Eco Friendly Building Supplies

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Eco-Friendly Landscapes and Gardens

Let’s talk about lawn care. Turn away from pesticides that poison you, your pets, your kids, and the water supply. Instead try organic products. Not only do they work well, but you’ll notice a difference in how your lawn looks and feels.

Consider buying a “reel” mower versus a gas mower. Reel mowers are the old fashioned ones that you push yourself. Remember the one your great grandfather used to have. Save money on gas and get some exercise in at the same time. It is a nice way to spend an hour or two surrounded by your beautiful yard with the sweet smell of cut grass all around you.

When choosing plants for your yard or garden, purchase ones that are grown locally. Other plants may be beautiful, but not suited for your particular climate. Purchasing locally grown plants ensures that they will grow well in your yard or garden and help promote the local growers. When checking out your local nurseries, be sure to ask questions like which plants are eco-friendly, how much water they require, and whether they need shade or sun? Farmers markets are another great source for plants. There are vendors that sell their plants and flowers and they are usually filled with great information regarding their products. You can also check with a local landscaper for advice.

Try keeping a portion of your yard for natural plantings. Native wild flowers or plants that attract butterflies or birds are beautiful and will attract helpful insects into your yard as well. Not only are they great for your yard but a nice way to spend a couple of minutes watching graceful butterflies enjoy your garden.

When purchasing lighting for your yard most people think solar when they think green. Solar lighting is great, but be cautious which ones you choose. Many are made with toxic plastic resins and made for the short term instead of the long haul. Within a couple of years these lights will have to be replaced and because of what they’re made of, they are not recyclable. Definitely not eco-friendly! The good news is that if you search you can find solar lights plus many more items for your yard that are much more eco-friendly products. The products available are growing at an amazing rate. Check out websites like Amazon or Green Electronics for more eco-friendly products and ideas to fit your landscaping and gardening needs.

If you’re looking for a fountain or birdbath to add to your yard or patio, there are eco-friendly options available as well. They now make fountains and birdbaths with built in solar panels so that they are self sustaining. They’ll add beauty and attract colorful birds for your viewing pleasure.

If you live somewhere with a pool or beach access, you may want to consider installing a solar outdoor shower. You can get ones that are free standing, large enough for children and adults and only need to be hooked up to your garden hose. No heating costs because its solar and it uses minimal water. In addition to saving money you will also be saving your house from excess dirt and sand.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Eco-friendly Building?
    I know this isnt much to go on but would anyone happen to know the name of the Ecofriendly building (green building that I believe is located in NYC) that has a reverse water fountain running on the inside? I believe it uses the water from the fountin to supply electricity to the building. I saw it a long time ago on the news and I would like to do some research on it

    • ANSWER:
      You can take a look at these 3 buildings. All are eco-friendly, though I did not see any mention of a reverse water fountain perhaps it goes by a different name.

      http://www.thevisionaire.com/

      http://www.thesolaire.com/

      http://www.the-riverhouse.com/

      There are also plans for many eco-friendly buildings that haven’t been bult yet. That may have been what was on the news.

  2. QUESTION:
    How about saving Detroit?
    so when our gov. spent 700 billion on dumb investors, why dont we ask for money to rebuild hope i our own city? And bring in jobs such as natural gas, or eco friendly building supplies . why not?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem is that millions of Americans had different types of retirement plans that were tied into these dumb financial corporations. That’s why the Gov’t bailed the financial companies out. Part of the bailout involved the Gov’t now owning part of the financial companies, with the idea that the companies can be turned around and dividends paid back to the Gov’t.

      Unfortunately, there isn’t much hope for Detroit. Nobody wants to invest in a city if they don’t anticipate a return on that investment. And there are many other cities that appear to be more prosperous.

  3. QUESTION:
    Should the Government take initiative in creating a eco friendly environment?
    I know it also depends on individual effort, but compared to what the Govt can do what an individual does is like a drop in the ocean.

    I think if there is a will, from the politicians there is certainly a way out of this eco – disaster.

    For Example:
    1. Govt can start by converting all its vehicles (Govt owned) to
    a less polluting LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) fuel?
    2. Convert all public transport vehicles (city buses) to a LNG.
    3. Open new Nuclear plants (France relies more than 90% on nuclear power to supply all its enery needs!!!)
    4. Allow businnesses and all other companies to encourage (with perks, tax deductions) for employees to
    use public transport)
    5. Build more Wind power towers all across the country

    One answer can be money, where can the Govt get so much money, answer is instead of throwing the money down the drain in wars a fraction of it can
    solve lot of the environmental issues in this country.

    Please offer your comments and answers.

    • ANSWER:
      The government not only should, but needs to take the initiative to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The most important thing is to put a price on carbon emissions. They must also require much better fuel efficiency for new cars. Even China requires much higher fuel efficiency than the US! Fortunately the US appears to be taking a step in that direction:

      http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070606/fuel_economy.html?.v=7

      Converting government and public transport vehicles to alternative fuel sources is also an important step, and they should follow NYC’s lead, where they’re planning to convert all taxis to hybrids by 2012. LNG is a good alternative, but it’s also a limited resource, so we need to use other technologies such as hybrid and electric for government vehicles.

      Another positive step would be to increase subsidies to individuals buying hybrids or other alternative fuel cars, rather than decreasing the subsides as the formerly Republican-controlled Congress did.

      Building more wind farms, particularly in the midwest, is another important step. Also solar farms, particularly in areas with sunny weather for most of the year. Stop building coal burning power plants and don’t let liquid coal become subsidized.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I find people to help build my network marketing business in South New Jersey?
    I have been with two network marketing businesses the last year. The checks come regularly but they are small. I need to put more energy into it. One is selling eco friendly cleaning supplies and vitamins. The other is selling pre-paid legal. Any suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Put in a link, I might be interested. You can find people on facebook or even cambridge who’s who’s website. Everyone on http://cambridgewhoswhoconnect.com is looking for networking opportunities. You never know!

  5. QUESTION:
    Eco-friendly laundry balls?
    “An Eco Laundry Ball is a small plastic ball that is filled with 3 types of small ceramic balls which eliminate chlorine from the water supply, kills germs, mildew and odor (especially effective removing that smell from front loaders), raises PH and includes negative ion/ far Infrared beads coupled with incredibly strong magnets! This powerful combination in an Eco Laundry Ball creates a cleaning experience as good as or better than any detergent on the market today without any chemicals or animal fats being introduced into our water supply!

    Powerful magnets activate water clusters, softens the water and minimizes the size of the water molecules which helps reduce scale and rust build-up in washing machine and pipes.
    Far infrared and negative Ions break water molecule hydrogen combinations into small clusters and forces the small water cluster being activated to increase its molecular motion and penetration force ensuring a powerful wash. In addition, radiating negative ions weaken the surface and inter-fabric adhesion allowing dirt to be removed without using harmful detergents.”

    I am going to buy an eco-friendly laundry ball to put in my wash instead of using detergents.
    But before i do i wanted to hear any-body’s testimonials. Do you own one? Does it clean your clothes well? Is it a good purchase or a waste of time?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of things you can do to be more eco friendly and green. I try to gather all of the tips I can to help the environment, and put them into action. Sometimes just the smallest change can make a difference. You will also come to find that being green can be more cost effective.
      Source(s):

      http://www.squidoo.com/How-to-Be-Crunchy…

      http://www.squidoo.com/homeadebeauty

      http://www.squidoo.com/green_lifestyle

      http://www.squidoo.com/save-energy-laund…

      http://www.greenyourself.org

  6. QUESTION:
    Eco friendly laundry balls?
    “An Eco Laundry Ball is a small plastic ball that is filled with 3 types of small ceramic balls which eliminate chlorine from the water supply, kills germs, mildew and odor (especially effective removing that smell from front loaders), raises PH and includes negative ion/ far Infrared beads coupled with incredibly strong magnets! This powerful combination in an Eco Laundry Ball creates a cleaning experience as good as or better than any detergent on the market today without any chemicals or animal fats being introduced into our water supply!

    Powerful magnets activate water clusters, softens the water and minimizes the size of the water molecules which helps reduce scale and rust build-up in washing machine and pipes.
    Far infrared and negative Ions break water molecule hydrogen combinations into small clusters and forces the small water cluster being activated to increase its molecular motion and penetration force ensuring a powerful wash. In addition, radiating negative ions weaken the surface and inter-fabric adhesion allowing dirt to be removed without using harmful detergents.”

    I am going to buy an eco-friendly laundry ball to put in my wash instead of using detergents.
    But before i do i wanted to hear any-body’s testimonials. Do you own one? Does it clean your clothes well? Is it a good purchase or a waste of time?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever washed your clothes in cold water, with no soap? Most people would be really suprised at just how clean that alone gets your clothes!

      Toss in a couple of clean tennis shoes into your laundry, to batter around your clothing and knock the dirt loose and you’d get your clothing even cleaner.

      Personally I wouldn’t put too much faith into the actual magnet cleaning your clothes. I suspect the actual action of the balls themselves is doing the cleaning. Besides they are made in China…who knows what they actually contain!

      Here’s a recipe to make your very own earth friendly laundry soap:
      Homemade Laundry Soap
      1/3 bar Fels Naptha
      ½ cup Arm and Hammer washing soda
      ½ cup borax powder
      ~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~
      Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.

      Now I DO think you should get some balls for your dryer! They are just plastic balls that whump about keeping your clothing separated, and helping it dry faster. I’ve found it cuts down drying time from 60 minutes for a full load of jeans or towels to about 45 minutes.

      I’m going to give you a link to them, but you can purchase them at Walmart for MUCH cheaper!

      Here’s the link:

      http://www.lehmans.com/store/Home_Goods___Laundry___Drying___Nellie_s_Dryerballs___1089160?Args=

      By the way, you can find Fels Naptha soap in many grocery stores on one of the lowest shelves. Make sure you purchase WASHING soda, not baking soda.

      ~Garnet
      Permaculture homesteading/farming over 20 years

  7. QUESTION:
    Reasons keeping us from acting to save our Earth?
    I live in Australia (not very polluted compared to world wide countries) and I have realised that when I leave to go into the suburban areas like the city it’s just full of polluted air. At this present moment the sky is blue however in Beijing it is grey. It is only a matter of population increase until Australia is in China’s state and it doesn’t help that the government is paying people to breed (some young people just have babies for drug money) The demand for resources increases as the population does. My point is that our world is in our hands (and getting out of hand) and I’m just curious, why do we still continue to pollute our world from living on a daily basis. It just seems to me that people aren’t taking these matters of global warming as serious as they really are. We can change our ways of living to stop our blue skies from going grey due to pollution today. We have all the resources and the power there is to do it. We can convert all households to Solar (rather than burning coal for electricity) and have cars that are hydrogen or hybrid (to decrease CO2) but why don’t we? What is stopping us? The cost? >Money is not going to be able to buy back our blue sky once it’s too late, and certainly won’t be able to save the polar bears and penguins that are currently living in the melting Arctic and Antarctic that we’re continuously destroying by living our everyday lives.

    I have asked numerous people what they think of the future state of the world and how we are destroying it for generations to come. The usual reply: “Doesn’t bother me. I won’t be here!”
    I guess I’m just considerate for the future generations and our children’s, gran kids because I just can’t see how you can’t care! Whether the world ends tomorrow or in 140 years, I don’t want it to end at all! Our ozone layer (a blanket protecting our earth) is getting thinner as all the chemicals and pollution (from aerosol cans, air conditioners and car exhaust) are breaking it down. In years to come the UV rays from the sun will just be too harsh on humans and any life on Earth, as that ozone layer is what provides our Earth coverage.

    Why aren’t we doing anything with our smart brains and technology that we have? We have come so far with technology to destroy the world so why can’t we come just as far to save it? Architects should be designing households and building structures that are eco-friendly and sustainable – not requiring supplies of additional appliances and electricity. People used to live in Queenslander homes with nice big verandas surrounding the house with open windows and doors. Now its brick homes and shopping centres that are in demand of air-conditioning due to poor ventilation. In summer it’s a high demand of aircon, in winter its burning volts of heaters. The more we artificialise our Earth the more natural disasters it will promise us like floods, and rising water levels which bring us back to using more resources to replace everything and hence the cycle continues. Can’t we at least try to prevent it from reoccurring with our technologies and alternative, more sustainable ways?

    • ANSWER:
      In my lifespan alone, the world has deteriorated considerably. I can see the changes everywhere I travel and it’s a sad thing. I do what I can for the environment, recycle, conserve, etc. but I can see it’s a losing battle because the vast majority of people just don’t care. So live your life and enjoy what’s left of this beautiful world we inhabit.

  8. QUESTION:
    Would you shop at this store I’m opening?
    It is a grocery called “Roots”
    We sell all kinds of FRESH fruit, vegetables, grains, oils, herbs, beans and healthy diary products + eggs.(ONLY)
    There are no labels or brand names.
    and no meat or processed food, what so ever.
    The grains and nuts are in bins (like an animal feed store) and you scoop them and bag them yourself.
    At the checkstand everything is weighed… and prices are very cheap!
    There will also be a very SIMPLE website where you can look up every item sold at the store and there will be various cooking directions for it.

    as for the appearance… It will be a decent sized building with high ceilings and orginal urban influenced art covering the walls. and plank wood floors. plus really good music by local artists and CD’s sold at the front .

    Outside, off to the side of the store will be a big garden. There will be fresh cut flowers sold and a chicken coop providing fresh eggs.

    There will also be an eco friendly kitchen supply section (pots+ pans+ tea kettles+ water pipes, etc..)

    In addition, There will be a Medical Marijuana Health Clinic.

    This is just an idea.. I would love to open a store like this one day, for now, I am just 17 and still in high school, and just coming up with everything, please let me know what you think, would this business actually work and make money.
    it comes down to you, the customer… would you shop here?
    would you??
    let me know, thanks!
    haha ok i respect that.. you say earthy, I say healthy.. tomateo, tomateo.
    but how is it unsanitary?
    ..normal grocery stores have bulk bins… I personally don’t use them because they don’t seem like they would be fresh.
    why no live chickens? because you don’t eat animal products? i wana know, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      i wouldn’t shop at a place with live chickens

  9. QUESTION:
    what would you do to fix the US?
    I would give money for eco-friendly factories to be built in every state, creating many jobs without hurting the environment. Also, in the past, we made our own supplies and we weren’t dependent on other countries. Creating factories would improve the unemployment rates, as well put our money back into the country.

    If you had the role of the president, what would you do?
    I love all you liberal f*cks. :D

    • ANSWER:
      Get rid of all the conservative morons! All they do is spread hate, greed and war

  10. QUESTION:
    Solar Panels & Linking them to mains supply – Advice Please?
    Hello All,

    I run a Design Company, and as part of my expension, I am mortgaging to build an “Eco-Friendly” office. I have grants from the DTI and assistance from several groups to build a “green” building at a smaller cost than a traditional “bricks and mortar” construction.

    We are looking at using Solar panels on the roof to reduce our electric and heating costs, and potentially tying it in with a small windfarm. My question is, does anyone know (on a conceptual basis) what equipment is needed to allow these two energy devices to work in harmony with mains supply?

    Your thoughts & advice are appreciated

    Steve
    Modelspace Design

    • ANSWER:
      Better check with the electric company first but you need a special electric meter and connection.
      Unless you are more or less constantly generating more electricity than you need the cost of the electric meter will outweigh the benefit.
      So much for eco-friendly electricity companies.

      We kitted out a 3 storey office block with 100 sq mtrs of solar panels and even then we could not justify the import/export meter we just supplemented the electricity used in the building.

      For 3 months of each year the building is self sufficient.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is this Computer worth the price?
    So I’m buying a new PC, thought I’d go big, 3,000$ for this, is it worth it? Thanks.
    Case: * Coolermaster HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Red LED Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port
    Internal USB Extension Module: None
    Neon Light Upgrade: None
    Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM White Color with White LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA [+16])
    Noise Reduction Technology: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9]
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz 12M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
    Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more) [+19]
    Cooling Fan: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 360MM w/ Triple Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 18dBA)
    Motherboard: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD7 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durable™3 Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 24 Phase Power ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Dolby Audio, Dual GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [+180]
    Motherboard Expansion Card: None
    Memory: 24GB (4GBx6) DDR3/1333MHz Triple Channel Memory [+395] (Corsair or Major Brand)
    Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [-220] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
    Freebies: None
    Video Card 2: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [-220] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
    Video Card 3: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+295] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
    Dedicated PHYSX Card: None
    Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
    Power Supply Upgrade: 1,350 Watts – Thermaltake TP-1350M ToughPower Modular, 80 Plus Silver Certified, Quad SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready & Eco-Friendly Power Supply [+66]
    Hard Drive: 64 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk (64GB x 4 (256GB Capacity) Raid 0 Extreme Performance [+252])
    Data Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
    Hard Drive Cooling Fan: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [+21] (2 x Systems [+27])
    External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
    USB Flash Drive: None
    Optical Drive: LG WH10-LS30K 10X Internal Super Multi Blu-Ray Rewriter (Black Color)
    Optical Drive 2: None
    Sound: Creative Labs SB X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series PCI Express Sound Card [+199]
    3D Vision Glasses: nVidia 3D Vision Glasses [Require 3D Ready Display to get 3D]
    LCD Monitor: 22″ Widescreen 1680×1050 Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ 3D Gaming LCD Display
    2nd Monitor: 22″ Widescreen 1680×1050 Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ 3D Gaming LCD Display
    3rd Monitor: 22″ Widescreen 1680×1050 Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ 3D Gaming LCD Display
    Speakers: None
    Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
    Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Black USB Gaming Keyboard [+25]
    Mouse: Razer Abyssus 3500 DPI High Precision Optical Gaming Mouse
    Mouse Pad: None
    Gaming Gear: None
    Extra Thermal Display: None
    Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: Linksys WMP600N Wireless-N Dual-Band Adapter [+66]
    External Wireless Network Card: None
    Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
    Bluetooth: None
    Flash Media Reader/Writer: None
    Video Camera: Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam [+98]
    Headset: Thermaltake eSports Shock Gaming Headset Bass Enhancement, Foldable Design, In-Line Control Box Noise Cancelling Mic & Gold Plated 3.5mm Plug (White Color) [+48]
    Printer: None
    Cable: None
    Power Protection: OPTI-UPS VS575B 575VA/345W Uninterruptible Power Supply [+46]
    Surge Protector: None
    IEEE1394 Card: None
    USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
    Floppy: None
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
    Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
    Office Suite: None
    Games: Battlefield Bad Company 2 [+49]
    Ultra Care Option: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution – Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
    Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis – Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
    Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
    Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
    It has a creative labs audio card, like a 120$ one.

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    HELP WITH BUSINESS WEBSITE?
    Ok me and my mom are making a eco friendly green dog supplies business
    and we were planning on having a website that would be where people could buy the products, the only problem is that i have no idea on how to make a website like that
    ive tried making other websites before but i just get confused and i hate the limits i get with the build your own website sites so could any one tell me how i can make my own personalized website? preferably cost free? and how do i set it up so people can buy from it????? im so confused so PLEASE i need experts to help me out here as i dont know where to start!
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Linking Solar Panels / Wind Farm to Mains To Reduce Energy Consumption:?
    Hello All,

    I run a Design Company, and as part of my expension, I am mortgaging to build an “Eco-Friendly” office. I have grants from the DTI and assistance from several groups to build a “green” building at a smaller cost than a traditional “bricks and mortar” construction.

    We are looking at using Solar panels on the roof to reduce our electric and heating costs, and potentially tying it in with a small windfarm. My question is, does anyone know (on a conceptual basis) what equipment is needed to allow these two energy devices to work in harmony with mains supply?

    Your thoughts & advice are appreciated

    Steve
    Modelspace Design
    EDIT: I want the panels / windfarm at the business site as a showpiece.

    • ANSWER:
      Solar panels, best called a photovoltaic array in this case, output electricity directly. As a result, you just need to tie them into the building’s power supply, and then they can supplement power consumption when they are producing power. This requires some electronics know-how and maybe some capacitors and switches, but nothing particularly obscure or sophisticated.

      In order to use a wind farm, you simply need to contract with an existing wind farm to buy your power from them. Wind power is not available everywhere, but your local power utility may be able to tell you if it’s a possibility for you. Depending on the local regulation status of the power industry, the wind power might simply be an option from within the utility, or you may need to end your contact with the existing utility and contract directly with a wind farm.

  14. QUESTION:
    For a project, what wattage for solar panels should we use for our 7th grade science project?
    It’s not like we’re really building it, we just need to do research to find out what information comes with using solar energy and other eco-friendly alternatives. So, for our house, (it’s like this puiny model thingy of it… we’d use tin foil for the panels…) what wattage would theoretically we would need??
    sorry if thats confusing…
    so basically, to supply a house, what would be a good wattage for the panels!?!??
    thank you.
    and they vary on the website im on from “1 to 5 watts” to “200 or greater”..
    so yeah.

    http://www.solarhome.org/solarpanelscenter.html

    thats the website….
    MUCH THANKS!! =D
    xo maddie & sophie

    • ANSWER:
      If you are trying to power the house you need to consider the needs /consumption of the house. Are you running standard voltage, charging batteries for an inverter? I would suggest you use as many as you can for the greater supply. Certain locals are promoting a “buy back” program from the electricity providers for homes that are solar powered. The Japanese are much more progressive in this area, you may find some more answers there. Good Luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    will this power supply work with a atx motherboard but with an amd phenom ii x4?
    heres the details:Coolermaster Elite 500W Power Supply Features:

    High performance components for improved reliability
    Eco-friendly design to meet Energy Star and Blue Angel requirements
    Multi-protection design (OVP/OCP/OPP/SCP)
    Supports dual +12V1 and +12V2 outputs for high power usage
    One 4+4 pin +12V CPU connector for high-end CPU
    EMI Noise filter built-in design
    Over 70% efficiency at typical loading
    Compliance with the latest Intel standard ATX 12V V2.3

    Model RS-400-PSAR-J3 / RS-400-PSAP-J3
    Type Intel Form Factor ATX 12V V2.31
    Dimension (W / H / D) 150 x 86 x 140 mm
    Input Voltage RS-400-PSAR-J3 : 110~120V/220~240V (Selectable)
    RS-400-PSAP-J3 : 220~240 V
    Input Current RS-400-PSAR-J3 : 8A @ 115Vac / 5A @ 220Vac
    RS-400-PSAP-J3 : 5A @ 220Vac
    Input Frequency Range 47 ~ 63 Hz
    PFC None PFC: RS-400-PSAR-J3
    Passive PFC: RS-400-PSAP-J3
    Power Good Signal 100 ~ 500 ms
    Hold Up Time > 17 ms
    Efficiency >70% Typically
    MTBF >100,000 hrs
    Protection OVP / OCP / OPP / SCP
    Output Capacity 400 Watts
    Operation Temperature 0~40°C (Nominal Input Voltage)
    Regulatory CE / GOST / C-tick / UL
    Fan 120mm fan

    Cable Connectors
    20+4 Pin x 1
    CPU 4+4 Pin x 1
    4 Pin Peripheral x 3
    SATA x 4
    4 Pin Floppy x 1
    6 Pin PCI-e Connector x 1

    • ANSWER:
      I hate it when I see a question worded like this. It’s not a yes or no answer. It’s like asking, “Can I drive my car off a cliff?” How do you answer that one, EXACTLY?

      Well, I suppose it’s possible. I’d strongly discourage it though. That’s what I mean. To say “Yes” would be irresponsible. To say “No” would be misleading though, so…

      Don’t buy garbage, even if it will (on paper at least) work for you. At least get a Corsair Builder series or Antec something or other. They aren’t the greatest either, but sheesh, anything but cooler master…

      Will work fine, for a while. It’s when it STOPS working that you need to worry about…

  16. QUESTION:
    Do you support stem cell research or are you against it?
    I am very interested in what other people think/feel about stem cell research.

    And these are just my own thoughts.

    For myself, I am against it. I know it is true that stem cell research can save lives, however if you think further, our world’s population is already increasing in a rapid speed. Our population is increasing by a rate of 8836 people per hour. As we have more people, more land is required for farming and living. (however I also know that you can reduce farming land by using vertical farming methods and aquaponics <-- "the simultaneous cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a symbiotic environment.")
    But we do still need land to build housings, companies, factories, restaurants/fast foods, etc. Unless people around the world are agreeing to build small style houses, like the ones from Japan (http://www.smallhousestyle.com/2008/12/21/small-house-living-is-in-in-japan/). But I expect to see problems with that as well,especially in America, as obesity is slowly taking over. (of course there are temporary fixes for obesity; get rid of some fast foods or protest to the companies so that smaller sizes may be issued and getting rid of the "super sizes" in fast foods" <--but people will mast likely cause an uproar as some people will disagree in the discontinuation of Mcdonald's super sizes.

    Plus when there are more people, there will be more pollution, waste, trash, and our water supply will decrease even further.

    I am not saying that giving injured people another chance to survive or to produce more lives is bad, but thinkign about, there may even be more scientific research that may help us humans in the future that will surely over take the stem cell research itself, but mostly those researchs will benefit our human population even further; Earth can only hold so much. Not to mention we are slowly killing our planet. And even though there are some groups of people out there who are trying to help our planet, it is not enough as majority are not (ex. the Sun Chips company being sued for their noisy eco-friendly chip bags)

    Basically in my opinion, if our population is further increasing day by day and with the help from the stem cell research, our death rates would of course, decrease (which may seem like a good thing) but we will be killing the planet in a faster pace.

    Once again this is just my opinion, please feel free to argue and explain your own thoughts! :D

    • ANSWER:
      I am for all stem cell research except embryonic stem cell research.

      Catholics believe that life is a sacred gift from God and needs to be treated with all human dignity from the moment of conception to the point of natural death.

      For this reason, the destruction of living human embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells is immoral.
      • The end never justifies the means
      • A moral good can never come from a moral evil

      Here are just a few of the common myths about Stem Cell Research:

      Myth: Stem cells can only come from embryos.

      Truth: Stem cells can be taken from:
      • Umbilical cords
      • The placenta
      • Amniotic fluid
      • Adult tissues and organs including bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose and even dead bodies up to 20 hours after death

      Myth: The Catholic Church is against stem cell research.

      Truth: The Catholic Church approves three of the four types of stem cell research:
      • Against Embryonic stem cells
      • For Embryonic germ cells (from miscarriages)
      • For Umbilical cord stem cells
      • For Adult stem cells

      Myth: Embryonic stem cell research has the greatest promise

      Fact: Up to now, no human being has ever been cured of a disease using embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have already cured thousands. There is the example of the use of bone marrow cells from the hipbone to repair scar tissue on the heart after heart attacks. Research using adult cells is 20-30 years ahead of embryonic stem cells and holds greater promise.

      Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:
      • Anemias
      • Cancers (multiple types)
      • Child Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Crohn´s Disease
      • Diabetes, Type I
      • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
      • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
      • Liver Cirrhosis
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomas
      • Myelomas
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Paralysis
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Parkinson´s Disease
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Stroke
      • Systemic Vasculitis
      • and more

      For more information, see the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s resources on stem cell research: http://www.ncbcenter.org/stemcell.asp
      And:

      http://stemcellcures.org/

      http://www.stemcellresearch.org/

      Here is “Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions” that Pope Benedict XVI gave to President Obama: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

      With love in Christ.

  17. QUESTION:
    Asus Eee Box + VK192S monitor… my view and i want yours!?
    A couple of weeks ago my friend bought a Eee Box from littlewoods direct (UK) it is a good little system for the odd bit of work and surfing the internet net. But I have a few things i would like to point out;

    1. No optical disk drive? How can any PC/notebook/laptop/mac etc etc get away without a disk drive as standard these days…
    2. This comes back to the ‘not having a disk drive’ they supply recovery disks and the webcam driver disk, yet it has no disk drive… meaning you have to go buy one your self… bit of a kick in the nuts tbh.
    3. the drivers for the built in speakers ( which the monitor has ) and webcam don’t work…. i mean c’mon even the drivers off the Asus website don’t work.. lifeframe1 doesnt work with this webcam but Lifeframe 2 crashes every time you try to boot it…
    4. The price for the price he paid and not even getting a disk drive… bit of a kick in the balls tbh… yes it’s supposed to be a eco friendly pc … yet it lacks one of the most important bits of hardware.. yes I know you can just got a external USB disk drive but for all the cheap asses in the world. :)

    I want your views!!

    • ANSWER:
      Agreed!

      No one in their right mind should buy this thing unless they want to be minimalistic

      What exaclty can you do with this thing apart from light surfing?

      Seriously!

  18. QUESTION:
    Why do people hate on the PS3 despite all of these facts that I have observed?
    I got a 360 Elite with one add-on only(Wi-Fi adapter). I could afford the bundle altogether plus the other add-ons are sort of an inconvenience to me. I got a 360 Elite because:

    -black finish
    -Fable 1 and 2(I really want to play TLC).
    -a few Xbox games(excluding Halo)
    -a likely, yet very unlikely KOTOR release.
    -I wanted Ninja Gaiden II but PS3 is getting a much better port of it.
    -arcade games.

    The 360 had a lot of potential but it is almost gone because Microsoft was desperate to beat Sony and buy their gaming division so they could monopolize it and not let the user have the benefit of using generic accessories (more on it later). There are some benefits the 360 has over the PS3 and sometimes it is the other way around. What people don’t realize in most cases is that Microsoft is trying to sell the 360 at 9 because anybody can afford it and then they charge top dollar for proprietary accessories. For example:

    -Hard drive
    -memory card
    -Xbox 360 HDMI cable works the best with the 360.
    -Wi-Fi adapter
    -can’t use external hard drive to backup data.
    -Xbox Live camera.
    -wired and wireless headset
    -proprietary external power brick that can only be distributed by them
    -Play and Charge kit is not miniUSB-to-USB

    Here are a few dirty business practices that they use while trying to monopolize gaming:

    -pay third-party developers lots of money to make games exclusive.
    -overcharge
    -Bribe the media to say bad things about their competitor.

    The list goes on and on and that is how most businesses work.

    Microsoft should realize that if they can make games of their own, and they have substance to most people, they would sell more.

    Now on hardware…

    -They had shrunken the size of the system to cut cost and add cheap hardware.
    -The power supply is external. WHAT!
    -The reason that the system scratches disc is because they did not put the mechanism to protect the disc in order to cut costs.
    -Can the red ring of death be fixed despite the the hardware being crammed not to allow proper ventilation? How can they let the GPU breath if the optical drive is above it?
    -GPU may be more powerful but not enough processing power to incorporate more and lack of space on DVD doesn’t allow more detail.

    It is funny how people still buy the system despite not looking at the value of add-ons that will prove to be beneficial in the future. Almost half of them have been blindly loyal to Microsoft for what they have done and in some way I commend them. I also have a feeling that people can afford a PS3 but they use that extra money for things like booze, other material possessions, and they still complain that PS3 is expensive despite the money that most of the people earn in a year is more than enough to buy a PS3.

    I got my PS3 first and people are saying this:

    -”Dude, sell your PS3 and keep your 360.”
    -”PS3 is for losers so that makes you a loser.”
    -”PS3 has copied everything on the 360.”
    -”It is a waste of money.”

    Well, on the contrary…

    -allows use of generic accessories such as USB cables, USB 2.0 cameras, any Bluetooth or USB headset, support for other Bluetooth devices, supports USB drive for Infrared, any HDMI cable works well, can use any AC power cord, supports generic flash cards formats SecureDigital, Memory Stick, Microdrive, and CompactFlash.
    -Wi-Fi built-in
    -great first-party lineup such as Killzone 2, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, LittleBigPlanet, God of War III, Resistance, and many others.
    -third-party games include MGS 4 and Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
    -controllers use eco-friendly, recyclable, longer-lasting Lithium ion battery.
    -it can also be charged through the system.
    -PSN is free but still a kilometer to 2 km away.
    -GPU may not be as powerful but the Cell makes up for all of those losses. Developers will get used to it.
    -Blu-Ray Disc which many people say is not needed but high-definition video and audio will not fit in too well with a dual-layer DVD.
    -technology is moving fast.
    -many other things…

    I’m not trying to bluff but how do people get this impression that the 360 can do anything the PS3 is capable of?

    • ANSWER:
      You hit the xbox pretty good. But what about the flaws of the PS3?

      I have a xbox 360 and basically bought all of the accesories and I feel it’s stll worth it because the gamers on the 360 are more competitive on games such as Halo 3 and the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games.

      Although I have to pay an annual fee of .00 per year for xbox live, I still think it’s worth it because the games are much better as of right now. Besides, more people have the 360.

      I already have a Blu-Ray anyways on all three of my HDTV’s. Money’s not an issue for us. My dad makes loads of money.

  19. QUESTION:
    Could a city like Las Vegas be built in the centre of Australia? (Read on)?
    Could a rich bunch of developers (for example) those involved in the current Dubai development get together and create a city like Las Vegas in the middle of Australia where it is all desert and not close to a water supply. What problems would they face to set up infrastructure there like water supply, power? Would it be hard to gain permission to do this from Government and others in charge? Would there be a massive load of people for and against? For those against, would the fact that it was all constructed in an eco friendly manner and almost completely self sustained make a difference? Would a desalination plant come into play? In terms of finance, it’s obvious the project would cost a ridiculous unimaginable amount but with an attraction with the same appeal of Vegas, would there be enough money in it to be worth developing it? Tell me your thoughts on this, and go into detail if necessary, more the better. Feel free to raise other questions involved and answer other peoples questions. I find the idea interesting and it seems completely feasible to me since visiting Abu Dahbi and Dubai – It seems construction, engineering and all else related is escalating to a level never thought possible, from speeds of construction to record breaking engineering..
    Thoughts???

    • ANSWER:
      At most locations in central Australia I think you’d be right that water is a problem. Even a desalination plant needs a supply of salt water and in central Australia that’s not there.

      However if by “like Las Vegas” you mean the concept is to build a gambling or amusement metropolis, the first thing you’d desperately need to do would be to make a market study. Where are you going to get your steady stream of big spenders, high rollers and fashion junkies when you’re half the world away from any population concentration? That is the supremely critical question I think and I believe the answer would resoundingly blow the idea out of the water.

      On the other hand, if the Australians can somehow induce at least a small stream of tourists to visit a big, totally boring red rock at Alice Springs (a marketing achievement which almost rivals the Loch Ness Monster) maybe you have some straws to clutch at. But then you can fool some of the people some of the time but not …..

  20. QUESTION:
    Eco-friendly laundry balls?
    “An Eco Laundry Ball is a small plastic ball that is filled with 3 types of small ceramic balls which eliminate chlorine from the water supply, kills germs, mildew and odor (especially effective removing that smell from front loaders), raises PH and includes negative ion/ far Infrared beads coupled with incredibly strong magnets! This powerful combination in an Eco Laundry Ball creates a cleaning experience as good as or better than any detergent on the market today without any chemicals or animal fats being introduced into our water supply!

    Powerful magnets activate water clusters, softens the water and minimizes the size of the water molecules which helps reduce scale and rust build-up in washing machine and pipes.
    Far infrared and negative Ions break water molecule hydrogen combinations into small clusters and forces the small water cluster being activated to increase its molecular motion and penetration force ensuring a powerful wash. In addition, radiating negative ions weaken the surface and inter-fabric adhesion allowing dirt to be removed without using harmful detergents.”

    I am going to buy an eco-friendly laundry ball to put in my wash instead of using detergents.
    But before i do i wanted to hear any-body’s testimonials. Do you own one? Does it clean your clothes well? Is it a good purchase or a waste of time?

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Do you support stem cell research or are you against it?
    I am very interested in what other people think/feel about stem cell research.

    And these are just my own thoughts.

    For myself, I am against it. I know it is true that stem cell research can save lives, however if you think further, our world’s population is already increasing in a rapid speed. Our population is increasing by a rate of 8836 people per hour. As we have more people, more land is required for farming and living. (however I also know that you can reduce farming land by using vertical farming methods and aquaponics <-- "the simultaneous cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a symbiotic environment.")
    But we do still need land to build housings, companies, factories, restaurants/fast foods, etc. Unless people around the world are agreeing to build small style houses, like the ones from Japan (http://www.smallhousestyle.com/2008/12/21/small-house-living-is-in-in-japan/). But I expect to see problems with that as well,especially in America, as obesity is slowly taking over. (of course there are temporary fixes for obesity; get rid of some fast foods or protest to the companies so that smaller sizes may be issued and getting rid of the "super sizes" in fast foods" <--but people will mast likely cause an uproar as some people will disagree in the discontinuation of Mcdonald's super sizes.

    Plus when there are more people, there will be more pollution, waste, trash, and our water supply will decrease even further.

    I am not saying that giving injured people another chance to survive or to produce more lives is bad, but thinkign about, there may even be more scientific research that may help us humans in the future that will surely over take the stem cell research itself, but mostly those researchs will benefit our human population even further; Earth can only hold so much. Not to mention we are slowly killing our planet. And even though there are some groups of people out there who are trying to help our planet, it is not enough as majority are not (ex. the Sun Chips company being sued for their noisy eco-friendly chip bags)

    Basically in my opinion, if our population is further increasing day by day and with the help from the stem cell research, our death rates would of course, decrease (which may seem like a good thing) but we will be killing the planet in a faster pace.

    Once again this is just my opinion, please feel free to argue and explain your own thoughts! :D

    • ANSWER:
      On reptilian aliens