MBAFK writes: There are a plethora of posts about ways to improve your energy footprint in your home, from the obvious (turn stuff off) to the drastic (get a $1500 energy audit). Unfortunately, many of these articles are a little shy on the actual benefits you could expect from implementing these measures, making it hard to decide what to do. For example, which should you do first: change your lightbulbs to CFLs or start using a programmable thermostat? We've done some estimation, and the conclusion is: in increasing order of benefit, turning off your computer, upgrading your thermostat, alternative cooling/heating, and changing your light bulbs are your best bets.
MBAFK writes: "Professor Kirk Cameron has some interesting insights into what it is like being both a professor and starting a company.
"Before I created my company when I first started talking to VC’s, the prevailing wisdom was that I was a typical (absent minded) professor and just about anyone would be better to run a business than me. Early on, my professor title was the elephant in the room. Like people trying to tell you you’re crazy without saying the word 'crazy'. 'This is a great idea, Kirk. But, are you really sure you’re the right person to make this into a company?' Some, under the auspices of tough love, were more direct: 'you should stick to your day job.'""
MBAFK writes: In this article Joseph from MiserWare describes the evolution and some of the technology used to develop a hybrid web-app (meaning native applications that work in conjuction with a web service) available on PCs, laptops, and servers for Linux, Windows, and VMware. Over 4 years of development he learned many things the hard way, including:
Use a high-level language for native application development unless you absolutely cannot.
Use the same language for your clients and your backend as much as possible.
Get your logging straightened out early on.
Try to encourage widespread deployment of the clients by individuals.
MBAFK writes: My coworker Geoff and I have been taking power meters home to see what the true cost of PC gaming is. Not just the outlay for hardware and software but what the day-to-day costs really are. If you assume a 20 hour a week habit and using $0.11 a KWH. Actually playing costs Geoff $30.83 a year. If Geoff turns his PC off when he is not using it he could save $66 dollars a year. Turn off your PC when you aren’t using it. The environment will thank you and so will your wallet.
MBAFK writes: MiserWare has plotted the usage of use their free power saving software on a world map showing which countries have the best ratio of green minded geeks to total population. They think this is pretty good indicator of where the geeks that care about the environment are living. At the moment it looks like the USA is in 10th place, which is pretty good given the size of the country.
MBAFK writes: In honor of Earth Day, MiserWare announced the release of Granola, energy efficiency software for PCs (see http://grano.la/). Granola can save up to 35% of the energy a computer uses. Imagine the difference that could make for the planet. Over a billion personal computers are in use worldwide, collectively consuming hundreds of billions of kilowatt hours annually. If each of these computers ran Granola and reduced their power consumption by only 10%, it would equate to removing 7 million cars from the road or planting 900 million trees or turning off 65 coal power plants. Granola is a free download for PCs or laptops running Microsoft Windows or Linux.