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Green IT in credit crunch

Posted in green it, Nerdy, organic on May 14, 2009 by sanaseni

Green and remote

Green and remote

Staying green or surviving the credit crunch? Why should they exclude one other? The whole idea of going or even staying green is saving money. That’s the whole point. I was in a pub the other day, when the owner asked “someone green” how to be more green. The someone did not know, as the answer requires some knowledge of the trade. Well, I know IT and I know how to be greener there. Here is how:
1: Reduce the waste of paper and power. Just do not print. Use a screensaver. Have a dark backround image. Use powersaving. Unplug your chargers when you are not charging anything. Turn off the lights for the night but do not switch everything off from the power button. Some switches are not designed to be used ten times a day, they will burn and you will have to get them fixed. If the switch is light to use, it is usually ok. If it is like turning a boat around, don’t flick it.
2: Minimize the waste of old computers. Do not buy anything you do not need or replace something that is working. The last thing you want is to throw away your 18 month old computer and buying a new greener one to replace it. When buying a new one, Ebay your old computer without the hard disk (information security) or wipe the disk good and proper, using a special software to do that. Ebaying it will get rid of the clutter, recycle the hardware while it is still of use and make you a little bit of money as well. Do not expect a great return on your investment – the point is to get rid of it, get use of it and to do the right thing.
3: Extend the life of existing systems. Up-to-date backups and good maintenance routines will give your computers and servers longer life spans, thus saving the environment. Use a good service or company for this, as it is really, really important that this is done properly.
4: Eliminate the risk of waste. When buying someting, make sure it is the right thing. Use expert help when buying a new router, firewall or a computer. That is if you are not an expert nor want to become one. To get what you need and eliminating the possibility of a bad purchase, you eliminate the risk of wasting the investment or wasting time trying to work with insufficient tools.
5: Enable the work from anywhere. You need two things, the tools and the rules. Travelling to work wastes time and energy, but working from home is often just a day off. The tools are easy to set up, a computer with an internet connection needs to have a remote support available, so any problems can be fixed on site. Support has to be available at home just the same as at the office. The home office might have some security issues that you might want to check before setting shop. But most important, make practises and establish targets for working at home. Demand results from that day, just as you would from a conference or a business meeting, even more. Any properly motivated employee is more efficient working four hours at home than eight hours at the office.


Pandemic preparation 101 – hoard

Posted in Househusbandy, organic with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by sanaseni

The pandemic pig flu is quite possibly nothing to worry about. Then again, it might be akin to “Spanish flu” that killed millions. We live in a big city and the chances of catching said flu are unknown to me, but not to prepare would be foolish. I decided that the risk of doing nothing is greater than the risk of doing something, even if in vain. Just investing (not spending) 100 pounds is the plan I am going with.
Living in finland tought me to always have food for three days for the household. That is how long it takes for the government to get organized in case of shit hitting the fan, so each for themselves during those first three days. Pandemic could cripple the infrastructure as people would be staying home instead of working the system. Therefore I just simply up the hoard to a 10 day stash. On top of this, only some cold medicines, tissues and handwipes. And only a few luxury items, in thinking of what you want when you have the worst flu you have ever had and cannot leave the house for a week. Some tea and biscuits.

About the risk assessment, realization and actions

Risk does not come to be but you took no action
Well done, you were right. You have earned yourself the bragging rights and can mock everyone who did something.

Risk does not come to be but you took action
Well, you were wrong. You are the one who is being mocked now. Hopefully the action did not cost too much and you can live with it.

Risk does come true, but you took action
Well done, you were right to take the action. Now what matters that you took the right action and it was sufficient. If you did, then you should be alright, at least better off than most. There is no point doing this half-heartedly. Do it or don’t, but do it properly, if you decide to do it.

Risk comes true, but you took no action
Well now, you the weakest link – goodbye.

Now if the risk is ultimate and the cost of action is neglible, a logical response is to act, regardless of the propability of the risk materializing.

Organic as a produce, not as an excuse

Posted in Househusbandy, organic, product with tags , , , on March 24, 2009 by sanaseni

I buy organic, but not exclusively. When it is convenient. In finland, anything organic was three times the price of “normal” produce-price. Here in england, it is not even twice the price of the worst produce. You can even get even, if you count the calories and such. On top of that, they can be delivered to your home every week. The problem with organic produce in finland was always the quality of the produce, sky high prices and the poor availability and service of such hippies who tried to make their living like that, desperately. The climate in england is ideal for organic growing, tomatoes grow like weeds over here. I have never ever had a succesful kitchen herbs crop, but the one in here is already showing promise. The veggies here do spoil immediately. I mean, they should, it is just that I for one am not used to that. Finnish tomatoes took a week to ripen, english organic tomatoe rots in a few days. The thing is to buy what you need today. Maybe tomorrow morning, but that is all. Otherwise, it will spoil, trust me. Organic means no preservatives. I am going to grow my own tomatoes in my back yard this summer. The very idea is just thrilling. Different climate indeed, lets make the most of it.
So we have gone from using organic as an excuse to have an amateurish business that serves overpriced crap, to enjoying its brilliant taste, vibrant colours, easy availability and brilliant service – all at a very reasonable price.

Organic veggies box

Organic veggies box