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  • Blog Post: How much power do each of my household devices use?

    Finding out how much power my own household applicances uses has been an interesting experience for me. If you haven't tried it then see if you can guess which of the following three devices use the most power: a) a 37" LCD TV b) a 26" CRT TV - sadly no image to hand but I'm sure you've...
  • Blog Post: How much Carbon does a SnowMobile give off?

    I couldn't help wondering what the carbon footprint was of the SnowMobile I hired for the day today (whilst on holiday). It was amazing fun but nonetheless I wonder what the impact was on the environment? Did it emit less than my commute to the office would have done? The picture below shows the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Roundtable: a cool way to collaborate by video

    Finally after months of hearing about them we have Microsoft Roundtable devices deployed at our Microsoft campus near Reading. I'm sure Viral will go into much more detail over the coming months as he's the lead evangelist for Roundtable in the UK. You can think of the Roundtable device as a replacement...
  • Blog Post: How to put the front wheel on a bike

    OK I know - this has absolutely NOTHING to do with tech. I AM trying to be more environmentally responsible though and will be writing more about Green/Sustainable IT so it's almost relevant! My mountain bike has disc brakes front and rear. The front wheel has a quick release mechanism making it easy...
  • Blog Post: All we need is a Teleporter/transporter to dramatically reduce global warming

    As every geek/sci-fi fan knows there's always a place for a teleporter/transporter. Note: Thanks to Gizmodo for the image I'm luckly that I don't spend a great deal of time flying on business these days though I used to several years ago. I do enjoy experiencing different cultures and meeting...
  • Blog Post: I have even more respect for those that finished the London Marathon in three hours

    Like many other people I enjoyed watching the highlights on the London Marathon @ the weekend. The furthest I've ever run is five miles so I am impressed full stop when anyone finishes a marathon @ all let alone in three hours. I have signed up for the London Parks half marathon in October and have no...
  • Blog Post: DesignIT roundtable discussion/debate: Is blogging art?

    As I mentioned in my earlier post DesignIT: a mashup of charity, art and technology we held a debate at the Music Room Gallery to discuss whether Blogging is Art. We broadly agreed in the first couple of minutes that blogging is certainly a form of expression, many (I think all) agreed it's creative...
  • Blog Post: Earth Hour - Turn everything off for an hour between 8 and 9pm today

    The EarthHour website is struggling to maintain service as it's hit by a huge amount of traffic - I really like the idea - it won't save a huge amount of energy/emissions in itself but it will make people think about their impact on the environment and hopefully take action. The idea is that each...
  • Blog Post: How much power does my PC use?

    I'm sure the answer varies dramatically from device to device. Adam Carter has posted a video showing you how to find out on TechNet Edge
  • Blog Post: I'd love to hear from you if you're into Green/Sustainable IT

    For the last six months I've been turning my attention to ways in which I can both reduce my (negative) impact on the environment and help others to do the same. I have no wish to preach to other people and my journey to date has shown me that being environmentally responsible is hard. Embracing the...
  • Blog Post: How to measure the power consumption of electrical devices

    Following my how much power do each of my household applicances use you may be wondering how to measure the power consumption of your own devices both at home and perhaps at work too. I used a device very similar to the plug-in main power and energy monitor as advertised at the afore mentioned link...
  • Blog Post: What is work? Is it something you do or a place you go?

    Here's a picture of the office I work in: I go there to collaborate with other members of Microsoft and to meet customers. Microsoft measures my worth by the results I achieve. I have clear objectives. If I waste time and fail to do my job then I'll be the one who suffers. They do not require...
  • Blog Post: Why don't Green IT / sustainability conferences stream their content?

    There was recently a really interesting conference held in San Franciso and another held in London on the very topic of sustainable IT - neither of them provided the means for remote participation for those of us who either couldn't afford to fly there or didn't want to pollute the atmosphere by travelling...
  • Blog Post: How to be a positive force for the environment

    Like sooooo many people my thoughts keep going back to "what can I do to reduce my (negative) impact on the environment?" and "what can I do to help others be more environmentally friendly?" Clearly there are no appealing simple answers. Becomming a hermit doesn't appeal. Nor does grumbling at others...
  • Blog Post: How much CO2 will my flight to TechEd:IT Forum emit?

    I'm becoming ever more aware of the impact my actions have on the environment - particularly through travel. I'm "on the road" for the next four weeks and travelling to three different countries by air, using rail where possible and driving where necessary too. I am glad to see that the British...