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Re: ..when to scrap old junk, was: old machine wheezy vs apt

Dom <toyer@rpdom.net> wrote:
> On 17/04/12 21:18, Arnt Karlsen wrote:
>> On Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:10:38 +0100, Dom wrote in message
>> <4F8D79DE.20208@rpdom.net>:
>>> I realise that I'm not going to be able to keep these machines
>>> running for much longer, but I'll keep trying for as long as I can.
>> ..do the math on power, maintenance etc cost on keeping the old
>> junk running vs doing it e.g in a virtual machine on a newer host
>> iron, you may find that the newer iron adds academic profits such
>> as learning to run virtual machines.
>> ..then again, in some climates, you _may_ have a use for the
>> 100W or 300W or so of waste heat generated by that old iron.
>> ..waste heat value: Say 150W @ .5NOK/kWh and per year?
>> arnt@celsius:~$ qalc 150W*1year*.5NOK/kWh to $
>> warning: It has been more than one week since the exchange
>> rates last were updated.
>> (150 * watt * (1 * year) * (0.5 * NOK)) / (kilowatt * hour)
>> = approx. $110.73655
>> arnt@celsius:~$
> Done the math many times :-)
> These little machines take about 30W max, are only used for an average 
> of an hour a day. As for running costs? Peanuts. Heat output? Barely 
> noticable.
> My main laptop is slightly newer and about 10x the power. I have other 
> systems, but nothing modern - I don't have the funds to get anything newer.
> Besides, it's a fun challenge to keep the old ones running. I enjoy it :)
> -- 

There is a special appeal in the challenge of keeping obsolete 
machines alive, and a unique form of satifaction in not indulging 
in the rampant consumerism that surrounds us too. 

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