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Gmail is Sexier Than Ever!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog smack dab in the middle of (what I hope) is a very busy and productive work week to keep that clock mindlessly ticking away to the last hour before you “bounce”. So let’s get down to Gmail!

New Features:

– First off you will never have to worry about leaving the left hand side navigation panel all by its lonesome because of the newly enhanced scrolling panel! Whether your trying to chat with friends or deleting messages, this panel now (finally) scrolls with you.

– At the top right we have a neat little gear icon that, when clicked, actually changes the spacing in between letters to three different sizes. This ingenious concept is actually “geared” (get it?) towards making the view for Gmail much better if your on a device other than a computer.

– Even Conversation View got a facelift for the new Gmail layout. messages from your FAV friends are now accompanied by their profile pics on the left hand side making message viewing much easier this time around. Additionally, small little grey icons have replaced the myriad of options available per convo making it slightly more time consuming when looking for the option you want but does add a much more sleek look compared to the old layout.

– Not only is the layout being revamped for Gmail but the search box is too. Have a message that you’re looking for dating back to November 12, 2010? Just click the drop down arrow when you type in the document name and filter the search by date! Yes Google is spoiling us rotten with these benefits.

This about sums up the Gmail additions and cool new facelift it got from the older style. I personally love the color green but maybe later on they will include a change color feature! Or maybe they already have…..

Friday is coming up!

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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.

-Over and out.

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This is one Apple looking solar farm. Don't ya think?

 

Sounds like a really cool video game project actually. So I think by now people “glued” to my blogs probably know I am somewhat fascinated by Apple and the stories tied to them. Well this article is most definitely no different! Apparently Apple has depended on coal powered, o-zone depleting power plants to sustain the massive maintenance of cloud servers and large scale production of iPods they’ve so ingeniously mass produced. I wonder why no one ever mentioned these all important facts in the media…ever! Hmmmm well I still really like Apple and I think, after all the success they’ve had, it might finally be time to upgrade the electric/coal system they (and many other corporations) use. Of course Apple never goes in (or out) without a bang! so the most logical alternative to coal powered electricity would be a SOLAR FARM.

Yes it’s true. Apple has begun building a massive solar farm on a 171 acre lot it owns in Catawba County, North Carolina. So what is a solar farm? Well great question! Let me tell you. Solar farms are power plants that essentially focus on producing energy through solar power. Basically a bunch of solar panels are put up in the solar farm to collect as much energy as possible from the sun which is then stored in these “farms” which (in Apple’s case) can then power the facility or facilities that require power consumption!

This really cool innovation not only helps reduce Apple’s carbon footprint on the world but also will allow Apple to save money (alot of money) on a more “green” solution freeing up their funds to focus on producing better iPods!

Want to read up a little more on solar farms? Click here! How about skimming through the article for the Apple Solar Farm? Try here.

We are at the middle of the week people. You can do iiiiit.

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Tony Fadell. Most definitely one of the most single important names you have probably never heard of in your life. How you ask? Oh well you know that insanely revolutionary electronic product that literally changed the way you listened to music on the go? You know….the iPod? Or the follow up success the iPhone? Well you should thank Mr. Fadell for both of those Apple products. That is correct, Mr. Fadell was the mind behind most of the newer innovations and reasons for Apple being as powerful of a force as it has been in recent years. He was the guy that actually convinced Mr. Jobs. He convinced the guy responsible for convincing the majority of a nation (enough to make a company a very strong competitor to Google and Microsoft) to invest their time and money into a radically new invention nobody had seen before.

Same Innovative Inventions, Just a Different Day:

Now that Tony Fardell has departed from Apple he decided his genius could contribute to our world in a more meaningful, productive way rather than creating neat little gadgets that become e-waste after a year or two from being used. His response to this much too common issue was the invention of a thinking thermostat! Mr. Fardell’s company, Nest Labs, has patented and started taking orders for Nest the learning thermostat. Essentially this neat little thermostat assists you in tackling many of your common thermostat problems you’re probably having right now: continuous programming while you leave/walk around the house, dedicated power source for your thermostat, easy installation. So how does this little monster of a thermostat tackle these issues?: Nest learns and remembers behaviors of household members and will prolong/shorten the duration of time its on for without you touching it AND manages heat/air conditioning for itself if left alone for awhile saving you energy without even trying, Nest also comes equipped with its own rechargeable battery and lastly is completely installed within 20 minutes! There are many more benefits to this little wonder and I highly condone at least checking it out at the Nest Lab website here. It might just be exactly what you’re looking for!

Have a Great Tuesday!

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By Tree Hugging I mean environmentally friendly. ComputerWorld has taken it upon itself to review top IT companies to see which ones fit the bill the best when it comes down to taking care of your environment. It turns out out of the 70 applicants there were 12 top energy efficient companies that actually really care about their surroundings in which they live and strive to improve the quality of life outside of their own by incorporating “green” efficient practices into the workplace….and making a nice salary while they do it. Here are examples of some initiatives these companies have been taking:

  • Kaiser Permanente– Employees for Kaiser developed their own methods for measuring cooling systems. Plus they have actual “Keep IT Green” teams focused on brainstorming and implementing new practices that positively affect the environment each month.
  • All State Insurance– This company views green initiatives with a more practical approach. They focus on ideas that help them save money AND prove to be good for the environment.
  • KPMG– This Big 4 accounting firm is focusing on mutliple ways to decrease its carbon footprint: migrating to blade servers, raising data center temperatures, utilizing video chat to avoid transportation for company meetings and implementing solar panels where applicable on their company buildings.
  • State Street– This corporation cut its energy usage by 50% using compression technology! Specifically they used compression and deduplication technologies in order to drive down storage capacity by 40-50% That is a monumental difference when saving energy costs. According to Computerworld however StateStreet has been driven to better the environment for 10 years and keeps going.
  • NBC Universal– The giant network company NBC decided to contribute its “2 cents” to the improvement of the environment with just a small contribution of 47 TONS of hardware (a.k.a. e-waste) that they ultimately did not need. Specifically, NBC “virtualized” enough servers to shut down 2,000 physical servers which was about 60% of the total amount of servers they had.

These are just a few of the 12 companies covered by Computerworld. If you’re interested in reading more about these mean “green” machines or want to know about the rest of the list please click here!

If not then have a great Monday! Only 1 week left until Halloween!

 

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Possibly deadly competition for iPhone 4S?

 

Wall Street and Apple’s relationship is starting to get rocky. Apple has been having pretty rough times recently ever since the passing of the late great Steve Jobs and the problems have only been compounded by the recent downturn Apple has experienced in sales, specifically iPhone sales. According to the Wall Street Journal, analysts had previously speculated fiscal earnings for Apple would amount to approximately 20 million iPhones for the quarter but Apple instead sold just around 17 million. 3 million iPhones is a MASSIVE difference especially when your main competitor (Android) has a new Nexus phone coming out with a more improved OS from Google.

However there is a light at the end of Apple’s tunnel! CEO Tim Cook has been announcing his hopes for the upcoming iPhone 4S and has said iPhone 4S sales will boost earnings for the upcoming quarter enough to alleviate the past blemish that Apple did not expect. Hopefully this is not a sign of future dark things to come for the innovative tech company.

If you would like to read the article yourself click here!

 

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Hello everyone! This past week was an incredibly hectic week. We have been negotiating new contracts with very important clients and I am very excited about our future with them! For now however I really wanted to go back to recycling topics and e-waste related articles (even though it might be a little boring :p) because well I do work for an electronics recycling center and recycling is (or at least should be) an important facet of our daily lives. So for today’s post I decided to list the top 5 misconceptions people have about recycling. Some are actually shocking to me too others not so much.

The 5 ULTIMATE Misconceptions About RECYCLING

  1. Landfills are not a problem. WRONG. Landfill space in the United States is as a whole still very unused. According to the NSWMA (National Solid Wastes Management Association) America still has about 20 years left for landfill space across the country. Individual states however (Rhode Island, and most of the northern part of the U.S.) are extremely limited in the future space they have available for landfills and, in Rhode Island’s case, sometimes have less than a few years of space really pushing them to figure out another solution alone.
  2. Recycling Truck Usage Hurts O-Zone More Than Garbage Being Picked Up. Garbage trucks actually are nowhere CLOSE to burning enough gas in order to top the energy consumption used in manufacturing the trash they’re picking up. According to the NSWMA, an average garbage truck consumes .9 million BTU processing and pickup up garbage while a manufacturing plant making the garbage burns 10.4-23.3 million BTU.
  3. Your city is Getting Rich Getting Paid Out for Recyclable Materials. Also WRONG. Most cities are not receiving any or much compensation for recycling anything due to very unfavorable contracts they still have with several recycling companies. This is due to the fact back when these contracts were being negotiated conditions were more volatile and less lucrative, NOW however conditions are much better and these cities cannot partake in the payouts.
  4. Most Plastics Put in Recycling Bins Ends Up in the General garbage Dump. Semi-false. Many garbage dumps do not accept plastic but gradually many of them are starting to phase in plastic trash due to advances in plastic sorting technology!

Thank you for reading!

 

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Hello Readers,

Tragically yesterday the announcement that Steve Jobs had passed away spread throughout the world and reverberated across the internet in forums and through remodeled websites showing appreciation for the genius behind Apple and the direction it took in marketing its innovative products such as the iPhone and the iPod. Today I wanted to make a poll to show just how deeply Mr. Jobs’ message resonated with his consumers because I’m sure many people out there reading this have an Apple product at home whether it be the iPod Nano or a Mac. Please participate in this poll and let us know how Apple affected your life.

 
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Very cool pic I thought. Very accurate too considering my review of the latest flagship cards.

Today I wanted to cover two companies that have been responsible for pushing the envelope on how amazing computers can be at outputting more realistic graphics with each newly developed video card. Of course these companies are: NVIDIA and AMD. Both NVIDIA and AMD have essentially created the market for high end Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), technically NVIDIA created the first GPU in 1999. Conversely, AMD was the first company to develop APUs (Accelerated Proessing Units)

The Battle: These two competitors have been fighting for complete pixelated domination over computer graphics since NVIDIA came out with the GPU in 1999. AMD is mainly a processor manufacturing company but applied its computer knowledge to make some of the strongest video cards on the market today! Currently NVIDIA is looking to come back from defeat with its newer “Fermis” model video card which is a more improved Fermi card (hopefully one that uses less power!) Now lets look at each competitor to see who comes out stronger.

In This Corner: NVIDIA is my personal favorite when it comes to video card manufacturers and also seems to be the company holding the stronger foothold in some key functionality areas.

  • Direct X 11-NVIDIA cards are very compatible with Direct X 11 and Direct X compatibility of more recent cards comparable to Direct X compatibility of recent AMD video cards.
  • Display Support- More new NVIDIA graphics cards sport slightly more robust support for DisplayPort 1.2, which allows ONE NVIDIA card to manage enhanced graphics for up to 6 display monitors.
  • Stereoscopic 3D Support- NVIDIA 3D Support is pretty amazing (Check out this video! YouTube, you might need 3D glasses.) The main issue with NVIDIA 3D capabilities is the required 120HZ refresh rate for the monitor you’re using. SLI setup however, running two or more identical 3D capable video cards, allows you to power 3 monitors with the required refresh rate for amazing 3d graphics across three screens.
  • Power Consumption- More recent NVIDIA cards are much less power intensive than previous models but competitively speaking are still not as efficient as AMD video cards.
  • HD Video Encoding- The newer NVIDIA video card models feature the latest HD encoding support such full H.264 Decode Acceleration.
  • Strongest, Newest Contender- If you are willing to spend around $540.00 USD then the EVGA GTX 580 SC is one of the strongest NVIDIA cards out there today. This card is very power intensive (requires around 395 W/32 A. at max. power) and does not support DisplayPort 1.2. Click here for more info. Remember the EVGA model is overclocked slightly higher than the original model giving the card a higher output and making the graphics that much better.

& In The Other Corner: AMD has made a reputation based on efficiency and productivity and so it comes as no surprise ATI graphic card models consist of some of the strongest available in the market. Usually the downside to ATI cards seems to be the lifetime of the cards. The stronger they are the harder they fall! But here are some notes on AMD and its beastly cards.

  • Direct X 11- AMD sports equal support for Direct X 11 as does NVIDIA. Both cards function equally as well having some games perform better on either type of card.
  • Display Support- Guaranteed DisplayPort 1.2 support. In other words, these cards are built for multidisplay functionality, allowing the user to connect 3 different monitors with just one ATI Radeon 6000 card! This along with the fact that NVIDIA does not explicitly support DisplayPort 1.2 is a win for AMD.
  • Stereoscopic 3D Support- Conversely, AMD recently implemented 3D surround vision with its newer models where NVIDIA already had it implemented since 2009 with the announcement of 3D Vision (click here).
  • Power Consumption- Another positive consistent factor using AMD powered video cards is its reputation in power consumption. ATI Radeon video cards tend to usually consume less power than NVIDIA video cards and although NVIDIA has decreased the wattage required for newer models, on average, the cards are still using slightly more than AMD cards.
  • HD Video Encoding-Another strong suit for AMD video cards such as the ATI Radeon 6000 series is very robust support for HD video encoders. All the major encoders are supported with these cards such as: VC-1 and H.264.
  • Strongest, Newest Contender- One of the most newest models out right now for AMD video cards is the XFX Radeon HD 6970. This card is a veritable animal. 2 GB frame buffer, two 1.2 DisplayPort ports for multi display support and DDR5 memory support it almost beat the NVIDIA GTX 580 SC when rated in this article. But fell short due to <%100 of output used and pricing issues.

Winner?: NIVIDIA GTX 580 SC. On top of being my favorite video card manufacturing company, NVIDIA met its competition with its latest models head on in terms of performance and output  but really differentiated itself with the price. On average when I checked Amazon the GTX 580 SC was being offered at around $399.00 USD while the XFX Radeon HD 6970 was around $349.99 USD. Just $50.00 more for higher output and better quality.

 

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Recycling centers always have some used video cards! They always take them too!

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:

This is a landfill site used by the Air Force supposedly. I thought the barrels were suppose to be underground?

Here is another landfill site from some other part of the world besides the U.S. Does not look much different than the Air Force pollution site...

Here is toxic runoff/ containment:

Taking a sip of that sewage water would most likely cause life altering problems with your health. I wonder what farm that is?

These are Dutch scientists that obviously know the necessary precautions involved when dealing with toxic runoff. Hopefully not many tourists visit this specific location.

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.

Have a safe non-toxic rest of the week :).

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