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matt’s cuppa green challenge

Posted by telecommatt on September 13, 2007

the leaves are beginning to turn and the morning air has a definite chill to it now. with the changing seasons, i think it’s time to give myself a new eco challenge. i’m publicly pledging to not over charge my electronic devices. leaving a laptop or a cell phone charging can not only harm the battery, it can harm the enviomnent. the extra power consumption is only the beginning. misused batteries, and often the devices the use them, end up in landfills sooner.

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Vacation? How About a Hotel That’s Watching It’s Carbon Footprint?

Posted by telecommatt on September 13, 2007

A Yorkshire hotel on the road to energy efficiency | Technology and Entertainment Video Network

If you’re looking for a nice hotel that’s keeping a sharp eye on its carbon footprint, you’ll want to check out the Crown Spa Hotel.

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Breaking News – Huge Global Warming Victory

Posted by telecommatt on September 12, 2007

I’d like to pass on an email that I received this afternoon. I get so frustrated when good things are held up by those who are resisting change when they have the opportunity to be that change.

Finding the Ways that Work

Dear Matthew,

Victory for our efforts in fighting global

I just received some terrific news and I
wanted to share it with you right away.

A federal judge in Vermont today ruled against the U.S. auto
industry’s attempt to block California and 14 other states from
setting tough new limits on global warming
pollution from automobiles.

Our own general counsel Jim Tripp presented arguments in the
16-day trial this spring. He worked closely on the case with
state officials from Vermont and New York and several other
environmental groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation,
Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Vermont
Public Interest Research Group.

In the ruling, Federal Judge William K. Sessions found that
the auto industry had failed to prove that it could not meet the
tailpipe standards, that the new standards would endanger
drivers or that Congress had forbidden states from setting their
own pollution limits.

This ruling comes less than six months after a historic
Supreme Court decision in early April that the Environmental
Protection Agency has an obligation to regulate carbon dioxide
under the Clean Air Act.

These are huge victories. Today’s ruling not
only puts us on solid legal ground for a parallel case in the
California courts this summer, but, combined with the Supreme
Court’s April decision, adds enormous momentum to our efforts to
cap and reduce America’s global warming pollution.

We are still waiting on the EPA to grant California its
waiver request under the Clean Air Act to regulate global
warming pollution from cars. We filed a notice of intent to sue
EPA if they do not rule on the California waiver request by
November 2007. And Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has introduced
legislation in Congress to require EPA to grant the waiver.

While we await EPA’s decision, Judge Sessions’s clear and
unambiguous ruling today is a huge step forward and sets the
stage in our favor for the global warming fights ahead.

Environmental Defense played a big role in these
historic court rulings
, and as a supporter of
Environmental Defense, you make our work possible. I can’t thank
you enough. Together, we are making progress.

As we gear up for a busy fall season in Washington and look
ahead to the other pending court cases, please join me
in celebrating today’s terrific news

Thanks for all you do,


Fred Krupp
President, Environmental Defense

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Could More Efficient Processors Help Save Our Planet?

Posted by telecommatt on September 4, 2007

A friend of mine forwarded me an article looking at the power efficiency of Intel and AMD processors. The article is interesting in that it points out how correctly configuring your machine maximizes its efficiency. There’s an environmental side here too. More efficient machines use less energy. Data centers full of efficient machines could play a large role in a company’s role in protecting the environment. Less energy use = less carbon being spit into the air. In today’s data-driven world, this efficiency goes further than short-term cost savings. Maybe it’s time we hear more sales presentations based on environmental savings instead of dollar savings.

Thanks, Paul!

Please read the article, along with my thoughts, here.

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Go Green and More With Instructables

Posted by telecommatt on August 9, 2007

I posted briefly about super handy credit card earbud wrapper. I put mine together yesterday and it’s slick! (Actually, it’s more about taking stuff apart then putting stuff together…) Even my bus driver was impressed! Aside from how well it works and how east it is to make, I just feel better about not having to toss my plastic credit cards into some landfill.

And if you check out the comments on my 8/6 post, Billy, from Instructables left a few links to check out. Instructables is having a Go Green contest with some cool stuff posted. There’s a presentation how saving electricity with your computer that is just great. I’ve talked to people about this before, but this entry is down to earth (!!), friendly, and very understandable.

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Take Off Your Tie, Help The Planet

Posted by telecommatt on July 18, 2007

Did you know that? I didn’t! Maybe we should switch from casual day on Friday to dress up day on Friday, at least for the summer.

Italy says take off your tie to help the planet – Yahoo! News

ROME (Reuters) – Want to help fight global warming? Take off your tie, says the Italian health ministry.

It has urged employers to let their staff dress casually at work in the summer so the air conditioning can be turned down.

“Taking your tie off immediately lowers the body temperature by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius,” the ministry said in a statement. “Allowing a more sensible use of air conditioning that yields electricity savings and protects the environment.”

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The Irish Are About to Save Civilization, Again

Posted by telecommatt on July 5, 2007

If you haven’t read the book, then the humor in my title has been lost on you. Anyway, this article blew me away when I read it. What are your thoughts?

RTÉ News: Dublin company to unveil ‘free energy’ device

Steorn, which is based in Dublin, claims to have discovered a method of creating clean, constant energy, which it claims could end the global fuel crisis.

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MattsCuppa Link Roundup for 6-11-2007

Posted by telecommatt on June 11, 2007

More backlogged links! I’m especially excited about Remember the Milk being available offline. Most everyone knows I’m an RTM addict, and I am still convinced it’s the most flexible way to manage your GTD-life. Now, I can “remember the milk” from my PC online, from my laptop in line, and my mobile handset where ever. Sweet!

Firefox Extensions For Bloggers has a useful post today with 17 Firefox Extensions That Make Blogging Easy – broken down into Collecting, Writing and Images.

I hate lists like this – I end up spending half my day having to
install and test great new tools which are supposed to make me more
productive but in the short term which are wonderful distractions!

PS: The Split Browser
extension is going to be VERY useful. I quite often wish I didn’t
have to flip back and forth from one tab to another while writing a
post or newsletter in one tab and researching what I’m writing i
another. This is great – why didn’t anyone tell me!

What else don’t I know about?!? What are your favorite Firefox extensions?



any camera phone you can quickly and easily send photos where everyone
can view them. Don’t just tell your friends about it, burstcast

Web As Desktop: Remember the Milk gets Gears


The popular online todo list Remember the Milk has paired up with the spanking new Google Gears to offer a seamless online/offline experience for RTM.

the Milk’s Google Gears integration is really impressive, offering the
entire RTM experience in offline mode—meaning that you can view
your todo lists, add tasks, edit tasks, search your tasks, create Smart
Lists, along with anything else you like to do with RTM. As far as I’ve
seen, RTM is the first popular non-Google app (and the second app
outside of Google Reader) to offer offline access and synchronization
with Google Gears, and it’s done a helluva job. Looking forward to
seeing more of this.

The Week in Sustainable Mobility (6/3/07)

Editor’s Note: Check out Minnesota in the eco news! We don’t often make headlines here. Must be that Minnesota Nice thing…

A Final Batch of Productivity Tips

During my mini-hiatus after the birth of my son a few more productivity tips did come through for the Ultimate Guide to Productivity.

seem to have stopped at this point so maybe the Ultimate Guide to
Productivity group writing project meme has played out its course.
That’s totally fine. I’ve listed the remaining submissions

You can still submit a post if you’d like – just tell us your best productivity tips!

the meantime I’ll start the huge task of reviewing all the posts
again and preparing the much-promised e-book. I can’t give a
deadline at this stage, and as soon as I get a handle on the work
I’ll call for help from others. But here goes nothing!

  1. Tag, I’m It! by Christina Haas
  2. Number 1 productivity tip by Shannon
  3. Productivity: Snooze It or Lose It by Connie Reece
  4. Automation: My Ultimate Guide to Productivity by Alaeddin
  5. Meme Week: My Secret to Productivity by Mark Goodyear
  6. Cutting Out the Bull: Information Overload and Productivity by David Bohl
  7. Fear – The Ultimate Productivity Blocker by Shaboom
  8. Ultimate Guide to Productivity: A Tip the Worx by In The Worx

If I’m not mistaken, this brings our total number of submissions to 137!

be posting the full list shortly so there’s a single page to
access all of the great productivity tips. And again, you can keep
sending them in if you’ve got them…


Upload and play your iTunes library and all your digital music online.
Easy download to your iPod or PC. Safely share music and playlists.
URL: Lala.


An online instructional cooking site that walks you step-by-step through each recipe with video tutorials. URL: Rouxbe.


A browser-based online mind mapping application. URL: Mind42.

Make your site mobile friendly

A nice introduction into the world of the mobile web. Personally it
felt it played down the challenges in places but it still gave some
nice advice.

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MattsCuppa Link Roundup for 6-6-2007

Posted by telecommatt on June 6, 2007

I really, really need to dig myself out of some of the articles I’ve clipped over the past few weeks, so I’ve decided to take a new approach. Rather than posting each as a separate article and clogging your RSS reader, I’ll be writing a few posts with a lot of articles in them. Some of these I’ll return to for a full post. If there is anything you want to hear more about, please let me know!

Webcam: Perfect your webcam picture


Photography blog Strobist breaks down how to get the best webcam shot using simple techniques.

Adjusting your light source, turning down the monitor brightness, softening your desk lamp light, wearing a white shirt and even setting up a background you can make a huge difference in how you come across on your webcam. Check out the image above for a before and after shot, and head over to Strobist for the details on how to get yourself looking that good on the cam.

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Eco Hack: Timers for Your Standby Appliances

Posted by telecommatt on April 20, 2007

Electronics that are plugged in still consume power even when they are turned off, needlessly putting CO2 into the atmosphere and adding pennies to your electrical bill. The best solution is to unplug electronics when they are not in use. For appliances where this is impractical, I’ve purchased timers that turn off the power during the day when I’m at work and turn on again when I get home. Power hungry electronics to target include your television, stereo components, computer speakers, and printer.

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