Most people spend 80% of their time on the computer reading and sending email and surfing the web. Modern day PC’s are somehwat overkill, with their booming 350-500 power supplies that belch enough heat out to warm a small duplex. Enter the CherryPal – a 2W PC the size of a paper back book. The small form factor is designed to fit anywhere in the house, and to provide enough power to perform basic compting tasks, while minimizing power consumption. The computing core is a Freescale CPU, and the OS is Debian. Because of the small form factor and reduced processor power, the CherryPal is touted to be using a ‘cloud computing’ technique, where some applications will be run on a server over the internet. No clear word on pricing at this time, but it is likely to be low cost – how much function it will retain without an active internet connection is al$os not clear. The unit slated for release on August 4th. See more information at The Register or Engadget.
As a marker of the true arrival of the green lifestyle, an entire cable channel devoted to all things green is now available on most major cable carriers. From their website Planet Green is ‘the first and only 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network with a robust online presence and community. Launching in June 2008, on-air content will reach 50 million homes with more than 250 hours of original green lifestyle programming’ (Planet Green). The channel is part of the Discovery Network, and if you want to check availability in your area go to their handy channel finder. The channel is even available in HD. Featured shows include ‘Alter Eco’ – an eco lifestyle makeover series; ‘Greenovate’ – house renovation with a green flair; ‘G-Word’ – a green lifestyle magazine show; ‘Hollywood Green’- news from Hollywood about green issues; ‘Mean Green Machines’ – a show dedicated to all forms of green transport; ‘Wa$ted’ – a show devoted to helping us reduce our environmental footprint, and many others. At last…. a good reason to still keep cable TV.
Welcome to GreenLifeHack, a blog dedicated to changes in lifestyle and attitude that promote ecological, green and healthy living, in a technologically advancing world. If the 20th Century was the century of technological advancements and the IT boom, then the 21st Century is going to be the century of the ‘Green Revolution’. In the 1980’s-1990’s, green living and being environmentally friendly carried a certain stigma and stereotyping. Now, living green is cool, socially acceptable and almost expected. While in the past, eco-friendly lifestyles seemed to shun technology in all forms, it is now clear that our technological advancements can drive developments in ‘green’ living. You can live a high-tech lifestyle and still be environmentally conscious and responsible. This blog will aim to bridge the divide between technology and the environment and to explore lifehacks that are green and eco-friendly. Read on….