LAN Systems
September/October 2009
This issue we explore Green IT Initiatives in our discussion of the Top IT Trends of 2009.
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Green IT Initiatives
The foundation of being "IT Green" is reducing consumption without reducing productivity and efficiency.  A good side-effect of reducing consumption is that you can reduce costs.  So with some thought and planning, your green IT initiatives can save you money while you save the environment.  Below are our tips.

New equipment - Purchase new equipment that is energy efficient, multi-purpose and has an extended life-cycle.   The average PC has a life expectancy of just over 3 years.  By centralizing your computing needs, you can significantly extend that life.  If you still have CRTs, now is the time to upgrade to LCDs.
Look at virtualization (server, application, desktop) options that can give you increased computing in the most efficient configuration.  Microsoft has a good primer to get you familiar with the types of virtualization.
Centralize printing and use all-in-one devices for shared functionality.  Go electronic whenever possible.
Existing equipment
- Extend the life of computers by adding RAM or disk when possible. Use power saver settings for individual units and energy monitoring software for the network. Replace energy wasting equipment like CRTs, older printers with new Energy Star products. Energy Star EZ Save and EZ Wizard  are free power monitoring programs.

Recycle - Responsible recycling is essential.  Computer equipment and electronics should all be reused if possible and environmentally recycled at the end of their life. Be sure to recycle your print cartridges also. The EPA eCycling has tips and lists recycling programs. LAN Systems would be happy to arrange for recycling through our free program.

Manually put your computer into hibernation

Published: September 7, 2006

When you use a laptop computer, you probably try to keep your battery power usage to a minimum. You may also want to cut down on the energy consumption of your desktop computer. One way to save power is to turn the computer off when you're not using it. If you'd like to save power but do not want to wait for Windows to shut down and restart, you can use the Microsoft Windows XP hibernation capability. Hibernation saves your open windows to your computer's hard disk and shuts the computer down within a few seconds. The next time you start your computer, all of your windows open exactly where you left them.

Hibernation is an alternative to the standby capability and saves your programs and shuts your computer down completely. Hibernation uses no power, and it takes your computer just several seconds to recover from hibernation when you want to use it again. Standby reduces power usage when your computer is not in use by turning off the parts of your computer that use the most energy. Standby uses more power than hibernation, but it takes less time to start a computer from standby than from hibernation.

Note: You can learn more about the standby option in your computer's power management settings in Configure Windows XP power management.

To put your computer into hibernation


Click Start, and then click Turn Off Computer.

Start menu with Turn Off Computer selected



Click Hibernate. If Hibernate is not an option, read Configure Windows XP power management for instructions on how to enable hibernation.

Turn off computer screen with Hibernate selected

Your computer goes into hibernation-a state in which it consumes no power. To wake your computer from hibernation, press the power button. If you like using hibernation, you can configure your computer's power button to automatically put your computer into hibernation.

Spyware removal & registry protection
We like Advanced SystemCare for spyware removal and registry protection.  Download the free version or you can purchase Pro from their website.
If you have a chronic infection that requires help or just have questions, contact the LAN Systems Helpdesk at 770 662-0312.  Just call - we'll be there!
New Phishing Scam
The IRS does not initiate correspondence through email, so don't fall for this scam. More information a  You can ignore or report to the IRS, but please don't click on the link.
Example of phising email.  Do not click on the link.
Taxpayer ID: email_name-00000174073547US
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)

Please review your tax statement on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (click on the link below):

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