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July 24, 2007

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Before we all get a bit overexcited about this - Blackle only makes a difference if you still have an old school bulky CRT monitor.

It doesn’t matter with LCD screens. The have the same power consumption no matter what they’re displaying – there’s a white panel in the back (the “backlight”) and the pixels control how much and what colour of that light is allowed to pass through.

My Technology manager told me that. And I thought I should pass on the love.

It seems you may be right Ewar:

http://blogs.sun.com/lskrocki/entry/you_know_how_blackle_is

OK, if you've got a big old monitor (like in the ones in the 1983 classic film War Games) think about switching to Blackle. If not just make sure you turn your computer off when you go home tonight.

Interestingly enough most of the computer simulations in War Games were based on a black screen. I imagine this was because LED explosions look much better on black as opposed to early sustainability considerations though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeOHEU7Ykyg

I'm going to switch my computer off now before it starts playing noughts and crosses of its own accord.

It just goes to show that everything isn't black and white. As it were.

The wiki artcle on it also backs up the fact that it doesn't work on LCD monitors.
It also points out that "Blackle is criticized on the basis that the energy saved by using it instead of Google is insignificant. Shutting down the computer for 15 minutes a day, or putting it in sleep mode saves more energy."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackle.com

It's a nice idea, but I don't think it's going to save the planet.

but this will only work while you are on the google website. As soon as you click onto the site you want to look at you are at the mercy of that site.

However, all is not lost... you can change your browser settings.
In IE go to Tools: Internet Options: Colors.
In Firefox got to: Tools: Options: Content: Colours

No need to change bookmarks.

I looked it up on google, and TONS of different shades of brown came up.. Is it light brown, medium brown, dark brown? Red tones, blonde tones, gray/black tones, what?! Thanks

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