May 31, 2007

Blackle - Black version of google

Blackle is nothing but a black version of google. I appreciate the concept Ontkush came up with.

“A few months ago, TreeHugger Mark Ontkush wrote a post on his blog EcoIron titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year. The post lays out the following train of thought. “An all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts.” Google, which has a white background and gets about “200 million queries a day” could reduce global energy use by 750 Megawatt-hours a year by simply changing the color of its homepage to black.In response to this post a black version of Google emerged called Blackle.com.
According to Blackle’s homepage at publication time, 4,408.917 Watt hours have been saved by. Nice ideas. But how does the search measure up? Very well indeed. Give it a whirl yourself and start saving energy one search at a time. :: Blackle.com

So here’s your site: http://www.blackle.com/

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you use LCD monitor, you'll end up wasting more energy by using Blackle. Not to mention that you'll stress your eyes and suffer from eye problems.

Blackle will save energy only for CRT displays (which . On an LCD monitor, it will waste more energy than normal Google. Almost all the modern monitors are LCD monitors, as CRT monitors are obsolete.

Many people on the TreeHugger blog have pointed this out:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/05/black_google_sa.php#c136088
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/05/black_google_sa.php#c136107

The so-called "Save Energy" seems to be a ploy by Blackle to attract more traffic to their site, as they earn money for every search made on their site.

admin said...

There is also the Carbon Neutral Search Engine, they offset each search by 100g of CO2 ... (or black background for CRT monitors)