Computer Tech Helping Reduce Global Warming

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<p><strong>Calgary, Alberta &mdash; July 11</strong><br />Userful Corp., a provider of public computing, has announced that in the last year, its software that allows up to 10 people to work from one PC has saved more than 13,250 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of taking 2,300 cars off the road.<br /><br />Modern desktop computers sit idle virtually the entire day while we read or type. </p><p>DiscoverStation leverages this unused computing power to create an environmentally efficient alternative to traditional desktop computing.</p><p>Multiple users can work on a single computer by simply attaching extra monitors, mouses and keyboards. <br /><br />&ldquo;Computer hardware production and disposal is one of the fastest-growing threats to our environment,&quot; said Timothy Griffin, Userful president. &quot;Powering and cooling computers is an increasing contributor to global warming. By leveraging the underused power of modern PCs, DiscoverStation helps people around the world go green.&rdquo; </p><p>DiscoverStations have been deployed around the world with a typical configuration of six stations per computer.&nbsp; </p><p>In the last year DiscoverStation&#39;s ability to minimize wasted computer power has eliminated more than 13,250 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, that&rsquo;s the same as taking 2,300 cars off the road.&nbsp; </p><p>Reducing the number of computers in use has additional earth-friendly benefits &mdash; electronic waste is an increasing problem globally because of the quick obsolescence of electronics.&nbsp; </p><p>This is compounded by the fact that computer waste is high in many toxic materials such as heavy metals and flame-retardant plastics, which easily leach into ground water and bio-accumulate.&nbsp; </p><p>DiscoverStation can reduce electronic waste by up to 80 percent, further decreasing its environmental footprint. </p>

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