Finding the “Greenest” Tree this Holiday
06 Dec 2020Green Alternatives
An ornament on my Christmas tree at home, a Grand Fir.
Christmas trees are a fixture in homes across the United States during December. While many families choose an artificial or natural tree based on tradition, ease of use, or other factors, few consider which is the more environmentally friendly option. Unfortunately, like all good questions, the answer is that it depends.
How to Build Docker Containers for Multiple Architectures
19 Apr 2020Tutorial
Docker and similar containerization tools allow for application isolation with minimal overhead by virtualizing the upper layers of the operating system kernel
Docker is a tool for isolating applications and managing dependencies with minimal overhead compared to traditional virtualization techniques. This guide shows you how to build images for the power saving ARM architecture on a normal x64 workstation.
Rethinking Space Heating
12 Feb 2020Green Alternatives
Energy usage in various home types, broken down by use. Notice that heating is the largest single contributor for all but high density apartments.
A common strategy for reducing the energy consumption for heating is to set a central thermostat to a lower temperature and heat only the spaces that are currently in use. This can be effective, but careful use of alternatives can reduce energy usage further.
Why This Website is One Megabyte Per Page
25 Nov 2019Appropriate Technology
Plot showing the increase in the size of mobile and desktop web pages. The medians are in the solid lines, with the shaded regions showing the distribution of results.
Each and every page of this website strives to be less than 1 MB in size. This is a conscious design decision in a bid to lower the energy consumption of the computers used to serve and display it.