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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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fixya – heal those sick gadgets and appliances


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Today’s consumer environment is a world where ‘sustainability’ and DIY represent all things positive and ‘discard’ ‘dispose’ and ‘replace’ are part of Satan’s vernacular. One huge component of sustainability is merely keeping things running and serviceable. No running to the mega-mall to buy little Trevor a new IPod every time his battery dies or buying a new flat panel tv because your remote doesn’t work. It’s time to get that stuff fixed and operational.

Well there’s a new resource on the block to help us manage, FixYa.com. FixYa is a support community and knowledge base for repairing consumer products. The folks at this site have compiled a database of consumer electronics support, product info, repair advice, manuals and troubleshooting that may be unsurpassed on the internet. The idea behind FixYa is to aggregate and organize all the product support information that is littered across the quagmire that is the internet in a single user friendly location. FixYa is also a huge knowledge base and product forum that is constantly updated by a live community of users who share their experiences of technical problems and solutions. The site utilizes a rating system that allows users to find the best solution for every problem and, quite often, offer a new solution.

FixYa’s stated goal is to offer the best solutions for the most common problems of each and every product the site is covering. Their knowledge base is centered on user experience rather than FAQs compiled by manufacturers so you may find some guy in a bunker in Idaho who has come up with an innovative approach to fixing your faulty massage chair or your juiced-out juicer.

I did a quick search on a problem I was having with my tv and got some good insights from the user base.

check it out @ FixYa.com

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

vista dress by loyale


bwlo2393large.jpgBeware, summer is disappearing fast. Thankfully great summer dresses like this are a timeless investment. Inspired by the cheery vibe of 1950s and ’60s California classic silhouettes, this piece exemplifies New York designer Jenny Hwa’s eco-driven vision.

“loyale clothing is inspired by understated sophistication, alluring fit and sustainable fabrics for the fashionably conscious set. Taking an ecological stance, while creating frocks with beckoning silhouettes and charming details are loyale’s signature criteria.”

  • hemp/organic cotton linen
  • sweatshop-free & enviro-friendly
  • manufactured in USA

in teal (pictured) or navy

$146 @ equita

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Monday, July 30, 2007

porsche cayenne inches toward green


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Perhaps being labeled a “Climate Pig” by Greenpeace has motivated Porsche to develop a hybrid or, more likely, the marketing folks at the German automaker see a new market segment and some bucks to be made with a little greenwashing. It is estimated the Cayenne hybrid will get about 24mpg (current model gets approx. 19mpg highway).
In any case the 2009 Cayenne Hybrid will feature a full-hybrid design.

This from the press release:
“where the hybrid module (clutch and electric motor) is positioned between the combustion engine and the transmission rather than having the hybrid drivetrain branching output along various lines and in various directions via a planetary gearset. Porsche selected this design because the in-line configuration of the hybrid components are more compatible with the existing Cayenne platform, this system in testing is more fuel efficient, and because this configuration is a better fit for Porsche as it will provide improved acceleration and engine flexibility compared to a conventional Cayenne.

Coordinating the car’s three main components – the combustion engine, the electric motor and the battery – is the Hybrid Manager, the heart of the Cayenne Hybrid. The Hybrid Manager, which oversees some 20,000 data parameters as compared to only 6,000 data parameters for a conventional engine, is one of the most powerful technologies found in any hybrid vehicle.

Other unique features of the Cayenne Hybrid designed to decrease fuel consumption include the power steering and vacuum pump for the brakes, as well as the air conditioning, which operate on electric power. Technical components, such as the oil pump in the Cayenne’s automatic transmission, have been replaced by electrically powered units. The Cayenne Hybrid’s electro-hydraulic steering – a first for a vehicle of its kind, will ensure the Cayenne Hybrid drives like a Porsche with predictable and safe handling characteristics and the agility that is expected of a Porsche SUV.”

full businesswire release
(note: pictured above is the totally redesigned 2010 Cayenne)

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vintage shoulder bag from hellish cheeky


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This mid-sized shoulder bag is an inspirational blend of three different types of recycled vintage fabrics, contemporary-retro style and some masterful stitching.

The front is made from a textured 50′s turquoise & white speckled fabric, the sides from turquoise floral 60′s fabric. The flip over front is made from a white 50′s textured satin type fabric & boasts a very ample vintage button.

The strap is constructed from an old belt so it’s easy to adjust the length, and the bottom of the bag is wooden to provide structural strength and an enduring shape. The inside is lined with cotton.

dimensions:
base- 8 x 4 inches / height- 9 inches / width at top- 13 inches

£40 @ hellishcheeky.co.uk

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monday’s mixed bag of green news


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Sunday, July 29, 2007

natural home


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One of my favorite monthlies is Natural Home. It’s filled with lots of good info about developing a natural, modern lifestyle. Here’s an online taste of what they have to offer. Avoid Greenwashers’ False Claims: How do I know I’m buying green? and Sustainable Landscaping and Chemical-Free Yards: the Earth-friendly grass is always greener.

Let us know what you’re reading.

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