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Apple Juicz – solar power for Mac laptops


applejuiczsolarpanel.jpgWant to keep your MacBook fully charged as you work on that novel of yours while sprawled naked in the wilderness high atop Mt. Katahdin? This new Apple Juicz solar charging system from Quickertek for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBooks can charge your laptop while it’s in use with sweet, sustainable, solar energy.  The whole deal (including MacBook Air) can be stored in the free Element carrying bag pictured above.  The unfolded solar panel is pictured at right.

Comes in 15, 27 and 55watt versions that will run you from $500 to $1,000 and you’ll need a MagSafe adapter that runs another $100.

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via: pocket-lint (Update: links removed)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

method prefab cabins – living in balance

A secret fantasy of mine is to live in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps in the San Juan Islands area.  So when I stumbled upon Balance Architects’ prefabs built with sustainable practices by Method Homes, I had to take note.


As of right now, any of their 3 models of prefabricated vacation cabins can be delivered to you whether you live on San Juan Islands, the mountains of Washington, Montana, British Columbia, Oregon or Idaho; and they’re working their way further south and east.


Utilizing certified-FSC lumber, bamboo cabinets, efficient shower heads, EcoTop Countertops, Energy Star appliances, Yolo no-VOC paint, radiant heat and solar power options for generating electricity, construction targets a rating of LEED for homes 2.0 or higher.  Appropriately green for a cabin in the woods.


These eco-minded prefabs can be constructed in a day, but allow at least 3 months for the entire process. For those who want a vaca in Mount Baker, Washington, you can rent one of these babies and try before you buy.  Check out their 2-bedroom, replete with organic sheets.  I just might be heading west very soon. more @

via:  haute nature

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D-Link wi-fi routers get greener


The move toward a more energy efficient future is edging forward. Popular home and small business network electronics maker, D-Link, has announced that they’ve become one of the first manufacturers to produce energy-saving home network Wi-Fi routers capable of saving up to 40 percent in power usage.

D-Link is expanding its Green Initiative by adding eco-friendly features to its award-winning Xtreme N™ line of Wi-Fi Internet routers to decrease energy costs by reducing power consumption.

From the company press release: “…innovative energy-saving technology that automatically detects link status and network cable length, then adjusts power accordingly. The D-Link routers also feature Wi-Fi scheduling that allows customers to easily program when the Wi-Fi radio signals are turned on and off to further save energy consumption.”

The Green technology will be incorporatied in the D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router (DIR-655), D-Link Xtreme N Duo™ Media Router (DIR-855), and the D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router (DGL-4500).

Find the routers at the company’s online store,,

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