Hopefully this is not going to continue for much longer (at least for Apple) but there is an apparent issue involving the iPhone 4S and its battery. According to way too many iPhone users, the brand spanking new and magnificent iPhone 4S cannot last longer than an hour before eating up around 15% of the battery life of the phone! Not only does the battery drain ridiculously quick, but charging it overnight is not going to help things. That is exactly what the author of this article tried here.
In order to curb the increasing dissatisfaction being experienced by many new iPhone users, Apple engineers have contacted various users to let them install a tracking file on their iPhones in order to determine what exactly is causing the problem. An upside to all this news is that the problem seems to be a software issue. This means a simple Apple software update would make everything right again in the world of iPhone 4S users. Let’s just hope this problem doesn’t end up being hardware related.
Hello everyone we are already in the middle of the week! (Wednesday) I am pretty surprised the week has gone by this fast! I have always really wondered exactly what constitues toxic waste. Toxic waste comes from a variety of different materials such as plastics, metals, noble gases, etc. But I wanted to have an in depth look at how devastating these byproducts can really be. Especially working for an electronics recycling company it might help me appreciate my job a little more. So I checked out the National Geographic page on Toxic Waste and here is what I found!
Toxic Waste Defined
By definition toxic waste is a “noun poisonous waste materials; can cause injury (especially by chemical means)”. These harmful materials arise from manufacturing processes, agricultural processes, septic system processes, construction processes and other industries. These can come in a variety of forms such as liquids, solids, sludge and contain various toxins like radiation or deadly viruses. Obviously these are all deadly to any living creature, including humans, mercury itself is especially dangerous because it doesn’t really disperse just accumulates.
Ways to “Destroy”Toxic Waste
Believe it or not according to National Geographic, the most COMMON way to get rid of toxic waste is to bury it in barrels in the ground…what?!?!. Yes that is a true statement click the link I provided to see for yourself. Especially when dealing with mercury containing computer monitors how could anyone allow the proper dumping of toxic waste to pass as a bunch of barrels buried in the ground?! It does not make sense and will eventually be re-leaked into the environment surrounding it. If waste is LESS toxic another common way to “destroy” toxic waste is to seal it into the ground by placing hard clay above it… again I don’t see how this is particularly preventive. According to the EPA, if you dump waste illegally (meaning it hurts the environment MORE than putting it in a barrel or forgetting to place hard clay above its resting place) then you run the chance of getting charged very large fines.
Toxic Waste Pictures
Here are a couple pictures of landfill sites:
Here is toxic runoff/ containment:
I myself have had my eyes open with this post and still am a little shocked at what the EPA deems as “acceptable” for toxic waste containment.
Since today is my Friday (I know I am blessed), I thought of ending my blogs this week with an Ask A Question post that sort of ties in with the personal computer theme I can’t get out of my head!
***SIDENOTE: I actually figured out my PSU (Power Supply Unit) for my computer is a stock dell PSU that has been running for at least 3 years. The problem is it has 4 12+v rails the strongest of which runs 30 amps WHEN it was purchased. That power has obviously been diminished since then and a system with a GeForce 8800 GTS (ancient video card) needs at LEAST 25/6 amps to function properly. Therefore daddy needs a new PSU (I’m thinking Corsair). I learned all this yesterday, computers are so fun and cheap! :ENDSIDENOTE***
So Bulldozer. Actually first lets check out what the fastest desktop CPU can do: Intel Core i7 995X. Want proof? Click here.
Intel Core i7 995X
Details:The newest addition to the Intel family packs a punch from 6 processor cores! Additionally, this CPU incorporates Intel’s Hyper Threading Technology and 12mb of shared L3 cache memory. This processor will operate at 3.6 GHz AND able to operate at 3.86 with Turbo Boost enabled! This is going to be one strong CPU. The rest of the stats mirror those of the Intel Core i7 990x. According to this new story, Intel is pushing the release date of this CPU as early as possible due to the recent story of its competitor, bulldozer. Click here for more info. Want even MORE information? Click here.
AMD FX CPU (i.e. Bulldozer)
Details: AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) recently broke the record for the world’s fastest functioning CPU. The CPU nicknamed “Bulldozer” has overclocked at 8.429 GHz. Before this the previous speed in the Guinness World Book of Records was 8.309 GHz. This beast makes Intel’s beast mentioned above look like a bunny rabbit. Apparently the only issue AMD is having putting this chip out on the market is a bucket of liquid Nitrogen and liquid Helium in order for the CPU to not overheat. Personally, I feel that is way too much to learn for me right now. I am barely grasping the basics of computer maintenance let alone throwing chemistry into the mix. The processor has 8 cores making it two cores bigger than the Intel Core i7 995x! The upside to this processor is, according to AMD, implementing fans and normal cooling systems found in PCs today would allow this CPU to reach speeds up to 5+ GHz. Still an amazing feat. Click here for more info.
Hopefully Intel finds a way to compete with this monstrosity and AMD finds a way to not make dumping liquid Nitrogen/Helium on it one of the requirements on the box!
Hi everyone welcome to the Void of interesting Things! I have been pondering a question all of this past weekend that should be pretty self explanatory (especially for me since I do work at an electronics recycling center) but isn’t. Basically I really wanted to know what makes e-waste such an international threat. obviously it’s a problem in developed countries with a lot of technology and pollution because of all these urban areas we have but why would the e-waste problem be just as bad or worse in countries located in Africa for example, where they have cities that aren’t as big as ours and don’t have most of the technology we do? It would make sense to me that those areas would not be so affected by e-waste but it’s actually the opposite. Click here for more info.
It turns out the first world has been using the third world as its international landfill for quite some time. I’m assuming the idea behind this was to get the trash far enough away from us so that we wouldn’t get hurt by it. Well the problem with this is that many of the materials present in common products that make up the e-waste we have been dumping into third world countries (i.e. cathode ray tubes in monitors, mercury lamps in LCDs) are poisonous to the environment AND basically get dumped back into the ocean by the residents of the countries we use as landfills. The article added above sums this up very clearly.
Essentially this is the problem and I feel it probably won’t stop because it has become a sustainable business that is profitable. The only way to really impede this momentum of ruin that we have propagated might be to spark a trend to increase the lifespan of our technological products. This website called www.ElectronicsTakeBack.com (quickly becoming a fave website of mine!), explains how companies tactically plan out how long they want your cell phone or computer to last see here. The list they have is really insane to see such common occurrences with electronic issues being summed up as a planned deficiency by the hardware manufacturer or cell phone distributor. But it makes a lot of sense. Working in an electronics recycling center I see anywhere from 50 to thousands of dead cell phones come in daily or weekly. That is the same for computer parts that aren’t even necessarily broken just one year, two years old. I think supporting the Electronics Take Back Coalition or at least having the presence of mind to wonder to yourself “I wonder why I have a drawer full of functional cell phones in my house?” will go a long way in moving towards the right step to make this world a better place. Thanks for stopping by my blog to read my rants! Over and out.
Here is more info on e-waste and legislation behind letting it go to Africa: Click here.
This question really bothered me after watching a History Channel documentary on plastic pollution and how drastic of a negative impact it has been having because of marine life thinking it’s food. I am not a “tree hugger”. However ever since getting a dog (Akita/German Shepard Mix; very smart/fun puppy) I have inexplicably gotten more attached to the natural environment. The U.S. Census Bureau has a population clock stating the U.S. & World Population at this very moment. Right now, 2:23 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the world population is at 6,957,210,733 people. Click here to see how many more babies are born when you start reading this post!
But back to the issue. 83% of the Earth. That’s an unbelievable amount of land. This statistic is from an article on National Geographic’s website, you can see it here. It is very old, 2002, which makes this even more shocking. The article goes on to give more statistics just to wrap your head around the 83%: In Ghana, 98% of discrepancies in extinction numbers over a 30 year period were attributed to the national park’s size and the people affecting it’s ecosystem within 30 miles of it. Ghana is nowhere near as advanced as more privileged countries: the E.U. or the U.S. Yet this footprint shows a reach extended by the technology advancing our civilization from the more advanced countries on Earth. This reach is both direct and indirect. Obviously pollution is an indirect factor and hunting down rare exotic animals is a direct one. But being 83% influential can be a positive thing too. Why don’t we move our weight around to dominate this planet in a good way? (possibly increasing our dominion for a little while longer in the process) It would not hurt to prevent one extra piece of plastic from going into the public drainage system and ending up choking “Nemo” (clown fish) to death because he thought it was delicious food. It’s just something to think about. Hope you don’t feel too bad after all we are only human.
Tell Me how to go from 83%- to 83%+. Share some ideas.