You may have noticed that my blog post count is steadily increasing. I have been crazy busy slammed with work, and I’m just now starting to get ahead of it. I almost burned out, but perservered once I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. So, hopefully, I’ll stay ahead of the game for awhile and go back to my regularly scheduled blabbering.

Here’s a funny comic from xkcd. Funny if you get the crypto reference that is… Which means, its probably only me.

Speaking of nerdy things. I bought a Kill-A-Watt. If you’ve never heard of it, I’m not surprised. Basically, you plug it into the wall, and then you plug something into it. Like a TV or refrigerator or computer, etc. What’s the point? you may be asking yourself. Well, you see just how much power is being consumed by whatever you plug in. With that info you can calculate how much a given appliance costs you to run per year, or month, whatever.

So far, I’ve only plugged in my desktop computer. Actually, the whole power strip/UPS which has my LCDs, and I think printer and scanner attached as well. When the computer is idle it’s pulling 215W. Under a full load (video encoding, 70-100% CPU) it pulls a max of 280w and is usually around 270W or so. I think that’s pretty good. I’m really curious to see how much power my media center pulls, since that one is on 24/7 and would have the biggest impact. My next project is a fileserver that is currently under construction, and will also be on 24/7 so thats another concern as far as power goes.

Stay tuned…