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Jul 17 2007   12:56PM GMT

Go green with Zonbu’s Zonbox

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No, I haven’t discovered another language. I’ve discovered the Zonbox, and if you’re into this idea of green computing, then you’re going to want to stick around to find out how you — yes, YOU! — can cut back your CO2 emissions by a ton every year!

Now that I’m done sounding like RonCo, I can tell you that the Zonbox, made by Palo Alto, Calif.-based Zonbu, is a $99 personal computer that runs open source software and uses 95% less energy per year than your standard PC.

But how does this miracle in green computing work? And all for $99? Easy (via the Palo Alto Daily News):

The Zonbox runs on free, communal programs called open-source software. The silent machine, which has no fan, connects to the Amazon.com server, where it stores much of each user’s information, but also saves a chunk of data on a tiny flashcard. As a result, Gentil said, customers do not have to install any applications.

The tiny device is “cute” says its creator, Zonbu co-founder Gregoire Gentil, and is already amassing a following amongst the Palo Alto green computing elite.

Scot Case, spokesman for the Green Electronics Council, said the Zonbox may be the trailblazer. The product is on track to become the first consumer-oriented product to be “gold”-certified by the council’s ranking system, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. “The eco-geek in me loves this product,” Case said, noting that the Zonbox was “one of the most energy-efficient devices we’ve ever seen.”

We shall see. The Zonbox is set to arrive on store shelves in the next two weeks for $99. A monthly service fee is also attached at $12.95/month.

Some pretty positive reviews have already hit the wire on the Zonbox. The Zonbu website has more.

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