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Google And Intel Support Green Computing Initiative

The BBC reports that Google and Intel have shown support for a scheme that aims to significantly reduce CO2 emissions:

The scheme is expected to cut emissions by 54 million tonnes a year – equal to 11 million cars or 20 coal-fired power plants, company officials say.

Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Microsoft have all signed up to the campaign.

Computers and other IT equipment have been blamed for causing as much global warming as the airline industry.

We too can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by adopting green computing. Some measures that you and I, as normal computer users, can adopt include:

  1. Shutting down and powering off our computers when we’re not using it
  2. Switching off the monitor when our workstations are unattended; leaving it on standby still consumes electricity
  3. Enable power saving mode for desktops and laptops
  4. If you’re looking to replace that old CRT monitor of yours, purchase an LCD monitor. It might be slightly more expensive, but it consumes much less electricity
  5. Avoid overclocking your computer as this practice is not only potentially unsafe, it also makes your CPU work extra hard; thus consuming more power

Remember, taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility; not just big corporations like Google and Intel.

Intel Processors Messes With Your GPS

In a sense, this is not really a new discovery. We’ve been told to switch off our notebooks, mobile phones, and in some cases even mobile music players in airplanes because its frequencies can mess with the plane’s navigation system.

However, have mentioned in this post that the Swedish Defence Research Agency found that Intel processors seem to have a higher tendency to mess with GPS frequencies. Of course, other processors might not get off scott free either. From the article:

Using a computer in a car, plane, boat, or anywhere a GPS system is used, can mean that the sat-nav device starts working incorrectly. Many modern processors with high clock frequencies – such as those from Intel with frequencies of 1.7GHz, 2.992GHz and 3.2GHz – have been highlighted as possible sources of interference.

“But these are only examples of processors we have chosen to study. I don’t think there would be any difference if we were to pick other types [or processors] since it is the clock frequency of the processor that decides on what frequency the interference occurs,” said Peter Stenumgaard at the Swedish Defence Research Agency.