Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 7th Jul 2010 16:58 UTC
Editorial Last month, I described how the computer industry encourages planned obsolescence in order to sell more product. This business model exacerbates the problem of computer disposal because it artificially shortens computer lifespans. This increases production and, ultimately, the numbers requiring disposal. One result is that e-waste -- electronics waste -- is one now one of our most pressing environmental challenges. Updated
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RE[2]: Old computers to charity
by lordepox on Wed 7th Jul 2010 20:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Old computers to charity"
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In a processor to processor test a Nahalem does use more power than a P3, but what I was referring to (and maybe I wasn't specific enough) was P2 complete systems. Today's hard drives and other internals have better power management features than before. A complete system now can run a web browser at idle for under 20 watts, a P2 or P3 system would be atleast 75 watts for the same given performance. Yes, the issue of software licensing can come into play, but if you use open source software that is eliminated. Where I live electricity costs $0.45 a kWh, so if your only paying $0.09 it may be different. I've replaced entire racks of systems and saved more money in electric in one year than the new machines costs. It all depends on your perspective and situation. If you were in the Sahara desert, than 100 watts is a lot, and that 10 watt netbook looks rather nice to run off solar.

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