Tim Cook says iPhones are justifiably expensive

2018 iPhone Line-up

In an interview on "Good Morning America", Tim Cook said the following when asked about the prices of the new iPhones, which have grown well above the $1,000 mark: "it's the most advanced device we've ever done... [and]... replaces every other gadget consumers might need". Dear Tim, I would like to propose a challenge to [...]

Power consumption in data centers and online cameras

Network video camera

There's an interesting article linked below that talks about the internet of things and the potential for net negative power consumption after more and more devices go online. I'm not going to get into a discussion about the significant potential for hacking these devices and the need to constantly update their firmware, because that's a [...]

Green IT Week: June 1-7, 2010

ComputersOFF.org is hosting a virtual Green IT Week from June 1-7. This is an issue that's of particular importance to me. Having been an IT director, I know how much power the combined laptops, desktops and servers of an organization can consume, and how much pollution is generated by the disposal of computer hardware (see [...]

Is the M3 is more economical than the Prius?

Which car would you rather drive: the BMW M3 or the Toyota Prius? I'd take the M3. It'd be no competition for me. As it turns out, Top Gear tested these two cars around the track. The M3 got better mileage than the Prius while both cars traveled at the same speeds for 10 laps. [...]

A twist on telecommuting

Derek Thompson from The Atlantic picked up a post I wrote a couple of years ago, entitled "13 arguments for telecommuting", in an article which proposes a twist on the idea: a 4-day workweek. The State of Utah switched to just such a program a year ago for its government employees, and the results are [...]

A simpler way to dispense water

Let me show you a simpler, less expensive, more sustainable way to dispense water at home or even at a business. I didn't see this in the US, where the water cooler is practically ubiquitous. I saw this in Romania. You see, here it matters if a machine is plugged in and consumes electricity all [...]

Pitch black darkness

Last night, the power went out everywhere. Completely. I happen to be staying in a village in the province of Dobrogea, Romania at the moment, and just as I stepped out of the house to walk to my car, all the lights blinked out of existence. It was, as they say, a dark and stormy [...]

American habits

Slow down. That's a phrase not often heard in the US. At least not among the people I know. But it's a notion that's slowly starting to make more sense. Americans love to think big and spend big. They want progress on every front, no matter what the cost. In the 20th century, that sort [...]