61121Re: (Slashdot Article) How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop
- Sep 1, 2012--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Adams <coss_michael@...> wrote:
> > in 2009: SpaceSaver, Enhanced Quiet Touch, Pearl White, and PS2Hi Mike,
> > MiniDIN for US$69. You can see mine here:
> > <http://thadlabs.com/PIX/Thad_desk.jpg>
> I don't know about the keyboard, Thad, but based on the number of
> computers and workstations you've got set up, I won't trade electric
> bills with you <grin>.
OK, no problemo, but you might regret that, :-)
According to the monthly energy report mailed (postal) to me each month,
I have the lowest electricity and gas usage in my neighborhood, lower
than even that of folks who've spent $100,000 for solar and other green
garbage. My home thermally leaks like a sieve (it was built in 1955
and I bought it in 1966) so I simply wear an LL Bean fleece-lined
flannel shirt inside during the winter.
I was one of the first 100 households in California to have time of use
metering so that's a big savings. My actual daily usage is only 15kW
or so, sometimes peaking at 18kW (due to ironing shirts, etc.)
I use at least one of my home theaters for 2-4 hours every day and
one of them has a 2 HP sound system. Sometimes I'll have 2 ovens
running along with items on the 4-burner stove and in the microwave.
I have a laundry room (w/ gas dryer). What helps are the CFL and
flourescent lighting and the fact I replaced all the computer power
supplies with energy-efficient ones from Antec; most of my systems
use only 40-50 Watts (and 4 W for the SheevaPlugs) measured using a
bunch of Kill-A-Watts.
Years ago my electric bill would run $300-$500/month when I kept all
the UNIX boxes running 24/7/24 along with CRT monitors and also used
the air conditioner; I have since covered insides of the roofs and
many windows with a product called ReflexcTix:
and that's made a big difference even though the reason I did that was
to block sunlight so I could watch movies daytime in a darkened room.
Here's a copy of my September 2012 bill that I just scanned, $61.59
(sometimes my water bill is higher during the months I remember to
water the lawn):
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