March 8th, 2008
Regular readers know that I have often written about energy conservation, alternative energy and innovative ways that people are working to make all that we do more energy efficient. I recently wrote here about how a simple keycard technology employed around the world could save the U.S. hotel industry money and conserve a great deal of energy. The most recent column was about how a Brazilian company has been working with Intel, a U.S. technology giant to find ways to reduce and even eliminate heat from laptops.
There are two themes I would like to explore in this column. The first …
March 3rd, 2008
Technology has been the defining force of the Information Age. Technology has given us an appreciation for speed, global communications, connectivity, miniaturization and of course computing power. We embrace new generations of computers, cell phones and digital content players. Many of these innovations, as they increase in power, generate heat. As they decrease in size there is often a proportionate increase in generated heat.
Decades ago, the large main frame computers were housed in large refrigerated rooms. Today server farms reside in similar cooled environments. Heat can cause computing and networking equipment to malfunction, slow down operating speed and in extreme …