Thursday, April 12, 2007

Arnie on environmentalism

I hate to admit it, but he's right (see here). Guilt trips don't work, so while I'll continue to expose what I consider are poor examples of human behaviour, I think it's time to look at the positive side of environmentalism. I mean, look at eco-friendly light bulbs. Sure they save you money, but why waste 100 watts lighting a room when you can do it with less than 20 watts? It's an elegant, sleek solution that frees up energy for other uses or more responsible use. No one gets hurt using less electricity in this way, so it's got to be a no-brainer, right?

I love the idea of efficiency - look at today's PCs, getting faster and more powerful so quickly that no one has the ability to tap into their real potential. When machines like the ZX Spectrum and Atari ST were coming to the end of their lives, programmers found clever and exciting new ways of doing things with them that it wasn't thought possible. Imagine if people stopped having to upgrade their PCs every few years and instead found new ways of getting better performance out of their existing setups.

It makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

1 comment:

Steve said...

Talking of saving energy, have you seen this method of cooling servers/computers using oil?