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Google's New Look

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Google's New Look

Anyone like Google.co.uk's new look. I know it's only temporary but I like it.
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I think it quite impressive - I also like the fact that they explain fully why it is like that!
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and it used more energy on my LCD screen than the normal one
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I think it quite impressive - I also like the fact that they explain fully why it is like that!

....and you will be turning off your lights this evening?
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and it used more energy on my LCD screen than the normal one

A curious observation Jim Undecided
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I don't think that switching my 1 light off will make much difference, and anyway I need it to change the clocks by! Wink
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about 1 watt less - have a look at this test http://danalytics.blogspot.com/2007/08/blacklecom-energy-saving.html which was done in August 2007
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Our test included one 19" flat screen LCD model E197FP, FireFox 2.0 and a Watts Up? EZ Electrical Consumption meter in our offices. We opened the browser to the Google.com page, and opened a tab to the Blackle.com page. When in the primary position, Google.com consumed 28.2 watts, give or take 1-2 tenths of a watt. When we switched over to Blackle.com in the same browser, pointed to a primary navigation position, the same monitor consumed 29.4 watts, give or take the same confidence interval.
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I need it to change the clocks by! Wink

If our lives were totally computer Microsoft controlled we wouldn't need to do that as it would be automatic.
I'm slowly migrating my household timepieces over to UK Time Signal controlled, but it will take time (no pun intended) Wink
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about 1 watt less

I think we require a technical explanation as to why that should be so Smiley
Now let me see....who would be the likely candidate..... Undecided
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It's only the UK site that has changed.  The .com site and the Firefox google pages haven't changed.  Guess if shows a nice sense of humour.
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This is the basic reason why there is very little difference
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LCD screens have a constant backlight which is then selectively allowed to shine through coloured sub-pixels by a layer of liquid crystal, which can be made to polarize in different directions by applying a small voltage across it. Polarize in one direction, no light can get through. The other direction, all of it can.
and if you really want a detailed explanation try this Scientific American
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I've got 2 dead pixels on mine, both red, one comes and goes and the other is constant, I call it my beauty spot  Grin
Surely if it was intended to encourage people to use less energy, then all the google sites .com/firefox other than the UK site should be doing this?
Still what do I know  Roll eyes
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and if you really want a detailed explanation try this

Beat me to it by seconds. Basically it depends if you use a CRT or LCD monitor:
1. CRT's use energy to create white light, so black is "greener"
2. LCD's have a white light on all the time and use energy to "switch on" pixels to block it to create black, so white is "greener".
So in the age of flat-screen monitors etc. Google are being a bit disingenuous methinks!
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So the answer painfully extracted from all that is:
On an LCD display the light source is constant but it requires more power to block it all thereby creating a black screen than to block none thereby creating a white screen.
Therefore a white background, as on the original Google homepage, is more 'green' than the current black background. Tongue
Yes HPsauce, I know that's what you just said but I was just summarising....OP's prerogative Wink

Edit: Then again if the pixels were opaque by default and required power to reduce their opacity.......... Wink
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I haven't read any of the links given but my understanding was that power was only supplied to liquid crystals momentarily to switch their colour - meaning that on an LCD, any static image/web page would consume the same amount of power.
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An interesting slant on the discussion Smiley
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