David Mytton

RECs cannot be used to back claims of 100% renewable energy

Published in Data Center Energy, Environment, Reports.

Most data center sustainability strategies still focus on renewable energy certificates (RECs). RECs are now considered low quality products because they cannot credibly be used to back claims of 100% renewable energy use

RECs cannot be used to back claims of 100% renewable energy

Technology vs philosophy, or macOS vs Linux

Published in Hardware, Product Engineering.

I now have to make a decision between having the best, cutting-edge hardware vs the freedom and control to do what I want with the device I spend most of my time on.

Technology vs philosophy, or macOS vs Linux

Data centre water consumption

Published in Academic Papers, Cloud, Data Center Water, Environment.

An examination of the water consumption of data centres, the measurement of that consumption, a discussion of the lack of data available to assess water efficiency, and where the industry is going in attempts to reduce future consumption.

Data centre water consumption

My new startup – Console – the best tools for developers

Published in Cloud, Data Center Energy, Environment, Startups, Status Update.

What’s next? 1) Console – a free weekly email digest of the best tools for developers; 2) researching sustainable computing at Uptime Institute.

My new startup – Console – the best tools for developers

My favourite books of 2020

Published in Favourite Books.

In 2020 I read 31 books (with an average length of 481 pages). Here are the ones I rated 5 stars.

My favourite books of 2020

Carbon footprint – laptops vs servers, Intel vs ARM

Published in Cloud, Data Center Energy, Environment, Hardware.

The carbon footprint of a laptop is mostly in the manufacturing. Servers are different, and ARM chips are starting to change the game.

Carbon footprint – laptops vs servers, Intel vs ARM

Why are pinpoints not used in scientific citation?

Published in Writing.

How often do you follow references in scientific writing only to struggle to find the source of a claim or number? Why are pinpoints not used in scientific citation?

Why are pinpoints not used in scientific citation?

Sustainable computing – where to focus?

Published in Data Center Energy, Data Center Water, Environment, IT Energy.

Progress in renewable energy has pushed IT carbon footprints down, revealing how much more work is needed in manufacturing.

Sustainable computing – where to focus?

Zoom, video conferencing, energy, and emissions

Published in Data Center Energy, Environment, IT Energy.

It is obvious that Zoom is better for the environment than flying but what about vs driving an EV or public transport? The problem is we can’t be sure.

Zoom, video conferencing, energy, and emissions

Spectrum of transparency

Published in Environment.

More rigorous transparency regulations for negative externalities to force companies to measure, and reduce.

Spectrum of transparency
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