It’s no secret that we at Other World Computing love the environment and want to help protect it. We also love our customers and want to protect them…from high electricity bills!
And while some surprises are good (birthday parties, finding $20, someone bringing in chocolate cake to work), no one likes to be surprised with a high electric bill.
With the PowerCost Monitor, you can account for all the energy used in your home from moment to moment. It allows you to track the energy used when your kids stay up all night “doing homework” (trying to beat the next level on their video game) or when your significant other decides what he or she wants to eat while leaving the refrigerator door open, thus cooling the house an entire degree.
You can even see how much it costs not only in dignity but in electricity to leave those Christmas lights up and on until late March…(neighbors, I’m looking in your direction…)
And the best part? You don’t have to be an electrician to understand the PowerCost Monitor! The Monitor calculates electricity usage and converts it in to kilowatt-hours as well as dollars and cents when you program in your utility’s electric rate. The Sensor Unit is easy to install and attaches to the outside of your electric utility meter. It then transfers this information to the PowerCost Monitor, which has a range of up to 100 feet from the sensor unit.
It’s just like tracking your monthly data usage on your cell phone plan so you don’t get hit with overage charges. Or avoiding eating an entire pizza because you don’t want to find out afterwards it contained enough calories to feed a small child for a week. When you can see the immediate effects of lights and appliances being turned off, you are more likely to reduce your consumption.
And with Earth Day coming up it’s important to note that not only will you be saving on your electricity bill, but will also be helping the environment. And we like that here at OWC. And you, we like you too.
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Those of you who follow these sorts of things will be happy to know that, after hovering around the 2-3 percent mark for about 15 years, Apple now has 5 percent share of the world computer market, according to analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co.
Most of that growth has been due to a recent jump in enterprise sales as well as explosive growth in Asia. During the September quarter, Mac shipments grew 24.6 percent while the rest of the market only grew about 5.3 percent, making it the 22nd consecutive quarter where Apple’s growth outpaced the computer market as a whole.
Much of this has been due to its growth in the business market, where it saw a 43.8 percent increase over the 4.8 percent the rest of the market saw. The home market had similar (if less dramatic) numbers, showing a 25.6 percent increase to the the total growth of four percent. In fact, the only place where it seemed to fall short of the industry as a whole was in its traditional stronghold of the “education” sector, where Apple’s 2.9 percent growth is considerably lower than the 16.9 percent for the market in general.
Both the business and home user gains seem to be due to the iPad and iPhone. While the iPad, with its simpler interface, seems to be eating into Mac sales (as well as other computers) in the education market, iDevice “halo effect” in businesses and homes has users buying the computer these devices were originally designed to work with.
Can Apple keep up this monumental growth streak? We’ll see.
Today, NewerTech announced it’s new Mini DisplayPort with Digital Audio to HDMI Adapter. This adapter integrates the video and digital audio output of Macs without Mini DisplayPort audio support into a single HDMI connection.
In the past, those who used a Mac mini in their home theater had to run two separate cables – a DVI-HDMI adapter or cable for video and a Toslink to Mini Toslink cable for Audio. Now, though, you can connect your computer to your home theater receiver with one HDMI cable, while still retaining full surround-sound capabilities.
Owners of newer machines that support DisplayPort 1.2 specifications (which supports audio output via DisplayPort) can use the NewerTech Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter and get a single-cable solution, as well.
Like all NewerTech video adapters, both the Mini DisplayPort with Digital Audio to HDMI Adapter and the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter use superior shielding and thicker gauge cabling for the highest quality, interference free display output.
When you’re looking to find the highest-quality components and upgrades for your Mac, be it on your desk, on the road, or in your home theater system, you can’t go wrong with Newer Technology and OWC!