For the most part I agree with MikeC's take on the article. Like so much of what seen lately, seems to equate green = low energy consumption, and little consideration of efficiency, lifetime cost, etc. (The article made a few references to these things - but seemed very confused about it.)
"Green" is just another marketing slogan to sell more stuff.
However, this comment I found surprising:
If you have to buy new, get the most minimalist system you can -- both size and power-wise.
and I wondered about rationale/evidence?
Is this covered in the book mentioned on the ecopcreview website?
Two things surprise me:
* While small size (at similar density) implies less material, it often translates in computers into proprietary, limited upgradeability, harder to fix, etc.
(Also, since this is SPCR, I thought we were the ones into big fans, big heatsinks, and lots of space for airflow.
i.e. is small size really that important over, for instance, standardized parts?
e.g. I have read opinion pieces about greenness of laptops - but haven't seen evidence to support it (aside from the green = takes less energy to run). Even if they are a poor example (because of excess integration, etc.) What is the cost per pound of PC (e.g.)?
* Why shoot for minimalist in new parts?
What about shooting for the most efficient parts that will have the longest likely lifespan? Don't want bleeding edge, but for applications that require computer power, get something efficient and fairly fast so that:
1) The job will get done quicker, so you can turn the thing off.
2) It will be longer time before you have to get another one.
I keep seeing things that confuse power - low energy systems vs low speed systems. If people get one of these low speed, low energy use boxes, and it does what they need for a long time, great. But I wonder how many of them will get these systems and then get new ones sooner because the performance doesn't keep up.
(In a few years, a fat client may be repurposed as a thin client, but if you start with a thin client, haven't you lost a few years of lifespan vs. starting fat?)
Can you suggest any references on this?
(I guess this is more of academic than practical interest for me, since my newest computer is an Athalon 2000+ which I got second hand.
With all the great used systems out there, my main new purchases anymore are quiet bits.)