In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Going For The Green
2. Today's Top Story
- Torrid Blog Growth Cools
- SCO Seeks Court's Help In Quest For Blogger's Deposition
3. Breaking News
- Convera Sheds Government Work, Targets Vertical Search For Publishers
- IRS Fails Security Audit, 490 Computers Missing In 3 Years
- Software AG To Buy webMethods For $546 Million In Challenge To IBM, Microsoft
- Congressman Wants Foreign Call Center Workers To Disclose Their Location
- Google Brings Map Mashups To The Masses
- UCSF Break-In Puts Info On 46,000 At Risk
- Nokia Pays Qualcomm $20 Million, Promises The Dispute Will Continue
- IBM Opens Up System Z Mainframe To SOAs
- Space Storm Disrupted GPS
- Google's Executive Billionaires Take $1 Salaries
- PC Maker Lenovo To Set Up Consumer Business Unit
- Nintendo Sales, Profits Beat Forecasts On DS Handheld
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
- DIY Map Mashups Now On Google Maps
- Guess What, Steve -- I Don't Love It (Remix)
- Will The iPhone Allow Apple To Capture All Three Screens?
- Steve Jobs And EMI End DRM And Start Price Gouging
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- E-Mail Management: A Storage Or Content Management Issue?
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1. Editor's Note: Going For The Green
Last week, our old 19-inch tube TV became very ill -- it starting painting everything a weird shade of green -- and so we went out and bought a snazzy new 27-inch flat-screen display. We were really happy with our new purchase -- until we realized that we now had to figure out how to get rid of the old TV.
We could just leave it for the garbage collection, but then it would end up in a landfill somewhere, and that wasn't a suitable ending for our trusty old set (especially considering all the nature shows we'd watched on it). Or we could do a bit of googling and try to find some kind of recycling service that accepts consumer contributions -- without requiring too much of a monetary contribution in return.
It's hard for today's consumers, who tend to own a lot of electronic devices -- televisions, stereos, radios, computers, portable media players, cell phones, and a plethora of other products -- to try to dispose of old technology in an ecologically conscious manner. If the product is still in working condition -- and isn't so old that nobody could possibly use it -- you can sell it on eBay or give it away on the Freecycle Network. But neither of those alternatives would work for our broken TV (or for the 8-year-old computer sitting in our basement).
It helps, of course, if your computer company offers help in recycling older systems. For example, Dell will recycle its branded products for free, or another brand of computer and monitor if you've just bought one of theirs. And according to Hewlett-Packard, one of the top manufacturers of printers and printer cartridges, the company recycled more than 164 million pounds of hardware and HP print cartridges in its 2006 fiscal year.
However, if you believe the organization Greenpeace (and I often do), some companies that you'd expect to be very environmentally aware are falling down on the job. In a recent report, Greenpeace asserted that Apple (the company that markets itself as the youthful, blue-jeaned, we're-not-the-suits computer manufacturer) ranked last in its "Green Ranking" of 14 major electronics manufacturers because of Apple's failure to make any progress in its recycling and toxic content policies. (The winner? Lenovo, the Chinese systems manufacturer that picked up where IBM left off.) Apple disagrees, pointing out that it did well on the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool sponsored by the Green Electronics Council.
Meanwhile, companies also are realizing that conserving resources may be good for the bottom line as they try to rein in operating costs and realize that dumping tons of old office computers into landfills may not be good for their image.
So there are ways that companies, and consumers, can safely and environmentally dispose of all those toxic substances. But you've got to look for them -- and hope that they're available. I'm lucky enough to live in a large city, where local organizations hold periodic recycling fairs for electronics and other disposables. Many don't have that option -- and that's really too bad.
What do you think? Have you been able to recycle your old electronics, or are those resources not available in your area? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.
UCSF Break-In Puts Info On 46,000 At Risk
The University of California at San Francisco began notifying students, teachers, and staff that their names, Social Security numbers, and bank account numbers may have been accessed during a security breach.
IBM Opens Up System Z Mainframe To SOAs
IBM is expanding the server's capabilities by allowing it to process XML documents and their attachments, such as graphics files, that are traveling in a SOAP packet.
Space Storm Disrupted GPS
"Now we are concerned more severe consequences will occur during the next solar maximum," said engineering professor Paul Kintner.
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