10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green

March 21, 2009
Climate change is in the news. It seems like everyone’s “going green.” Wh should take the action right now. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better. Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably.
The 10 simple things we can do today to help reduce our environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

1. Save energy to save money

Save Energy
Save Energy

 

  • Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
    Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
  • Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
  • Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. If you must use a dryer, consider adding dryer balls to cut drying time.

2. Save water to save money

Save Water

Save Water

  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead. They don’t cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
  • Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
  • Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.

3. Less Fuel = More money (and better health!)

 

 

 

 

  • Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.
  • Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.
  • Lobby your local government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in bettering your health and reducing traffic.

4. Eat Smart

 

 

 

 

  • If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
  • Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
  • Watch videos about why local food and sustainable seafood are so great.
  • Whatever your diet, eat low on the food chain [pdf]. This is especially true for seafood.

 

5. Skip the bottled water

 

 

 

  • Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
  • Check out this short article for the latest on bottled water trends.

 

 

 

 

6. Think before you buy

 

 

Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free.

Garage Sale

Garage Sale

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  • Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items.
  • When making purchases, make sure you know what’s “Good Stuff” and what isn’t.
  • Watch a video about what happens when you buy things. Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse.

7. Borrow instead of buying

 

 

 

 

  • Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.
  • Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.

 

8. Buy Smart

 

 

 

 

  • Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.
  • Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.
     
    Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you’ll be happy when you don’t have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).

9. Keep electronics out of the trash

Electronic Trash

Electronic Trash

  • Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
  • Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
  • Recycle your cell phone.
  • Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.

10. Make your own cleaning supplies

Non-Toxic

Non-Toxic

  • The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.
  • Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality.
Buy Smart

Buy Smart

 

 

Library

Library

 

 

Skip Bottled Water

Skip Bottled Water

 

 

Eat Smart

Eat Smart

 

 

Save Fuel

Save Fuel

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Microsoft’s Vision For the Future Gives Me Hope For Humanity

March 3, 2009

Microsoft’s five minute video on what the year 2019 will look like is pretty goddamn amazing. I want to live in this world. GIVE IT TO ME NOW.

The clip was shown at Wharton Business Technology Conference and it’s called 2019. My own enthusiasm aside, it looks like Microsoft’s interpolating various research technologies like Surface and who-the-hell-knows-what else into showing surfaces that can be manipulated, electronic paper, crazy video cellphones, touchscreen/remote-control walls and amazing handheld wands. As Arthur C. Clarke says, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” and this shit is magic.

Click here to see the 5 minutes video.

by gizmodo.com

21 Suggestions for SUCCESS by www.TwinCommas.com

February 25, 2009

21 Suggestions for SUCCESS

21 Suggestions for SUCCESS by www.TwinCommas.com

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Manual APN Settings for T-mobile G1 for Cellone, India

February 9, 2009

Manual APN Settings for T-mobile G1 for Cellone, India

I am using theT-Mobile  HTC G1 for past 2 months in india. This phone performance is great. I can able to get updates from Google reqularly.

You have to set the APN settings manually to access internet. This may require to unlock the phone.

Here are the settings

Name: BSNL-INTERNET

APN: gprssouth.cellone.in <<you can get it from your service provider>>

Proxy: Leave Blank

Prot: Leave Blank

UserName: 91XXXXXXXXXX <<your 10 digit phone number>>

Password: 91XXXXXXXXXX <<your 10 digit phone number>>

Server: Leave Blank

MMSC: Leave Blank

MMS proxy: Leave Blank

MMS port: Leave Blank

MCC: 404

MNC: 64 <<You can your service number from the bleow links or you can ask your service provider>>

APN Type: Leave Blank

MCC and MNC details: –

http://www.42it.eu/Mobile_Systems/SMS/Coverage/India/

http://george.insideiphone.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/mcc-and-mnc-codes.pdf

 

15 Killer Android Applications for the G1

January 28, 2009

If Google wants its Android-based phones to unseat Apple’s iPhone as the top touch-screen handsets, it will have to offer cool apps. On the G1, T-Mobile customers will be the first to check out about 50 available applications. T-Mobile says that all apps are free until 2009. Here’s a look at some of them.
Tom Spring, PC World

GPS-Enhanced Social Network

1. Beetaun GPS-Enhanced Social Network

1. Beetaun GPS-Enhanced Social Network

Beetaun is a social network application for anyone who wants to share and explore interesting destinations and routes, be it a city or a cool cafe. When you use Beetaun, one view of the application offers a map with pushpin-marked destinations near you. Select a pushpin/destination, and you can then read what people have said about it.

 Lock Up Your G1 With Your Eye 

2. Biowallet  Lock Up Your G1 With Your Eye

2. Biowallet Lock Up Your G1 With Your Eye

Biowallet uses biometric iris-scan authentication to lock down your G1. Put the phone’s camera to your eye and wait, and the software scans your eye to verify that it’s you. The security software also allows you to send remote commands to your phone in the event that it is stolen.

 Calling a Cab Was Never So Easy CallACab finds the local cab company  for you–and it knows your location, too. This application is handy if you’re traveling and you don’t know the local cab number or an easy way to give directions to your current location and your destination.

 

CallACab - Calling a Cab Was Never So Easy

3. CallACab - Calling a Cab Was Never So Easy

These Bread Crumbs Are Made of JPEGsWith BreadCrumbz you leave behind a trail of pictures, not crumbs, for others to follow. Through this software you create a step-by-step visual map using photos you’ve taken with the G1. You can then share routes with just your friends or make routes public.

 

4. Bread Crumbs Are Made of JPEGs

4. Bread Crumbs Are Made of JPEGs

 Reduce Risk While Keeping Tabs on the Family If you buy everyone in your family a G1, you’ll be able to keep tabs on one another using mobile mapping software that will plot your family’s whereabouts through an application called FreeFamilyWatch. The service sends a warning when you or any family members have entered a reportedly risky environment. Risk factors are based on crime statistics, environmental health hazards, or unfolding emergencies.

5. FreeFamilyWatch Reduce Risk While Keeping Tabs on the Family

5. FreeFamilyWatch Reduce Risk While Keeping Tabs on the Family

 Virtual Worlds Go Mobile City Slikkers is a location-based game that employs the G1’s GPS capabilities to let you interact with nearby people using the same application. City Slikkers creates a virtual world that you inhabit with other nearby City Slikkers users. You can interact with other Slikkers and modify your virtual environment too.

6. Virtual Worlds Go Mobile City Slikkers

6. Virtual Worlds Go Mobile City Slikkers

 G1 Goes to Work in the Kitchen As its name suggests, Cooking Capsules is a cooking application that shows cooking videos, lets you create recipe ingredient lists, and helps you explore new recipes. Using the phone’s GPS capabilities, Cooking Capsules can also help you find the nearest grocery store.

7. Cooking Capsules is a cooking application

7. Cooking Capsules is a cooking application

 Jukebox in the Cloud Diggin is a music application for wireless streaming of music from preset Internet-based radio stations. It also has discovery tools for finding music, a tool that will show you a song’s lyrics, and a highly customizable user interface.

8. Jukebox in the Cloud Diggin

8. Jukebox in the Cloud Diggin

 GPS Tool Keeps You Out of Harms Way Em-Radar keeps you informed of sudden severe weather conditions and emergencies near your location. Using the G1’s GPS capabilities, Em-Beacon also helps you locate and stay connected to loved ones in an emergency.

9. Em-Radar GPS Tool Keeps You Out of Harms Way

9. Em-Radar GPS Tool Keeps You Out of Harms Way

G1 Turns a Cell Phone Into Geeky Golf Gear Golfing gear just became more phone friendly, with the debut of the GolfPlay Android application. Using the G1’s GPS mapping technology, GolfPlay can display a 2D map overview of courses as you play on them. It also allows you to access historical data such as course scoring and the distance between holes. GolfPlay creates a social network that you can join to exchange course impressions and scores.

10. Golfing gear Geeky Golf Gear

10. Golfing gear Geeky Golf Gear

 Get Thrifty, G1 Style The Android application

11. ShopSavvy Get Thrifty

11. ShopSavvy Get Thrifty

ShopSavvy allows you to run your own cheapest-price check on the go. While in a store, you can scan a bar code on a product with your G1’s camera; ShopSavvy will then retrieve the best prices for that product available online and at the nearest store.

 ‘Get a Life’ With This G1 App Do you find yourself complaining that you have no life? The LifeAware application may not be able to give you a life, but it will help you make the best of the one you have. LifeAware uses the G1’s GPS technology to help you keep tabs of other people running LifeAware on their GPS-enabled phones. If you walk into a zone where a friend is, you’ll receive an alert.

12. LifeAware 'Get a Life'

12. LifeAware 'Get a Life'

 Getting Lost Has Never Been So Productive PedNav is a location-aware day planner that allows you to create an itinerary and suggests public-transit routes as well as walking directions. Want to stop by a certain grocery store, have lunch at a nearby cafe, or drop by a record shop? PedNav is aware of your location and schedule, and based on that information it will give reminders of what you intended to do and when might be a good time to do it.

13. PedNav Getting Lost Has Never Been So Productive

13. PedNav Getting Lost Has Never Been So Productive

Annotate Directly on G1 Pics, and Send

14. PicSay Annotate Directly on G1 Pics, and Send

14. PicSay Annotate Directly on G1 Pics, and Send

 PicSay allows you to take a picture with the G1’s phone and then embed text, graphics, and effects into it. That way, when you take a picture of Times Square, you can circle the Naked Cowboy and note directly on the picture what you think of him.

Carpooling Has Never Been This Easy Piggyback is a handy application for people who carpool. It links you to a network of like-minded people willing to give you a lift, and lets you offer a ride too. To use the service just enter your destination into the application and make your car available for searching by other PiggyBack users. Interested parties can send you a ride request, which you are free to accept or decline.

15. Piggyback Carpooling Has Never Been This Easy

15. Piggyback Carpooling Has Never Been This Easy