Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2007 19:19 UTC, submitted by DevL
Apple Steve Jobs writes about Apple's efforts to become a more enironmental friendly company. "Apple has been criticized by some environmental organizations for not being a leader in removing toxic chemicals from its new products, and for not aggressively or properly recycling its old products. Upon investigating Apple's current practices and progress towards these goals, I was surprised to learn that in many cases Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors in these areas. Whatever other improvements we need to make, it is certainly clear that we have failed to communicate the things that we are doing well." Among other things, Apple will introduce LEDs in displays to Macs this year.
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Reduce your clock cycles
by brewmastre on Thu 3rd May 2007 13:16 UTC
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What I don't understand is why more people don't buy computers based on chips like VIA's C3 and C7. When I build a computer, thats all I use. The C7 may only run at 1.5GHz, but thats plenty for and average desktop. RoHS compliance goes a long way to dumping less toxic junk into the earth, but it doesn't solve everything. Dell now sells computers that are 'RoHS Compliant' but still consume 150-200Wh w/o monitor. The computers I build, that are based on the VIA C7 consume about 36Wh. Also the VIA C7 is the marketed as the worlds first Carbon-Free CPU. Excerpt from VIA's page:

World's First Carbon Free Processor

The VIA C7-D processor is the world's first Carbon Free computer component, helping individuals and organizations reduce their Carbon Footprint. For every VIA C7-D processor sold VIA works with environmental experts to calculate the electricity used over the processors lifetime (assumed to be 3 years). Then from the amount of electricity used, VIA calculates how much CO2 emissions will be released into the environment mainly as a result of fossil fuel burning power plants, and then works with regional offset organizations to "offset" that amount of CO2 through projects such as:

* Reforestation: Planting trees in different areas around the world that absorb (or sequester) CO2 as they grow.
* Alternative Energy: By promoting alternative energy such as Solar power, power plants don't need to burn as much fossil fuels reducing the amount of CO2 released into the environment.
* Energy conservation: Efforts to help reduce the amount of energy used, meaning that power plants don't need to burn so much fossil fuels reducing the amount of CO2 released into the environment.

The other issue with computer companies, is that everything the build, is with hardware from the lowest bidder. Things like power supplies that are only 60-70% efficient. If you want to help save the world, but want to still have things like computers, do your research, build your own, and don't be cheap about it. Cheap might save you some money up front, but will cost you more in the end.

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