Questions tagged [green-it]

the study and practice of reducing IT's environmental impact as well as using IT as a tool for improving sustainability in other areas (usually in the context of a business).

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How do I find an eco-friendly laptop?

I am looking to replace my laptop. Being in a conscious path of my own, I want to choose a laptop which is a product of good and sustainable procedures. I am saying good because most popular brands ...
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What can I do as a developer for the environment?

After different years of contributions on FOSS software I would like to contribute in some way to the sustainable living, doing something for Earth and in some way for the mankind. Are there projects ...
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Is Linux more sustainable than Windows?

One of the many advantages of GNU/Linux systems, and probably *NIX in general, is that they can run on older and lesser hardware than the children of Microsoft can, i.e. has lower "system requirements"...
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What's the most sustainable way of hosting a domain?

After reading about the environmental impact of server farms I wonder what are the alternatives for someone who needs to host a website. Is there a sustainable choice when it comes to hosting a ...
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What's the carbon footprint of stackoverflow?

Inspired from What’s the carbon footprint of an email? and other recent questions that made me reconsider the "immaterial" internet usage. I am curious about updated statistics about the carbon ...
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How much power does a computer monitor left switched on use?

It's a little niggling annoyance that always gets me in my office that when I work overtime and leave the office after everyone else I see row upon row of little orange lights where people have turned ...
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How to buy an ecofriendly printer that accepts refilled cartridges?

I have a HP Deskjet printer that does not allow me to use refilled cartridges, therefore every time it runs out of ink I need to buy a new cartridge, which implies a lot of waste. I would like to ...
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What is the environmental cost of encrypting your communications?

I am concerned by people's privacy in the Internet age, and the security that communication software and services offer, which is why I try to promote encryption in different everyday activities (...
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How can I take advantage of winter cold to cool servers

How can I take advantage of freezing winter cold to cool my servers without exposing them to humidity?
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Environmental impact of toner versus ink cartridges?

I'm trying to decide what type of printer to buy. I've read a number of posts on the web where people claim that laser printers are more durable than ink-jet printers. Some people say this is because ...
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Is it more environmentally friendly to use laptops or desktop PCs?

I've often wondered whether it's more environmentally friendly to use a desktop or a laptop. To compare purely the electricity usage, I can of course calculate how long I leave my computer turned on, ...
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How to get the most out of computer hardware before it becomes obsolete?

Let's say, i use my personal computer for office tasks only and am happy with its performance as long as the operating system and the browser receive regular security updates. What would be a ...
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Do SSDs have a lower environmental impact compared to HDDs?

In this question on Super User they say that Solid-State Drives (SSDs) use much less power than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). I read some internet posts and research articles that backup this ...
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What is the Degrowth perspective on ad blocking and online advertising?

From a Degrowth perspective, how would one argue in favour or against ad blocking and online advertising? Degrowth is a political, economic, and social movement based on ecological economics, anti-...
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Resources for Teaching Children About Solar Panels

I'm sure some of you will have already taken classes on Solar. The reason I am posting this question is to help out two Farmers in Kauai, Hawaii. They are currently creating an extension program ...
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The sustainability of Spotify

What are the arguments in favour and against using music streaming services such as Spotify in comparison to having music stored in a local folder and accessible offline? Sustainability can refer to: ...
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What's the most environmentally friendly micro USB charging cable...if any?

USB cables seem to be a small but relentless part of throw-away culture. Inevitably, cables stop working well and/or get lost, and a new one is needed. Are there any USB cables produced with minimal ...
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Life-cycle assessment of software products?

I'm a software engineer, and lately I've been thinking whether it's possible to delineate the environmental impact of a software product - say a web service, a website, an app for your phone, etc. It ...
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What darknet would you choose (or is it not justifiable)?

I want to know if there are any darknets that are sustainable. I have my doubts about Tor due to their apparent interest in Proof of Work. https://blog.torproject.org/stop-the-onion-denial In ...
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Can I measure the average electricity consumption of a specific website design? [closed]

It is said that websites with a black background are more sustainable from an electricity consumption perspective. Is there a tool to measure the most sustainable website design you can use while ...