Friday, December 21, 2007

Save Energy When Searching, Use Blackle

Blackle, powered by Google, is an independent group's (called Heap Media) attempt to make a custom Google search page that uses less energy than a traditional white-colored Google page does.
How does it work? Supposedly the black color produces less energy to process and display. From Blackle's website: "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen."

The Google Blog suggests that this custom website may not actually reduce energy needed by your computer to display the image, but suggests other ways to consume less energy while at your computer:
  • turn on the power management features. Virtually all computers today have the ability to switch into low-power modes automatically when they're idle; very few computers have this capability enabled! Here's how to do it on computers running Windows XP.
  • turn off your monitor and computer when you're not using them
  • turn down the brightness on your monitor
  • make sure your next computer meets the efficiency standards of Climate Savers Computing (an efficient computer uses up to 50% less energy than a conventional one)
  • to find the most efficient PCs available today, look for the words "EnergyStar 4.0 compliant."
In addition to these, Google powers their search servers with renewable energy.
Here is a link to the Blackle website that will open up in the Ani-Pock browser! Give it a try, you don't have to leave the site!

Update: See also some of the Blackle variations (other Google-powered sites with black backgrounds) on this blog. Even if you can't read German, most of the sites the blog links to are in Engilsh.

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3 Comments:

At December 21, 2007 at 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can i find good rap songs, 9's, hummers, escládes and 22 on here???

-THC

 
At January 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer using Darkoogle http://www.darkoogle.com another black Google and is available in over 40 countries http://www.darkoogle.com/international

Best of all its got the 'similar page' option in the result page like the normal white Google. I use that a lot.

 
At August 16, 2008 at 6:34 AM, Blogger Artstudio Sri Lanka said...

There are around 22 different versions of “black google” online. The best one I’ve found is www.cleanblack.com. Cleanblack is the only version that allows you to change the text colors of the google search results. Try it yourself by going to www.cleanblack.com/theme/

 

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