Word up!

25 07 2007

This is going to be quick, as I’ve just arrived home from the gym, and have to shower, change, and head out again for my next appointment.

Today’s word is:

\rih-POST\, noun:
1. A quick thrust given after parrying an opponent’s lunge in fencing.
2. A quick and effective reply by word or act.

intransitive verb:
1. To make a riposte.

The sentence:

I’m renowned for having a quick riposte available for most occasions.  It’s not often that I’m caught speechless, but it does happen, which often causes a break in my confabulation. 😉

Have a great day!

Blackle… Is it the new Google?

25 07 2007

 Do your bit for the environment!

I stumbled across a little nugget in a friends profile last night, that I found truly remarkable.  In theory the idea is certainly plausible, and it’s not going to be too difficult to integrate it into my everyday life.
In fact, I already have, I used it last night to search for a link for my “Out and about in the big smoke” blog posting.

What is it?  Keep your knickers on!  I’m getting to it.

Everyone’s heard of and in most cases uses Google on a regular if not daily, and in my case, often multiple times daily to do web searches.  What would you say if I told you there was a way to continue searching for items on the Internet, but in a method that saves energy?  AND, that the more people that use it, the more energy globally is saved?

Oh I know!  I’m excited too!  At the time of typing this 112,458.737 Watt hours have been (allegedly) saved.

The application is “Blackle“, it’s just like Google, only black.  Sounds pretty obvious, but here’s the deal.  By not lighting your screen up “white” you’re apparently saving power.  In my mind, I’m thinking that the displayed black is still not a “dead screen”, that it is in fact a colour being used, but the logic still seems, well… logical!  I’m no scientist, lead me to the facts and I shall drink from them.  But as for you…  I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

My only issue, and it’s a minor one, is that currently there’s no facility for an image search, or language translation.  But surely that’s easy enough to fix, or it’s actually there and I’ve not seen it yet.  If I was doing the PR for it, I’d just smile sweetly, fix it, then claim that the link was there the whole time, but unfortunately the text colour was Black, on a black background, so while being TOTALLY environmentally friendly, it wasn’t entirely helpful.  Tongue in cheek, but an explanation.  Then fix it as fast as possible! LOL!

The official information or “About Blackle” is as follows (directly from their site):

How is Blackle saving energy?

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. “Image displayed is primarily a function of the user’s color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen.” Roberson et al, 2002

In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.

We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.

How can you help?

We encourage you to set Blackle as your home page. This way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.

Help us spread the word about Blackle by telling your friends and family to set it as their home page. If you have a blog then give us a mention. Or put the following text in your email signature: “Blackle.com – Saving energy one search at a time”.

There are a lot of great web sites about saving energy and being more environmentally friendly. They are full of great tips covering the little things that we can all do to make a difference today. Try Blackling “energy saving tips” or visit treehugger.com a great blog dedicated to environmental awareness.

For purposes of readability, I’m sticking to black text on a white background.  But if it makes you feel better, I typed this post with the light turned off…  and it’s pretty dark at the moment.  (Shhh, I typed this post last night, but post-dated it to save myself the effort today/tomorrow… you know what I mean.)