorous.  What better way to display your EcoGeekyness than by turning that monitor collecting dust in your basement into a dustbin for your office.  Plus, it's a perfect size for a plastic grocery bag to line it.  

But be careful, this definitely falls into the category of an extreme activity. You will, for example, be asked to decompress a vacuum tube with a shovel.

Via: DoodlePost 

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We have to remind him that ladies are ecogeeks, too, and sometimes our moment of weakness in geekdom is spotting an adorable necklace made from real coffee beans . I mean, look at the sidebar. You can choose the tint of buy canada in levitra your necklace based on the roast of the coffee bean.
Nothing says "I'm organic, but in that caffeinated way" like taking public transportation wearing a Cafe AuLait necklace, earrings, or bracelet.  Each bean is naturally roasted to cialis samples produce its full color, and then specially treated for strength and water resistance.
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Mysterious Russian Substance Could Save the World
Written by Hank Green on 01/06/06   

{mosimage}A while back, a mysterious announcement printed by Physorg piqued the EcoGeek interest. According a press release from the Dubna Nuclear Institute, a 'battery' has been created that can extract energy from both solar and stellar sources, is twice as effective as solar panels at converting light into energy, and is cheaper to produce than solar panels.

Only one piece of information has arisen since we first spotted the levitra pfizer 50 mg article. A second release found at ITAR TASS explains that the substance is a 'heteroelectric' but does not explain what a heteroelectric is. They do, however, re-confirm that “This product of development studies has already proved its high efficiency both in darkness and in cloudy conditions.”

So, that's very exciting, but also very mysterious. We'll keep our eyes open and price of cialis let you know when more information appears.

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Have a Green Summer with Google
Written by Hank Green on 01/06/06   
Google has created it's first "Mashup."   Mashups are, apparently, videos tours tied to Google Maps, further ushering Google into the category of content provider, as well as information manager.  

{mosimage}But, we here at EcoGeek aren't complaining, because the first Mashup they've chosen to release is .  Holy crap!  The Mashup, entitled "Have a Green Summer," provides environmentally conscious locales in five top destination cities (Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Las Angeles.)  This EcoGeek is actually from Orlando and used to work at the Google Green featured Orlando Science Center, so that was pretty exciting for me. 

But I urge you to check it out, and their tips for how to conduct searches for environmentally friendly services and products.  

I'm not sure that traveling to any of the places listed could actually be considered environmentally friendly.  But, since we're probably gonna be traveling anyway, it's nice to see Google is giving us educational and ecologically minded options.   

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