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by padmewan
Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Apple Noise Patent Applications
Replies: 31
Views: 31711

Can the patent succeed?

If the subject of the patents are "old hat," then Apple should not be allowed to win the patent from the PTO.

Any thoughts on whether Apple is doing anything novel here, either in terms of actually getting theoretical designs to work or coming up with innovations?
by padmewan
Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which HW for these games? Please advise
Replies: 22
Views: 4255

Thanks for the suggestions :D I've read about GTA4 and it's content, and I'll definately have a serious word with his dad. I assume you are concerned about the violence in GTA4? This happens to be one of my research areas -- a lot depends on how mature your nephew is and the context in which he pla...
by padmewan
Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seven - and now Eight Years of SPCR!
Replies: 78
Views: 64905

Congrats! As others have mentioned, this site has already changed the industry, and as silence touches on so many important values to consumers, I suspect SPCR will remain at the forefront!
by padmewan
Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 99446

Using this with amp'ed computer speakers?

All you audiophiles in this thread -- Please don't make fun of this idea (too much)... I have an old Megaworks 550, which is already amped, so input for that needs to come in from pre-amped source. is that possible with this mobo? I know these are not super-high quality speakers, but I'm thinking on...
by padmewan
Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:05 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: GPU idle power up 10x since 2 years ago?
Replies: 9
Views: 5608

As BillyBuerger points out the prices of the "middle cards" have dropped a bit and today you can sort of get $150 performance at $100. Take a look at the HD4670. That's a card that performs really well (better than the 7600GS in its days) and draws less power than a 7600GS (at idle anyway). I'll be...
by padmewan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: GPU idle power up 10x since 2 years ago?
Replies: 9
Views: 5608

Re: GPU idle power up 10x since 2 years ago?

I think you're looking at it the wrong way. Yes, the 7600GS was the same price you can now get a HD4850... But that's not because their equal cards but because prices have dropped considerably that now you can get a higher end card for the same price you used to have to pay for a lower end card. Of...
by padmewan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: GPU idle power up 10x since 2 years ago?
Replies: 9
Views: 5608

Thanks!

Careless reading on my part! This is a 3x jump in idle, which to me is still baffling... with increased CPU/GPU efficiency over time, I don't get why idling is so hard to throttle down. Are there software / mobo solutions for constraining GPU idle power draw? Or is all that juice really needed, even...
by padmewan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: $100 Linux wall-wart launches
Replies: 6
Views: 6466

What results?

What's the verdict on this? I'm looking for an NAS solution... but don't know jack about Linux and would to buy one of these configured.
by padmewan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: GPU idle power up 10x since 2 years ago?
Replies: 9
Views: 5608

GPU idle power up 10x since 2 years ago?

Two years ago I plugged a passively-cooled Gigabyte GV-N76G256D 7600GS (AGP8x) into my rig. According to reviews, it draws 13.7W on idle and 27.4W on load. ( Xtreview -- which may be an overestimate given that the fans draw some power too). Today, the same money buys a passively-cooled Gigabyte GV-R...
by padmewan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: "01" Watts when computer is turned off?
Replies: 15
Views: 6762

BSD on cold powerup

Using a power bar is the easiest way to reduce this waste. Even so, the power bar will draw a tiny amount of power unless you pull the plug off. I've been trying to do this, but WinXP will BSD out of hibernate. Not sure if this is due to my PSU, mobo, whatever -- but it's a consistent result. There...
by padmewan
Wed May 30, 2007 9:47 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Smart Load Triggered Power Strips
Replies: 21
Views: 13351

Combine these with UPS functionality and you've got a perfect solution.

Recently I plugged a timer to control my router/NAS. It has a manual override for those days that I work from home.
by padmewan
Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Are we still beta? EDIT: ecopcreview.com is coming
Replies: 15
Views: 9386

NYTimes on "Green Lite" publishing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/23/techn ... 3ecom.html

[quote]“We’re targeting this to the 95 percent of people who want to be 5 percent green,â€
by padmewan
Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Happy Earth Day!
Replies: 2
Views: 2977

Happy Earth Day!

Even Google's in on it :)
by padmewan
Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:02 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: When does manufacturing, etc. outweigh energy savings?
Replies: 18
Views: 9818

Everyday I walk past a display with Engineering LED projects dating back up to 7 years, and not a single bulb is burned out....G.E was making them two decades ago, but yet today you can only find them in specialty stores/online or in obscure places in the big-boxes. One has to wonder, why? I do won...
by padmewan
Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:11 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: When does manufacturing, etc. outweigh energy savings?
Replies: 18
Views: 9818

I will say this about buying new things to reap energy savings: very few of the compact flourescent bulbs I have purchased have anything of the lifespan of the incandacents I used to use. Many of the compact flourescents burn out after only 6 months. This has happened to about 6 out of 15 bulbs in t...
by padmewan
Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7324

The project manager at Tech Networks of Boston updated me on the energy consumption of these machines: Regarding power consumption, indeed we use a Kill-A-Watt brand meter to measure power under the following conditions: powered on and running applications, powered on and idle, on standby, and hiber...
by padmewan
Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: How to make an impact on green computing: target audiences
Replies: 2
Views: 3380

How to make an impact on green computing: target audiences

This thought was triggered by this debate regarding individual vs. policy change. Sustainable, or at minimum, least-harmful, computing is important for individuals to buy into, but a handful of individuals cannot make a worldwide change. To have a real and measurable impact on green computing, I bel...
by padmewan
Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:59 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: When does manufacturing, etc. outweigh energy savings?
Replies: 18
Views: 9818

There need not be an either/or choice between individual responsibilty and large-scale policy. Without individual commitment to energy conservation, we cannot pass policy that gets us there communally, at least, not in a democratic society. If more individuals were willing to pay higher gas taxes, w...
by padmewan
Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Thoughts on low power HDD storage
Replies: 41
Views: 26039

C'mon guys, let's not give up so easily! This is the green computing board, not the convenience computing board :wink: Mind you, my current setup is an NAS that spins down after 10 min, but I'd love to figure out a way to cut its energy consumption further. So I want to hear some imaginative ideas o...
by padmewan
Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:23 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: #30 on Time's "Global Warming Survival Guide"
Replies: 0
Views: 2419

#30 on Time's "Global Warming Survival Guide"

A screen saver is not an energy saver. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of all the electricity consumed in the home is standby power used to keep electronics running when those TVs, DVRs, computers, monitors and stereos are "off." The average desktop computer, not including the monit...
by padmewan
Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:53 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7324

What I meant to say was that that fact probably makes it real hard for small system integrators to offer low power systems. A true "Green Computing" ethic would recognize: 1. There's no such thing as Green Computing, just ways of mitigating the damage done by computing (and just about every other a...
by padmewan
Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P150 mid-tower case w/ Neo HE 430 PSU
Replies: 206
Views: 158295

The latest Microcenter flyer claims that they offer a $50 rebate on this, bringing it down to something like $53, but it's not listed on their website. Am considering checking it out and perhaps buying one...
by padmewan
Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:34 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7324

Re: EarthPC - User Observations

dhanson865 wrote:It would have been more impressive if they tested standby and gave you a Tip/recommendation on how/why to set the S1 vs S3 state in the BIOS and mentioned the power settings in windows that you covered here.
Would you mind giving me a crash course here on S1 vs S3?
by padmewan
Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7324

My work varies a lot, but I do a substantial amount of multi-tasking among several Office programs, with pretty frequent graphic design/touchup and the occassional video manipulation. (among other things, I develop courses for online and in-person delivery). We bought this particular machine to host...
by padmewan
Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Are we still beta? EDIT: ecopcreview.com is coming
Replies: 15
Views: 9386

If getting together enough content is an issue, maybe it can start out as just a blog and expand? I think there's plenty of demand for this topic Out There.
by padmewan
Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: When does manufacturing, etc. outweigh energy savings?
Replies: 18
Views: 9818

When does manufacturing, etc. outweigh energy savings?

I'm moved to ask this after reading about this solar-powered Nintendo DS List . It strikes me that the manufacturing overhead thrown into that solar panel, plus whatever it took to ship it (not to mention the spray-paint these guys used) would outweigh any energy savings generated. OTOH, pumping up ...
by padmewan
Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7324

Original post updated with pics. I'm going to contact them with a link to this thread to give them a fair chance to respond.
by padmewan
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Staples in To-Be-Recycled Computer Paper
Replies: 7
Views: 5394

Composites are a big problem. Shiny magazine paper is full of clay. Paper milk and OJ containers that are "lined". Those convenient juice and milk boxes? Totally useless. Really? No kidding. I guess I'll just have to chuck them instead of recycling them from now on. (btw, out of curiosity: Is buyin...
by padmewan
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Green Futures PC Guide
Replies: 4
Views: 4119

Seems like a fun, if somewhat catchall/eclectic of a compilation. On that list, the wooden PC bothers me the most. Seems that if all of us gave a little less crap about what our cases looked like, we could recycle a hella lot of existing ATX cases, recouping their manufacturing costs and eliminating...
by padmewan
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:30 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: EarthPC - User Observations
Replies: 12
Views: 7324

EarthPC - User Observations

This isn't so much a review as it is just first impressions on a new EarthPC my organization purchased from Boston's Tech Networks . It is not a review because I have neither the tools nor expertise to conduct one, although if any of you have instruction on how to do things like measure actual power...