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Your Guide to Green Computing Terms: Computer Recycling and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP)

written by: MD Weems•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/29/2008

In this part of the series, we will only look at two terms - but they are a couple of the most important ones: computer recycling and Voice-over-Internet Protocol.

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    Two Major Terms

    When it comes to green computing, you really can't talk about it without mentioning computer recycling. And, in today's high tech business world, more and more people are using VoIP, Voice-over-Internet Protocol, to make calls to business partners all over the world through their computers.

    Computer Recycling

    This term refers to the practice of reusing or recycling computer parts or electronic waste materials. This is done by either finding another use for the older system, such as donating it to a charity, or by having it taken apart and recycled for the parts that can then be reused and disposed of properly. Computer recycling refers to both whole computers and to parts of computers, not just one area. In the process of computer recycling, the equipment is broken down into smaller pieces that are easier to turn back into computer components or are easier to recycle in other ways. Some of the important areas of recycling when it comes to computer parts and components include: the leaded glass from the cathode ray tubes, copper, gold, silver, and tin ores and wires are sold to metal recyclers, and some of the smoke and gasses that these computer pieces are actually captured to ensure that they aren't released into the environment. By using computer recycling facilities, much less electronic waste heads out into our landfills.

    Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP)

    This protocol is the transmission of a voice over the internet or another form of packet-switched networks. VoIP is usually used to refer to the transmission of voices instead of the protocol that implements it, and the protocol is normally referred to as IP telephony or Internet telephony, broadband, broadband phone, or voice over broadband. There are many broadband telephone systems that work over this type of protocol and provide clear and cheap phone services for people all over the world. VoIP systems carry the telephony signals in a digital audio form, which makes it faster than normal telephone systems. But, VoIP systems provide a great way to use more of the computer and Internet resources that are already available instead of taking the time to create and use more.

    In the next parts of this series, we will take a more in-depth look at some of the technical terms that go along with green computing so that you can delve deeper into what technical jargon is out there.