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Website of the Day: Blackle

It doesn't take much to sell me on energy saving gadgets or the fact that we should all be monitoring our energy use, but I'm still unsure what I think about Blackle, a custom Google search that claims to save energy simply "because the screen is predominantly black."

The site's only differing function from Google is the fact that its background is black and the results are white - making it a hard-to-read, but allegedly power-saving, adaptation of the world's favorite search site.

Apparently, the idea for the site was born from a 2007 blog post, Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year, which proposed that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy and the fact that "a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen." None of this has been proven, but the creator's of Blackle say they believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Of course, they believe Blackle every time someone loads the Blackle web browser it will remind them to take steps to save energy. Whatever works, right?

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karen-zoo karen-zoo 7 years
The logo and the name is terrible. I wish they would've kept "Google" as the name.
earth018 earth018 7 years
There are around 18 different versions of black google online. The best one Ive found is www.cleanblack.com. Cleanblack is the only version that allows you to change the text colors of the google search results. Try it yourself by going to www.cleanblack.com/theme/
earth017 earth017 7 years
There are around 17 different versions of “black google” online. The best one I’ve found is www.cleanblack.com. Cleanblack is the only version that allows you to change the text colors of the google search results. Try it yourself by going to www.cleanblack.com/theme/
ewdpl ewdpl 8 years
Yes, there are several things going on with blackle, but people tend to forget that there is more need of user interactivity then the stupid blackle itself. Now the age is of VIDEOS users are not going to shift from google to blackle just like that. There is a site named http://www.yaarii.com that gives the option to search videos as well as as the regular web search. I think I would bookmark this site , because it gives the option to see any video in the same page without moving your ass!
MissyC23 MissyC23 9 years
I prefer this one www.Greenergle.com... in my opinion is much prettier to watch and more comfotable to use than that blackle one... also its not just based on one priciple but 10 - the full 10 rules list can be found at: http://www.greenergle.com/Saving_energy_with_10_easy_ways.html I just wish every one would obay all 10... :D
dariajelly dariajelly 9 years
i think the blacks easier to look at rather than the blinding white.
cm0nster8 cm0nster8 9 years
i like the black background, gives it a sophisticated look
catstarr catstarr 9 years
Hmmm, very interesting. Maybe if igoogle offered a black background they could get in on this!
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 9 years
How is white on black harder to read? Black on white hurts my eyes from the brightness. I always have my screen on the lowest brightness setting because of that.
misogi misogi 9 years
Blackle's a cool idea, and I like the black background...
macgirl macgirl 9 years
We once had a machine in our repair shop that shut down whenever the client had too much white on the display. It was one of the older ADC Cinema's that draws its power from the G4 itself. The problem was a failing power supply but it was interesting that too much white on the screen was the issue. Sounds plausible to me.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
OMG is this true?? If it is that is soooo cool!
smarler smarler 9 years
Interesting idea...
smarler smarler 9 years
Interesting idea...
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