Welcome to episode thirty four of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode our guest was SalesForce SVP of Strategy, John Taschek. John and I are both longtime members of the Enterprise Irregulars, but this was the first time John and I had had a conversation outside of email!
I updated the review again this afternoon (see the updated review below) with the 2009 reports from IBM, Adobe and SAS.
Something which struck me previously, and which hasn’t changed with the new rankings, is the yawning chasm in attitudes to sustainability reporting between hardware versus software companies.
Obviously this divide has a lot to do with risk – hardware companies who have significant manufacturing facilities, with massively complex supply chains, often containing toxic substances have far more exposure to risk than software companies.
This is reflected in the table below where eight of the top ten listings are hardware companies.
The real odd one out though is the leader, SAP. Their sustainability reporting is out on its own. It is way ahead of any other organisation I have come across and this despite the fact that they are a software company!
One factor may be that they have a significantly European representation in senior management – they have a very different thought process when it comes to sustainability. SAP say they want to be an exemplar and an enabler – and, so far, they seem to be delivering on that.
None of the other software companies seem to take sustainability reporting anywhere nearly as seriously as the hardware companies.
As a follow-on from yesterday’s post about hacking inkjet printer cartridges – in retrospect, a much better solution would be for printer manufacturers to make recyclable, transparentÂ ink cartridges which warn when your ink is running low but only stop printing when you actually run out of ink!
The article quotes figures from an Epson sponsored study (!) which show that inkjt printers regularly report that they are out of ink when there can be as much as 60% of the ink left in the cartridge.
Not surprisingly Epson printers came out of the study best with figures of 20% of ink remaining when the cartridge reports empty.
The really annoying thing about this is that all the manufacturers are aware of it but they do nothing to fix it. If a cartridge reports as empty, the printer will cease to print, even if there is plenty of ink left.
Does anyone know, is there a way to get around this (apart from buying a laser printer)?
It is a bluetooth headset with a few funky features:
The microphone is about 6mm long (as opposed to the boom mikes on many headsets which come right around to your mouth)
It has a separate audio jack/bluetooth dongle so you can plug it into your mp3 player and listen to your tunes wirelessly
You can use it with your phone and mp3 player simultaneously!
It is rechargeable and comes with a charger
It is also supposed to be able to connect to your computer but I couldn’t verify that – on my Mac, I couldn’t get it to maintain a connection and my Vaio couldn’t see it at all (having said that, that is more likely a Vista problem than a problem with this headset, as the Vaio can’t see any bluetooth device!).
With people concerned about the health and safety issues connected with heavy mobile phone usage – a bluetooth headset seems like an ideal device as it allows you to keep the mobile at a distance from your head.
My Nokia E65 arrived today and it is even nicer in reality than the site would have you believe!
My first impressions of the phone are very positive although I did get a fright when iSync told me it doesn’t support the E65 – eeek, how am I going to synchronise all my contacts and calendars? Fortunately after a quick search I found that Nokia have a downloadable script which will update iSync to synchronise with the E65.
The handset is beautiful (I went for the Mocca model) and the screen resolution is amazing (240 x 320) in a phone so small (105 x 49 x 15.5 mm).
The desktop and keyboard are extremely well thought out giving quick and easy access to the most frequently used functionality.
The phone is also very responsive. Previous Nokia models would take one or two seconds to open a new blank text. The E65 opens it almost instantly.
Where I am based in Rushbrook, the Vodafone network coverage is poor but the E65 seems to handle the low coverage better than either the N70 or the E61. There is a notable improvement in call quality.
The built-in wifi, one of the main reasons I decided on the E65, has been working exceptionally well. Despite working very closely with Truphone support we were unable to get the E61 to receive incoming calls on my US landline number. However, the E65 hs no trouble getting calls on my US number (so far!).
The only downsides of the phone I have found, so far, are the lack of games on the phone and the poor quality of the camera. But, at least it does have a camera. This was another factor in my deciding to buy this model.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with the phone and would recommend it to anyone.
I decided a while back to treat myself to a games console for Christmas and after some discussion, I settled on an Xbox 360. I would have bought a Wii except it doesn’t have a usable optical drive and we don’t have a DVD drive so I wanted the games console to double as a DVD drive.
I bought a Pro Console with wireless controllers to cut down on the cable clutter. I bought Viva Pinata and Pixar’s Cars which I could play with my three year old son TomÃ¡s (Cars is one of TomÃ¡s’ favourite movies).
He was very excited he was going to play these games as soon as his papa had set up the new Xbox on Christmas day.
Imagine the tears rolling down his disappointed little face when I had to tell him that he couldn’t play with his new games because the Xbox wouldn’t work with our TV (pdf).
I called Microsoft’s Support line and kudos to them for having it manned on Christmas day but the news wasn’t good. The staff there informed me that I needed to purchase a high def adaptor if I wanted my high definition games console to work on my high definition tv. Obviously.
And it is not that they wouldn’t work in high definition only, no they wouldn’t work in high def or regular.
And where could I get one of these? “At your nearest Xbox reseller” – yeah good luck finding one of those open on Christmas day.
This is completely ridiculous – this is a problem created by Microsoft. There is already a standard in place around high definition cabling. It is called HDMI. HD Ready TVs have a HDMI input, by definition. All Microsoft had to do was put a standard HDMI connector on their AV cable and their Xbox would work on every HD Ready TV out of the box.
But no, Microsoft go with their non-standard cable so they can gouge us for another 30 or 40 Euros.
In our house, Microsoft is not the Borg, Microsoft is the Grinch who stole Christmas.
Thanks a million Microsoft. Your cheapness destroyed my son’s Christmas.
Having read on the Consumer Association of Ireland website that I was entitled to a refund, not just the options of repair/replace which were offered on the Komplett website, I emailed Komplett saying I would prefer a refund.
I received an email from Komplett this week informing me that my credit card had just been credited with a full refund!
Excellent, now I can look to getting a different external storage solution. Several people have recommended Seagate so I may give them a look.
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