olyar writes: "I worked for an internet start-up last year and during the "we have plenty of money" phase, a lot of server hardware was purchased. Eight months later, there is very little money, but we're still plugging along — using only a fraction of the hardware. We just cleared out a co-lo and I now have a stack of 17, 1U servers in my garage. Each of those has 2 servers, each of which is a 2-processor, dual-core box with 8 GB of RAM. Add that up and I have 136 processors and 272 GB of RAM with nothing to do.
The IT guy in me thinks that's a waste of FLOPS. The wanna-be businessman in me thinks its probably a waste of money as well.
So I've been brainstorming ways to put all of that power to good use. Any ideas?"
olyar writes: "CNN Money has an interesting article about the hardware changes and shift in focus that Vista will bring along with it. Like it or hate it, you can't argue that as it gets adopted, the face of home computing will shift. This article has some good insights into what that shift might look like."