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This morning's column was inspired by a blog post earlier, which in turn has led to this blog post. This kind of Web-to-print back-and-forth sometimes goes by artsy names like "reverse publishing," but you are free to think of it as our prose recycling program.

If you're curious about this topic, have a look at the EPA's Energy Star site. It has a searchable database of products that have qualified for this label. (And if you want to see how widely electrical consumption can vary among products that do the same basic job, have a look at this Excel spreadsheet listing various desktop and laptop computers, including those that didn't quality for an Energy Star label.)

I'll be online at 2 p.m. this afternoon to talk about this issue and anything else technology-related that's on your mind (apparently Apple has some new cell phone coming out that people are interested in :). Stop by for the chat, or post your questions or comments below...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 28, 2007; 8:40 AM ET
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So I'm one of those few people who puts his computer in hibernate mode at the end of a work day. XP's hibernate is great.

But I think what stops people from using suspend modes is that on some hardware, the feature doesn't work at all.

I used to use my older G4 mac far more than my faster PC at home because the Mac's "sleep" feature worked 100%, whereas the PC's hibernate/suspend features never worked at all.

More computers need a reliable "sleep button". that's what i say :)

Posted by: G Man | June 28, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed how many products don't have on/off switches nowadays? Computer speakers, home theater systems, iPod accessories - they all go into a low power mode and then wake when needed. In the meantime, they sit there consuming power 24/7 whether you use them or not. What a waste. When did it become such a burden to flip an on/off switch?

Posted by: Alexandria | June 28, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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