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Five Myths and Mysteries About Black Web Surfing


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Five Myths and Mysteries About Black Web Surfing

You might have been following the recent debate about surfing a black web, even received a viral email or two on the topic. We have discussed some facts and figures around using a black Google, and other alternatives sites such as Blackle. In spite of all the recent press, mysteries and myths still abound, here are 5 of the most common.

3. What about LCD monitors? I keep hearing that is makes no difference what color they display, or that they even use more energy displaying black over white.

Answer: Another big misconception. LCD monitors have a light behind the screen that is always on, so white is usually the most efficient color to produce; you just let the light shine through. Black on the hand requires the light to be completely blocked, and this takes energy. So, on the face of it, white would always be cheaper than black to create on LCD screens. Turns out this is mostly true, and on average, takes less than a watt of energy to do.

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Soon, the new OLED monitors will come out which use less energy and don't have the backlight problems that most LCD monitors have. The only problem with them right now is they don't have the lifespan of a LCD which makes them impractical as computer monitors. In a year or two, this won't be a problem anymore.

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Soon, the new OLED monitors will come out which use less energy and don't have the backlight problems that most LCD monitors have. The only problem with them right now is they don't have the lifespan of a LCD which makes them impractical as computer monitors. In a year or two, this won't be a problem anymore.

Yeah, I cant wait. But it will still go another 5 years (or more) before it's mainstream..

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