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+ - Ask Slashdot How to code and design for lowest energy consumption? 2

Submitted by ahree
ahree (265817) writes "We're all aware that smart people came up with electric cars to save energy.

I got to thinking about how to code apps and websites with the intention of using the least amount of energy. Searching for "How to design website lowest energy consumption" basically brought up a list about home design so no dice there.

Seems to me that if we coded and designed keeping the energy use of our code in mind that we could save quite a bit of energy. That is, if a major website linked to other pages, for example, using just text instead of flashy graphics, that we could save quite a bit of energy. The whole economies of scale thing.

Or am I crazy?"

+ - Ask Slashdot: How to run a (small) business with Open Source Software? 3

Submitted by ahree
ahree (265817) writes "I'm starting up a restaurant with my wife and a few friends and, well, I'd like to support the OS community and hope that this is a way to do it. Simply put, we need to take care of bookkeeping, accounting & payroll and I'd rather not use QuickBooks. I've heard of some options that are open source (GnuCash), some that are cheaper & simpler (WaveAccounting), but I'm wondering what your experience with them (and others) has been like."

You've Dropped Your Landline — Now What? 635

Posted by timothy
from the copper-makes-great-bullet-jackets dept.
smurphmeister writes "My wife and I recently moved up to the world of cell phones, after taking our sweet time to make sure this whole newfangled technology was going to stick around. We moved the old landline phone number to her phone, so we're disconnected from the pole. Now the question is, what to do with the copper already in our house? My first thought was an intercom system, but that just seems so old school! So what ideas do you all have for what to do with the 4 little wires running to every room of my house?"

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