Trash problems may periodically crop up for OS X users, mainly because of permissions issues that prevent a user either from accessing files in the the trash folder, or from accessing the folder itself. When this happens, you may see problems such as files deleting immediately without going to the trash, deleted files reappearing in the trash, or files persisting in the trash and not deleting (sometimes without an error message).… Read more
Because the Finder is the default interface for OS X many people may not realize it is actually a standalone application with its own settings. Instead, people may look for settings and options in the System Preferences, assuming the Finder is an integral part of the system.… Read more
When I'm in the middle of cooking, I don't like throwing anything away. It's not because I don't have stuff to throw away; instead, I just don't want to have to stop and wash my hands after touching the dirty lid of the trash can. The iTouchless Fully Automatic Trashcan opens up the lid without requiring you to actually touch it, letting you keep your hands clean as you work with food. It closes tightly in order to minimize odors. The trash can's lid will open instantly when trash or a hand is within … Read more
Ever sit around with your friends talking about how great the world would be if only someone would invent your supercool and totally useful widget? The community at quirky is based on the idea that everyone has a product idea. It's a social product development company. Would-be inventors submit ideas, the community works on them, voting, making suggestions, and so on, and one product each week is chosen to move onto development.
During the development phase, community members continue to exert their influence, and eventually products are offered for presale. When a product has a certain number of committed … Read more
The OS X trash is a relatively simple concept: you put something in it as a temporary location before you throw it out, and when you do throw it out, it is--for the most part--permanently removed. The trash has been this way for years, with the only additional option being the recent "put away" feature in Snow Leopard. Despite its simplicity, periodically, you may run into problems with how the trash behaves, such as the inability to remove files from it, or the system warning about files on local drives being removed immediately.… Read more
It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your trash is? A new project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hopes to find out.
A team of MIT researchers announced on Wednesday a project called Trash Track, designed to monitor trash from start to finish. The team will electronically tag different pieces of waste to trace their voyage through the disposal systems of New York City and Seattle.
By examining the patterns and costs of waste disposal, MIT hopes to educate people about the impact of garbage on the environment and make them aware of what they throw out.… Read more
Paper Toss is an extremely simple but still fairly addictive game that simulates the time-honored office pastime of tossing crumpled pieces of paper into a trash can. In the game's interface, you hold your iPhone or iPod Touch vertically as you flick a wad of paper toward the target can, attempting to account for a blowing fan when you calculate your trajectory. The fan changes sides and speed for each shot, and Paper Toss features three levels of difficulty, with the trash can at varying distances.
Where this game really shines, though, is in its production values: the crisp … Read more
Municipal trash giant Waste Management on Thursday created a joint venture that will turn waste into energy using technology that it says is cleaner than incinerators.
S4 Energy Solutions is a joint venture which will use plasma gasification technology from InEnTec of Bend, Ore., to build distributed energy systems. Waste Management financed the creation of the venture, marking the first time that the trash collector has invested in gasification technology, said Senior Vice President Joseph Vaillancourt.
Nothing bugs me more on garbage day than digging my hands into the sides of my trash can, searching in vain for the bag that was so clearly at the top when I first began to fill it. I have a tall trash can, and the corner store sells bags that are perpetually too short, so the first time I throw a heavy ball of waste into the can, I can say "bye-bye" to the bag until it's time to dig it out for disposal.
This is something I've come to accept as a necessary evil … Read more
The idea of recycling appeals to most of us, but it's not always easy to get from the idea to the reality. Set yourself up for success by making it as easy as possible to recycle things. The Twin Bin from Brabantia is a brilliant or matte stainless steel trash can that's split into two compartments: a 23-liter everyday bin, and a 10-liter area for compostable waste.
Keep your organic matter ready for easy composting without having to keep a second trash can in the kitchen with a single can that looks good enough to be on display. … Read more