[LINK] Solar cells

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Sat Jan 20 22:08:50 AEDT 2007

On Sat, 2007-01-20 at 20:58 +1030, Glen Turner wrote:
> Glad to hear it is working well.

Well, we makin' power, but it goin' nowhere - because Country Energy has
yet to connect the grid. But it is working *in principle* :-)

> Computing, and networking in particular, is front and centre when it comes
> to the wasteful use of electricity.  It's the weekend, and yet every
> ethernet switch runs as though it is facing peak load, just so you get
> this e-mail milliseconds earlier.

Yes. We want all our infrastructure to be always-on. We want 24/7
supermarkets and petrol stations, 24/7 help desks. We complain if the
power is out for one single minute, let alone an hour. We buy
televisions and stereos with standby modes so that we won't have to wait
ten seconds when we switch them on.

Is a puzzlement.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)                   +61-2-64957160 (h)
http://www.biplane.com.au/~kauer/                  +61-428-957160 (mob)

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