green? black? check your facts!
This one’s been making the rounds:
From: someone you trust
Conversation: Google goes green….or is that black…?!
‘…If Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge number of page views, according to calculations, 750 mega watts/hour per year would be saved.’
In response Google created a black version of its search engine, called Blackle <http://www.blackle.com/> , with the exact same functions as the white version, but obviously with lower energy consumption:
Help spread the word… use http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/is-black-new-green.html <http://www.blackle.com/>
Wow! cool. and its coming from google, so why think twice right? well not quite.
Google’s official blog says:
- Blackle is a nice initiative, but is in no way affiliated with google. (actually, blackle say so quite clearly themselves)
- On flat screens, black consumes more energy than white.
- A lab test of blackle vs. google gives a clear energy saving advantage to google.
So please, before you forward any noble cause emails, check your facts. Often it takes no more time than it takes you to select the victims from your address book. The ‘no harm done’ argument is always a bit pathetic, and in some cases its plain wrong.