Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 22:18 UTC
Editorial Your computer is an important energy consumer in your home. Can you save energy when using it? This article offers a few tips.
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Saving electricity?
by Fabimaru on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 07:44 UTC
Fabimaru
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2009-01-29

The problem is that it is a trade-off between saving electricity and having equipment that last longer. Laptop tends to have a relatively short life-time, and when something (screen, keyboard...) stop functioning, it is not easy to replace this part, especially after the end of the warranty. So people tends to buy a whole new laptop. Building and getting rid of electronic devices have great environmental costs (how much pure water to make a processor).
A CRT screen is by far less convenient than a flat panel, but the latest is not nice at all when it comes to dismantling.

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RE: Saving electricity?
by zima on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 08:12 in reply to "Saving electricity?"
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2005-07-06

It's not much of a trade-off in practice - at worst, you just use it until it fails. I think most units don't fail throughout their life, and people still get new ones (too often because "old computer started to be broken & too slow" aka just filled with crapware*)

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RE[2]: Saving electricity?
by renox on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 08:15 in reply to "RE: Saving electricity?"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not much of a trade-off in practice


I disagree: my 10 year old desktop PC is still going quite well (except for blue screen from time to time, don't know if this is a HW or SW issue) whereas I know someone who had a laptop which failed just after the end of the warranty.

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