Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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Data center or heater?

Our computer room has, at this writing, 23 computers, ranging from Windows PCs to an IBM AS/400. We only run a few at a time, normally. Only one, the Alpha Linux system the world knows as thebrain.conmicro.cx, is never shut down. There are a couple of other systems that run nearly all the time, and a couple more that run frequently (the AS/400 among them).

Before I left on this last trip, I shut down all but the Alpha. Within a couple of days, the temperature upstairs had dropped to the point that Paul had to raise the thermostat downstairs from 67 to 73 F to maintain the upstairs at 75 F or so. Amazing how much heat a few computers put out, eh?

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