Monday, July 28, 2008


A recent SMH article on greener computing mentioned Blackle, an initiative from an Australian company, Heap Media.  Based on the idea that black/grey screen colouring requires less power than white or brighter colours, it gives you the Google search engine in basic, cut-down monochrome simplicity.

Wonder how much power would be saved if school computers routinely used this instead of ordinary Google (except for students/staff with vision problems, which is a fraction of the total)?

(The SMH article was called, Laying waste to yesterday's widgets).

Added later: commenters have added their input to this entry re vision problems and the claims about Blackle, so do read what they have said.


Tehani said...

It's a great idea, but I know a lot of people (including myself) who do not have vision problems but find it very difficult to read full page white on black. To me, the text seems to swim on the page!

Bibliotechie said...

There's a lot of evidence that the claims made about Blackle are not true. See .

Anonymous said...

There are around 16 different versions of “black google” online. The best one I’ve found is Cleanblack is the only version that allows you to change the text colors of the google search results. Try it yourself by going to