Posts Tagged 'Energy Saving'

Working While You Sleep…

Software That Carries Out Tasks On Behalf Of Sleeping Computers Could Lead To Energy Savings.

Technology Review (6/30, Graham-Rowe) reports, “Networked PCs are increasingly being left on 24/7 to allow for out-of-hours access by employees, says Yuvraj Agarwal, a professor of computer science at the University of California, San Diego.” Agarwal, along with other UCSD professors, developed an energy-saving solution wherein they “create a stripped down, virtual copy of a machine. Software running on a remote server maintains a version of a PC’s operating systems and applications. The software, called SleepServer, carries on tasks on behalf of the desktop machine while it is put into a low-energy sleep mode.” And, if “complex activity is required, the software wakes up the computer, says Agarwal, a process that typically takes less than 10 seconds.”

Reposted from the June 30, 2010 ASEE First Bell

The Fun Theory

Is it possible to change people’s behavior for the better by making something fun?  Take a look at The Fun Theory site and judge for yourself — it might just be fun!  This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better.  Be it for yourself, for the environment, or something entirely different, just so long as it’s change for the better.  Current examples include:

  • Bottle Bank Arcade Machine
  • Piano Staircase
  • World’s Deepest Trash Bin

And between now and November 15th you can enter The Fun Theory competition to submit YOUR fun, behavior-changing idea — and possibly win 2,500 euros!  See The Fun Theory Award web page for details and entry form.

Have fun!

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