On May 3rd 2008 that is the challenge. Will you be able to join with people from around the world, turn off your computer and spend Saturday unwired?
The goal is both to reconnect with the physical world, and at the same time try and save some power - or at least raise awareness of the number of devices we have plugged in draining current every day.
I’ve got quite a list of devices to shut down (and we’ll try to include the TV and Xbox in the list as well). Just doing a quick count at home we have 2 PCs, a Media Center, a Server, 3 (yes, 3) laptops, one UMPC as well as assorted printers, scanners, monitors, external drives, WiF gateways, switches etc. It probably adds up to quite a few watts consumed every day.
I’m not sure I can totally disconnect – I’ll make sure my phone is charged up :)
Oh, and on Friday night before you go home from work… don’t forget to turn off everything you can in the office as well.
Spread the word before the countdown reaches zero… find out more a ShutdownDay.org
I wonder if enough people turn off their transformers will it cool the planet. At least it might remind us to flick the switch every now and then :)