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Free Software Cuts PC Energy Use

Remember the EcoButton? Well, there’s an upgraded version of cheap cialis soft a similar save-energy-via-PC-sleep-mode concept that isn’t made of plasticrap. A new free software program has been developed by Verdiem that will help cut PC energy use by allowing users to schedule when their computer goes into sleep mode.

Called – rather unoriginally – Edison, it’s basically a free version of their SURVEYOR software program. A user can decide when their home and viagra online without prescription best price work PC slips to sleep so it consumes far less energy. While my computer use tends to be, well, constant, and I shut it down when I head for bed, something like this wouldn’t do much for computer-dependent people like me. But I’m guessing that for people who know exactly when their computer won’t be in use for short enough durations that a full shut down doesn’t make sense, like lunch or dinner hours, then this program could be handy. I blindly hope that people wouldn’t need this for night use, and that they actually shut down their computers at night, but…

The software will also allow users to schedule when to shut down the screen and hard drive, and it lets users see how much electricity, CO2 emissions, and money they’re saving through their use of the software. PCs can be responsible for as much as 10% of a home’s energy bill, and one estimate places Verdiem’s software as saving about 410 kilowatt hours a year, which translates to a few bucks a month (a little less – or more realistic – than the savings projected by 1E and their similar software). Saving $2-3 per month really isn’t bad for just loading up free software and putting the pharmacy fast delivery viagra PC to sleep. It even runs on Windows Vista (gasp!).

Via cnet; Photo via Verdiem

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written by Clinch, August 07, 2008
I can't see this as being of much use.
If I know my computer isn't going to be in use when I go off for lunch, then I put it to sleep as I leave for lunch. If I forget, then it goes to sleep automatically after 5-10 mins of inactivity.
It's far easier to just change existing settings, than downloading, and constantly running a new program.
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Interesting
written by Grant, August 07, 2008
Doesn't XP and Vista already have this function? It seems like the people who have would download this have already adjusted their settings. Cool idea though!
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written by J.D. Lowery, August 08, 2008
What's the difference between using this software and using the Stand By and Sleep options that already come on the computer? Is it the emissions tracker?
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Just buy a Mac
written by DriftingSon, August 08, 2008
This capability has come for free with Apple OS's. If Vista and XP already have this function, then this really IS a waste of time!
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Did anyone actually read the article?
written by useful idiot, August 08, 2008
That is www.worcestercountybar.org the most clueless piece I've seen in long awhile.

Lessee, in the http://www.barefootfoundation.com/cialis-overnite same article, your PC can generate as much CO2 as the family
car, and cost up to $36.50 a year in doing so.

Utter nonsense.

It can also use 100 watts, or 10 percent of your elecrical consumption. That
must mean your total is 1000 watts. But a small (3 ton) central air
conditioner uses 6000 watts, your oven uses about 4500, hairdryers use about
1000 to 1200.

The cnet tech editor must be seriously math challenged.
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Sleep mode settings
written by Kolia Shlapak, August 08, 2008
Hi everybody! Have a little question: how much time of cialis 100mg predicred PC inactivity is enough to send it into the zvezdegranda.rs sleep mode?
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Hope this helps
written by Clinch, August 09, 2008
That's a tough question, and it partially depends on your computer, and what work you're doing when you sleep it.
And there's also the issue that 'sleep' can mean different things on levitra 20 different computers.

Standby takes only a few seconds to very good site indian levitra sleep/wake, and only uses 1-6 watts (compaired with 100-300 watts).
So I'd say even if you're just going of for a minute to get a cup of tea or something (because coffee sucks) then it's worth putting your computer in to this mode (there may a key on your keyboard to do this quickly [mine has a moon with a face on it].
As for auto standby, I'd set it for 5-10 minutes (set it low, then if you find it keeps going in to sleep when you're reading something on the screen, but not actually pressing anything, increase the time), and also set the screen saver for 30second before it goes in to standby (so you see the screen saver, and have time to stop it going in to standby).

Also, make sure there's a power-light visible, so you don't come back from lunch, and see the screen is black (because of standby), and leave it and go home/to bed because you think it's turned off.

As for Hibernate, this saves everything running to the hard drive, and turns off, so when turn it on again, rather than having to boot up, it just load the saved stuff directly from memory.
It takes 0.5-3 minutes to buy levitra online without prescription sleep/wake, and uses 0-1 watts (as it's basically turned off).
Personally, I don't see the point of manually putting your computer in to hibernate, it's better to turn it off, but I would set the settings to go in to hibernate after 2-3 hours in standby, so if you do forget to turn the computer off, it turns itself off, but doesn't lose your data.

As for whether it's better to turn your computer off, or put it in to standby sleep, standby uses less energy, (if the power to turn off, and to boot is take in to account) than turning off, but not turning off may cause system problems, and cause the computer to run slow (and use more energy).
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Source Code
written by xc, August 10, 2008
Great! Where can I download the sourcecode?
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use for buisnesses or organizations?
written by sean, August 11, 2008
So looks like everyone is pretty much on the bandwagon of this program is worthless, however wouldn't this be great for organizations with lots and lots of computers, many of which being different models/brands? I believe that at the college I go to canada viagra pharmacies scam a tool of www.syncom.nl this sort may be helpful as we have thousands of computers many of which i believe are running all the discount tramadol no prescription time?
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re:use for businesses
written by mark, August 14, 2008
The windows controls work just as well for lots of computers of different models and brands, they are standardised, can be set via central policies across all machines on a network domain, and they work as effectively as the drivers allow. This software can only access the operating system supplied power saving controls so it can't do anything the built in stuff can do, except provide a different interface to it, or maybe automating it. I believe this software only runs on windows, so you still can't integrate power saving settings across a network with macs, linux, or other machines. I can't see any way this software is female levitra useful.
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re:use for businesses
written by mark, August 14, 2008
The windows controls work just as well for lots of computers of different models and brands, they are standardised, can be set via central policies across all machines on a network domain, and they work as effectively as the drivers allow. This software can only access the operating system supplied power saving controls so it can't do anything the built in stuff can do, except provide a different interface to it, or maybe automating it. I believe this software only runs on windows, so you still can't integrate power saving settings across a network with macs, linux, or other machines. I can't see any way this software is useful.

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