GeekSpeak for 2008-10-11

Making Computers More Power Efficient

[Climate Savers Computing Initiative|http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org/] is a nonprofit group of consumers, businesses and conservation organizations who hope to promote development, deployment and adoption of technologies that improve the efficiency and reduce the energy consumed by computers.

Erik Teetzel from Google will join the Geeks to talk about the amount of energy that will be saved, and the design and implementation of the technology that Climate Savers is recommending.

Bad Nvidia GPU Show Up in MacBook Pros

Nvidia originally assured Apple that its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT based MacBook Pros had narrowly averted the defect – Apple now counters back saying it was actually not so lucky.

'Unbreakable' encryption unveiled

Using 200km of standard, commercial optical fiber for the connections and employing several quantum techniques at the same time, this looks like the real thing.

WiFi is no longer a viable secure connection

Nvidia GPUs may sound the death knell to WPA and WPA2, two of the most secure protocols to protect your WiFi from eavesdroppers.

Map your current location via wifi in Firefox with Geode

Mozilla Labs has introduced a experimental extension for the Firefox browser that shows off their geolocation plans for future versions of the browser. It leverages Skyhook Loki technology to map the Wifi signals in your area to your computers location. Yup, this is the same stuff iPhone does.

Verizon Wireless Triple-Charging SMS

Verizon Wireless is charging users for receiving SMS messages, for sending SMS messages, and soon three additional cents for sending messages addressed to mobile users.


! Our Guest, Erik Teetzel
Erik is a Green Energy Manager for Google’s RE<C research and development team. Mr. Teetzel is also a contributing member of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a non-profit group of corporations, NGOs, government entities, and individuals working to increase the energy efficiency of compute systems.

Prior to joining Google, Mr. Teetzel led the creation of Hewlett Packard’s ProLiant 100 series servers. He also served in research positions focused on structural design and manufacturing at Stanford’s Linear Accelerator Center and Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems.

Mr. Teetzel holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.