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Now Canon can boast of a wireless printer too…

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Like Toyota in the automobile segment, any product announcement from Canon evokes an inquisitive response. Printers are always perceived as something of a corner equipment – not to be touched for the next 10 years. The thumb rule is – The bulkier the faster.


But, being a maverick R&D firm, canon has set out to abolish this notion – and announced a few days back about a wireless All-in-One Printer- PIXMA MP990. As canon mentions on its website – Keep it anywhere in the house and the printing work goes on without a single wire. The economic aspect has not been ignored by PIXMA as well – PIXMA has a built-in Auto Duplex printing which ensures an automatic printing on both sides of the paper – saving the carbon consumption through your printer by 50%.

Some other features regarding PIXMA worth a mention are..

  • The maximum resolution is 9600×24002
  • It has 6 individual ink tank system
  • Through its high-resolution CCD scanner, PIXMA can easily scan 35 mm film and slides
  • large 3.8″ Color LCD
  • Easy Scroll Wheel
  • Auto Photo Fix II
  • Auto Scan Mode4
  • Quick Start and computer-free printing through compatible USB Flash Drives5
  • Memory Cards6
  • IrDA7 , PictBridge and optional Bluetooth8 devices.

PIXMA compatibility view:

So, one thing is for certain – Others in the Xerox, Epson, and HP camp must be busy on their drawing boards – coming up with alternatives to PIXMA..

What’s in the Box

source: Canon website

PIXMA MP990 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer
Document Kit:
Cross Sell Sheet
Getting Started
Important Information Sheet
Network Troubleshooting Guide
Safety Environment Information
Setup Software & User’s Guide CD-ROM
Warranty Card
Ink Tanks:
PGI-220 Pigment Black
CLI-221 Cyan
CLI-221 Magenta
CLI-221 Yellow
CLI-221 Black
Power Cord
Print Head
Sample Media (PP-201 – 4″x6″ / 5 sheets)

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August 26, 2009 at 4:31 am

A true “Green Weather Station”

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Size does matter but in this case – This mini weather station from Oregon Scientific does pack a Solar punch….

Run on Solar Power, +ECO Clima Control weather station, offers essential timing and weather functions in a very eco-friendly setup.


  • +ECO Clima Control is equipped with a built-in solar panel
  • Powered by the sun
  • Allows its users to monitor the current temperature and humidity in up to four locations within the home and outdoors
  • Uses remote wireless temperature and humidity sensors
  • It has an 8-hour charge period
  • This 8 hour charge will let  +ECO Clima Control operate for up to three months before another charge is needed


“We are excited to introduce our first solar-powered weather station into our ever-growing line of Oregon Scientific household products,” said Mike Prager, President of Oregon Scientific, US. “We are committed to exploring alternative sources of energy to power our products, and will continue to look for new innovations to serve our consumers.”

Pricing & Availability

  • The +ECO Clima Control has a suggested retail price of $119.99
  • Available at available for purchase at

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July 8, 2009 at 5:22 am

Nanoleaves from SolarBotanic …Man’s quest for renewable energy

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Using cutting edge materials and proven technology to harvest energy from the sun and wind, the company has been granted patents and has patents pending covering Biomimicry, Nanoleaf Technology,Energy transfer materials and process, and has moved past proof of concept criteria as required by investor groups. Solar Botanic has received approaches from different Government bodies who will provide advanced Research and Development facilities and interested investor groups. The company is now looking to select final business partners for investment, R&D, manufacturing, distribution and marketing from organisations with relevant specialist knowledge and sector understanding.”

blog-forest-040SolarBotanic will introduce artificial trees that make use of renewable energy from the sun and wind, they are an efficient clean and environmentally sound means of collecting solar radiation and wind energy.

What is Biomimicry ?

Bimimicry is the concept  of simulating the nature’s process of generating energy.

The trees are fitted with Nanoleaves, a combination of Nano photovoltaic- Nanothermovoltaic and Nanopiezo generators converting light, heat and wind energy into green electricity.

Depending on size and location, a tree can produce between 2000 and 12,000 kWh per year.


  • The essential element in this technology is Solar Botanic’s artificial leaf (Nanoleaf) which captures the sun’s radiant energy in photo voltaic and thermo voltaic cells converting the radiation into electricity.
  • Simultaneously as the wind blows the layers of voltaic material in the stems, twigs and branches are moved, compressed and stretched, creating electricity.
  • Thus as the sun shines, the winds blow and the rain falls, millions of micro circuits are activated, each making its contribution to the electrical energy of the tree.


An average tree with a canopy of about 6 sq metres can create enough energy to provide for the needs of an average household.

Written by hermit

March 1, 2009 at 4:01 am

Recycled Acoustic Revolution…

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These are Sleek, effective and good looking to the boot…3 Cheers!

These speakers are made from 100% recycled materials, and can be folded flat for easy storage and portability.


They apparently sound great, and cost a meagre $14.95.

They come in a wide range of colours, from functional brown to girlie purples and pinks.

What else do you want for this change?

Support this Green Product!!!

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February 2, 2009 at 3:53 am

A Green Notebook…And Quite good too!

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Everex Cloudbook P40 …At least some technology houses are listening to the wails of environment..

This  super-compact laptop  can go on 5 hours and also boasts of a  low-voltage processor from Via. I would encourage all the readers to boost the sales of these type of products. These are good learning lessons for our kids too who have been energy-inconsiderate till now while keeping their finger tips on PS & Xbox live & Nintendo.


Most of the software that  comes with it are open source software.

It will available from the end of January from Walmart stores in the US at $399.  UK customers might have to wait for sometime.

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February 2, 2009 at 3:47 am

Dell Download store – One stop shop for all downloads!

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Dell Download Store!

  • Dell recently launched the Dell Download Store, the first online software superstore where consumers and small-and-medium-sized businesses can easily download the most popular software titles and manage volume software licensing requirements.
  • Top titles from 12 publishers including Intuit, McAfee, Sonic/Roxio and Microsoft are available for immediate download and management .
  • Launching in the United Kingdom, France and Germany Jan. 20, 2009, and ultimately available worldwide, the site will evolve to include music, movies and games. New titles are being added weekly.
  • Using a new feature, customers can also use the store to access software titles purchased with select Dell computers.
  • Rather than receiving CDs and literature in the box, customers can visit the Dell Download Store to view software titles purchased with a PC or independently, instantly download software anytime, and re-install software or create back-up disks for future use.
  • These steps will surely take Dell towards a greener and eco-friendly tech. unit.

“Downloading software, music or movies over the Internet is nothing new, but adding the volume software licensing capability for small-and-medium business customers is a big win, said Geoff Surkamer, general manager, Dell Global Digital Distribution. “In today’s environment, companies are looking everywhere to save money and increase efficiency. The Dell Download Store can help them do both.


“Consumers are very accustomed to downloading music and movies online but many are still buying shrink-wrapped software,” said Geoff Surkamer, general manager, Dell Global Digital Distribution. “Now they can buy the software they need at a lower cost and ultimately manage all their software, music and movies in one convenient location.”

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January 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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Recycle your tech garbage and get paid by HP!

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That’s right! Its not a new headline, we just didn’t care. So, here it comes again when we are looking for answers to human profligacy..

HP today introduced a program that offers consumers in the United States a simple way to receive cash for their unwanted technology equipment or, if there is no value, to recycle it.

The HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program aims to reduce the amount of electronics in landfills by refurbishing technology for further use or safely recycling it.

  • Through the program, consumers can receive cash back for their unwanted PCs, monitors, printers, digital cameras, PDAs (personal digital assistants) and smartphones of any brand. If there is no value, consumers can responsibly recycle their HP and Compaq-branded products for free.
  • The HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program is a service provided to HP customers through Market Velocity Inc. More information on how to receive a quote for, or recycle, unwanted technology equipment is available at

“As part of the HP Eco Solutions program, we offer practical solutions that make it easy for customers to go green,” said Tony Prophet, senior vice president, Worldwide Supply Chain Operations, HP. “The HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program is yet another example of HP’s longtime commitment to reducing environmental impact by providing a convenient way for customers to responsibly recycle electronics.”

How to participate

The HP Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program makes it easy to be rewarded for unwanted technology equipment or dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way. Follow these steps to participate in the program:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter the required product information (brand, model, specs, etc.).
  3. Receive an instant buyback quote, net of shipping costs, if there is value.
  4. If there is residual value, simply box up the product, apply the shipping label provided by HP and drop it off at a local UPS location.
  5. Once HP receives the package and checks the integrity of the product, it will mail a check.

If the product does not have residual value, HP will recycle HP and Compaq-branded products for free. Simply box up the product, apply the provided label and drop it off at a local UPS location. For an additional fee, home pickup of products is available.

“Market Velocity has been managing the HP Trade-in Program for seven years and is pleased to be expanding the program to include the Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program,” said Mark Eigenbauer, president, Market Velocity. “Market Velocity is proud to be chosen by HP to manage this compelling new program, which clearly demonstrates HP’s commitment in providing environmentally sound solutions for their customers.”

Source: From HP News room

Written by hermit

January 13, 2009 at 4:23 am