Cut energy waste
Three new software programs can help companies cut carbon emissions. Edison (verdiem.com/edison), CO2 Saver (co2saver.snap.com), and Carbon Control Software (carboncontrolsoftware.com) all use Windows power settings to reduce the energy consumed by computers while they are idle. All the programs provide information on how much carbon you have saved, and Edison estimates how much money you have saved as well. The personal versions of the programs are free. Carbon Control Software's business version costs $10.50 and up per license per year and Verdiem, the maker of Edison, has a corporate version that sells for $20 per computer per year. It may be worth the price: Globally, IT infrastructure emits as much carbon as the aviation industry, according to research firm Gartner.
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Admitting the problem is the first step toward solving it. YourPitchSucks.com is a free service that promises to get those cringe-inducing buzzwords (see: solutions) out of your pitch. YPS will unleash your pitch to its community of PR professionals, who will proofread and edit it. For a fee, the site offers faster turnaround times and more extensive pitch crafting.
The Big Picture
Put a projector in your pocket
Now you can give PowerPoint presentations or enjoy your favorite flicks on the nearest wall without lugging around any heavy equipment. The Optoma Pico Pocket Projector ($429), which weighs 4 ounces, and 3M's MPro 110 ($359), which is 8 ounces, were released late last year. Using tiny LED-based lamps, MPro can produce images as large as 50 inches and Pico can project an image up to 66 inches. These battery-powered, fanless devices connect to laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, and iPods. Want something more powerful? Dell's new 12.8-ounce M190S ($499) is larger than the others but projects an image that's more than five times as bright.