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Do you use Blackle for searches?

 
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Blackle.com is supposed to be more energy efficient; do you really use it or still use Google for searching?
 
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so you are using Blackle.com
 
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Blackle is supposed to be efficient because it makes heavy use of black on the UI.
Most of the modern browsers are able to correctly interpret the search string typed in the address bar itself. I wonder how many open the actual search page to search.
 
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No, I don't use it, and the idea that it is more energy efficient is not really true, at least not if you are using a modern LCD screen. If you're using an old-fashioned CRT screen, then it uses a little less energy if it displays black, but with an LCD screen it doesn't matter; the screen uses the same amount of energy, no matter if it displays white, black or any other color. Or it may be even worse, some say that displaying black on an LCD costs more energy.

Google Debunks Search Engine Blackle's Green Image

"We applaud the spirit of the idea," Weihl said, "but our own analysis as well as that of others shows that making the Google homepage black will not reduce energy consumption. To the contrary, on flat-panel monitors (already estimated to be 75% of the market), displaying black may actually increase energy usage."

It may not be that simple, however. As Australian tech journalist Darren Yates explains on his Techlogg blog, "Blackle makes next to no difference, on average, with LCD monitors." But Blackle did deliver small energy savings with 24-inch and larger LCDs and with CRT monitors.



Blackle energy saving claims still do not add up
Blackle vs Google power savings – the final test
 
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I like bing for its nice wall paper, everyday.
 
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Jesper Young wrote:No, I don't use it, and the idea that it is more energy efficient is not really true, at least not if you are using a modern LCD screen. If you're using an old-fashioned CRT screen, then it uses a little less energy if it displays black, but with an LCD screen it doesn't matter; the screen uses the same amount of energy, no matter if it displays white, black or any other color. Or it may be even worse, some say that displaying black on an LCD costs more energy.

Google Debunks Search Engine Blackle's Green Image

"We applaud the spirit of the idea," Weihl said, "but our own analysis as well as that of others shows that making the Google homepage black will not reduce energy consumption. To the contrary, on flat-panel monitors (already estimated to be 75% of the market), displaying black may actually increase energy usage."

It may not be that simple, however. As Australian tech journalist Darren Yates explains on his Techlogg blog, "Blackle makes next to no difference, on average, with LCD monitors." But Blackle did deliver small energy savings with 24-inch and larger LCDs and with CRT monitors.



Blackle energy saving claims still do not add up
Blackle vs Google power savings – the final test



thanks for sharing this; I was living in ignorance!
 
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nice to know!

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ankur rathi wrote:I like bing for its nice wall paper, everyday.



A small price to pay for your immortal soul.
 
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:

ankur rathi wrote:I like bing for its nice wall paper, everyday.



A small price to pay for your immortal soul.



 
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I use google for searching.
But I open bing once a day just to watch the wallpaper and I like bing for this feature, or perhaps I like this feature of bing.
 
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My default page in IE in PC ( because i don't use IE).
 
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I like the idea of blackle (easier on the eyes than staring at white text) but I prefer bing so I use:
http://bingxs.com -> Also shows more results by default and a smaller font so I can see more results on my screen!
Not sure what the XS stands for -> Extra small? Excess (more results on your screen)??
 
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Blackle's About page says...

Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy.

...we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.


So although this implementation seems dubious, the symbolic message might have some value if it raises awareness.
 
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Monu Tripathi wrote:Blackle.com is supposed to be more energy efficient; do you really use it or still use Google for searching?



What is Blackle.com ?? I use only GOOOOOOOOGLE....
 
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