Green Computing isn’t the same as Low Power Computing

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

At ALT.NET Canada this weekend I had a bunch of interesting conversations about all sorts of things. Thanks to Michael Stiefel for proposing the session on what Green means for developers. That and some other conversations at the weekend caused things to fall into place. In the past ...

How Green is Your PC? Estimating Power Usage Effectiveness

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

How efficient is your PC? Here’s a thought… How about taking some ideas from the peopl e who run data centers? Turns out data centers use a measure called Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to assess how energy efficient they are: Power usage effectiveness (PUE) is a ...

Shiny New Toys… Samsung NC10 Netbook

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

So my trusty old Dell Inspiron 4100 laptop finally really died the other night. After many many years of service the hinge snapped. It's been limping along for a while; the battery no longer works, the disk drive has been replaced, the wireless card is cracked and the track pad ...

Pat Helland on Green Computing through Sharing

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Pat Helland gave an awesome keynote last week at the p&p Summit. I wasn't able to blog about it until today as he gave the same talk at TechEd in Europe yesterday. You can read the abstract here. He got through over sixty slides in an hour so this just ...

Building a Green Windows Home Server: Fan Configuration

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Someone asked me exactly how I configured the fans on my WHS to run really quietly. The previous post on this didn't have sufficient detail so here's some more wiring information.

Building a Green Windows Home Server: A Quieter Server

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I did some more experimenting with this tonight and it turns out my choice of fans is pretty sub optimal. The principle cause of noise in this system in the CPU cooler and case fan. Getting these fans to run slower when they're not needed is the key to making ...

Building a Green Windows Home Server: The 37 Watt Server

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Which uses more power, the AeroCool Green Home Server or a 40 Watt light bulb? You guessed it, the light bulb looses. A few hours playing with a Smart-Watt meter hooked up to my home server I came up with some power usage numbers. While idle the Home Server consumes less ...

Building a Green Windows Home Server

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Here's the complete list of posts so far on building a Windows Home Server. The server is built with off the shelf low power consumption components and only uses 37W when idle. It's also configured to run near silently under low server loads: Choosing the Hardware - Choosing low power ...

Building a Green Windows Home Server: Conclusions

Monday, September 8th, 2008

It works! So the build is complete and I have a working server. Interesting this weekend the system disk in the machine I have downstairs chose to start failing CHKDSK. WHS actually picked up on this and warned me while it was trying to backup. Restoring the disk from ...

Building a Green Windows Home Server: Installing the Software

Friday, September 5th, 2008

So now the hardware all seems to be working it's time to install Windows Home Server and any associated add-ins. More importantly there are some drivers, BIOS and operating system settings to update in order to get the best performance from your system and reduce it's power consumption. The ...