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On the topic of computer power consumption ...

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I track my equipment's consumption closely.
  530 votes / 2%
I keep track regularly but casually.
  2241 votes / 12%
I don't keep track of it (except to pay the bill).
  12092 votes / 66%
I try to use more power whenever possible.
  2527 votes / 13%
I only use outlets at Starbucks and the library.
  697 votes / 3%
18087 total votes.
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On the topic of computer power consumption ...

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  • Killawatt meter (Score:4, Interesting)

    by digitalsushi (137809) <> on Thursday September 15, 2011 @09:13AM (#37409186) Journal

    I got a killawatt meter a few years ago and used to aggregate all the power to run through it. (This was at home where you could do such a thing on a single circuit). I realized I was burning something like 8 to 15 bucks a month per PC (new hampshire power at around 14 cents per kwh I think we are set to). Being a college kid back then with 40 bucks of cash burning just to "seem geeky" ended up being an eye opener (the killawatt paid for itself basically the first 10 days I owned it).

    Fortunately we have all moved to VMs and these days I still run the same misconfigured lamp stack, but now on a vm on a mac mini that the whole house uses for playing and listening to music, videos, movies, surfing, email - the everything-computer. With virtualbox running hidden in the background with another little universe crammed into it. (Running a nat router in a vm seems cool to me more than it really is. Rather, putting a wan address on a vm seems cool.)

Counting in octal is just like counting in decimal--if you don't use your thumbs. -- Tom Lehrer


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