Sunday Apr 12, 2009

Tokyo 2.0: The Sustainable Web: Monday April 13

Looks like an excellent lineup for the Tokyo2Point0 community event tomorrow night in Roppongi. There will be six talks on how the web community in Tokyo contributes to the global environmental effort. Then after those sessions there will be another four jet fast lightning talks about various local web 2.0 projects. It will be a packed night. The six lead talks will be 10 minutes each. The lightning talks will be 5 minutes each. Things will move fast. This will be the second meeting using this new rapid format. It worked very well last month to keep things jumping and to increase participation.

More info at the Tokyo2Point0 event page. Also see Tokyo2Point0 on Facebook. And see Tokyo2Point0 on Twitter. I tag my T2P0 posts and images here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/tokyo2point0.

Sunday Jul 06, 2008

Energy Efficiency and Economic Opportunity

Japan sees a chance to promote its energy-frugal ways: "According to the International Energy Agency, based in Paris, Japan consumed half as much energy per dollar worth of economic activity as the European Union or the United States, and one-eighth as much as China and India in 2005. While the country is known for green products like hybrid cars, most of its efficiency gains have been in less eye-catching areas, for example, in manufacturing ... Japan's strides in efficiency are clearest in heavy industries like steel, which are the nation's biggest consumers of power." -- International Herald Tribune

Seems that high oil prices are offering the Japanese new markets around the world for their technologies. China seems particularly interested. For obvious reasons.

Saturday May 10, 2008

Intel Dave 2

David Stewart is back on YouTube -- OpenSolaris on Xeon video, Episode 2 - Saving Power -- talking about how to improve power management, which is certainly a good thing for a world using way too much juice. If you want to contribute to this effort, go to the Tesla Enhanced Power Management Project and also the OpenSolaris Intel project.

Saturday Jan 12, 2008

New Car in India

Could India`s new car represent a disruptive innovation? Tata Nano - world's cheapest new car is unveiled in India. Cheap. Good mileage. Introduced into an utterly gigantic market hungry to industrialize. Can foreign car companies match this? But I wonder if the world has enough oil for every person in India (and China, for that matter) to own a car. The west is probably not a very good example of resource allocation in this instance. The west is also probably not in a very good position to preach about this, too.

Tuesday Oct 16, 2007

Smarter and Greener

Who Will Succeed Al Gore?: "You can't make a product greener without making it smarter and more in demand -- whether it is a refrigerator or a microchip. Just ask GE or Wal-Mart or Sun Microsystems." -- Thomas Friedman

Thursday Jul 19, 2007

More Efficient Bullets

Japan Goes For Comfort And Ecology In New Bullet Train: "The N700 -- which will stop in Kyoto, namesake of the pioneering environmental treaty -- will use 19 percent less electricity than earlier models, the designers said as they showed the train to the press this week. 'The substantial reduction in power consumption and CO2 emissions,' a statement said, 'contributes significantly to the effort to counter global warming.'" -- Terra Daily

Cool. More efficient bullet trains coming online in Japan.
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