Ever wondered how much Energy you 'waste' while 'Googling'? "About 74 watts" for every page you browse. So how about a Black version of Google?
Blackle, (black+Google) is a search engine that is all black and uses Google's web-search interface to search through web-pages. The site is developed and maintained by Heap Media. To quote the site,
We encourage you to set Blackle as your home page. This way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.

I tried a few searches there. All the results were as expected from an ordinary Google search. But they were few in number. All the google advanced operators are working. Even the URL is showing a Google favicon! Wanna go eco-friendly? Switch to Blackle! ;)


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Blogger AngelaHolie said...
I prefer using www.Darkoogle.com as their text are green which reduce eye strain. So instead of saving energy from our monitor, it also save our user’s eye energy.
Blogger Jason said...
Some people may find it uncomfortable reading light text on a black background. They might find Greygle to be a better choice for them. It uses a grey background with dark text which they might find easier to read.
Blogger Cyber-Buff said...
wow! thanks to jason and angelaholie for the links. looks really good. i guess greasemonkey/stylish users have always an edge because they can always design google in their own way. The main concern is with 'wastin' energy so we can always 'design' google to look our way. Be it blackle or greygle, they all omit a lot of results. But if we 'design' google with gmonkey or stylish these results won't be omitted.
Anonymous casey said...
I'm using at the moment www.blackoogle.us , which is similar to blackle but offers a lot more functionality like image search, youtube search, mail access, etc. And looks nicer too, give it a try!



bye ;)
Blogger almadenmike said...
How does a black-background page save energy? LCD screens have a uniform backlight and stuff in front that filters out the unwanted light. So a black screen would be absorbing nearly all the backlight. I don't see any savings. (Please correct me if I'm wrong here.)

Now, when we get to LED screens -- or better yet, the organic LED screen -- then there is no backlight (hence some of the energy savings for all LED screens) and light output is direct from the diodes, so maybe there is additional savings by using less white light.
Blogger Cyberbuff said...
yes, LCD and LED are better. there are still differences. Take a look at this. :)
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I prefer using Darkoogle http://www.darkoogle.com another black Google and is available in over 40 countries http://www.darkoogle.com/international

Best of all its got the 'similar page' option in the result page like the normal white Google. I use that a lot.
Blogger My said...
There are around 23 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/