Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jan 2007 23:34 UTC
Windows As part of his keynote address on Sunday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Gates showed off Windows Home Server (more info at Ars) - a consumer device to serve as a central storage place for digital photos, music and other media. The first products are due out later this year from HP and others. The goal is to get devices that can cost less than USD 500. In the first of a two-part interview, Microsoft's chairman talks about why the average person wants a server, why they won't need a degree in computer science to run it and what hurdles remain before consumers reach the true digital home.
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The last thing we need
by blitze on Tue 9th Jan 2007 01:56 UTC
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Is another computer, running in the home running 24/7

Gee, in an era where energy costs are set to climb dramatically as resources get low, Mr Gates comes up with this great idea. Will he be including renewable energy generation systems to deal with the juice something like this will require?

Not enough that the average US/Australian home has 3 or more Televisions, Air Conditioning, and other electrical crap that isn't necessary and a large drain on the planets resources.

Anyone needing backup solutions should probably be better served by using USB raid system or the likes if they need and also an OS that doesn't include pervaisive DRM and a crap file system (NTFS, New Technology File System) what a joke.

I bet this would just help BG get DRM in the home and also client based licensing pricing based on how many devices/computers you run of this sucker. How many Chinese and Indians could he get to buy this for their homes, then we could see the wonderful effects on the planet as the waters close in around us.

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RE: The last thing we need
by pauld on Tue 9th Jan 2007 08:16 in reply to "The last thing we need"
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That was exactly my first thought. I don't think we or the environment really need to have more 24/7 machines running. In one room we replace all light-bulbs with energy-saving ones, in the other room we install a nice new server that someone wants us to have, and that perhaps improves our life a little... but probably not for the long run.

In the office we replace a dozen of servers and virtualize them because we realize the power, heat and environmental implications... and now we just move them to the homes :-(

I'm always wondering how much people *think* about running servers at home. Sure; you learn a lot from it, you have a bit of bandwidth so you can useful things as well... and the server itself was probably not that expensive - but it still consumes more energy (and 200/300 eur/$ a year?) than the average lightbulb you just replaced.

I don't really care about this if it's just the average geek doing this (could be me) - if MS wants every household to have this, I'm much more worried.

And they indeed make good botnets...

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