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February/March 2007
by Dave Allan and Steve Wilson, Fairview College

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Do you need to turn off your PC at night?  I'll bet you don't have any idea what happens on your desktop in the middle of the night.  Watch this actual video screen capture to learn the shocking truth. (

More than 30 billion kilowatt-hours of energy is wasted because many of us simply forget to shut down our computers when we’re not using them.  If we could just improve the efficiency of how we use our PCs, the savings in energy costs would be over $3 billion dollars!  The CO2 emissions from just 15 computers are equivalent in energy terms to the gas consumption used by one car.  LocalCooling is a 100% free power management tool from Uniblue Labs that allows users to optimize their energy savings in minutes and as a result reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Download the LocalCooling application and it automatically optimizes your PCs power consumption by using a more effective power save mode.  You will be able to see your savings in real-time translated to more environmental terms such as how many trees and gallons of oil you have saved.  I just downloaded it to my desktop the other day and I see that I have saved 0.167 trees, 1.521 gallons of oil, and 3.169 KWh of power.  I feel better already. (R & A Course Management Best Practice Guidelines)

Use this free site to help you achieve best practices in sustainable golf course and club management.  You will have, at your fingertips, easily searchable advice from the R & A.  Register to see how your club measures up against best practice with our unique self-assessment checklists.  Get direct help from over 2000 other club managers, greenkeepers, agronomists and environmentalists in our discussion forum, open to all.  The site now boasts of a turfgrass climate map that shows where warm or cool season grasses are most appropriate and highlights the transition zone, where it is especially difficult to choose the most sustainable turfgrass combinations.

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Have you ever wondered how to tie a crown sinnet, perfection loop or a trucker’s hitch?  Well this website provides all the answers of how to tie a multitude of knots.  The knots are organized into sections by use, like boating, scouting and decorative.  A series of time-lapse images is presented of the knot being formed.  The time lapse is presented in two speeds.  A text description is also given of the knotting process taking place. (Wikipedia)

Wikipedia is an online free encyclopedia.  The database is searchable.  Once the results of your search are displayed, you can follow additional links to definitions that explain complex terms or to information on a related subject.  The main page has a feature article as well as current event news. (Running Map)

This website was created as an aid to runners.  It allows you to calculate the length of the workout you are planning or just completed.  It uses Yahoo map data and builds the picture with satellite or map imagery or a hybrid overlay of the two (if available).  It will always have map data, but only has satellite imagery for the larger centres.  The tool is very easy to use.  Simply find your city and create waypoints along the route.  It instantly calculates the distance between the waypoints.  It also sums the waypoints as they are created.  An elevation profile of the route can be turned on, giving the maximum and minimum of the route.  If you don’t run you can always use it to calculate the commute to the course.


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