iCarol goes green – hamsters to power all servers!In a move cheered by rodents everywhere, the iCarol team is getting on the green bandwagon in a big way by enlisting an army of hamsters to provide power to its servers. “We did the math” said Director of Technology Vinh “and realized that each hamster can generate about 10 watts of electricity at full speed on a spinning wheel. After that it was just a quick run to the local pet stores, some creative purchases at Home Depot and a whole lot of duct tape.”
Housed in PETA-certified humane habitats, the hamsters will be fed an organic diet and be given ample time in a play yard when they are not on shift. Every two days they will be given milk baths and groomed until their fur reaches a sheen.
“All this pampering results in enthusiastic and energetic hamsters, running to produce a steady stream of 120-volt electricity that can be combined and fed directly into one of the high-powered servers” says Client Support Manager Carmen, “as long as they don’t chew through the wires!” added Support Specialist Dana.
“I call it a convenient truth” says Director of Marketing Jackie, “that harnessing the free and limitless energy of these small critters reduces our carbon footprint while making iCarol users happy at the same time!”
When asked what the future holds, Client Manager Shelley said to expect even more big things as iCarol gets more green. “I don’t want to reveal too much yet, other than to say how amazed I am at what parakeets can do with an abacus.”
As an added bonus, it’s cheaper than traditional sources of power “as long as those green food pellets – whatever the heck they are made of – stay below $3 per pound” says Finance Director Lisa. Client Manager Donna wants to “make it interesting” by organizing after-hours, Indy 500-style races amongst the hamsters: “Hey, a little competitive spirit will keep them in top form.”
Support Team members Margitta and Britt are giving German and Swedish names, which they speak fluently, to all the rodents. “We’re naming them in rhyming pairs. Hans and Franz were obvious, then Boris and Dolores. We’re now working on the other 296 and hope to be done before Christmas.”
Jackie co-founded iCarol in 2004 after working as a helpline volunteer at a Distress Center in Canada . With a background in Engineering, Technology and Marketing, Jackie is COO and Director of Marketing for iCarol.
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