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Helloooooo, mobile version!

I am at least able to access LJ from home by using the mobile version. I have no problem pulling up my inbox, it's when I try to read my friends page, or reply to a comment (or comment on a friends post) that LJ chokes. It's amazing the amount of crap LJ is now pulling in from other sites...which is why it's choking on a slow Internet connection. Ya know, I realize I'm beating a dead horse here, but even FACEBOOK doesn't try to include content from 50,000 other sites... Facebook displays fine, even on a slow connection. LJ could learn a thing or 20 from Facebook, as SAD as that sounds.

Making this post public. Maybe one of the 'tards from LJ will see, hit their forehead, and shout "OMG, we're idiots!"

Yeah, I know. I'm high on NSAIDs.

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Originally posted by helloworldweb at eWaste


Many of us got shiny new electronics for Christmas, often replacing outdated models or equipment that's broken and no longer working. By now you may be wondering "What do I do with the old stuff?" And even if you didn't get anything new, every electronic device has a lifespan. What do you do when your mobile phone stops working? Or your computer breaks down?

What Is eWaste?

eWaste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life." Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, cell phones, Internet devices and fax machines are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. Unfortunately, electronic discards is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream.

Every year, we throw away up to 50 million tons of unwanted electronic waste – eWaste. That's enough to fill one million trucks that would stretch half way around the entire globe if they were parked end to end.
In addition, some researchers estimate that nearly 75 percent of old electronics are in storage, in part because of the uncertainty of how to manage the materials. Combine this with increasing advances in technology and new products headed towards the market and it is no wonder that "eWaste" is a popular topic.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as much as three quarters of the computers sold in the US are stockpiled in garages and closets. When thrown away, they end up in landfills or incinerators or, more recently, are exported to Asia.

Why Can't I Just Throw It In The Trash?

Simply put, electronic devices contain many types of toxins and hazardous materials which are harmful to humans and wildlife.

PVC contaminates humans and the environment throughout its lifecycle; during its production, use, and disposal it is the single most environmentally damaging of all plastics, and can form dioxin, a known carcinogen, when burned. Some BFRs are highly resistant to degradation in the environment and are able to build up in animals and humans.

  • eWaste is the fastest growing waste stream in the US.

  • Only 11% is currently recycled.

  • The average lifespan of computers in developed countries has dropped from six years in 1997 to just two years in 2005.

  • Mobile phones have a lifecycle of less than two years in developed countries.

  • 183 million computers were sold worldwide in 2004 - 11.6 percent more than in 2003. In 2010 346.2 million computers were sold in the US alone.

  • 674 million mobile phones were sold worldwide in 2004 - 30 percent more than in 2003. In 2010 the number of cell phones in use worldwide hit 4.6 BILLION.

  • And the problem will only get worse...

According to GreenPeace much of the world's hazardous eWaste gets exported to countries like China, India and Africa where rather than being safely recycled eWaste is improperly dumped and exposing the local workers to severe health hazards.

With the growth of electronic waste, workers who deal with eWaste and the wider community are exposed to significant health risks. Burning of eWaste to recover valuable resources, as routinely takes place in the backyards of China, India and much of the global South, can form dioxins. Eliminating the substances will decrease exposure and increase the recyclability and reusability of electronic products.

eWaste is routinely exported by developed countries to developing ones, often in violation of the international law. Inspections of 18 European seaports in 2005 found as much as 47 percent of waste destined for export, including eWaste, was illegal. In the UK alone, at least 23,000 metric tons of undeclared or 'grey' market electronic waste was illegally shipped in 2003 to the Far East, India, Africa and China. In the US, it is estimated that 50-80 percent of the waste collected for recycling is being exported in this way. This practice is legal because the US has not ratified the Basel Convention.

Still not convinced it's a big deal? Take 20 minutes (yes, it's a long video and worth it, though there are shorter clips on YouTube if you don't have the time to watch it all now) and watch "The Story Of Stuff." I guarantee it will open your eyes. You can read more on their website, aptly named StoryOfStuff.com

Breaking The Cycle: What You Can Do

Repurpose your old but still working computer

8 Uses for an old smartphone

Buy from companies committed to green policies In 2006 more than one billion mobile phones were shipped worldwide. However, Nokia (the market leader) recycles just 2 percent of the phones it sells.

The major computer makers do little better, with currently an average recycling rate of just 9 percent. That means the major companies don't recycle over 90 percent of their old products.

Recycle responsibly. In most larger communities there are plenty of recycling companies who will pickup your eWaste, free of charge, and/or have convenient drop-off points. I can't voucher for it's accuracy, but I found a nifty eWaste Recycling Calculator, to calculate the amount of carbon emissions saved.

Will It Make A Difference?

In a word, yes. Japan has effective recycling legislation and Sony reports that it collects 53 percent of it's old products in Japan. That's five times better than the global average for major PC makers and shows that solutions are already available. If Japan - one of the major electronics manufacturing hubs of the world - can do it, so can the rest of us.

Status is up even when the server is down

Originally posted by helloworldweb at Status is up even when the server is down


This afternoon we came across a nasty cPanel bug that caused Apache to fail to restart (while all other services: email, FTP, cPanel were up and continued to function). We were on it within 6 minutes and the issue was resolved within 20 minutes.

But what if you'd tried to access the server within that time? How would you know what was happening??? You're reading it right this moment. Our hosting status blog is hosted off-site and through the magic of secondary (back-up) DNS continues to keep you informed, even in the event of an actual emergency. Or in the event of a whole range of things you might want to know about.

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Helloooooooooooo out there

If there's anyone I added on Dreamwidth and removed here, thinking you were moving there permanently, and you either didn't or changed your mind and would like to be re-added here, please say something. I think I caught everyone, but I'm also trying to avoid duplication (reading the same posts in 2 places).

I post from Dreamwidth and cross-post over here to LJ, but I do still read LJ to comment.

I left *LJ* as a platform...not you guys. Got it? Good! :P


LJ Housecleaning

If I can't remember the last time you commented on one of my entries (or in some cases, if you've never commented, it's been well over a year or we don't have any sort of connection), I've likely just removed you. There may be more coming...there's a few I'm on the fence about.

Please be assured it was nothing personal...and that's exactly why I removed you. There was nothing "personal" between us. There's a difference between "low volume" and "NO contact."

For me, LJ is a place for people to get to know me better, more in depth, and a place for me to share more of myself. In contrast to those of you who have 300, 500, over 1,000 people on your friends list...I'm perfectly content having a very small list here. For me, it's about quality, not quantity.

I'm on Facebook and Twitter. You're welcomed to add and ignore me there, also. :) In any case, blessings to all.

And hey, while I'm at it, in doing this housecleaning I found that LJ now (*finally!*) supports allowing "friends/followers" to read and filter based on tags. It's about friggin' time!



Different kind of tears

Seeing the devastation in Japan has brought me to tears every night since the earthquake happened. And maybe that sounds...I don't know...melodramatic? I really, truly don't mean it to be. Seeing such massive devastation, human suffering, entire towns and regions being literally washed away...and then the survivors living under the threat of a nuclear meltdown and the constant fear of radiation exposure...all to a country that collectively took every precaution and preparation.

This blog post, a repost of an email from an employee of Apple in Tokyo, also made me cry, but for far different reasons. Imagine a world where every corporation could pull together in a time of crisis like this? Apple products are well-known for being expensive, but could you see Walmart treating it's employees the same way?

It's food for thought, and that article really IS a must read.

Reasons not to get an iPhone

This is -hands down - some of the funniest stuff I've read online (or offline) in a very long time! By the time I got to the end I was literally crying from laughter....and this is a GOOD thing.

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