Responding to the publication of a report which shows Amazon, Apple and Microsoft all scoring badly when it comes to a reliance upon 'dirty energy' to power their data centers, Apple has hit back with claims that the report over-estimates the power consumption of iCloud and projects being constructed to offset energy usage. ![dweb-icloud](/attachments/small/0/dweb-icloud.jpg "align-right") [According to Greenpeace](http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/Campaign-reports/Climate-Reports/How-Clean-is-Your-Cloud/) cloud companies can grasp the opportunity to be a catalyst in so far as driving change towards cleaner electricity generation by "making better energy choice and demanding more from utility vendors" that could ultimately create a greener grid for everyone and a …

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Hello Everyone, I wanted to start on a personal project to see how much energy I was using when I had my laptop, tablet or phone plugged into an electrical outlet. I have no idea where to start and was wondering if anyone could get me pointed in the right direction. I was thinking of trying to write my own volt meter application and using a timer to see how much power is being used. Any help is appreciated and also what language would work best for this project? Thank you.

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Hello, anyone can suggest a free software (or paid) which could help me monitor the power usage on my computer system, like how much power is being used by the CPU, GPU, motherboard etc?

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[ATTACH=right]16125[/ATTACH]Google has been speaking about their commitment to be a[URL="http://www.google.com/intl/en/corporate/green/index.html"] cleaner, greener company[/URL] since they announced their commitment to become a carbon neutral enterprise back in 2007. Now, they have made a new green energy deal that could help give wind power the boost that it needs not only to keep Google green but to help the US finally break its deadly fossil fuel addiction. Google announced last week, that it has signed a 20 year deal with the alternative energy company [URL="http://www.nexteraenergyresources.com/"]NextEra Energy[/URL]. The deal is being carried out by Google's energy division which was formed at the end …

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Hi, 1. What is the maximum frequency of a form of energy observed so far? 2. What is the minimum frequency of a form of energy observed so far ? 3. Given an absolutely 1 cubic meter of empty space, what is the maximum amount of energy that can be stored in that area ?

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[ATTACH=right]16632[/ATTACH]This week, the world's most famous search and everything else company waded into a ballot battle in Google's home state of California. [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20013242-265.html"]At an event held at the company's Mountain View HQ[/URL], Google 'Green Energy Czar' [URL="http://research.google.com/pubs/author3525.html"]Bill Weihl[/URL] and a handful of other green business personalities announced their collective opposition to California's Proposition 23. Prop 23 will be on state ballots this November and, if passed, would block a previously passed law that sets out plans to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. It would suspend that law, known as A-B 32, until the state's unemployment rate dips below 5.5 …

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This morning, General Electric (GE) announced that it's investing in [URL="http://www.synapsense.com/go/index.cfm"]SynapSense[/URL], a startup working to develop hardware and software that monitors data center power usage in order to help companies determine where they can cut data center costs. Other investors in the company include American River Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, DFJ Frontier, Emerald Technology Ventures, and Nth Power. Existing customers of the SynapSense technology include Facebook, NBC, and Yahoo. [ATTACH]16145[/ATTACH] Along with the investment, it's agreed to create a commercial partnership with SynapSense in order to offer customers of its monitoring software and hardware for IT systems a package …

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By now you may have seen those little mini solar-powered phone and gadget chargers for sale for about 50 bucks or so, giving you juice whenever and wherever you need it... well, so long as it's not cloudy, and there's no trees or flagpoles in your way, and you've got about an hour to wait for enough of a charge to make a 10-minute call. In other words, the technology is still a little cumbersome, but that's about to change. The brains at [Sandia National Laboratory](http://www.sandia.gov/) in Albuquerque have developed some new solar cells that seem just to good to …

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Ok I have been looking for this for a while it is the ultimate list of repositories for the Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake distro. It will give you so many program choices you wont know what to do. simply goto your terminal and type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list (I chose gedit for this because im assuming it is the easiest for people try kate for kde, also nano,vi, and emacs should work) and then add this to the file # Treviño’s Ubuntu Dapper Sources list # http://italy.copybase.ch/blog/?page_id=13 # # Based on source-o-matic (http://www.ubuntulinux.nl/source-o-matic) list # Added extra repository # # If …

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Now that's what I call a really cool idea, an air-fuelled battery for the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/05/19/confession-i-am-sleeping-with-my-iphone/"]ever popular iPhone[/URL]. Actually, it is more than an idea, this is a development with legs. University researchers in the UK, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ([URL="http://www.epsrc.ac.uk"]EPSRC[/URL]) have designed something called the STAIR cell. The STAIR, short for St Andrews Air (the [URL="http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk"]University of St Andrews[/URL] is the lead researcher on the project) battery uses oxygen drawn from thin air to produce a reaction within porous carbon to create the electrical charge. The good news being that this pretty green and clean …

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It all sounds a little science fiction, but according to scientists at MIT it seems that a virus powered iPhone, laptop and even car are all possibilities stemming from research they have been doing. Although the potential for building batteries from viruses was discovered a few years ago, the MIT team behind the research now reckons that it has progressed to a point where the material being produced is powerful enough to power a car. What they have done is use viruses to create both the negative and positive charged anodes and cathodes that make up the component parts of …

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The stock market is taking another major hit today after consumer confidence numbers came in well below expectations. The Conference Board, which measures the monthly consumer confidence number, reports that June’s number fell to 50.4%, down from 57% in May. Big investors had been anticipating consumer confidence numbers in the 56% or 57% range. But those are just numbers – the real questions what are they telling us? And what does that mean for the technology sector. The answer to the first question is easy. Americans are absolutely terrified about rising energy prices. With the cost of everything from gasoline …

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Interesting news from a new study of 112 homes in the Seattle area that shows a 10% reduction in home energy bills through the use of "smart grid" technology. The study, conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, and reported on CNet News this morning, says its GridWise Project not only saves consumers money - - about 10% on average, according to the report, but it eases the strain on local power grids, as well. Smart Grids can automatically lower the settings on home appliances like heaters and washers and dryers, triggered by signals sent by utility companies over the …

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IBM has announced what it is calling the [URL="http://www.ibm.com/linux"]Big Green Linux[/URL] initiative in order to spark further interest in getting Linux firmly integrated into the enterprise, this time by going on the cost reduction and energy consumption attack. This follows up from the Project Big Green commitment announced by IBM back in May, with its aim to sharply reduce data centre energy consumption for IBM and its clients. IBM has announced that it plans to consolidate approximately 3,900 of its own computer servers on to about 30 System z mainframes running the Linux operating system. IBM anticipates that the new …

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For those who may not have heard, former network leader Novell (who owns SuSE Linux) made a deal with Microsoft exchanging some intellectual property rights. Those in the business-end of IT know that Microsoft is busy applying for thousands of patents concerning Intellectual Property -- have a look at Network Computing and Information Week for all the good details. From Groklaw: Under the Patent Cooperation Agreement, Microsoft commits to a covenant not to assert its patents against Novell's end-user customers for their use of Novell products and services for which Novell receives revenue directly or indirectly from such customers, with …

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What Caused Microsoft to Create DirectX10? It all started with the Windows Error Reporting Tool. Microsoft was collecting hundreds of Bugs per day only for its Operating System. Microsft Found out that 70% of all errors and bad user Experience in Windows XP comes from Graphic Display drivers. First, Microsft saw that most of the Drivers used are not certified (WHQL). Secondly, Microsoft also saw that due to the fact that the Graphic Driver runs in Kernel Mode, if it crashes, it brings the entire Operating System Down. So Microsoft said: “Heck! If we solve the only problem that is …

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Intel officially announced the introduction of 10 Core 2 Duo and Core Extreme microprocessors for desktops, workstations and notebooks. Intel said it has over 550 customer system designs underway, with the CPUs built on 65 nanometre technology. Machines using the desktop chips will be available in early August, while notebooks will become available at the end of that month. Five of the family are aimed for desktops, five for notebook and mobile users. The products were formally codenamed "Cointreau" and "Merom". The chips support 64-32 instructions, so called smart cache which shares L2 cache, wide dynamic execution, and instructions that …

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After months of possible merger information it finally happens and I am surprised at the amount of money that AMD had to spend on this. This is a huge step for both companies. Currently Intel is the lead manufacturer of microprocessors, semiconductors, and graphics chips with AMD being the second for microprocessors and Nvidia and Ati battling it out for second in the graphics chips. Now of course Intel graphics chips are like integrated graphics obviously if you need a high end graphics card you would go with a Nvidia, Ati, or some of the other card manufacturers. The only …

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The world of malware could be turned upon its head if the Blue Pill virtualization based rootkit due to be demonstrated at the [URL="http://syscan.org"]SyScan 06[/URL] Conference, Singapore, in a couple of weeks proves as undetectable as the security researcher who has created it claims. [URL="http://invisiblethings.org/"]Joanna Rutkowska[/URL] is a stealth malware researcher with a Singapore based IT security business, and specializes in rootkit technology. Using AMD's SVM/Pacifica virtualization technology, she has created a working prototype that not only takes complete control of the underlying operating system but also remains 100% undetectable while doing so. The demonstration will be on the Vista …

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I was recently working on a personal project to setup a PVR system for my living room. The first part of this project was relatively easy; I just bought another dell computer. The next step was a little bit complicated, see, personally I would typically like to use an OS that has a portage type system (Gentoo, FreeBSD, etc.), but I felt that I needed a little work on my [url="http://www.rpm.org/"]RedHat Package Management[/url] skills. This required that I use RedHat Enterprise 3 or 4, since the [url="http://fedora.redhat.com/"]Fedora[/url] code uses [url="http://linux.duke.edu/projects/yum/"]Yum[/url] (which I ended up installing anyway). When I first installed …

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At [URL="http://www.supercomp.de/"]ISC2006[/URL], the 21st International Supercomputer Conference, in Dresden, Germany today an interesting announcement was made by [URL="http://www.tyan.com"]Tyan Computer[/URL]: the launch of the Personal Supercomputer. Not quite a desktop machine, it is being marketed as a deskside unit, the [URL="http://www.tyan.com/products/html/clusterservers.html"]Typhoon PSC[/URL] certainly promises to pack quite a punch. The 8 processors and 64Gb RAM delivering a hard hitting maximum 70 Gigaflop punch to be precise. All this in a device no bigger than a couple of standard desktop PCs and bringing low noise and power consumption to what we normally think of as the noisy, high power end of the …

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According to just released research from Michigan based [URL="http://www.onlymyemail.com"]OnlyMyEmail [/URL]Inc it would appear that Sender ID is ineffective as an anti-spam solution. Despite the high profile, and frankly somewhat aggressive PR campaign by [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/safety/technologies/senderid/default.mspx"]Microsoft[/URL], the 60 day statistical analysis certainly suggests that it isn’t the Holy Grail of anti-spam that Mr. Gates would have us believe. Across a 60 day period, OnlyMyEmail discovered that emails sent by a domain without a published [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Policy_Framework"]Sender Policy Framework[/URL] (SPF) record were only slightly less likely to be spam than those sent by domains that publish Sender ID information in their DNS records. But, …

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The reports that are popping up all over the web that [URL="http://www.ibm.com"]IBM[/URL], along with [URL="http://www.gatech.edu"]Georgia Tech[/URL], has [URL="http://www.gatech.edu/news-room/release.php?id=1019"]demonstrated [/URL]the world’s fastest ever chip are, sadly, not quite as exciting as you might at first think. Not least because this wasn’t a chip at all, but rather a transistor, and even the least technical minded of people will realize there’s something of a difference between the two. Looking beyond that basic misunderstanding of the facts, the news still fails to excite me as much as it seems to have excited everyone else and here’s for why: Yes, it did run at …

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The triple-gate transistor is not new, almost exactly three years ago on June 12th 2003 at the [URL="http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20030612tech.htm"]Symposia of VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto[/URL], Japan, [URL="http://www.intel.com"]Intel [/URL]was heralding it as the future of chip design. However, the fact that at the same [URL="http://www.vlsisymposium.org/index.html"]Symposium this week in Hawaii[/URL], Intel reveals the technology is moving out of the conceptual research phase and could be used in chip production as soon as 2010 most certainly is newsworthy. Intel has successfully built the transistors which use gates on three sides to control current: a structure that reduces leakage (so less overheating and less …

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Multiple core processors are set to dominate the marketplace by the end of 2007, after [URL="http://www.amd.com"]AMD [/URL]follows [URL="http://www.intel.com"]Intel [/URL]down the ‘more performance for less power’ road. Having already beaten Intel to the dual-core processor punch, the announcement from AMD that it will ship four-core processors for high end desktops, servers and workstations by mid-2007 puts the chip giants back head-to-head once again. Considering the market share that AMD has carved out for itself in such a relatively short time, currently standing at 20%, Intel look a little exposed right now. It was hoping to stall the market slippage with the …

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In 2002, IBM scientists managed to produce a magnetic data tape capable of a storage density of 1 billion bits per square inch. This week the [URL="http://www.almaden.ibm.com"]IBM Almaden Research Center [/URL]boffins have done it again, in conjunction with Fuji, to the tune of 6.67 billion bits per square inch. That figure I confidently expected to rise to 8 billion by the time the tape becomes commercially available in 2011. If you are not a large corporate then this news will probably hold little more than a passing geek interest. For the enterprise that requires large volumes of static data storage …

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Remember this week, for it was the week that we lost the fight against spam. On May 5th I reported how militant spammer PharmaMaster had brought down the Blue Frog anti-spam vigilante service. I wondered then if it was the end of the toad for Blue Security, and sadly this has proven to be the case as CEO Eran Reshef has now closed the service in fear of escalating an online war claiming “I cannot go ahead and rip up the Internet to make Blue Security work.

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Just when you thought the spam problem couldn’t get any worse, comes the news that spammers are fighting back against the pro-active anti-spam community approach using tit-for-tat Denial of Service attacks and intimidation. The [URL="http://www.bluesecurity.com"]Blue Frog[/URL] anti-spam approach is a relatively simple one of ‘hit them where it hurts’ and for the spammer that’s in the wallet. How the hitting is done is the controversial bit. Instead of the spammer, Blue Security targets the companies whose products are being marketed. It works like this: you add your email address to an encrypted Do Not Include Registry database, you report all …

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Part of my new job as a Linux Engineer is to evaluate different Operating Systems. I am most familiar with RedHat, having grown up with their OS since 5.2 back in the mid-90's. Wow, have things changed. So, I looked at a linux that a lot of people are talking about: Ubuntu, and was pleasently surprised at how easy it was to work with. I worked with Ubuntu "Breezy Badger", the most current installation available. It installed onto my older Compaq E500 laptop without a problem, as it recognized the hardware and software (except the PCMCIA wireless card) right out …

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Early in November, Microsoft began a free web-based Virus Scanner, allowing members of the general public to come to their website, download a tool, and then proceed to tie up your box and scan it for all of the creepies that have infested your computer while on the internet. What they haven't readily disclosed, however, is that the scanner reports materials on your computer back to Microsoft HQ. BOOO! Windows Live Safety Center works with Windows XP Home, XP Professional, 2000 Professional, Server 2003, or Windows 2000 Server. You need to also run it with IE 6.0 or better, as …

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The End.