ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Sat Jun 18 20:40:16 CDT 2005
> Tony Duell wrote the single quoted stuff:
> >>I may well replace the PSUs in a KL10 with SMPSUs. That reduces the
> >>operating costs by more than $30/day. Compuserve did this to their KL10s
> > Why not replace them with a PC running an emulator and reduce the
> > operating costs still futher?
> Why not? Because it doesn't have the same nostalgia factor as the real
You do realise I was being sarcastic, I hope.
I, probably more than anybody here, like to run the real hardware. I like
to use the origianl storage devices, terminals, etc wherever possible.
Yes I might add modeen stuff _as well_, but I keep the original stuff going.
I am very much a hardware person. To me a computer is a complicated
(normally) electronic circuit. I am interested in the complete circuit,
not just the CPU. That's one little bit of it. Other parts, including the
PSU, can be interesting too.
> hardware? Because it is fun to have real blinking lights instead of
> emulated blinking lights? Because it is fun to touch the real item and
> plug in real cards and connect real cables?
> > To me (a hardware hacker) the design of the PSU _is_ part of the design
> > of the machine, and should br preserved (I've seen at least as many
> > interesting PSU designs as, say, CPU designs...)
> Tony, you have to have a consistent story on this one. You don't have
> $100 to buy a used but usable PC for the times that one is needed, but
You know full well that $100 is by no means the total cost of ownership
for that PC for the length of time I'll want to be using it.
> you are critical of somebody who wants to swap out the power supply of
> his computer to save $900/month on electricity. Would you advocate that
> he leave in the original supply and then never use it? How is that a
> better outcome?
I'd probably rather want to reduce the operating hours (but not to zero),
and keep the machine original.
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