[ILUG-BOM] Blackle - Black Google -- saves energy.

Amit Joshi mckagan at gmail.com
Tue Oct 7 13:59:10 IST 2008

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 12:47 PM, Surya Pratap <pratap.surya at gmail.com>wrote:

> Amit Joshi wrote:
> > Just came across this site today. Works like Google, but its all black..
> > Blackle[1] is powered by Google Custom Search. More info [2].
> >
> >
> > [1] http://www.blackle.com/
> >
> > [2] http://www.blackle.com/about/
> >
> >
> AFAIK Blackle is just wishful thinking because:
> 1. Keeping the monitor black might sometimes work for CRT's but then are
> all internet searches done on CRT's
> 2. Blackle site cannot compare with Google in terms of search speed,
> hence we might just as well as use Google
> 3. I am not sure of this, but if guys at blackle were so concerned about
> the "whiteness" then why not just write a  plugin / addon for browsers
> to do the conversion at the client end rather than put on a whole server
> / site to do it


There's already a Firefox extension by the name "stylish". It is
customizable on a site to site basis.
For example, suppose we want to make Google look all black, we can use the
"darkoogle" plugin and so on.
The Blackle guys use Google Custom Search. Ads are displayed whenever we try
to search something on
Blackle, as a result revenue is generated for Blackle. So basically it is a
means of earning some money
while doing some good. I like the idea of energy saving though. I don't
LCDs are very commonplace in India, so definitely some amount of power will
be saved.
These days, every bit helps. :)

Amit Joshi

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