What is e-waste and how to reduce it

The term e-waste is used by environmentalists as well as journalists who write on the subject of disposal of used electronic items. These may include calculators, hand-held devices like mobile phones, palm-tops, laptops, monitors and even CPUs (Central Processing Unit).

By simply following three rules, everybody can contribute to reduce e-waste which could cause harm to the environment as well as humans.

REDUCE: waste by using appliances (ex. computers) longer by upgrading them rather than replacing. Buying products trusted to be durable would also help.

RECYCLE: waste by sending the items which are no longer used for recycling to the manufacturer or companies engaged in recycling business. Donating items to Technical Schools (for example hardware engineering training institutes) may also help.

If recycling is done in an improper way, it is possible that air, water and soil will get polluted by harmful chemical elements used in making circuit boards and other components in electronic equipment.

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Project Gutenberg (PG) http://gutenberg.org

This project started in 1971. In those days, books were re-typed into computers. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software helped to automatically recognise printed text. This method caused errors and correcting them was a difficult task. Distributed Proofreaders [PGDP] – http://www.pgdp.net/ – is an official part of PG. It trains volunteers online and gets the book proofread by many persons till it is finished. This way another book is added to the online public domain, free to anyone. PG now has as many as 33,000 proofread books online. It is an open access archive of digital eBooks and no different to a Free Public Library.

CREDIT: Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga [http://books.lakdiva.org]
http://sundaytimes.lk [19 December 2010]

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Know the coconuts

Deep history of coconuts decoded

The coconut (the fruit of the palm Cocos nucifera) is the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom; in one neat package it provides a high-calorie food, potable water, fiber that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that can be turned into charcoal. What’s more, until it is needed for some other purpose it serves as a handy flotation device.

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BBC News – Sega says hackers stole data of 1.29 million users

BBC News – Sega says hackers stole data of 1.29 million users.

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a garden update!

a garden update!. Well looked after home garden with fruit trees and vines. Some nice photos.

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Personalize Your Blog with the New Custom Design Upgrade

Personalize Your Blog with the New Custom Design Upgrade.

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Blogging experience started

This is the first post I am publishing. It is going to be short, folks. Just beginning to explore WordPress! Hope to enjoy posting to the blog that has just been created. Everything seems to be okay now, and I am feeling happy to have the opportunity to post text and media to this blog. Have a great time fellows.

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