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Eat, Sleep, Click: A bicycle-powered internet?

8 Jan

By Jane Anne Morris31bike2-blog480

Save a tree, bank online. Subscribe Online, reduce your carbon footprint. Listen to music online, watch movies online, read books online. No mess, no fuss. Google Inc. has photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on its headquarters. With all that footprint-lightening, you may soon be down to no ecological footprint at all, right?

Since everyone wants the Internet to have a gentle footprint and not be “evil,” we should power it with green electricity. Start with a bicycle generator and a server. Here are some back-of-the-envelope figures.

All the stuff on the Internet, or in the “cloud,” is kept aloft by computers called servers (plus routers and so on). An average server draws 400 watts/ hour, half of that for cooling (fairly typical), and 3500 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per year, because it never shuts down.

A healthy biker can produce a constant 100 watts/hour on a bicycle generator, a generous estimate. Four generator bikes at 100 watts/hour apiece would power a server. Alas, that single server can’t accomplish much by itself. Various techies have estimated that a single online search activates between 1000 and 20,000 servers, often located all over the world.

A Google data center.

A Google data center.

Numerous servers are housed together in places called server farms or data centers. To power a modest-sized data center (50,000 servers) by bicy- cle power would require almost a million pedalers and an area equivalent to 347 football fields. Data centers can be as small as closets at the back of a business, or as large as several football fields and use as much electricity as small cities. They run 24/7/365, and tend to have multiply redundant backup systems, so no one has to wait ten seconds to learn from a web site if it’s raining outside. Continue reading

Eat, Sleep, Click; or why you should start worrying and learn to hate the internet

31 May

How much fracking are those cute cat videos you watch on youtube worth?

Why does a single “google” search require up to 20,000 servers to return results?

Why the fuck are you on the internet right now? 

Check out “Eat, Sleep, Click” by Jane Anne Morris here. You’ll never Facebook the same again.



If It Ain’t Broke, Break It, A Message for the Earth First! Journal

27 Dec

Winter Solstice 2011
Dear Eco-Warrior,

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to see the Mabon issue of the Earth First! Journal. As you read this, Earth First!ers are hard at work plotting against mountaintop removal mining, tar sands infrastructure, GE crops, the logging of old growth forests, militarization, and the pollution of the wild spirit. Here at the Journal we have our hands full, fighting our own fights in the woods and in the courts whilst finishing up the next issue due out in January. It promises to be an extra special edition for your collection of anarcho-redneck/hippy/pagan/eco-feminist literature. The Yule issue will include analysis of Deep Green Resistance, the wolf wars, ocean defense, and the Occupy movement, as well as art, fiction and poetry from the front lines [not to mention a self help guide to monkeywrenching big yellow machines]. It will feature authors such as Jane Anne Morris, Ron Sakolsky, Aric McBay, Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness, and Mark Salvo.

You should be happy to know that the Earth First! Journal is still standing strong, despite, or perhaps because of, the economic crisis. Sure, you may have noticed that our last issue was a month or two late, but, through our battles ignoring the IRS, various debt collectors, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, we do our part in slowing the earth brutalizing economy. (You know the old motto: If it ain’t broke, break it.) Plus, the new issues are beautiful, you must admit, and beauty takes time. But it also takes you!

We need your support to make it happen. Your financial contribution to the EF! Journal keeps the movement informed and inspired. No serious resistance can be effective without a base of support. For every successful direct action campaign in defense of the Wild, there are countless people whose various contributions make the victories possible—your donation to the EF! Journal is one such contribution.

Thank you for the continued support!

Yours in defense of the wild,
Earth First! Journal Collective

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