In a recent NPR piece posted on Seattle’s KUOW radio station website, it appears that in 2012, new bicycles sales is higher than new car sales in the major of countries that make up the European Union. “How can this possibly be?”, you may ask yourself.
The main cause for this higher “bicycle-to-car ownership ratio” phenomenon appears to be caused by the slump in car sales resulting in a 2-decades low that happened during the economic recession that affected most of Europe and elsewhere.
It is interesting to consider the divergent transportation patterns/behaviors that developed and developing nations are taking. The developed nations in the EU are going the way of where the developing countries came from with regards to use of transportation modes (i.e. moving from cars to bicycles). Whereas, developing nations are trying to emulate the lifestyles of the developed nations in the EU by adopting more cars and abandoning bicycles in droves. Whether this phenomenon is driven by economics, environmental, energy, or social trends, one interesting fact is that younger people (what marketers like to call “millenials” or “Gen Y”) in the USA are showing less interest in buying cars or bigger cars in a case of car makers chasing lesser car buyers.
All the recent news about technology companies being less-than-rigorous resistors to the NSA eavesdropping program, makes one wonder what’s alternatives there are out there to the dominant commercial OS offerings. Linux and other Free Open Source Software (FOSS) are highly touted as some of the alternatives since these are software and technology products that have withstand the “sanitizing effects of the light let in”. In essence, this is the open screening process by the general public, conducted specifically by software developers who are not beholden to any corporation or governmental organization.
To help technology users to migrate/transition to Linux and other FOSS, a useful article identifies various open source software alternatives that ease the transition to Linux. Personally, I find Karma to be a useful tool to create instructional videos for posting online. Hope these tools will help you in making your move to Linux and other FOSS tools.
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Posted in Apple, Closed/Proprietary, computers, Desktops, Home PC, Linux, Mac OS X, Open Source, OS, proprietary nature, Useful Tips, Windows
Most of us rely on some sort of software-based tool to help us make sense of our financial situation and planning. What is not obvious to most of us is that we are spending a lot of money on the very same tools that are suppose to help us save and grow our money.
To help save some extra money for our financial planning, here are tens of free, open source software tools that can help individuals and small businesses to stretch that dollar that we have. See this Datamation article on a long list of tools that can replace the many popular financial software that many of us may rely on today. Go to Datamation article - 62 Open Source Replacements for Popular Financial Software.
Posted in Consumer, Financial, For Home, For Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs), For SMBs
Tagged accounting, Financial, Free Software, Open software, open source, personal finance, small business finance, SMB
With a federal law in the USA, progress has come to the lighting front, so to speak.
The Energy Independence and Security Act 2007 mandates that light bulbs must specific efficiency standard (see Lighting Fact label section below for details). The following is a short list of the expected changes:
- Incandescent will start to be phased out – starting with the 100W incandescent bulb in 2012, essentially meaning such bulbs will be prohibited from being manufactured.
- The 75W incandescent bulb will also began to be phased out in 2013.
- The incandescent bulbs will be replaced by incandescent-halogen bulbs that will be more efficient than the former (at least 27% more effecient). Other replacements, include CFL and LED bulbs that are both more efficient than the incandescent-halogen bulbs.
To learn more about how light bulbs fare in comparison of the different lighting technology, check the Lighting Fact label, a requirement for all light bulb packaging. The Lighting Facts label provides information about the Brightness, Light Appearance (Warm to Cool), Energy Used (consumption), and the Life (longevity) of the bulb that you will be considering.
Courtesy of Lighting Facts, a program of the U.S. DOE.
Posted in Conservation, Consumer, Environmental, For Home, Green living, LED Lighting, Lighting, Lighting, Useful Tips
Tagged energy efficiency, green living, home lighting, light bulb, light your home, Lighting, save energy, Save Money