About GreenPC GreenPC is a non-profit social enterprise that is part of Infoxchange Australia's vision to help bridge the digital divide and ensure all people have equal access to information technology. GreenPC refurbish computers donated by corporate and government organisations. Each computer is throughly cleaned, tested and updated before being offered for sale to community groups, low income individuals and the general public. GreenPC computers are internet ready and come with software installed.
A70z An elegant, compact and energy efficient PC for a Small-Budget Business. Ideal for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) is the compact, all-in-one green desktop, Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z. With an integrated LCD and a CPU, this baby helps you save desktop space by up to 70%. Additionally, it helps you maintain a clutter free workspace with its wire-free design and multiple mounting options (Monitor Stand, Wall Mount or Desk Arm) Choose over an Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium-Dual Core and Celeron Dual-core processors, 1GB / 2GB 800MHZ DDR2 RAM, 2DIMM slots with 4GB maximum memory, 160GB / 250GB / 320GB / 500GB 7200 RPM SATA HDD, SATA slim DVD-ROM/Rambo, 62mm thickness with 19” LCD screen, integrated webcam, WiFi (optional) and Anti-theft Kensington lock. The superior performance, latest technology, best security options, easy manageability, eco-friendliness, and affordability coupled with Lenovo’s excellent services, make the ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One PC an excellent choice for all SMBs LENOVO THINKCENTRE A70Z ALL-IN-ONE SPECIFICATIONS Processors • Intel® Core™2 Duo processor E7400 / E7500 / E7600 (3M L2, 1066MHz FSB) • Intel® Pentium® Dual Core processor E6300 / E6400 (2M L2, 1066MHz FSB) • Intel® Pentium® Dual Core processor E5300 / E5400 (2M L2, 800MHz FSB) • Intel® Celeron® Dual Core processor E3XXX (512K L2, 800MHz FSB) Preloaded Operating Systems • Genuine Windows®7 Professional 64bit • Genuine Windows®7 Professional 32bit • Genuine Windows®7 Home Premium 32bit • Genuine Windows®7 Home Basic 32bit • Genuine Windows®7 Starter 32bit • Genuine Windows® XP Professional preinstalled through downgrade rights in Genuine Windows®7 Professional • DOS Chipset • Intel® G41 + ICH7 Form Factor • All-in-One Machine Type • 1165, 1186 Serial ATA Hard Drive • 7200RPM, 160GB/250GB/320GB/500GB Memory • 1GB / 2GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM DIMM. Up to 4GB memory Optical Drive • SATA Slim DVD-ROM, SATA Slim Rambo Integrated Communications • Realtek 8111C, 10M / 100M / 1000M Gigabit Ethernet WiFi • Mini PCIe 802.11 b / g / n Intel® Shirley Peak 1 x 2 / BCM BCM43225 (Optional) Ports • (6) USB 2.0 (3 Side / 3 Rear) • (1) Serial • (2) Side audio ports: Headphone and Microphone, • (1) VGA, (1) RJ-45 Display • Integrated 19″ Widescreen Flat Panel Display (16:10) Web Camera • 1.3M pixel USB camera integrated with microphone (Optional) Power Supply • 130W 85% Efficiency (Auto-sensing) Dimensions • Width: 472mm (18.6 inch) • Height: 356 mm (14 inch) • Depth: 73mm (2.9 inch) Keyboard • Preferred Pro Full Size Keyboard • Lenovo Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard (Optional) • ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint (Optional) Mouse • Optical Wheel Mouse • Lenovo Ultra Slim Wireless Mouse (Optional) Graphic Card • Intel GMA X4500 (integrated) Security • Kensington Slot Limited Warranty • Up to 3 years Included Software • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader • Adobe® Flash Player • Creator Business Edition (Record Now and My DVD) • Intervideo® WinDVD® • Microsoft® Office Ready 2007 Trial • Norton® Internet Security Trial • Online Data Backup • Product Recovery • PC-Doctor for WinPE • Skype • Sun™ JRE™ • ThinkVantage® Message Center Plus • ThinkVantage Productivity Center™ • ThinkVantage Power Manager • ThinkVantage System Update • ThinkVantage Toolbox
Lenovo B460 by joey on Jun 3, 2010 in B460 A more affordable business notebook is the Lenovo B460. Key specifications includes up to Intel Core i5-520M processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 14” HD Screen (1366×768), up to NVIDIA GeForce 310M 512MB graphics, HD graphics support and HDMI output, up to 8GB DDR3 memory, up to 500GB HDD storage, Integrated WiFi, DVD reader/writer, USB 2.0 connectors and 4-in-1 card reader and web camera. Small Investment, Big Returns.
Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 all-in-one-PC by joey on Jun 3, 2010 A300 Perhaps the center of attention during the product launch was the Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 all-in-one-PC. Built with richer multimedia capabilities and stylish ultra-slim design – just 18.55mm, this baby packs an Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processor , 21.5” (1920×1080) Full HD display, WiFi, DDR3 memory up to 4GB and up to 500GB HD storage.For multimedia geeks, the LED Panel, HDMI in/out (for connecting to other HD devices), Integrated stereo speakers, TV Tuner and Lenovo High-Sense webcam is definitely a treat. A300 LENOVO IDEACENTRE A300 DESKTOP TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Do you know how much energy your computer uses? Probably not but if you do a little research to find out then you will realize how important green computing is. In fact, if you realize how much space old computers take up in landfills and haw difficult they are to dispose of then you would also appreciate the idea of green computing. These days computer recycling is of more importance than ever and everyone should do their job to help keep the environment clean. Learning a little more about protecting the environment and computer disposal is important so you can do your part for the environment. When it comes to PC disposal you need to know everything there is to know in order to be involved in green computing. Basically, the whole green aspect came about quite a few years back when the news that the environment was not a renewable resource really hit home and people started realizing that they had to do their part to protect the environment.
Basically, the efficient use of computers and computing is what green computing is all about. The triple bottom line is what is important when it comes to anything green and the same goes for green computing. This considers social responsibility, economic viability and the impact on the environment. Many business simply focus on a bottom line, rather than a green triple bottom line, of economic viability when it comes to computers. The idea is to make the whole process surrounding computers more friendly to the environment, economy, and society. This means manufacturers create computers in a way that reflects the triple bottom line positively. Once computers are sold businesses or people use them in a green way by reducing power usage and disposing of them properly or recycling them. The idea is to make computers from beginning to end a green product. The solution to green computing is to create an efficient system that implements these factors in an environmentally friendly way. A good example would be IT managers purchasing hardware that has been EPEAT approved meaning that maintenance is reduced, the hardware's life is extended, and makes recycling the computer easy once it is no longer necessary. If everyone takes into account green computing then our world of computers will have as little a negative impact on our physical world as possible and that is what green computing is all about.
What is Green Technology? 1997 Kyoto Protocol A landmark event in the history of green technology is the 1997 Kyoto Protocol for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This protocol mandates reducing carbon emissions. The Kyoto Protocol made computer manufacturers undertake energy audits to calculate the electricity used by the device over its lifetime and determine the quantum of carbon dioxide emissions to take remedial action. Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE): The European Union’s adoption of Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in February 2003 is a landmark in the history of green computing. The RoHS directive restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominateddiphenyl ether in the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipments. The implementation of the RoHS was through the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) of 2005. This directive set targets for collection, recycling, and recovery of electrical goods, aimed at reducing toxic e-waste. These regulations forced manufacturers to use non-hazardous materials in the production of chipsets, processors, and companion chips. Green Electronics Council’s Electronic Products Environmental Assessment (EPEAT): The Green Electronics Council established in 2005 focused on special issues related to electronics and sustainability, and sought constructive paths. One of the spin-offs of the Green Electronics Council was the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a set of standards based on the IEEE 1680 Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer products. These standards aimed at increasing the efficiency and life of the products, and minimizing energy expenditures and maintenance activities throughout the life of the product. The development of EPEAT took three years and funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and since then has created a $60 billion market incentive for greener laptops, desktops, and monitors. Continue to page 2 for the history of applications of green technology. Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/environment/green-computing/articles/71176.aspx#ixzz17pZ2Hv2z
Green technology is the application of environmental science to offer economically viable solutions that conserve the natural environment and resources, and curb the negative impacts of human involvement. The proliferation of data centers required the constant addition of server, cooling and ventilation equipment that led to an ever-increasing demand of energy and increased presence of toxic and hazardous substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and others. This made people look at ways to apply green technology in computing to mitigate the serious environmental and health concerns. Some examples of the application of green technology in computing include:
reducing the use of environmentally hazardous materials like CFC, lead and others
promoting the use of recyclable materials and minimizing use of non-biodegradable components
promoting practices such as energy cost accounting, virtualization, eWaste recycling and the like
application of technology with change in lifestyle habits aimed at energy conservation
Application of Green Technology by the Industry The recent history of green technology in computing is the history of various industry leaders innovating to comply with regulations. To reduce their carbon emission liability required by the 1997 Kyoto protocol, companies such as VIA promoted research on alternative energy sources such as solar cells to power computers. In 2001, VIA established the first-ever cyber community center in the South Pacific powered entirely by solar technology. Following the RoHS directives, VIA took the lead to substitute lead with a composite of tin, silver and copper. VIA’s Enhanced Ball Grid Array (EBGA) package contributed to the development of power efficient processors, and the Heat Sink Ball Grid Array (HSBGA) package contributed to the development of power efficient chipsets. These energy-efficient processors produce over four times less carbon and are compatible with solar-powered devices. Intel took the lead in virtualization software that allows a combination of several physical systems into a virtual machine running on a single, powerful base system significantly reducing power consumption. Dell increased its investment in renewable energy from wind, solar and natural gas capture, and offers free recycling to customers. HP has adopted the use of recycled plastic resin in the manufacture of printers and inkjet print cartridges in a big way. Google and Intel started the Climate Savers Computing Initiative in 2007, a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses, and conservation organizations aiming to reduce carbon emissions by promoting development, deployment, and adoption of smart technologies and improve the computer’s power delivery efficiency.
Conclusion The adoption of green technology in computing has received considerable interest in recent years as more and more companies realize that going green is in their best interest, both in terms of public relations and reduced costs. Manufacturers today aim to improve energy efficiency by creating designs that minimize power waste and reduce emissions. Companies reduce the amount of toxic waste materials in the manufacturing process by using recyclable materials and offering to recycle old products. The application of solutions such as IP video solutions to reduce in-person meetings, the increased use of Wi-Fi and WiMax networks and other such initiatives are still in their nascent stages of development and further improvements in such green technology initiatives will help conserve the world's precious resources in a much better way. The application of green technology in computing has come a long way since its inception in the early 1990s. An analysis of the history of green computing however indicates that the the concept is still in its nascent stage and has a long way to go. References graybar.com. Green Computing and D-Link Ecoseed.org. Green Computing HP Eco Solutions: Environmental History Image Credit: swanksalot, flickr.com Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/environment/green-computing/articles/71176.aspx?p=2#ixzz17pZF9pRz