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EarthDrive Claims World’s First Earth-Friendly USB Drive

In a hunt for a new USB drive with more storage space than my sad little 256 MB that I bought for a whopping $56 in 2003 (yikes!), I ran across the ATP 8GB EarthDrive, which touts itself as the levitra en gel world’s first earth-friendly USB drive. The drive has some great features, such as it is shock proof, water proof and dust proof, has built in security software, drive partitioning, password protection and is nice and big with 8 GB of storage. But what makes it so hot as a world’s first for eco-friendliness?

This claim to fame comes the fact that it is made from bio-recycled plastics and is fully recyclable at the end of its life. Taking it a tree-hugging step further, a portion of all EarthDrive product sales goes towards the planting of trees through their partnership with American Forests. For $48, I think I can make a pretty guilt-free upgrade.


Cool In-Home Energy Display from Tendril

Boy, seems like just yesterday I was talking about smart grid stuff. There’s more news: Tendril Networks, a smart grid start-up, has announced all the goods on its networked in-home energy display, called Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE). There are a lot of versions of in-home energy displays out already, but the technology is pretty new so each new version is pretty unique, at least in layout.

Tendril’s in-home display takes the basic system that shows energy use at a given moment and builds upon it, providing information on how much money a home is spending on electricity at a given moment. This speaks much more loudly to the cialis low price average consumer, since everyone knows what dollars mean. The software works with utilities’ back-office systems and devices that use ZigBee to generate the info. Tendril Insight, the actual display, reads information from advanced meters installed by the utilities to give users their real time updates that can be accessed on the web, and the information can be compared to other similar households so the competition can really get roaring among neighbors.

Saving money on energy is going to get pretty darn easy with systems like that – and it won’t cost too much to sildenafil citrate access. Tendril expects that by mid-2009, consumers with advanced meters can buy the hardware for somewhere between $30 and $50. How much all the other bells and cialis online pharmacy whistles cost, I’m not sure. And access is admittedly still limited, since users need to update their junky old meters, and it works with ZigBee-enabled appliances, which aren’t yet universal.

Via cnet


D-Link Looks to Green its Routers

As you look across your desk at all of the wow)) cheap cialis order online blinking lights from your computer gear, have you ever wondered how much energy your router sucks down? On the one hand, probably not that much. On the other hand it is on viagra pfizer online all the time. You could find out with a guilt-trip power strip. Or, you could turn to D-Link. D-Link is proposing a sort of middle ground by using its Green Ethernet technology on select wireless routers.

D-Link says it is the first to market with "green home network Wi-Fi routers." While that might just be a bit of marketing mumbo, it is nice to note this technology is reportedly capable of saving up to 40 percent in power usage. Several products across the company's Xtreme N line of routers, including the D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router DIR-655, D-Link Xtreme N Duo Media Router DIR-855 and the D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router DGL-4500, are now making use of this Green Ethernet to we choice buy branded levitra "decrease energy costs by reducing power consumption without sacrificing performance." Could go very well with your new green Dell computer, and sweet external hard drive.


One can apparently get even better energy savings by using D-Link's Wi-Fi Scheduler, which provides a user-selectable radio shutdown option (adjustable by day and start/end times). Other initiatives focused on more environmentally friendly technology from D-Link include compliance with with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives and optimization for Energy Star certification.


IBM Moving Smart Grids Up on the To-Do List

In May we talked about Xcel starting up a smart grid system in Boulder. Now IBM may play a role in how that project unfolds, as well as many other smart grid pilot programs.


IBM is putting smart grids on their front burner by preparing a technical framework that will help to efficiently and effectively put new technology into the old electricity distribution grid. The framework will pull together common protocols and data formats that different utility companies and smart-grid companies can adhere to – in other words, rule books and common language to help new technologies plug in to the larger grid. The framework will help to end the hodge-podge testing of tramadol online without prescripton different ideas and different products that is slowing up actual change and improvements.


Why is cialis uk cheap it so important to get a smart grid up and running? Well, money. Consumers will be able to see their real time energy use and adjust their habits to rx canada viagra reduce waste. They can also have the utility companies help them out with making adjustments, such as letting the utility company turn their thermostats to a more appropriate temperature when the best place levitra grid is heavily impacted. Additionally, consumers can be charged appropriately for their energy use – lower rates during low use times, and higher rates during high use times. Basically, a smart grid can help utility companies and homes talk to one another to save money and energy. Saved energy means fewer new power plants and a better chance of renewable energy sources entering the competition.


IBM, as a large company, investing time and viagra brand name money in developing a framework for smart grids will help ease often-reluctant utility companies into the ring. Utility companies, and their investments, like predictability. And that can be very healthy for smart-grid start-up companies as well. So by providing something that promotes clear guidelines and structure, IBM will be assisting with getting utilities and smart grid companies to work together and get cracking on set-up.


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Dell Green Computer Ready for the Masses

Dell is showing off what may be one of the most mainstream, eco-friendly computers to date. It also looks really damm cool. It's called the Dell Studio Hybrid and it starts with a cost of around $500. You may have seen an early design concept of that featured before.

The Dell Studio Hybrid, available now, is about the size of a collegiate dictionary, according to Dell. It is also said to the best place levitra professional be the computer manufacturer's greenest PC to date. Highlights in this particular area include the aforementioned small form factor, making it around 80 percent smaller than standard desktops, packaging made from mostly recyclable materials and, most importantly, using reportedly 70 percent less power than a typical desktop. It is also said to meet Energy Star 4 requirements with a very efficient power supply.

The PC, which can be set in vertical or horizontal orientations, comes with a choice of interchangeable external finishes. This includes a bamboo look, which would go nicely with your new, eco-friendly SimpleTech [re]Drive.

Technical aspects of the Studio Hybrid can include, depending upon the configuration, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, digital/analog TV tuner, HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a Blu-ray Disc drive. You also have access, as an option, to a Dell online backup service.

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