Apple and the environment.

So, Apple’s latest environmental report is out.

100% renewable energy in it’s data centers, 75% overall in all Apple facilities.

I’m sure HP, Dell, Samsung, Sony, etc. are working on their reports as I write this.


Linus Torvalds on the MacBook Air.

Scott Merrill for TechCrunch interviews Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux:

I’m have to admit being a bit baffled by how nobody else seems to have done what Apple did with the Macbook Air – even several years after the first release, the other notebook vendors continue to push those ugly and *clunky* things. Yes, there are vendors that have tried to emulate it, but usually pretty badly.

I think one of the things that made Apple able to do this was how focused they’ve been able to stay. They really have rather few SKU’s compared to most big computer manufacturers, and I think that is what has allowed them to focus on those particular SKU’s and make them be better than the average machine out there.

Sure, they have *some* variation (different amounts of memory etc), but compare the Apple offerings to the wild and crazy world of HP or Lenovo or Toshiba. Other hardware manufacturers tend to not put all their eggs in a single (or a few) baskets, and even then they tend to hedge their bets and go for fairly safe and boring on most offerings (and then they sometimes make the mistake of going way crazy for the “designer” models to overcompensate for their boring bread-and-butter).

Quite interesting interview. You can read it at the link above.

The supply-chains statements of Apple’s “rivals”.


Nick Bilton for the New York Times:

Apple’s rivals are quick to say how much better, faster, cheaper or more popular their smartphones, computers and tablets are.

Yet when it comes to working conditions in the Chinese factories that build these competing products, Apple’s electronics rivals have been silent lately.

I wonder why?

Apple, no paragon of communication, has been publishing reports of the practices of its vendors since 2006, and it eventually, after numerous requests by advocacy and news organizations, shared the names of 156 direct suppliers.

In the last week I have asked Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Microsoft and others about their reports on labor conditions. Most responded with a boilerplate public relations message. Some didn’t even respond.

Like I said: *crickets*

Although some technology companies, like Microsoft, share some information about their audits, none go into detail about the violations they find inside specific facilities.

HP, Samsung, Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Lenovo, Amazon, Dell, etc.


Gizmodo’s @brbarrett: What are the other tech companies doing regarding labor in China?

Brian Barrett (@brbarrett) of Gizmodo follows up all the hoopla and outrage Apple caught for the whole China made thing, which I have touched on a while back on February, 15th, with what all the other tech giants are doing in this area.

He’s quoting an article by John Herrman at Buzzfeed’s FWD who did the original legwork.

Choice cuts:

HP: Unfortunately I can’t provide a spokesperson for you at this time.

MS: As we presently have a robust auditing program in place, a deeper engagement with the organization (Fair Labor Association) has not been considered by Microsoft.

HTC: …we approach these issues with the goal of continually pushing ourselves, our suppliers and the industry towards ongoing improvement.

Toshiba: Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to your request.

Samsung, Asus, Sony: …