May 29, 2008

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$250 to be paid only once.
Suitable for small companies, individuals, shops etc.
Features Of Your New Website-
  •  Unlimited Bandwidth- No matter how many people visit your website at the same time, your website will never slow down.
  •  Guaranteed 99.99% Uptime of the website as it will be hosted on Google’s servers.
  •  Malware/virus resistant website.
  • Membership form/enrollment form/feedback form/Any other type of user input form if required, with easy user database management in the form of spreadsheets.
  •  Lifetime warranty on the website*-No maintenance charges ever – Although nothing will ever go wrong in the website, even if something goes wrong, it will be fixed within 12 working hours, free of cost.
  • Fees include e-mail setup with the new website including 10GB of mail storage.
  • Problem free easy to use mail environment.
  • Visitor Analytics to your website- see the number/location/Traffic sources/computer system info.  etc.  of visitors coming to your website.
  • Integration with your facebook/twitter/google plus page- Likes/followers/+1 by people for your page can be displayed on the website.
  • The included Mobile version of the website will be an added feature for visitors coming to your website through low end mobile phones.**
  • This website making fee also includes hosting fees for a lifetime. You will never have to pay any hosting fees ever. This comes with 5 GB online file storage.
  • Free domain name for 1 year. Example www.YourName.com
  • View and manage your mails/user database/visitor analytics using your existing Gmail id and password.
  • Updating the website will cost either $4 per request or $20 for upto 7 requests/month for this website. You can choose whichever plan that suits you best. Your website will be updated every time within 12 working hours of your request.


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Unlimited Bandwidth
Limited bandwidth- might get slow in times of high traffic
Guaranteed 99.99% uptime of the fully functioning website.  Nobody else in web development Industry can provide such high reliability apart from us.
Their websites are mostly riddled with problems with downtimes ranging from hours to weeks every month.
Malware/virus/hacker resistant website.
Websites are very vulnerable to online threats
Lifetime warranty on the website*-No maintenance charges ever
Website maintenance charges range from $40 to $120 per month
Content updating - $4   per request.
Content updating charge $9 to $20 per request
View and manage your mails/user database/visitor analytics using your existing Gmail id and password.

No such facility provided. Different accounts and different user id/passwords need to be used to manage all the services.
You can make the website payment in 3 or 6 monthly installments.
EMI facility not available
10 years Life-cycle projected cost-$1,210
10 years life-cycle projected cost- Approx. $8,000

























*Warranty will be void if the website’s functioning through its control panel is tampered with/modified by any unauthorized person/firm other than our team during the lifetime of the website. **Mobile version will be provided only if it is feasible with design that the customer wants.          

Payment Summary

Website building/setup charges-$250 (one time)
Additional costs –
Updating-Two plans are available. You can choose whichever suits you best.
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  • Really beautiful design better than any other firm in market.
  • Website customized according to your needs and requirements.
  • Latest technology HTML 5 based template.
  • Up to 7 updating request will be honored on the website per month for free.
  • Domain name free for the period the plan is subscribed for. Free on renewals too.
  • Unlimited Bandwidth- No matter how many people visit your website at the same time, your website will never slow down.
  •  Guaranteed 99.99% Uptime of the website as it will be hosted on Google’s servers.
  •  Malware/virus resistant website.
  • Membership form/enrollment form/feedback form/Any other type of user input form if required, with easy user database management in the form of spreadsheets.
  • Included Warranty on the website-No maintenance charges ever – Although nothing will ever go wrong in the website, even if something goes wrong, it will be fixed within 12 working hours, free of cost.
  • Fees include e-mail setup with the new website including 10GB of mail storage.
  • Problem free easy to use mail environment.No account suspension ever.
  • Visitor Analytics to your website- see the number/location/Traffic sources/computer system info.  etc.  of visitors coming to your website.
  • Integration with your facebook/twitter/google plus page- Likes/followers/+1 by people for your page can be displayed on the website.
  • The included Mobile version of the website will be an added feature for visitors coming to your website through low end mobile phones.
  • This website making fee also includes hosting fees. You do not have to pay any hosting fees . This comes with 2.5 GB online file storage.
  • View and manage your mails using your existing Gmail id and password.
  • Free domain name. Example www.YourName.com
  • EMI available in 3 or 6 monthly installments.
Website delivery time - At max 15 days after the realization of advance payment.

Stop wasting time with your unreliable website and get a new one which will give you a complete peace of mind and will end up saving you thousands of dollars.
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May 28, 2008

You can Now Change Themes on Orkut!

Orkut has added a new feather in its cap today; an option to change themes of your profile and scrapbook page!

Up until now, only a limited number of Orkut users had access to this feature with only four themes activated so far. More themes will soon follow. While there hasn't been any official announcement yet, starting today, if you click on Orkut.com, it will redirect you to Orkut.co.in.
The new feature also allows universally disabling the theme if it doesn't match your tastes thus giving you full control either to keep or ignore the theme.


The screen-shots you can see are from the profile of a blogger who's experienced the new feature.

What laptop does Steve Ballmer use for his presentations? Right...

A View From The Top: Burj Dubai

1 GB 20 years ago "It Was Memory Box Not Memory Card" [PIC]

New Threat: MacBook Air can cut through flesh


Now, we know that the Mackbook Air is one thin laptop, but some Apple forum members in Germany are claiming that the edge of the laptop is not only sharp -- but downright dangerous. According to "Apple Talk" reader Bajuware, his MBA went kill-crazy all over his elbow while he was cold-chillin' on his couch. The details are a little hard to suss out due to the language barrier (and machine translation), but it would appear the Air's bottom edge made nasty work of the human flesh like someone had insulted its mother. Another MBA owner claims his computer is sharp enough to slice bread, though we assume it's not used for buttering. Honestly, we're not sure what kind of danger an innocent MacBook Air could really pose besides causing you to throw out your back constantly plugging in the AC to charge that not-quite-as-advertised battery.

Homosexuals log on to social networking sites for support

Unable to come out in the open most of the times about their sexual orientation, thousands of homosexual youngsters are now turning to popular networking sites to get heard and evolve a social consensus for their rights.

Online social networking sites like Orkut, Facebook and MySpace are getting flooded with hundreds of communities advocating "natural rights" of gays and lesbians and inviting "like-minded people" to pour out their views and emotions with anonymity.

Forums like Indian Gay Liberation Movement, Glad To Be Gay, Anti-Homophobia (India) and Support Gay Rights are among hundreds others, which are actively discussing several problems being faced by the homosexuals.

The clamour for the gay rights has resurfaced after the Union Home Ministry had contended in the Delhi High Court that by treating homosexuality as a criminal offence, the government is protecting public health and morals.

"Indian society strongly disapproves of homosexuality and the disapproval is strong enough to justify it being treated as a criminal offence," it has said.

The argument was made in response to a PIL demanding changes in section 377 of IPC which makes all types of unnatural sex a punishable offence.

The contention has triggered furious responses from the homosexuals and right activists, mainly through social networking websites and blogs, terming it as "arbitrary and illogical." PTI

May 27, 2008

Samsung announces crazy fast 256GB SSD


Uh oh, Samsung's just announced their first 256GB SSD. Not that you needed to know anything more than that to trigger salivation, but the MLC-flash SATA II drive has speeds of 200MBps read and 160MBps sequential write. Not like we'll be able to afford it or anything, but they'll be available come September, with a 1.8-inch version due in Q4.


engadget.com

The Biggest Drawing in The World: Created With the Help of GPS and DHL

I have to hand it to Erik Nordenankar and DHL for devising what has to be the most creative fusion of art and technology to date. The concept was simple but brilliant: place a GPS device in a briefcase and mail it via DHL with precise travel instructions over the course of a 55 day period. When all was said and done, the GPS data formed a virtual self-portrait of the artist that spread over 6 continents and 62 countries covering nearly 70,000 miles.


Apparently, the drawing was done as part of an advertising campaign for DHL—which explains why a briefcase that looks like a bomb managed to criss cross the world in an accurate manner. However, DHL does know a thing or two about taking long circuitous routes on their way to a destination, so this ad makes perfect sense.
via Hack a Day

Heat Sensitive Wallpaper

Design with life

Shi Yuan has created a way to turn normally passive things into something with a life of its own. Like this wallpaper that reacts to heat, the painting that reacts when you touch it, or the daily calendar that fades away during the day.

It is made using heat sensitive paint - and it is incredible.

Heat Sensitive Wallpaper

Turn up the heat and your wallpaper starts to blossom. Here with the radiator is off...and on!

A painting with feelings

Show people how you feel by touching the painting.

The day that simply faded away...

Watch how the day slowly fades away with this calendar

Breaking News - Nokia N96 - Leaked Pics and Specifications


Operating Frequency

  • WCDMA2100/900 (HSDPA) / EGSM900, GSM850/1800/1900 MHz (EGPRS)
  • Automatic switching between bands and modes
  • DVB-H Class C, 470-750 MHz

Dimensions

  • Volume: 92 cc
  • Weight: 125 g
  • Length: 103 mm
  • Width: 55 mm
  • Depth:18 mm, locally up to 20 mm

Memory Functions*

  • 16GB internal flash memory, plus microSD memory card slot (hot swappable) for expandability and flexibility
  • Approximate dynamic memory capacity indication with 16GB storage:
    -Video: 40 hours**
    -Music: 12,000 tracks***
  • 128MB RAM, 256MB system memory (operating system plus dynamic user data area)

    Power Management

  • Battery: Nokia Battery BL-5F, 950 mAh
  • Talk time: up to 150 / 220 minutes (WCDMA / GSM)
  • Stand-by time: up to 200 / 220 hours (WCDMA / GSM)
  • Video playback: up to 5 hours (offline mode)
  • Music playback: up to 14 hours (offline mode)
  • TV playback: up to 4 hours (DVB-H)

*Operation times may vary depending on radio access technology used, operator network configuration and usage.


Display and User Interface

  • 2.8” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) LCD TFT display with up to 16 million colors
  • User Interface: S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
  • Active standby screen, Multimedia menu

Data Transfer*

  • WCDMA HSDPA 900/2100 MHz with simultaneous voice and packet data (PS max speed DL/UL= 3.6Mbps/384kbps, CS max speed 64kbps)
  • Dual Transfer Mode (DTM) support for simultaneous voice and packet data connection in GSM/EDGE networks. Simple class A, multi slot class 11, max speed DL/UL: 177.6/118.4kbps
  • EGPRS class B, multi slot class 32, max speed DL/UL= 296/177.6kbps
  • GPRS class B, multi slot class 32, max speed DL/UL= 107/64.2kbps

    Video Center

  • Video center: central hub for video experiences
  • Access to last played video and easy resume
  • My videos: collection of stored videos
  • Access to Internet Videos, compatible with RSS feeds and video podcasts, with direct wireless updates and downloads
  • Service catalog to discover new Internet Videos

Video Codecs and Formats

  • MPEG-4 Part 2 (H.263/SP), up to VGA 30 fps, hardware-accelerated codec, scaled to max QVGA on device screen, or max SDTV on TV-out
  • MPEG-4 Part 10 (H.264/AVC), up to VGA 30 fps, hardware-accelerated codec, scaled to max QVGA on device screen, or SDTV on TV-out
  • Windows Media Video (WMV9), up to CIF/QVGA 30 fps, hardware-accelerated codec, scaled to max QVGA on device screen, or SDTV on TV-out
  • RealVideo QCIF at 30 fps
  • Flash video support in browser
  • DRM support: OMA DRM 1, OMA DRM 2, WM DRM

Live TV

  • Broadcast Television (DVB-H) capable
    -DVB-H based mobile TV with internal antenna
    -DVB-H Class C, 470-750 MHz

Browser-based video access

  • Support for download, streaming and progressive download
  • Support for Flash video

Music Features*

  • Digital music player – supports MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WMA, album art
  • Playlist editing and sharing
  • Equalizer and visualization
  • Search, browse and purchase songs online in Nokia Music Store – with support for Windows Media DRM protected files

* Nokia Music Store availability varies by country.

Radio*

  • Stereo FM radio (87.5-108MHz, 76-90MHz) with support for RDS, Visual Radio™ and use of FM radio in offline mode
  • Nokia Internet Radio

May 25, 2008

Now New York is just a peek away from London

Britons &Americans greet each other through a Telectroscope


DEEP beneath the Atlantic Ocean, forgotten for the best part of acentury, lies atunnel linking London and New York.
It was built on the whim of a Victorian inventor with the aim of joining two great cities and developing the kind of friendship that exists even today. But bad fortune befell the venture —and the tunnel lay idle ever after. Until Thursday, that is, when the project was rekindled with amodern twist.
Using agiant ‘electronic telescope’ and state- of- the- art technology, England and the US were enjoined once again when the tunnel entrances were reopened beside Tower Bridge in London and Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

NYPD blues

It looks like something from the Victorian era, and its name sounds like a device from 1950s science fiction. The Telectroscope is an extraordinary new device that allows people in London to see across the Atlantic.

Positioned at a spot near Tower Bridge, it allows people to watch their counterparts in New York, peering through an identical scope near the Brooklyn Bridge.

It is the invention of Paul St George, a 53-year-old artist in based in London who - using broadband internet cable to transmit video images between the two venues at high speed - gives

the impression that the two cities are connected via a telescope under the Atlantic sea.

For £1 a go, people will be able to wave down a massive viewing pipe into the earth and see New Yorkers waving back.

It is the first time that spectators will be able to have a real-time, life-size view across the pond 24 hours a day.

Nicky Webb, the director of the Telectroscope production company, Artichoke, said: “You are not going to spend four hours looking down this Telectroscope, but there are all sorts of lovely possibilities, you could arrange to meet friends in New York or even propose marriage down it!

"Schools in Southwark and New York will be twinning up and using it. Its aim is to be something huge, impressive and magical.”

Hop 1800: The USD 10 mobile phone

There's affordable and then there's "how can they afford to do that" cheap. Hop-On has just created the HOP1800 disposable cell phone and it costs just ten dollars. That's not a "with contract" price. The phone really is just ten dollars, straight up, no strings attached. As far as I can tell, anyways.

Don't expect the Hop-On HOP1800 to offer you much in terms of functionality. It doesn't have a camera, a music player, or any sort of PDA functionality. Based on the pictures provided, it seems that the HOP1800 doesn't even have a display, but it will work with over 40 domestic wireless carriers over a standard GSM connection. You just have to provide the SIM card.

There are two dual-band versions of the phone: 850/1900 and 900/1800. The battery offers 4 hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby. Look for it at US retail and convenience stores. Should you choose the return the Hop-On HOP1800, they'll even give you a $5 "Go Green" rebate.



via crunchgear.com

May 24, 2008

Firefox: Can browsers make bucks?

What's the most valuable piece of web software you use every day? Your web browser, surely. So whoever makes the browser which dominates the market should also make riches beyond the dreams of avarice - shouldn't they?

In the early days of the web, that certainly seemed to be true. Netscape Navigator was, for many, the first introduction to web browsing. When Netscape made its stockmarket debut on the NASDAQ in 1995, it rocketed in price, lighting the blue touch-paper for the whole dot com frenzy. Then along came Microsoft's Internet Explorer and blew it out of the water - leading to years of conflict with the US Department of Justice and other regulators.

But does Microsoft actually make any cash from IE? Not as far as I can see. Does Safari make a significant contribution to Apple's bottom line? Again no.

So what about Firefox? The browser from the Mozilla Foundation is the poster-child for the open-source movement, and it seems to be making some serious headway in its battle with Internet Explorer. The Mozilla people have shown that users do want innovation in the way they browse the web - whatever the makers of Internet Explorer might say.

"If Microsoft's customers wanted new features they would have told the company about it," said one Microsoft executive in 2004, going on to explain that features such as tabbed browsing were not important to IE users. Well of course he was wrong, and Microsoft has been forced to refresh its browser with just the kind of features pioneered by Firefox.

June sees the final release of Firefox 3, the latest version of the open-source browser.

Most of the thousands of changes are hidden so far beneath the bonnet that users won't notice them - except perhaps for a welcome increase in speed - but there is one impressive new feature.

The engineers who collaborate to build Firefox call it the "awesome bar" and it certainly grabbed my attention. The address window at the top of the browser now functions as a search engine for your previous web activity. So, for instance, I type in 'Yahoo shares' and it takes me to all those recent pages I've visited showing Yahoo's current share price and discussing the company's future.

Obviously other web browsers can show you names of sites you've visited - but not their content. So here we have another advance in search, which, as Google has shown, is the real route to making money online.

Which brings me back to my original thought. The Mozilla foundation is a not-for-profit organisation but on top of the thousands of volunteer coders around the world it does now have 160 employees, and they have to be paid. So where is the cash coming from? Tristan Nitot explained that originally it was T-shirts that were the main revenue earner - Mozilla has an online shop selling Firefox-badged products - but now it's found a more substantial source of income.

That search box in the top right hand corner of the browser generates a big chunk of revenue - almost all of it from Google, which is the default search engine.

So Firefox is dangerously dependent on Google for its income. But now, in the "awesome bar", it's got its own search engine which could, in theory, provide a very valuable stream of data about the browsing habits of hundreds of millions of internet users. Tristan Nitot claims that Firefox is approaching a 30% market share.

But there's one problem. Can an organisation like Mozilla really start making money out of its users' personal data - either by pushing adverts their way or passing the data on to other marketing organisations? I doubt it - that would go against everything it stands for. But who's to say another firm won't imitate the "awesome bar" - and find that it's a way of making a few bucks from a browser?

Source BBC

GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing

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The upcoming 2008 Olympic Games are inspiring some show-stopping buildings and technologies, among them the Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall by New York based architecture & media firm Simone Giostra & Partners. Visible from up to a kilometer away on one of Beijing’s most congested main roads, the 20,000 square foot bright light facade of the Xicui entertainment complex is more than stunning, it’s surprisingly strong in its green credentials. The Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall is the world’s largest color LED display, and has a self sustaining energy life-cycle. Harvesting sunlight collected during the day via photovoltaic solar cells, the wall uses stored solar energy to light up the LED’s for a spectacular nighttime show.

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The media wall has been embedded with intelligent software, allowing the skin of the building to respond to internal and external data, creating a unique, ‘responsive environment for entertainment and public engagement’. The design is specifically large scale and low resolution so as to provide an ‘art-specific’ media facade. Future content for the media wall is expected to include Olympic events, site-specific video-art installations, weather forecasts and video gaming. The entertainment center will house the first venue dedicated to media art in Beijing.

New York based architecture & media company Simone Giostra & Partners, have been designing curtain walls for over 12 years and in association with Arup, the support of German manufacturers Schueco and SunWays, and the assistance of Chinese solar company Suntech, have developed a new technology for laminating photovoltaic cells in a glass curtain wall. Architect, Simone Giostra says he was inspired by the ‘everchanging experience’ of the seascape, and that he wanted to replicate it in some way.

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‘The polycrystalline photovoltaic cells are laminated within the glass of the curtain wall and placed with changing density on the entire building’s skin. The density pattern increases building’s performance, allowing natural light when required by interior.’

You can play around with the Greenpix simulator online, which converts Quicktime films to the Greenpix format for an idea of the impact of the giant media wall. Simone Giostra & Partners expect the structure to ‘define new standards in the context of urban interventions worldwide, raise global interest in the integration of digital technology with architecture and reinforce the reputation of Beijing as a center for innovation and urban renewal.’ This is definitely a sensational piece of work which we look forward to seeing more on.

+ Greenpix Zero Energy Wall
+ Simone Giostra & Partners

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India 2nd largest seller of carbon credits globally

India has emerged as the second largest seller of carbon credits in the global market with six per cent share in 2007, while China tops the list with a huge 73 per cent, a World Bank report said.

"India and Brazil, at 6 per cent market share each, transacted the highest volumes after China in 2007," said the report 'State and trends of the carbon market 2008'.

Certified emission reduction (CER), that are traded on the global climate exchanges, are carbon credits issued by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board for emission reductions achieved by CDM projects and verified under the rules of the Kyoto Protocol.

Pointing out that high price expectation for CERs in India and Brazil is hindering growth, the report said the sellers in these two nations favour sale of already issued CERs in the range of 15-16.50 pound per CER instead of selling forward CER streams.

For the third consecutive year, China was the world leader in CER supply with a 73 per cent market share in terms of volumes last year against 54 per cent in 2006.

Citing reasons for China still being the destination of choice for buyers of credits, the report said "the large size, economies of scale in origination, and its favourable investment climate " have attracted investors.

"China consolidated its position as the pre-eminent carbon supplier, by quadrupling its number of projects in the pipeline from January 2007 to March 2008," it said.

China is well ahead of other nations in the CDM pipeline with 53 per cent of potential CER supply with 1,104 projects till 2012, compared to India's 15 per cent of the total CDM pipeline, it noted.

The carbon market is the most visible result of early regulatory efforts to mitigate climate change.

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How fraudsters skim your credit card

Skimming is the direct transfer of electronic data from the magnetic strip on a credit card or debit card to a card-reading device.

The skimmed data is then transferred from the reading device onto another plastic card that has a magnetic strip on it.

The fraudster can then create a card with the same characteristics and use it freely - till identified or caught. Needless to add, skimming is illegal.

Where can skimming take place?
Skimming generally takes place at petrol stations, restaurants, hotels and such outlets where the swipe terminal is not in your sight.

Warning signs:
A shop assistant takes your card out of your sight in order to process your transaction. You are asked to swipe your card through more than one machine. You notice something suspicious (an attached device) around the card slot on an ATM. You notice a strange or unauthorised transaction in your account.

Tips to avoid becoming a victim of skimming:
Keep your PIN safe. Don't give or tell it to anyone. Watch out for people who try to "help" you at an ATM. Look at the ATM before using it. If it doesn't look right, don’t use it. If an ATM has any unusual signage, don't use it.

If your card is not returned after the transaction or after pressing ‘Cancel’, contact your card issuing authority immediately. Check your bank account statements to ensure that there are no unusual withdrawals.

Highschool Tekken

Giba versus Diego and Danilo. Some people have too much time on their hands.

50 Ways to Help the Planet

01

PLANT A NOTION
"Going green" doesn't have to be a daunting task that means sweeping life changes. Simple things can make a difference.

The contents of this list might not be new, but they bear repeating. Sometimes it takes a few reminders for things take root.

01

1. CHANGE YOUR LIGHT
If every household in the United State replaced one regular lightbulb with one of those new compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.

Don't like the color of light? Use these bulbs for closets, laundry rooms and other places where it won't irk you as much.

Moon

2. TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT
By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don't want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you're pouring your morning cup 'o joe.

02

3. DON'T RINSE
Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you're saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water.

02

4. DO NOT PRE-HEAT THE OVEN
Unless you are making bread or pastries of some sort, don't pre-heat the oven. Just turn it on when you put the dish in. Also, when checking on your food, look through the oven window instead of opening the door.

02

5. RECYCLE GLASS
Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If it isn't recycled it can take a million years to decompose.

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6. DIAPER WITH A CONSCIENCE
By the time a child is toilet trained, a parent will change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, adding up to approximately 3.5 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills each year. Whether you choose cloth or a more environmentally-friendly disposable, you're making a choice that has a much gentler impact on our planet.

clothespin

7. HANG DRY
Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes by the air. Your wardrobe will maintain color and fit, and you'll save money.

Your favorite t-shirt will last longer too.

Star!

8. GO VEGETARIAN ONCE A WEEK
One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.

Fork and knife

9. WASH IN COLD OR WARM
If all the households in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day.

Only launder when you have a full load.

Napkin

10. USE ONE LESS PAPER NAPKIN
During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins—around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.

Paper

11. USE BOTH SIDES OF PAPER
American businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year, equal to 175 pounds per office worker. For a quick and easy way to halve this, set your printer's default option to print double-sided (duplex printing). And when you're finished with your documents, don't forget to take them to the recycling bin.

Newspaper

12. RECYCLE NEWSPAPER
There are 63 million newspapers printed each day in the U.S. Of these, 44 million, or about 69%, of them will be thrown away. Recycling just the Sunday papers would save more than half a million trees every week.

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13. WRAP CREATIVELY
You can reuse gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give your child stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that's environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient.

More ideas: HGTV, Martha, DIY Network

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14. RETHINK BOTTLED WATER
Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water.

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15. BAN BATHTIME!
Have a no-bath week, and take showers instead. Baths require almost twice as much water. Not only will you reduce water consumption, but the energy costs associated with heating the water.

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16. BRUSH WITHOUT RUNNING
You've heard this one before, but maybe you still do it. You'll conserve up to five gallons per day if you stop. Daily savings in the U.S. alone could add up to 1.5 billion gallons--more water than folks use in the Big Apple.

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17. SHOWER WITH YOUR PARTNER
Sneak in a shower with your loved one to start the day with some zest that doesn't come in a bar. Not only have you made a wise choice for the environment, but you may notice some other added...um...benefits.

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18. TAKE A SHORTER SHOWER
Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten gallons of water. If everyone in the country saved just one gallon from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day.

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19. PLANT A TREE
It's good for the air, the land, can shade your house and save on cooling (plant on the west side of your home), and they can also improve the value of your property.

Make it meaningful for the whole family and plant a tree every year for each member.

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20. USE YOUR CRUISE CONTROL
You paid for those extra buttons in your car, so put them to work! When using cruise control your vehicle could get up to 15% better mileage. Considering today's gasoline prices, this is a boon not only for the environment but your budget as well.

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21. SECOND-HAND DOESN'T MEAN SECOND-BEST
Consider buying items from a second-hand store. Toys, bicycles, roller blades, and other age and size-specific items are quickly outgrown. Second hand stores often sell these items in excellent condition since they are used for such a short period of time, and will generally buy them back when you no longer need them.

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22. BUY LOCAL
Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers' markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in.

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23. ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT
Adjust your thermostat one degree higher in the summer and one degree cooler in the winter. Each degree celsius less will save about 10% on your energy use! In addition, invest in a programmable thermostat which allows you to regulate temperature based on the times you are at home or away.

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24. INVEST IN YOUR OWN COFFEE CUP
If you start every morning with a steamy cup, a quick tabulation can show you that the waste is piling up. Invest in a reusable cup, which not only cuts down on waste, but keeps your beverage hot for a much longer time. Most coffee shops will happily fill your own cup, and many even offer you a discount in exchange!

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25. BATCH ERRANDS
Feel like you spend your whole week trying to catch up with the errands? Take a few moments once a week to make a list of all the errands that need to get done, and see if you can batch them into one trip. Not only will you be saving gasoline, but you might find yourself with much better time-management skills.

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26. TURN OFF LIGHTS
Always turn off incandescent bulbs when you leave a room. Fluorescent bulbs are more affected by the number of times it is switched on and off, so turn them off when you leave a room for 15 minutes or more. You'll save energy on the bulb itself, but also on cooling costs, as lights contribute heat to a room.

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27. GREENER LAWN CARE
If you must water your lawn, do it early in the morning before any moisture is lost to evaporation. Have a few weeds? Spot treat them with vinegar. Not sure if you should rake? Normal clippings act as a natural fertilizer, let them be. If you've waited too long, rake by hand — it's excellent exercise.

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28. PICNIC WITH A MARKER
Some time in between the artichoke dip and the coleslaw, you lost track of your cup, and now there are a sea of matching cups on the table, one of which might be yours. The next time you picnic, set out permanent marker next to disposable dinnerware so guests can mark their cup and everyone will only use one.

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29. RECYCLE OLD CELL PHONES
The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes.

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30. MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE
Not only are you extending the life of your vehicle, but you are creating less pollution and saving gas. A properly maintained vehicle, clean air filters, and inflated tires can greatly improve your vehicle's performance. And it might not hurt to clean out the trunk—all that extra weight could be costing you at the pump.

No Mommy!

31. RECYCLE UNWANTED WIRE HANGERS
Wire hangers are generally made of steel, which is often not accepted by some recycling programs. So what do you do with them? Most dry cleaners will accept them back to reuse or recycle. (Cue Joan Crawford.)

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32. RECYCLE ALUMINUM AND GLASS
Twenty recycled aluminium cans can be made with the energy it takes to manufacture one brand new one.

Every ton of glass recycled saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil needed to make glass from virgin materials.

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33. TELECOMMUTE
See if you can work out an arrangement with your employer that you work from home for some portion of the week. Not only will you save money and gasoline, and you get to work in your pajamas!

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34. KEEP YOUR FIREPLACE DAMPER CLOSED
Keeping the damper open (when you're not using your fireplace) is like keeping a 48-inch window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney. This can add up to hundreds of dollars each winter in energy loss.

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35. CUT DOWN ON JUNK MAIL
Feel like you need to lose a few pounds? It might be your junk mail that's weighing you down. The average American receives 40 pounds of junk mail each year, destroying 100 millions trees. There are many services that can help reduce the clutter in your mailbox, saving trees and the precious space on your countertops.

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36. CHOOSE MATCHES OVER LIGHTERS
Most lighters are made out of plastic and filled with butane fuel, both petroleum products. Since most lighters are considered "disposable," over 1.5 billion end up in landfills each year. When choosing matches, pick cardboard over wood. Wood matches come from trees, whereas most cardboard matches are made from recycled paper.

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37. LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING—ONLINE
Consider if you really need a paper phone book. If not, call to stop phone book delivery and use an online directory instead. Some estimate that telephone books make up almost ten percent of waste at dump sites. And if you still receive the book, don't forget to recycle your old volumes.

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38. GIVE IT AWAY
Before you throw something away, think about if someone else might need it. Either donate to a charitable organization or post it on a web site designed to connect people and things, such as Freecycle.org.

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39. GO TO A CAR WASH
Professional car washes are often more efficient with water consumption. If everyone in the U.S. who washes their car themselves took just one visit to the car wash we could save nearly 8.7 billion gallons of water.

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40. PLASTIC BAGS SUCK
Each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option.

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41. FLY WITH AN E-TICKET
The cost of processing a paper ticket is approximately $10, while processing an e-ticket costs only $1. In the near future, e-tickets will be the only option, saving the airline industry $3 billion a year. In addition to financial savings, the sheer amount of paper eliminated by this process is commendable.

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42. DOWNLOAD YOUR SOFTWARE
Most software comes on a compact disc, and more than thirty billion compact discs of all types are sold annually. That's a huge amount of waste, not to mention the associated packaging. Another bonus to downloading your software is that it's often available for download at a later date when you upgrade to a new computer or are attempting to recover from a crash.

Who uses answering machines?

43. STOP YOUR ANSWERING MACHINE
Answering machines use energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And when they break, they're just one more thing that goes into the landfill. If all answering machines in U.S. homes were eventually replaced by voice mail services, the annual energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt-hours.

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44. SKIP THE COFFEE STIRRER
Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers. But skipping the stirrer doesn't mean drinking your coffee black. Simply put your sugar and cream in first, and then pour in the coffee, and it should be well mixed.

Determined to stir? Break off a piece of pasta from the cupboard. You can nibble after using it, compost, or throw away with less guilt.



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45. FIND A BETTER WAY TO BREAK THE ICE
When a big winter storm heads our way, most of us use some sort of ice melter to treat steps and sidewalks. While this makes the sidewalks safer for people, it may pose a hazard for pets who might ingest these products. Rock salt and salt-based ice-melting products can cause health problems as well as contaminate wells and drinking water. Look for a pet-safe deicer, readily available in many stores.

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46. USE COTTON SWABS WITH A PAPERBOARD SPINDLE
Some brands of cotton swabs have a paperboard spindle while others are made of plastic. If 10% of U.S. households switched to a paperboard spindle, the petroleum energy saved per year would be equivalent to over 150,000 gallons of gasoline.

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47. PAY BILLS ONLINE
By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we'd save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.

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48. STOP PAPER BANK STATEMENTS
Some banks will pay you a dollar or donate money on your behalf when you cancel the monthly paper statements you get in the mail. If every household took advantage of online bank statements, the money saved could send more than seventeen thousand recent high school graduates to a public university for a year.

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49. USE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES
Each year 15 billion batteries produced and sold and most of them are disposable alkaline batteries. Only a fraction of those are recycled. Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries. Although it requires an upfront investment, it is one that should pay off in no time. And on Christmas morning when all the stores are closed? You'll be fully stocked.

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50. SHARE!
Take what you've learned, and pass the knowledge on to others. If every person you know could take one small step toward being greener, the collective effort could be phenomenal. source