[kwlug-disc] [OT] linux server power

Unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Sat Jan 29 22:57:50 EST 2011

On Sat, January 29, 2011 8:35 pm, Raul Suarez wrote:
> I plugged my watt-o-meter to my Pentium III 400 Mhz.
> After 12 hours the cost at $0.062 was 4 cents. Extrapolating: $30 / year
> The average power consumption was 70 Watts
> Using a 7 watts computer the cost would be $3.00
> If it costs $100, it pays back in less than 4 years.

If you value your time at $0.00.

Are there other areas in your home or life where for the same time,
energy, learning curve, and cost, you would get a greater payback?

Even if you value your time at $0.00 [e.g. taking the dog, child, or wife,
for a walk gets your exercise, a happier dog, and time 'pleasantly' spent,
what's that worth to you?]

Or to try and put it another way, there is an opportunity cost to the
effort you propose that should be factored in, to more accurately evaluate
cost and measure payback time. [Let alone the moving target syndrome - the
PIII might have broken down between now and then and it's functionality be
enhanced or combined with something else as technology, needs, and current
thinking evolve.]

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