Many of my peers are into technology and some of my friends are into the Green-Power Movement (Wind, Solar, Efficiency and Necessity). So this next little tidbit should be interesting for both.
After enrolling in the energy cutback incentive program with Welland Hydro I've completed another watt for volt for amp evaluation of the electrical consumption at home. Turns out we can cutback 41% without negatively impacting our way of life. Simple things like getting rid of the last of our fluorescent bulbs in favour of three volt or less LED units and the usual Suzuki list. The other major shift involves the network and computer systems. Print, Store, Publish, Share and Hosting.
I have shut down Bluemarie, the machine with the highest performance and highest power consumption (600 watt @ peak) in favour of moving the server to a Norhtec Microserver System (20 watt @ peak) and using the EEE as the main system for personal use. ALL other client PCs will be shut down, all peripherals will be switched off until use - including the Network Print System. By hosting my Photo, Music and Video collections on the high speed server systems I can have easy access to my files from everywhere. Even Video Streaming to the Wii as a home theatre device, its filled with Green-Geeky goodness.
It is only possible because of the extensible nature of the Linux based operating system for server and user options. Come back for more info on the changes.