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Saturday, March 1, 2008

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1. Editor's Note: Stomping On Your Carbon Footprint
2. Today's Top Story
    - 12 USB Thumb Drives Keep Your Data Secure

3. Highlighted Coverage
    - Microsoft's Ballmer On Windows Server, Yahoo, Linux
    - VCs Invested $3 Billion In Clean Tech In 2007
    - Apple's Mac OS X Vulnerable To Networking Exploit
    - Google Buys Into Undersea Cable

4. Eye Candy: Featured Image Galleries
    - 5 Desktop Search Apps That Make Finding Files Simple
    - A Buyer's Guide To Digital Cameras
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1. Editor's Note: Stomping On Your Carbon Footprint

The "greening" of IT is very a la mode right now, especially in storage. But this umbrella term suffers from overuse, and near as I can tell, is a euphemism for using less electricity. It's also a "feature" that enables some vendors to bump up their prices. So what exactly is the fuss again?

What we used to call consolidation and virtualization (for servers or storage) now gets the green treatment. One of Ford's IT directors touted the two data center movements at a conference Thursday. I don't doubt there's probably a really good business case behind it. But do fewer servers and LUNs make an enterprise green?

Vendors of data deduplication and MAID (massive array of idle disks) technology have jumped on this eco-bandwagon. Are we really going to label any technology that conveys the slightest operational efficiency as green?

I click off the power strip in my home office every night. Where's my Nobel?

Personally, I'd like to see all IT vendors expand their understanding and implementation of green technology. How about getting really serious about wide-scale recycling of servers, laptops, cell phones, batteries -- you name it. Maybe they could trumpet the amount of reclaimed metals in their products.

Or maybe vendors could funnel some of their foundation money or R&D budgets to a joint venture with a solar- or wind-power company to demonstrate (or expedite) the off-grid data center? They could even lobby state and national lawmakers for tax incentives to make this happen. I'm not a Prius owner, but rebates and credits did wonders for the sales of hybrids here in California.

It would be nice to see the greening of IT take another couple big, logical steps -- something a little larger than turning off the lights in the data center on the way out at night.

What's your view? Are vendors "green" strategies trying to save the planet, or pump up their sales? Weigh in at my blog entry.

Also, check out our new Green Computing Blog by Cora Nucci.

Terry Sweeney
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Today's Top Story: Careers

12 USB Thumb Drives Keep Your Data Secure
Keep your important files mobile but safe with these USB thumb drives -- most under $100 -- from Kingston, SanDisk, Lexar, Imation, and more, which offer enhanced protection via encryption, biometrics, and self-destruct mechanisms.

3. Highlighted Coverage

Microsoft's Ballmer On Windows Server, Yahoo, Linux
How does Microsoft beat Linux? The same way "you beat any other competitor: You offer good value, which in this case means good total cost of ownership," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says.

VCs Invested $3 Billion In Clean Tech In 2007
High oil prices and growing public concern over carbon emissions helped push venture capital investment in clean technologies to a record $3 billion in 2007, a 43% rise over the year before, according to a report released Friday.

Apple's Mac OS X Vulnerable To Networking Exploit
A security researcher at Digit-labs.org posted a proof-of-concept exploit that takes advantage of a flaw in the way the Apple implements IPv6 support.

Google Buys Into Undersea Cable
Google will join with five other companies to invest in a 10,000-km trans-Pacific submarine cable to carry data to and from Asia.

4. Eye Candy: Featured Image Galleries

5 Desktop Search Apps That Make Finding Files Simple
Having trouble finding the right information in the sea of documents, e-mails, and other data on your computer? Check out these desktop search products from Copernic, Google, ISYS, Microsoft, and X1.

A Buyer's Guide To Digital Cameras
Find the right DSLR, point-and-shoot, or ultra-compact digital camera for your needs from Nikon, Olympus, Sony, and Canon.


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