Blackle … um, it won’t save the planet

July 27th, 2007

Heard about Blackle?  It won’t save the world:

Apparently it takes more energy for your computer monitor to display a white web page than a black one. So while the modern web standard of white and bright colored backgrounds with dark text is great for readability, it might not be great for the planet.

Heap Media decided to do something about it by creating a custom version of one of the most popular white-backgrounded sites on the web. Blackle is basically Google, but black. It's powered by Google, so you should have pretty much the same user experience when using Blackle as you do with Google. Only darker.

Here’s the deal.  CRT monitors have been replaced by flat screens.  These have a backlight that illuminates the whole screen irrespective of whether while, black or a rainbow of colors is being displayed.  In other words, it won’t make a difference if most of the screen is black or white.  In fact, because LCD pixels are normally transparent when no current is flowing through them, a black screen is consuming more energy.

Oh, and it could well wreck your eyes – I certainly don’t like it.


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