[LINK] Blackle: turn Google black to save the planet
pbolger at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 09:49:58 EST 2007
This may save energy if you are using a CRT monitor, but for LCD's it
makes no difference whatsoever. Is anyone out there actually still
using CRTs? We retired the last of our corporate CRTs over a year ago.
I notice that this isn't stated in the blurb on the blackle site.
On 26/07/07, Stilgherrian <stil at stilgherrian.com> wrote:
> Sydney-based Heap Media is getting attention thanks to Blackle -- their
> front-end onto Google which turns the website background black. In theory,
> this saves energy because a monitor uses more power when displaying a
> white/light image than a black/dark one.
> And the original theory about a black Google saving power:
> Currently Blackle's home page says "113,834.304 Watt hours saved. Two things
> strike me here.
> * 113kWh isn't much electricity. That's one server with a 500W power
> supply running for about 10 days -- or a fortnight, say, because it
> probably isn't fully loaded.
> * This is a front-end onto Google, serving out adverts and all. So
> that means using Blackie ADDS to the total power consumption. As
> well as whatever Google uses, you're also adding in the overhead of
> routing your requests via Blackle.
> Seems like a furphy to me. But hey it's a great way of getting attention for
> your business under the banner of "saving the planet", eh?
> Plus, having a black background means your site can have that oh-so-current
> style of having everything look like it's reflected in a shiny black
> surface. Ho hum.
> DISCLOSURE: Every website I'm associated with does not have a black
> background. Am I just having a sour grapes moment, or am I more concerned
> with readability of text on a screen? :)
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