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Good for You, Good for the Planet

Power Button, image credit Paul Randall via Flickr, under Creative Commons-licensed content.

“Good for You, Good for the Planet’s Jorge Alonso Garcia says that nearly “100%” of electronic devices remain on standby mode after they’ve been turned off. “This is so that they can be quickly turned on again,” he explains.
So What Does the Device Do?

100%Off, the device designed by Good for You, is a microprocessor which uses algorithms to detect a decline in the flow of electricity being sent to an electronic device or appliance. Once 100%Off has detected a decline, it completely shuts the device or appliance off. (The amount of time 100% off waits before a complete shutdown of the device is configurable through programming.)”….<More>

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Video: Welcome to the White Spaces

“The devices will be able to use only channels 21 to 51, where there are fewer TV stations. The FCC will give preference to devices that use global positioning system technology to determine a user’s location and then avoid TV channels operating there based on a special database, rather than devices that try  to constantly sense and avoid TV signals. Devices that use sensing technology will have to go through rigorous field testing.

And the FCC will create a safe haven around large sporting and performance venues, such as the Los Angeles Coliseum and New York’s Broadway theater district. The new mobile devices within those safe havens won’t have access to channels used by wireless microphones”…. <More>

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A Modern, Green House for $100,000! 08 Builder Spec Plans 100K House - Postgreen Flickr Slideshow Dec 21 Updated Plans - Postgreen Flickr Slideshow preferred-all frontFloorplanDraft by postgreen.

GreenByDesign had an interesting post on a company called PostGreen who is attempting to build a house for $100,000 called the 100K house it is a little on the small side and not strictly a prefab. Also, the 100k budget covers “the hard construction budget only. The price of the land and all soft costs are separate” which sorta defeats the purpose

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270+ Tools for Running a Business Online – Mashable assembled a comprehensive list for web based (many web 2.0) tools that can help you run an online business, my favorites are the mindmapping software and the  Social media Resume builder site

“Last August we featured a post with more than 230 online apps for running your business. Since there are hundreds of new apps coming on the market every year, we figured it was time for an update. This year we came up with more than 270 additional apps. Some are completely new since last year, others might have been overlooked, and still others made significant improvements that gained them a spot on the list”…. <More>

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Open source E-commerce

“9 kick ass Open source E-commerce platforms reviewed
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With e-commerce webdesign really starting to take off, its never been more important to choose a platform which suits you as a developer (i.e. one that you can support) and one that will provide your clients with the features that they need to run a successful online shop.

There are a number of ways of getting a shop online, and we’ve focused primarily on open source e-commerce platforms here”…. <More>


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Africa’s ‘Cocoon’ Phase: Can Private Investors and Entrepreneurs Transform the Continent?

“Business as the Engine of African Economic Development,” was moderated by Wharton finance professor Richard Herring, who noted that “Five years ago, the title of this session would have been thought to be a lot more hopeful than true, but in fact some very interesting things have been happening.”…. <More>

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EBay: Amazon-ification Takes Hold

“What the change will also do is make eBay look a lot more like Amazon (AMZN), whose emphasis on fixed-price sales has surged in popularity as the more auction-oriented business on eBay declined (, 7/17/08). Amazon doesn’t charge sellers a cent to list items, and instead charges a commission on sales”….

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