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Is it safe to store your information on the internet? Can you trust Google, Microsoft or any other other big cloud computing providers? Is it legal to store your data online? Despite some of the obvious advantages to moving some or all of your computing services onto the web, these are the sorts of questions which many people are asking before making the switch. A new TechSoup Special about Cloud Computing offers a range of information about security and the cloud, as well as more information about the environmental claims made on its behalf.

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Computer specifications are constantly changing to meet the demands of new software, but many of us can make do with out the need for a new computer more than every few years. A new screen may be great if the old one is starting to hurt your eyes, but most of us can function quite happily with email, web browsing and word processing, which don’t need the latest chips or huge hard drives. Techsoup, the US-based technology advice centre for non profit organisations, has provided a very useful run down of how to extend the life of your PC. It’s a bit techie in places but offers a good way of get more from your existing investment, as well as being greener.

Extending the Life of Your Computer.

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Public sector organisations have agreed targets for reducing carbon emmissions related to their IT systems. The targets, set out last year by the then minister for transformational government, Tom Watson, call for all public sector organisations to cut 11.5% from carbon emissions by 2011 and for carbon neutrality by 2012. But a recent survey found 67 percent of respondents were ‘concerned’ or ‘extremely concerned’ about their organisations ability to meet the targets set out in the strategy. Read more on the eWeek website.

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A charity that recycles computers is using Twitter to remind people that it is better to re-use their computers before recycling them, as part of its support for Green Britain Day. Computer Aid International is urging companies to consider the re-use of their old PCs and laptops as part of their green initiatives. (more…)

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