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We are launching the first in a series of tools designed for everyone interested in gardening, horticulture, Permaculture or agroforestry.  Our first tool is called ‘MyPlants’.  It is a free software product that helps you research and catalogue all your trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.  See the MyPlants and Screenshots sections for more details.  We hope you find this tool useful.

Here is a list of the key features:

  • Keep detailed information about each plant
  • Add as many pictures as you want
  • Write notes for each plant
  • Display your plants on a garden plan
  • Automatically get more details from Wikipedia, YouTube, Wikimedia and specialist plant web sites
  • Track yields for each plant
  • Keep different plant lists for each garden or project
  • Store complete details of all your plant suppliers

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The RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software is a unique decision support tool developed with the contribution of numerous experts from government, industry, and academia. The software, provided free-of-charge, can be used worldwide to evaluate the energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of Renewable-energy and Energy-efficient Technologies (RETs). The software (available in multiple languages) also includes product, project, hydrology and climate databases, a detailed user manual, and a case study based college/university-level training course, including an engineering e-textbook.
Software & Data Requirements: Microsoft® Excel 2000 or higher; Microsoft® Windows 2000 or higher; and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher. Please make sure that the latest updates from Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) for Windows and Excel are installed on your computer.

Click here to download RETScreen 4 (44 MB).

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Blackle

Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. “Image displayed is primarily a function of the user’s color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen.”Roberson et al, 2002

In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.

We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.

How can you help?

We encourage you to set Blackle as your home page. This way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.

Help us spread the word about Blackle by telling your friends and family to set it as their home page. If you have a blog then give us a mention. Or put the following text in your email signature: “Blackle.com – Saving energy one search at a time”.

Have a look at our energy saving tips page for ideas on steps you can take to save energy or you can followBlackle on Twitter and we will keep you updated with simple energy saving tips.

There are a lot of great web sites about saving energy and being more environmentally friendly. They are full of great tips covering the little things that we can all do to make a difference today. Try Blackling “energy saving tips” or visit one of the many great blogs dedicated to environmental awareness.

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DonorTec provides donated software and hardware from companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Flickr, Symantec and others to eligible Australian non profit groups with Income Tax Exempt Status (ITE). Via this program you can get the latest products.

This is an exciting program to assist Australian non profits build their ICT capacity and has already assisted hundreds of groups to make huge savings in their operations!

The Donortec Program is provided by Community Information Strategies Australia Inc CISA (trading as Connecting Up Australia) in partnership with TechSoup. Both CISA and Compumentor/TechSoup are nonprofit organisations that are part of a global partnership for technology donations with companies such as Microsoft and Cisco and more companies to come.

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Using Google Earth (Free program) you can see a new way to view our world by adding ‘layers’ to Google Earth.

Instructions of use

  • You need to have Google Earth installed on your machine first.
  • Then go to the link of interest below by clicking on the heading
    (eg. Global Tree Cover Map)
  • Then click on the icon.
  • Save the file onto your computer.
  • Then open the file you just saved.
  • Now under “My Places” (normally on the left hand side) expand the folder by ticking on the folder name.places
Global tree cover

Global tree cover

Global Tree Cover Map

Overlay showing the percentage of tree cover for North America, Europe, Oceania and Africa at a scale of 1 km.

Global forest changes

Global forest changes

Global Forest Changes

Large collection of overlays with focus on changes to forest cover throughout the world within the last several years. Overlays include:

  • Changes to Tree Cover by Year
  • Total Tree Cover by Year
  • Global Satellite Overlays for 2001-2005
Anthropogenic Biomes

Anthropogenic Biomes

Anthropogenic Biomes

Global map of anthropogenic biomes, which describe globally-significant ecological patterns within the terrestrial biosphere caused by sustained direct human interaction with ecosystems, including agriculture, urbanization, forestry and other land uses. Zoom out if it doesn’t show up right away.

World Oil Consumption

World Oil Consumption

World Oil Consumption

Per-capita oil consumption for countries of the world based on data from the 2007 CIA World Factbook.  The data is formatted to show a ranking of about 170 countries.

There are two versions of the data.  One version is flat and shows the actual ranking on the country itself.  The second version shows a 3D outline of each country that represents their relative ranking.

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osalt.com open source alternative – your quick guide to the best open source software.
Open vs. closed
Find open source alternatives to your favourite commercial products. Browse through our software categories and compare pros and cons of both commercial products as well as open source software.
Why open source
By choosing an open source product, the user obtains a number of advantages compared to commercial products. Besides the fact that open source is always available for free, it is a transparent application, in that you are invited exclusively behind the scenes to view all source code and thereby to suggest improvements to the product. Furthermore, every product is covered by a large dedicated network, or community, who is more than willing to answer any questions, you may

Find open source alternatives to your favorite commercial products. Browse through our software categories and compare pros and cons of both commercial products as well as open source software.

Why open source
By choosing an open source product, the user obtains a number of advantages compared to commercial products. Besides the fact that open source is always available for free, it is a transparent application, in that you are invited exclusively behind the scenes to view all source code and thereby to suggest improvements to the product. Furthermore, every product is covered by a large dedicated network, or community, who is more than willing to answer any questions, you may have.

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