zero e-waste hardware

An element of green systems and healthy telecom, zero e-waste hardware is modular, interchangeable, and relies only on high quality reusable parts. A reliable one thousand dollar PC meeting the ZEWH standard should be easily available as of 2006-08.

All green systems should rely only on this hardware.


ZEWH makes it very easy to wipe boots by physically swapping removable hard drives, a much safer solution than typical boot image control or boot recovery options. With ZEWH infected drive(s) are immediately removed from contact with data drives especially key drives.

MacOS users often swap boots. This has long been known to be the only surefire cure for malware:

Accordingly, when handled properly, ZEWH is not subject to virus, spam or other forms of denial of service attack or unscheduled downtime even from rootkits. It thus does not waste user time on futile "recovery":

"Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible" - eweek article discussed at slashdot

''"...the unknown rootkit infections far outnumber the known ones, so waiting for a removal tool for your particular kernel malaise may be an exercise in futility. So Microsoft offers the next logical
solution: Wipe the OS and start over..."'' - , 2006-04-06

enables boot image control

Though it's not the standard configuration, ZEWH with fixed drives can save money in a private network with strong NOC functions.

"The tools to automate an OS rebuild are neither new nor difficult to come by. Altiris, CA, IBM, LANDesk, SMS, and a host of other companies provide desktop management platforms with tools that will save specific OS and application images on the network. They can push those images out to specific groups of clients or even a single machine. After that, you just reload that user’s personal data off the network and he or she is good to go." - , 2006-04-06

longer lifecycle

ZEWH has a longer equipment lifecycle and so comes closer to product stewardship ideals and reduces total cost of operations to a minimum.

corporate use

From 1996-2000 several proof of concept and then prototype and pilot projects proved the use of this hardware would help support a resilient web of teleworkers to work independently of any possible support for long periods, e.g. through any expected period of pandemic influenza. Craig Hubley, Alex Palanik and Dan King led these researches.

government use

ZEWH has been the subject of recommendations to the federal government notably in the context of green procurement, better municipal services and emergency preparedness. See CEG recommendations to Infrastructure Canada, 2004-12-21, open letter to Ralph Goodale from Civic Efficiency Group and open letter to Jim Flaherty from Civic Efficiency Group.

party use

The only proposal to use zero e-waste hardware so far in any Green Party is the Green Bay box proposal that was originally made to the Green Party of Ontario. It has been unadopted for some years. A proposal to build Genuine Green Systems for the Green Party of Canada was rejected largely due to the politics of the GPC Council Crisis and some Pointy Haired Boss problems that party experienced.