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Environmentally Friendly Software Turns 1 Computer Into 10

CALGARY, AB (January 20, 2005) - Userful's innovative 1-Box software offers an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional computers. Using extra video cards, Userful's software turns one computer into ten fully independent workstations. 1-Box software creates substantial environmental benefits by reducing the hardware required. Userful's 1-Box software quickly turns an ordinary PC into a network of up to ten workstations, ultimately allowing up to ten users to work simultaneously from the same computer box.

Tim Griffin, President of Userful, who holds a Masters degree in Environmental Design said, "We designed our 1-Box software to bring affordable and environmentally-friendly computing to the world. Currently, less than three percent of the world's population owns a computer, yet computer hardware disposal is becoming one of the fastest growing threat to our environment. Who would have thought a software product, such as 1-Box, could reduce the environmental impact of computing by as much as ninety percent?"

Modern desktop computers sit idle virtually the entire day while we read or type.  1-Box software leverages this unused computing power to create an environmentally-efficient alternative to traditional desktop computing.

1-Box software eliminates up to ninety percent of the computer boxes in a ten workstation system, significantly reducing power consumption within an organization. A ten-user 1-Box system can reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 2.5 tons per year. [See NOTES below for calculations]

In addition to the obvious power and air conditioning savings, 1-Box software also reduces the environmental impact of computer hardware disposal. Computers have become one of the largest single elements of electronic waste, globally.  The disposal of computer components that contain lead, mercury, cadmium and a number of other persistent, toxic and bio-accumulative compounds present a growing threat to our water and air quality.  By turning one computer into ten, and allowing users to reuse existing monitors and computer boxes, 1-Box software reduces the environmental impact of hardware disposal.

About Userful

For the past three years, Userful has been transforming the world of desktop computing with their unique 1-Box multi-desktop software. Userful's innovation of turning one computer into ten has earned them the status of technology leaders in the field of desktop computing.  With this compelling ten-to-one advantage, Userful has gained a strong presence in the public computing market; its mission is to become the dominant platform for affordable desktop computing worldwide.

Userful's 1-Box software customers include libraries, academic institutions, Internet cafes and commercial businesses across North America, and is sold globally through a network of resellers.

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