Hazel is a flexible utility designed to help you tidy up files and folders--especially in your Downloads, Desktop, and Trash--and keep them organized with rules that you specify. You access Hazel through a System Preferences pane, where you can create Mail-style rules to execute a wide variety of actions. For example, Hazel's built-in sample rules include options for cleaning up your Downloads folder, such as automatically moving images and music into your Pictures and Music folders respectively. These sample rules only hint at Hazel's capabilities, though, and you can set the app to automatically import into iTunes and … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--How will a shift in carbon reduction play out with the world's poor? This is an issue The World Bank is grappling with as it prepares for the international climate change summit in Copenhagen this December.
Katherine Sierra, the vice president for sustainable development at The World Bank, and Awais Khan, the director of KPMG's Clean Tech Venture Capital Practice, spoke on this topic Tuesday here at the Commonwealth Club.
Along with higher temperatures, climate change is causing rising sea levels, shifts in rain/snow patterns, and an increase in weather-related natural disasters. Although the impact is … Read more
How vigorously do you scrub your fruits and vegetables when you bring them home from the supermarket? Even if you're buying organic, local fruits and veggies directly from the farm, are you sure no one else's grubby hands were all over them an hour ago?
Food-borne disease is a real threat, and harmful bacteria could be lurking on your fruits and vegetables. Is there anything you can do? Well, yes, according to the makers of Cuisine-Clean.
The Cuisine-Clean machine deep cleans and removes harmful pesticides, as well as E. coli, salmonella, listeria giardia, and cryptosporidium from your food … Read more
OGDEN, Utah--I love my iPhone, but usually, I try not to depend on it keeping a phone call active for that long if I'm moving around much.
But on Sunday, I had what I thought was a noteworthy session of iPhone continuity. On my Road Trip 2009 project, I was here in Ogden, Utah, nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, about an hour north of Salt Lake City.
It was a stunningly beautiful day, and Ogden features hiking trails that go straight up into the canyons of these first few miles of the Wasatches. So I drove … Read more
Clean-technology investing could be seeing a rebound.
Cleantech Group, a research firm backed by Deloitte, released a preliminary report on Thursday showing a slight uptick in clean-tech funding during the second quarter of 2009 in North America, Europe, China, and India.
After two quarterly declines, the increase is good news, but the Cleantech Group noted that the quarter-to-quarter comparison for the same period a year ago is still down.
"The (second-quarter) total is up 12 percent from the previous quarter, although down 44 percent from the same period a year ago. The average round size in (the quarter) was $… Read more
Your Cleaner is a free maintenance program that promises to rid your systems of unwanted files. It's not the prettiest program to look at, but it quickly and successfully removed all selected files from our system.
The user interface is plain and the command buttons are haphazardly placed around the window, but it's still easy enough to operate. The interface selections change depending on which clean function you select. We first started by scanning our hard drives for unneeded (and unwanted) files. Using the fast scan option, the program very quickly pulled up empty folders and possible privacy … Read more
Lets Clean Up Plus offers an easy to use solution to keep family members on task with household chores. While it may be too detailed for users just wanting a simple to-do list, it's perfect for parents who know it pays to be very specific about what you mean when you say clean the kitchen (or any other room).
This program's clean simple interface is easy to follow, but a simple wizard is available to help you set up your household cleaning needs. As the screen highlights a room, it presents a series of drop-down menus to specify … Read more
8Start Launcher claims to be a program launching tool that alleviates desktop clutter. However, thanks to its lack of intuitiveness, we'd rather stick to launching programs the old-fashioned way.
Once activated, the program appears as a tiny, transparent black screen in the far left-hand corner of your desktop. The interface is skinnable, but you can't move it around your desktop. Our hard disk information was displayed in the window, but we had to squint to see the tiny text size. Not knowing where to go next, we paid a visit to the Settings menu, which only led to … Read more
This may shock you, particularly if you know me and we hang out, but I don't actually enjoy cleaning my kitchen floors. I don't know about you, but I am forever seeking ways to make the job easier. Add to that my recent forays into greener living, and the idea of tossing soapy water around the kitchen is even less appealing.
The HAAN Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer makes cleaning the kitchen floor a little easier--and a lot greener. It looks like an oversize Swiffer or a small vacuum cleaner. But fill the chamber with plain tap water and … Read more
A friend of mine once spilled coffee on her computer keyboard and then took it to a sink to clean that muck off with soap and water. She ended up having to get a new keyboard. Now I know what I should get her.
Devlin Electronics is offering a new keyboard that you can wash with water without harming the circuit board inside.
Dubbed "CleanKey," the keyboard is waterproof and fully submersible, even when it's still plugged in. You can also quickly wipe the surface, which is sealed and has no crevices for dust (and bacteria) to … Read more