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Solutions for the Energy Crises in this Union

Part 1: Alternate Energy and Conservation

Water, wind, and solar power are a much better alternative energy choice than nuclear energy for several reasons. One reason is there is no nuclear waste with which to contend.

Mike Angelo -- 3 February 2006 (C) -- Page 2

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Article Index

[Part 1, Alternate Energy and Conservation]

[Part 2, Computer and Internet Technology]

  • USB-Key Sneaker-Net
  • Computer in a Pocket -- a Portable Office
  • Internet Telecommuting
  • Some practical anecdotes
  • Conclusion
To learn why Linux is so much a better choice than is Microsoft Windows, please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows

Office on the Linux Desktop

OpenOffice 1.1 -- A Complete Office/Productivity Software Suite for GNU-Linux, FreeBSD, MAC, MS-Windows, Unix, and more

End Traffic Jams -- Build Roads

The so-called morning and evening rush-hour traffic jams and bottlenecks result in tremendous amounts of fuel waste and pollution. One solution to that is to build more roads and increase the number of lanes of existing roadways. It's not very high-tech, but it is very effective.

Road construction and traffic engineering technology are here now. Road building should start right now. Especially since it usually takes at least five to ten years from the time a road-building project is conceived until it is completed

End Traffic Jams -- Flextime

Adding more lanes to our roadways and improved traffic flow certainly will help to reduce fuel wasted in traffic jams. On the other hand, getting people off the road will help to relieve traffic jam and bottleneck problems too.

Part of the energy solution is to spread the times that people use the roadways. Flextime is one way to do that. The more people that go to work and leave work at random or varied times as opposed to everyone working the typical 9 to 5 shift helps to spread the road-use demand (traffic).

Spreading scheduled work hours over time does the same thing too. Where possible, businesses, industries, organizations, institutions and government offices too should vary scheduled starting times from 7 AM to 11 AM and quitting times from 3 PM to 7 PM or whatever might be appropriate.

In many instances, there simply is no reason that everyone at the same workplace has to start at 8 AM, for example, and leave at 5 PM. Some, for example, could start work at 7 AM and then leave at 3PM. Others could start at 11 AM and leave at 7 PM. And others could start and stop work in between those times.

These solutions are available right now. Businesses, industries, organizations, institutions, and government offices can and should start implementing flextime and work-schedule spreads now. Many already are implementing flextime and work-schedule spread programs now -- but many more need to do that.

End Traffic Jams -- Telecommute

Finally, we list a high-tech solution to the energy crises facing Americans. Many of the people caught in those daily traffic jams could just as easily do their work from home or remote offices as they can from the downtown offices in the hubs of our nation's traffic jams.

There are several ways one can go about what amounts to working at home -- one such way is telecommuting, the ritzy label for doing your work on your home computer. If one's work is done on a computer, that person is a perfect candidate for working from home -- telecommuting.

The technology for telecommuting is here now. And it is getting better all the time. Businesses, industries, organizations, institutions, and government offices can and should start implementing telecommuting programs now. Many already are implementing telecommuting programs now. But there is much room to expand telecommuting programs.

In Part 2 of this Solutions for the Energy Crises in this Union -- Computer and Internet Technology article, we will take a closer look at telecommuting and some of the computer and Internet tools that help people to telecommute. Stay tuned.


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Article Index

[Part 1, Alternate Energy and Conservation]

[Part 2, Computer and Internet Technology]

  • USB-Key Sneaker-Net
  • Computer in a Pocket -- a Portable Office
  • Internet Telecommuting
  • Some practical anecdotes
  • Conclusion

Books

The Linux books listed below will help to show you why Linux-based, GNU operating system is a better operating system than MS Windows. And they describe and help you to use much of the free software that comes with most Linux-based distributions.

Most of the book links listed below lead you to Web pages about the books that also, there, have links to things such as Tables of Contents and sample chapters. The sample chapters are free and well worth reading.

  • Some Interesting Linux Books

Acing the LINUX+ Certification Exam, Patrick Regan, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131121553. $88

Beginning Linux Programming, 3rd Edition, Matthew and Stones, (Foreword by Alan Cox), Wiley. ISBN: 0-7645-4497-7. $40

Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base, Linux Standard Base Team, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-145695-4

Building Clustered Linux Systems, By Robert Lucke, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-144853-6. $50


Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible, B. Harris and Jaldhar Vyas, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7644-5. $40.

The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques, Martin F. Krafft, ISBN 1-593270-69-0. $44.95


Expanding Choice: Moving to Linux and Open Source with Novell Open Enterprise Server, Jason Williams/Peter Clegg/Emmett Dulaney, Novell Press, ISBN: 0-672-32722-8. $30


Fedora 4 Linux All in One, By Aron Hsiao, Sams, ISBN: 0672327074. $40.

Fedora 4 Unleashed, By Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Bill Ball, Hoyt Duff, Sams, ISBN: 0672327929. $50.


Knoppix For Dummies, Paul G. Sery, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-9779-5. $29.99

Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools, By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00787-6. $30


Linux Bible, 2005 Edition, Christopher Negus, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7949-5. $40

Linux Desktop Garage, By Susan Matteson, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-149419-8. $30

Linux Desktop Pocket Guide, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-10104-X. $10


Linux Desktop Hacks - Tips & Tools for Customizing and Optimizing your OS, By Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00911-9. $50

Linux in a Nuthsell, 5th Ed., Siever, Figgins, Weber, Love and Robbisn, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00930-5. $45

Linux Kernel Development, 2nd Ed., Robert Love, Novell Press., ISBN: 0672327201. $45

Linux Multimedia Hacks (By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, 2005)

Linux Network Architecture, By Wehrle, Pahlke, Ritter, Muller, and Bechler, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131777203. $50


Linux Programming by Example: The Fundamentals, Arnold Robbins, , Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131429647. $40

The Linux Process Manager: The internals of scheduling, interrupts and signals, By John O'Gorman, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-84771-9. $35

Linux Quick Fix Notebook, By Peter Harrison, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131861506. $40

Linux Troubleshooting Bible, Christopher Negus, Thomas Weeks, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-6997-X. $30


Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-085-7. $64

Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.1 - The Full Power of Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-086-5. $87


Novell Certified Linux Engineer (Novell CLE) Study Guide, Robb Tracy, Novell Press, ISBN: 0789732033. $60

Novell Linux Desktop 9 User's Handbook, Joe Habraken, Novell Press, ISBN: 0672327295. $35


Official Fedora Companion, Nick Petreley, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-5836-6. $20

Operating Systems, 3rd Edition, Deitel, Deitel, and David, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131828274. $103

Optimizing Linux Performance: A Hands-on Guide to Linux Performance Tools, By Phillip Ezolt, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131486829. $50


Point & Click Linux!, By Robin Miller, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131488724. $30

Principles of Network and System Administration, 2nd Edition, Mark Burgess, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-86807-4. $50


Running Linux, 4th Ed., Welsh, Dalheimer, Dawson, and Kaufman, O'Reilly, ISBN, 0-596-00272-6. $45

SUSE Linux 9 Bible, Justin Davies, Roger Whittaker, William von Hagen, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7739-5. $40

Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00754-X. $25

Understanding the Linux Kernel, 2nd Edition, Daniel P. Bovet and Marco Cesati, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00213-0. $50

Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager, Mel Gorman, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131453483. $60


UNIX Shells by Example, 4th Edition, By Ellie Quigley, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013147572X. $50

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