By bnitz on Apr 09, 2007
BBC recently reported Greenpeace's eco-friendly ratings of 14 companies. Some Slashdotters found it noteworthy that Apple is dead last on that list, but I wonder what criteria they use to select the 14 companies. I'm not sure this is a list Sun should strive to be on until Greenpeace demonstrates sound scientific methodology in their selection criteria. Because some Greenpeace members have used counterproductive persuasive techniques, some might consider discounting Greenpeace studies entirely, others such as the BBC reporters who wrote this article, seem to think Greenpeace speaks for all environmentalists. In any case, I think Greenpeace should know about our 80 watt servers and our 4 watt Sun Ray ultra thin client desktops. I'd like to see Greenpeace adopt a new ecotechnology metric, landfill space occupied per months of useful life per user:
Cubic Centimeters/Months Before Obsolete/user = cc/MBO/U.
kg/Months Before Obsolete/user = kg/MBO/U.
The Sun Ray 2 desktop client dimensions are 28mm X 122mm X 204mm (696cc). They don't seem to become obsolete, at least not in the way that a typical wintel P.C. does. I use 2 Sun Rays, one from 2006 and one from 1999, functionally they are almost identical, the main reason for upgrading to the newer one is that it uses less energy and is capable of higher display resolutions. But I'll pretend that the original SunRay 1s are obsolete now and assume that the new one will have a similar life. That gives about 7 years of useful life and I'll also assume that each client is only used by one user. So that's just under 100cc per year per user, not even as much landfill space as an uncrushed soda can would consume. Their mass is 0.37kg which would give 0.05kg/MBO/U. I wonder how Lenovo measures up?
As far as I know Sun Ray 2s use lead-free solder now but still, the idea is to keep these things out of landfills. Maybe next years model should be made of something biodegradable on the off chance that some of them wind up in a landfill instead of ebay. It looks like Sun originally priced the Sun Ray1 at $495. Are there any PCs from 1999 still selling on eBay for over 50% of their original list price? Are there many desktop PCs from 1999 which can be used with the latest P.C. operating system?