Cool Green Gadget: SolarKindle Lighted Cover

SolarKindle Lighted Cover Solar Powered Kindle Case

A lot of people are using Tablet’s and e-readers, and the more they use them, the more power they draw from the grid to charge them up again. That’s what makes the SolarKindle Lighted Cover such a cool green gadget. With Amazon Kindle being the hottest e-reader on the planet, SolarFocus has designed the world’s first solar-powered e-reader cover. The cover features an environmentally friendly design with a lightweight, flexible and high-grade solar panel built right into the cover. Now you can keep your kindle charged up without having to plug it in! It also has a built-in LED lamp to make night time reading a breeze.

Some stats on the charge: 1 hour of solar charge gives you 3 days of uninterrupted use. The USB/solar dual charging reserve battery provides backup equal to months of unplugged reading time. The cost ranges from $39 to $90 on Amazon. Not a bad trade off to get protect and charge your Kindle!

 

Increased Performance & Reliability

What a summer! Upgrades galore!

One of the unique things about GreenGeeks web hosting is that we’re always looking for ways to provide our customers with the best possible hosting experience. This is what sets us apart from the competition. I’ve worked at other hosting providers where there were no advancements. It was boring and it really affected the customers’ chance of succeeding online. Not at GreenGeeks though, we’re always hungry for more. We’re always testing new hardware, new software, new security tools, etc. Anything that would benefit our customers. Continue reading “Increased Performance & Reliability”

Go Faster with EcoSite Premium

EcoSite PremiumOur Ecosite package is pretty amazing because it gives you so many great features like unlimited disk space, bandwidth, and email addresses. But what about our customers who are running more robust systems that need greater RAM, CPU, and process resources? In the past, we have moved these customers up to our VPS hosting packages, which have served them well. But some customers need more resources, but aren’t quite ready to move up to a VPS plan. We decided to launch our Ecosite Premium hosting package for those customers who need greater resources, without any change in the way they manage their site. Ecosite Premium features:

  • Double the RAM, CPU, and Processes of our Ecosite packages
  • Fewer customers per server for even greater site performance
  • Direct access to our nightly backup servers to restore files at any time
  • Free dedicated IP

You can view more information about this package by logging into your Account Manager by visiting https://www.greengeeks.com/clients/am/premium/. Please contact Sales if you have any questions about our Ecosite Premium plan.

Win an iPad from GreenGeeks!

 

We’re giving away 3 iPad’s this October. Here’s how you can participate:

1) Record a 60 second video review of GreenGeeks. Tell us how you found us, why you picked us, why you love us,  how we helped you with your online presence, etc.  Be sure to mention who you are and what website you represent, the videos will be posted on our site and that’s extra promo for you too!

You can use any camera you want, iPhone, the iPad you already have, Tablet, Smarthpone, web cam, whatever. It doesn’t need to be professional, it just needs to be real.

2) Upload the video to http://www.wetransfer.com/. To send it to us, make sure you enter the e-mail contest@greengeeks.com. You can also use YouTube to upload the video. Ensure that the video is UNLISTED. E-mail us the link to contest@greengeeks.com.

3) The video must be submitted by 11:59PM EST September 30th, 2012. The random draw will take place on the 1st and we’ll announce the 3 winners right here on the GreenGeeks blog.

We here can’t wait to see what our customers have to say… best of luck!

Cool Green Gadget: Raspberry Pi Computer

We’re always looking to introduce our users to cool gadgets that are also green. We recently came across the Raspberry Pi Computer project. It is a fully functioning computer that starts at only $25.While the specs are very modest, roughly equidistant to a 300MHz Pentium 2, the device is capable of outputting full 1080P blu-ray quality video which makes it great for a home theatre.

The device runs off a very low voltage micro USB power supply, or 4 of those cool USBCell AA batteries we featured earlier, making it incredibly energy efficient. The Raspberry Pi Foundation was formed with the goal of teaching kids around the world how to program with affordable computers. They are a non-profit organization, and each purchase helps them continue to grow. The credit card sized device runs Debian Linux, so this computer is definitely for our true geek clients out there.

Have you used this device before? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

You can learn more about the project at http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

 

Help us help Amanda – GreenGeeks Superfan!

If you’re a GreenGeeks customer or a regular reader of our blog, you know how passionate we are about environmentally conscious web hosting. But what you may not have known is that our affiliates tend to be just as passionate about it – and today’s post is about one of those folks and her mission to get all of her customers to switch away from polluting web hosts and make their dreams a reality online!

Meet Amanda Aitken (that’s her in the orange tank top). She’s the Founder and CEO of The Girl’s Guide to Web Design, the online course that teaches creative women to design and code their own totally unique, stunning WordPress-based blogs and sites, and she’s been a recommending WordPress Hosting as a GreenGeeks affiliate for a few years now. She lives in beautiful, European-inspired Montreal, Canada (but she hopes to make it down to visit us in California soon).

Today, Amanda needs your help – because she’s in the running to win something that could change EVERYTHING for her and her business: the title of “Thriving Female Entrepreneur of 2012”. The contest is being run by entrepreneurial guru Ali Brown, one of the biggest role models out there for women who are doing business on the web.

If she wins, Amanda will have the chance to show many, many more people that when it comes to web hosting, there ARE environmentally friendly options – and she’ll be mentoring thousands of people as they unleash their creativity through the blogs and sites they’ve always wanted to start, all based on a solid, green foundation.

To help her with her mission, all it takes is a couple of clicks and a Facebook account! Just click here and follow the instructions to vote for Amanda Aitken and girlsguidetowebdesign.com. Today is the LAST DAY to vote in the contest, and Amanda needs more votes to move up from third place to first!

Good luck, Amanda! We’re rooting for you! Go here to vote for Amanda now!

Let us Build a Website for you.

We’re always looking for ways to make our customers lives easier. We were one of the first hosting companies to offer free site migration for customers who transferred to us from other providers and it was received with much appreciation from our customers. It’s a no hands approach to getting set up with us. For our new customers, we’ve always offered easy to use free website builders to build great websites but is a more hands on approach. So we got to thinking how we could make it easy for our new customers to sign up and get something valuable up and running so they can go back to doing business… Continue reading “Let us Build a Website for you.”

Washington Redskins “Solar Bowl”. Cool!

A couple of us were watching the Colts vs Redskins NFL pre-season game and they made mention of FedExField having added a solar panels to power its stadium. Thought it was worth mentioning. They claim it can provide 20% of the power needed during game day and provide 100% of the power the stadium needs on non-game days.

The use of the solar power system the stadium keeps 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere which is equivalent of replacing 349 gas powered vehichles with zero emission electric vehicles.

Here’s a time lapse of the solar power system being installed by NRG Energy.

 

5 Easy Ways to Get the Best Rate on Credit Card Processing

Online Merchant AccountChances are you are paying too much to process credit cards online.  If you feel you may be paying more than you bargained for, it’s time to take a closer look at your rates.  It’s likely that the rate you think your cards are processing at— the rate your merchant provider advertised— was the qualified rate.  You may not always be getting that qualified rate though, especially if you are continuously processing certain card types or you forget to settle your batches within 24 hours.

To make sure you are getting the lowest rate possible when accepting online payments, be sure to do the following:

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Cool Green Gadget: USBCell AA Battery

So while thinking of new ideas to bring to our blog, we thought we would find cool green gadgets that are available and share them with you. We’ll post these cool gadgets from time to time. This time, we came across USBCELL, which is a USB re-chargeable AA battery. Disposing of batteries is as we know wasteful and can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. This is why this gadget is so cool. You can recharge the batteries simply by plugging them into your computer’s USB port.

Produced by Moixa Energy, USBCELL batteries are simply batteries that recharge from any USB port. They require no separate recharging devices, cradles or cables and can be used exactly like a normal battery. The design itself is rather like a typical memory stick with its flip top lid and honestly speaking they might do to regular batteries what memory sticks did to floppy discs.

The batteries have a capacity of 1300mAH which is similar to most NiCD and NiMH batteries. It usually takes 5 hours to charge a totally flat battery. It includes an LED on the side that will light up to indicate charging, flash for 10 minutes after charging is complete and then switch off after that.

A 2-pack of AA batteries are available for $10 to $20 on Amazon.