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Cash for Clunkers Computer Program offers Incredible Savings!

Save Big Money on Your Next PC with the “Cash for Clunkers” Computer Program

With the incredible success of the “Cash for Clunkers” automobile program, which offered consumers large rebates on trade in cars and trucks towards the purchase of new energy efficient vehicles, many industries have been following suit.

Offering more than just value to customers, these “Clunkers” programs are being designed to cycle out dangerous or inefficient goods from the market and to replace them with new safer and energy efficient products.

Enter the “Cash for Clunkers” Computer Program from CPU Solutions.

The Cash for Clunkers Computer Program allows customers to bring in their old PCs for a trade-in rebate towards qualifying energy efficient PCs from CPU Solutions.

Customers who are not local to Wisconsin can also participate in the clunkers program by sending in a picture of their old PC to become eligible for a “Cash for Clunkersrebate.

CPU Solutions is working with local computer recycling companies in Madison, Wisconsin to make sure that customer’s old systems are being disposed of in a safe and earth friendly manner.

The qualified systems that are eligible for the “Cash for Clunkers” rebate are custom built computers that were designed with Energy Efficiency in mind. These systems utilize some of the best energy saving hardware available.

In addition to the Cash for Clunkers computer rebates and energy efficient Green Machines, CPU Solutions also offers power saving tips and information that show customers exactly how much money that can save each year by purchasing a new energy efficient PC.

They have also provided customers with information and useful links on e-waste and computer recycling and request that customers who mail in pictures of their systems explore responsible disposal methods for their old computers.

It’s good to see businesses going the extra mile to provide extra value to their customers.

The Cash for Clunkers Computer Program helps keep e-waste out of landfills improves overall energy efficiency and minimizes power consumption while offering big savings to anyone who is looking to purchase a new PC.

Definition: What is Coltan and what is it used for?

Coltan Information, History and Uses in Electronics

What is Coltan and Tantalum Mineral OreI have had several questions from readers asking “What is Coltan”? The reason people have asked this is in regards to the article I wrote talking about the use of Coltan in the Sony Playstation.

So I wanted to follow-up with a brief article that answers some of these questions.

Coltan is the name of a metallic ore called “columbite-tantalite”. Two key minerals can be extracted from Coltan. These minerals are niobium and tantalum. Tantalum is used in the production of many types of consumer electronics ranging from cell phones, dvd players, computers and even the Sony Playstation.

Tantalum is used for the production of capacitors for high performance electronics that need to be reliable and compact. Tantalum is produced in countries throughout the world, with less than 1% of total production coming from the Congo region in Africa. (This information goes against claims of civil wars fueled by the mining of Coltan in the Congo.)

For a great article with detailed information on Coltan and Tantalum production checkout the wikipedia entry that goes into depth on the mining, production, uses and geo-political concerns surrounding the production of this mineral.

Google Chrome Download – Google’s New Web Browser

Users Trying to Download Chrome Will Need to Wait a Little Longer

Google Chrome DownloadLooking for Chrome, Google’s new web browser? Unfortunately users will have to wait just a little bit longer before they can get their hands on the beta of this new software. On September 1st. Google made an early announcement that the new software would be available for download (as a beta) in 100 countries on Tuesday September, 2nd.

For awhile Google had a “Chrome” landing page setup for users who were interested in the software, but this page is currently down and redirects users to the main Google homepage.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Chrome it is a new web browser developed by Google who has worked closely in the past with Mozilla on the development of FireFox. What this new software means for the relations between Google and Mozilla is anyone’s guess but it is just another sign of Googles evolution into the world of software.

For more information on the release of Chrome and the technical details on the software checkout the TechCrunch article here:

No Joke: Google Introduces The Chrome Browser With A Cartoon

Microsoft Announces “Windows XP Officially Retired”

Concerns from Customers Have Delayed the Pending Deadline

Windows XP Retired By MicrosoftIn a recent article on Information Week, Microsoft has announced that it will no longer make Windows XP available to large computer makers, such as Dell, Lenovo, or Hewlett-Packard, or to software retailers.

This did not come as much of a shock, since most businesses in the computer industry have been watching Microsoft bump back the cut off date from the original December 2007 deadline.

Since the Windows XP cutoff was first announced, Microsoft has had to readjust its deadline several times to address concerns from users over quality issues with the new Windows Vista operating system.

While this deadline will affect larger manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo, many white box system builders will be able to offer Windows XP until 2009 – 2010.

The main question that is posed from all the feedback Microsoft has received from its customers is “why are people so against this move to Vista?”

In almost any industry, consumers are usually excited to adopt the latest and greatest technology. Whether it’s for a status symbol or merely to be on the cutting edge, you will find the majority of people embrace this type of change.

I think this highlights aspects of Microsoft’s aging business model that continues to frustrate customers, and cause consumers to look for other means of software for their systems.

Click here to read the entire Information Week Article

Editor’s Note: With all the concerns surrounding the upgrade to Windows Vista what are you planning to do for your next operating system. While some may plan to upgrade to Windows Vista or purchase the Vista “downgrade”, others are planning to wait for the 2010 release of Windows 7 or switch over to another operating system altogether. What are your thoughts on the issue?

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