By Mike Wookey on Jul 14, 2008
I like many others suffer from gadget / technology insanity. Although I'm sure I don't rank that high in the overall worldwide rank, my wife would suggest otherwise.
A couple of weeks ago, after an interesting utility bill broke the mailbox off its mooring, I decided to see how many operational computers were in the house. For the purpose of this count, operational computers is scoped as a computer that can be powered on that has no specific use, specifically excluding, Tivo's etc. After some debate the number was 17 which probably accounted for the utility bill and also accounted for the lack of any heating bill during the winter months.
The fact is that I maintain a compute rack in the basement where I get to experiment on the latest relevant software for my job and general interest. Of course if we expanded the search to include other potential compute devices I would be in more trouble than I already am.
Part of the problem it would seem is that my mini data center isn't adhering to the latest concepts of passive cooling (subject for another entry) and energy efficiency. In fact its a mess, cables are everywhere, parts of computers are laying around and its a general unsanitary area. It appears that this was the main pain point for my wife, so I have just spent the last couple of weekends cleaning up this mess. The most interesting fact of this endeavor was the sheer number of cables I found that were either entirely detached from anything (but wound inside a rats nest) or were only attached at one end (the road to nowhere). I guess this was predictable but astounding to find a total of 73 cables in such a state; this leads to the next learning: I'm lazy.