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What's So Scary about Cloud Security?
Keeping your critical data on an online cloud service has sparked ongoing debate in the nonprofit sector, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. Richard Cooper of Charity Technology Trust (CTT) in the U.K. argues that cloud-based services are likely to be safer and more secure than most...
16 Aug 2012
Free Tool to Help You Save on Energy Costs
Do you forget to shut down your computer at night or put it to sleep while you are away at a meeting? Using power management on your PC can help you. If you aren't satisfied with the built in power-management tools that come with your PC (sorry Mac users, this tool isn't for you), check out Edison ,...
15 Jun 2009
Learn to Use "Track Changes" in Microsoft Word 2010
This blog post from Addictive Tips demonstrates how to use the track changes feature of Word 2010. The Track Changes feature allows MS Word to keep track of the changes you make in a document. It is also known as redline, or redlining. Its real usage can be seen when, two or more persons need to edit...
25 Jun 2010
Free and Green Online Event this Wed. 11/12 in the TechSoup Global discussion forums
It's not easy being green-much less greening a whole organization, but TechSoup Global's GreenTech program wants to help get you started! Mark your calendars for TechSoup Global's free one-day online event , Wednesday, November 12: Reduce Paper Use: Greening the Planet and Helping Your Nonprofit's Budget...
10 Nov 2008
Conferencing Virtually with Libraries in Iowa
Back in January of 2008, a network of rural libraries decided to host an online conference to provide an opportunity for library staff and trustees to attend continuing education sessions in an online format, helping to reduce the strain on staffing and budgets. It was such a success that in January...
20 Apr 2009
Choose a Green Website Provider
There are dozens if not hundreds of affordable, reliable, high-quality, green web hosts in the market today. Choose one to host your website. Here are some third-party lists of green web hosts: ┬á ┬á ┬á b2evolution TreeHugger WebHostingReport.com There is even a Twitter account that simply lists green...
2 Oct 2009
Condition-B Refurbished Computers: Increase Your Infrastructure, Without Breaking the Bank
This post was authored by Bill Robertson , the director of Redemtech's Red Rabbitt.com , their remarketing division, and a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR). At Redemtech , we're proud to partner with our friends at TechSoup Global to support their crucial work of providing nonprofits...
20 May 2011
Celebrating Telework Week
This is a guest blog post from Salem Kimble, the manager of social media development at TechSoup's donor partner, BetterWorld Telecom . It’s National Telework Week - March 5 - 9, where individuals and organizations pledge to telework for one week. In celebration, BetterWorld is offering...
7 Mar 2012
Ten Tips to TeleGreen Your Work
As part of Earth Week 2009, TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative is holding a month-long TeleGreen Your Work campaign. Each week we will highlight affordable solutions to help you reduce your travel and ultimately save money. This week, we've got ten tips to help your nonprofit find ways to use technology...
20 Apr 2009
Set Your Monitor to Sleep
Even if you don't want to set your entire computer to sleep, consider turning off your monitor at night and set it to sleep during inactivity (after two to five minutes) during the day. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tested dozens of monitors and found that the average LCD (flat screen) display...
22 Jul 2010
Software as a Service (SaaS) Is Green, but Is It Right for You?
Software as a service (SaaS) is an undeniably green alternative to traditional computing. It's one form of cloud computing in which people use software applications that are located on the Internet rather than on their own computers or networks. A very common example of it is web-based email. The green...
7 Dec 2010
Apps for Going Green
In honor of Earth Month , we've rounded up our favorite eco-friendly apps. From helping you make informed purchases to saving you money on your electricity bill, these apps make it fun and easy to go green. Conserving Energy Want to cut down on your office's power bill? Green Outlet...
15 Apr 2013
Save Energy: Unplug Abandoned Equipment
One of our forum hosts, Dave Welp , suggested these quick, power-saving tips: 1. Look for abandoned telecom equipment like old modems and PBX; search for un-utilized or under-utilitized servers or computers used by former staff and volunteers. 2. Clean up your power strip: Look for plugs to those old...
5 Nov 2009
Planet Green's Fix-It Tips for Common Gadgets
It is much greener to keep your electronics running rather than recycling them. Planet Green and Treehugger have gathered together how-to tips and videos to keep your electronic gadgets running longer. This will also save you and your organization money, if you don't have to replace your stuff every...
26 Jun 2009
The Green Side of Cloud Computing Campaign: Security
The theme for this week of TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative campaign, The Green Side of Cloud Computing , is security in the cloud. This is the topic that covers whether or not it's risky for you to put your data on someone else's website that you don't have any direct control over. This week we're featuring...
7 Dec 2010
Amazon Cloud Drive: A Great Example of a Bad Privacy Agreement
The recent launch of Amazon Cloud Drive was big news in the IT world. The new service stores anything digital in the cloud so you can get to it anywhere you have an Internet capable device. It's free and you get 5 GB of free storage. The service connects with Amazon Cloud Player , a cloud-based...
12 Apr 2011
Staying in Touch with Staff and Colleagues, Virtually
Have you used instant messaging (IM), Skype, or Wimba video conferencing to collaborate with a others far away? Or maybe even nearby? In our office, I'm usually logged on to Skype and AIM (or Pidgin ) most of my days in order to answer quick questions from co-workers whether I'm working from home, traveling...
5 May 2009
Climate Savers Computing Initiative and Minimizing IT Energy Use for Nonprofits
More and more we're finding that nonprofit offices have a lot in common with small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Nonprofits and small businesses have computer systems that typically have a few dozen or fewer computers. The local area networks they need are often similar, using one or two servers...
20 Jan 2010
Earth Day 2010: Recycle
Recycling is such a complex topic, but basically it involves collecting and processing used materials to recover raw materials, which can then be used in the creation of new products. It is the third and last part of the waste disposal hierarchy because it is the least efficient form of materials recovery...
18 Apr 2010
Narrow Your Margins, Save a Tree
My colleague Eric Husk here at TechSoup signs his messages with the Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." One great example of that is Tamara Krinsky's one-woman campaign to...
12 Dec 2008
What to do with old CDs and DVDs?
It’s not your imagination. It’s hard to find places to recycle CD and DVDs. Every month approximately 100,000 pounds of CDs are discarded each month and almost 30 billion disks per year are produced. They’re largely nontoxic, but the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition recommends that they...
3 Nov 2008
IT and Its Effect on Carbon Emissions
The McKinsey Quarterly, the online publication from the Global Consultancy, just published an interesting report (free registration required) on the role of IT and carbon emissions. Although conventional wisdom would suggest that the increased usage of IT and communications devices are more likely to...
20 Oct 2008
TeleGreen Travel Reduction Campaign ΓÇô You Tell Us!
To quote the ancient Greek fabulist, Aesop "After all is said and done, more is said than done." Now that we've officially completed our TeleGreen Your Work: Travel Reduction Campaign , we'd love to find out some of the impact of this work — or how much of this was signal and how much...
21 May 2009
Make Going Green Easy and Automatic
Expecting all of the people in your office or patrons in your library to change their behavior because it is the "right thing to do" will only lead to disappointment. I suspect that we all care about the environment. Most people want to be less wasteful, but sometimes it is difficult to remember or more...
24 Jul 2009
Virtual Teams TweetChat on July 11
Technology has made it easier than ever to work remotely outside the confines of the traditional office setting. Giving your staff the opportunity to work remotely, even a few days a week, can reduce office rental costs, electrical usage, and commuting times - a financial and environmental win for everyone...
27 Jun 2011