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Mar. 28th, 2002 | 03:00 pm
mood: geekygeeky

Sometimes, I feel like my chances at relating to regular humans is challenging. One of my top personal projects is to figure out how and what parts of my home directory I should be replicating. Like it'd be nice for my bash config to get replicated so I can always have programmable completion and my aliases present.

It'd also be nice if my mail directories get replicated to some of my computers, while my work gets replicated to my work computers.

Ah should it be via unison, cvsup, cvs or rsync? So many choices.

Then I'd also like to tmda (a nice spam filter) set up.

My long term project I want sensors. I have no idea why, but I think it'd be neat to have temperature and humidity logging of inside and outside of my apartment as well as inside the refrigerator.

The absolute keenest would be if I could also get a relatively accurate measure of my current power usage as part of tracking my overall resource footprint.

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from: soulsong
date: Mar. 28th, 2002 04:27 pm (UTC)
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I would love to be able to chart my power usage. I really want to know which electrical devices in my house are using the most energy, and what percentage of the total each device uses over, say, a month.

I've been spoiled by weblogs I guess.

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Freya

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from: moonglade
date: Mar. 29th, 2002 03:02 pm (UTC)
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I just discovered that Argos sell a 6 way surge protected mains adaptor thing that includes a wattage meter so you can tell how many watts is being used by what is plugged into it (I assume).

Thought it was really interesting as I've never seen any way to measure the power you are using of each thing before. You can often look on the back of your electronic item and it might say what the maximum wattage the power supply is rated for which might give you some idea but obviously you might be using a lot less than that.

As for measuring your total power usage, see my other post. :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 30th, 2002 01:30 pm (UTC)
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There's a couple of meters for US power that I've found in the range $75-$125. Unforutnatly all I could find for things that had a computer interface would much more expensive and designed for reading off of the power mains. Since they used an inductive coil they should work on a range of voltages, but it requires a reasonably strong current to work.

What I'd really like is something about the size (About the size of one of a largish wall transformer) and cost (~$20) of an X10 module. .

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Freya

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from: moonglade
date: Mar. 29th, 2002 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear I don't understand most of this but I do understand the last 2 paragraphs :)

Anyway as far as monitoring your electricity usage you can actually do this by looking at the electric meter. I've got a token meter at the moment and it's helped me understand a lot about electricity usage and electricity charges. I'm keeping a log of how much money is in the meter and how much electricity I am using. At present the 2 are not really related at all and I'm looking forward to a change of supplier!

Anyway the big numbers should be how many killowatts you have used. For me this is usually less than 1 a day and I have to confess to not really monitoring beyond kw, so it's probably easier to work out my usage over a week or so.

The reason I don't look at the little dials and work out exactly what I am using each day is that the meter is outside and it is cold!

It's not hard to do this if you keep a pen and a little pad in a special place for the job, and if you miss a day sometimes it's no big deal. :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 30th, 2002 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunatly my apartment is part of a larger house, and the whole thing has only a single meter. So I can't read the meter.

Though I do have a watts up? KWH meter.

I was just being extra geeky and wanted continual data logging. The meter does work, but I have to carry it around between devices and use then estimate the consumption while the meter is plugged in elsewhere.
And well there's the "because I can" factor as well for trying for the full data logger.

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Freya

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from: moonglade
date: Apr. 10th, 2002 07:33 am (UTC)
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I came across someone using one of these which is hideously expensive I think but can be connected to a puter or something! :)

http://www.brandelectronics.com/powermeter.htm

I'm really curious to know something. Have you ever tested your old 486 against a more modern computer. I'm wondering how much power your old 486 used?

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