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Power Saving Software Checks to Make Sure You're at Your Computer

With computers taking on what is levitra more entertainment roles where user interaction is not as frequent, typical activity sensing power management sometimes becomes an annoyance rather than a helpful tool. A new webcam application called PecoBOO (with an emphasis on the 'eco') developed by the UK-based environmental computer manufacturer VeryPC uses facial recognition to determine whether or not there is a user in front of buy cialis on line the PC. If the user moves away, after 15 minutes, the computer goes into its power-saving standby mode.

This software allows a user to maintain power management without having to constantly keep having to move a mouse or tap a key to let the PC know that a user is still there. "Current power management software doesn't work very well because it interferes with people's lives - they're watching the iPlayer and the viagra daily monitor sleeps after fifteen minutes so they turn off the power management stuff. This is much simpler."

Occupancy sensors for rooms in buildings are a well-established method for controlling lights in spaces that are intermittently occupied. This provides a similar kind of function for computers.

It should be noted that this is tramadol online cod just performing detection of a face, rather than 'facial recognition.' In one case, a glitch was encountered with the system not properly shutting down due to a poster (with a face) on a wall in the computer's field of view.

The software is available for Windows XP and Vista, and comes included with new VeryPC computers. It is also available (in the UK) along with the purchase of a webcam.

Links: PecoBOO and Very PC

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Greenpeace Releases Annual Green Electronics Rankings

Greenpeace International has released its annual "Guide to Greener Electronics" where it ranks leading electronics companies on their policies towards toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.  This year, PC makers made up the bottom of the list, Apple floated somewhere in the middle and cell phone makers got the highest marks.  Below is the list with each company's score from 1 - 10 (10 being the canadian pharmacy cialis pfizer best) with the brief explanation of the score provided by Greenpeace.

  • 7.45  Nokia - Scores top marks for leading competitors on toxic phase out.
  • 7.1    Samsung - Holds second position for commitment to reduce absolute emissions.
  • 6.5    Sony Ericsson - Up two places with better product energy efficiency reporting.
  • 5.7    LG Electronics - Up two places but needs to eliminate hazardous chemicals from all products.
  • 5.5    Toshiba - Moves up two places with an extra point for promising to cut GHGs.
  • 5.5    Motorola - Scores higher and climbs two places because of order cialis on internet use of renewable energy
  • 5.3    Philips - Falls from 4th to 7th position and needs to put its commitment to responsible recycling policies into practice.
  • 5.3    Sharp - Rises from 9th to joint 7th place with its energy efficient products.
  • 4.9    Acer - Put out 16 new models of a monitor that are almost free of hazardous chemicals and climbed two places from 11 to 9 but still needs to sort out the power cord.
  • 4.9    Panasonic - Advance from 12th to 10th place for energy efficiency and samples of cialis PVC-free product range, but still bad on e-waste.
  • 4.7    Apple - Drops one position to 11th with no change in scores but gets kudos for their green MacBook.
  • 4.5    Sony - Plunges from 5th to 12th place for inadequate commitments on eliminating hazardous chemicals, e-waste policy and cutting GHGs.
  • 3.9    Dell - Stays at 13th place because of backtracking on toxic phase out.
  • 3.5    HP - Is at 14th position and has no products on cialis uk suppliers the market free of toxic substances.
  • 2.5    Microsoft - Loses a point for a poor recycling policy but stays in 15th position.
  • 2.5    Lenovo - Down two places with no set timeline for toxic phase out on all products.
  • 2.4    Fujitsu - Debuts second from last with no products that are free of hazardous chemicals.
  • 1       Nintendo - Stays put in last position with a glimmer of hope with partially PVC-free consoles.
As you can see, this year PC makers were highly criticized for either backtracking on commitments to remove hazardous chemicals from their products or not producing a policy to cheap generic cialis do so at all.  You can download a PDF of the full scorecard here.

via Greenpeace International


College Ups Energy Efficiency and Saves $5 Million

The University of Illinois, Urbana has not only met its goal of reducing energy consumption by 10 percent, but has saved a whopping $5 million as a result.  The college started the project to cut its energy use only 10 months ago, but they had given themselves a year to accomplish their goal.

The reduction in energy use was achieved by updating old lighting fixtures and ballasts in the buildings that used the most electricity.  The school identified 44 buildings to update and have already made the changes in 24 of them.  The remaining buildings will be updated in the second phase through the end of i use it viagra canada the year.

Another major factor in the energy savings was the installation of programmable controls and occupancy sensors in several buildings.  The controls have not only led to a 27% energy savings in each building that they were installed, but the Faciliites and Services Department has reported fewer complaints involving the heating, cooling and click here viagra online store lighting systems.

The project was funded mainly by grants and rebates and cost about $5 million so far, so the updates have given the school an almost immediate return on investment.  The school estimates that the upgrades will amount to energy bill savings of $1 million a year and as they continue to increase energy efficiency in more buildings, they expect to see that number rise.

via Treehugger


Survey Says Majority of People Would Choose Gadgets Over Environment

Here at EcoGeek, we love technology, gadgets AND the environment.  In fact, we believe that technology and innovation may very well be what holds the solution to the environmental crises we're facing.  So, when a recent survey revealed that a large majority of people would choose their gadgets or modern conveniences over the price cialis canada environment, it didn't surprise us, it just reaffirms that these things have to be made better, not removed from our lives.

The survey of 1,006 people by the Shelton Group found that when asked "If these things were harming the environment, which of the following would you be willing to give up?," only the following percentages would agree to go without:

  • iPod - 38 percent
  • Dishwasher - 35 percent
  • Microwave - 25 percent
  • Cellular phone - 21 percent
  • Air conditioning - 14 percent
  • TV - 13 percent
  • Computer - 7 percent
  • Car - 6 percent
  • None of only best offers order viagra online the above - 21 percent
  • All of the above - 6 percent

A lot of these items have moved beyond conveniences to necessities, so it's understandable that people wouldn't want to make the sacrifice.  Greenhouse gas emissions and e-waste pollution are concerns when it comes to link for you generic viagra soft tabs most of this list, but, unfortunately, the environmental impact is hard to appreciate when you need to use any of these items.  That's why until electric cars are common place, household electronics are made to be more efficient and everyone recycles, we'll keep bringing you stories of how we're getting closer to that day.

via CleanTechnica


How Windows 7 is Better for the Earth

I remember, not so long ago, listening to Microsoft explain to me how much power Windows Vista was going to viagra sales uk save. To sounded a lot like a long-winded discussion of how much power Windows XP wasted. So now, here we are again, and we get to talk about how much power Vista was wasting (and how much 7 will save.)

It looks, in fact, that the changes will be fairly minor. DVD ROM drives won't be spinning up as often, and Bluetooth connectivity will remain inactive until a device triggers it. Windows 7 solves an additional problem as well. Previously, many businesses instructed their employees to leave their computers on all night so that they could receive software patches that came in every few weeks. Windows 7 now has a power-saving sleep feature that can be remotely turned off in order to allow remote software updates. 

This, of course, is only useful to corporate clients, though that does make up a pretty huge amount of dosage viagra PC power use. Using the ultra-simple tools available in Windows Vista, Continental Airlines was actually able to save about $2 M a year in electricity. 

Via CNet
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